The sofa is one of the most used pieces of furniture in the whole home (besides the bed) and that’s why it’s important to choose the right one when thinking about getting a new one. The sofa shouldn’t have to take much thought, especially when it’s something you just sit in right? Well, that’s where a lot of people go wrong, mistaking the simplicity of a sofa with not taking the time to look around for some of the “key ingredients” that make a sofa just right. Don’t make those same mistakes by following these easy to remember guidelines when looking for your next sofa!
1. Size matters
Excited that you bought your first expensive sofa, only to realise once bringing it home that it can’t be disassembled and won’t fit in any door, window, or nook’n’cranny in the whole house? One of the first steps to considering whether a sofa is right for you, is measuring the dimensions to make sure it’s a good fit for your home (literally)
Consider buying a sofa that comes in sections, such as an entertainer. This will allow you to take them apart depending on what your needs are and how often you need to rearrange your living spaces. You’ll be surprised by how many people forget about this common-sense tip. Don’t be one of them!
If you’re placing your sofa somewhere where there a low hanging, then consider the height as you don’t want the sofa to be rubbing against any other surfaces for long periods of time as this will damage the furniture over time.
Looks are important, but this tip is to ensure that you remember practicality as well
2. Fancy Fabrics, or…
One not so obvious tip is about sunlight. Many fabrics such as polyester, nylon, wool and silk are all examples of a material that can fade over time when being exposed to sunlight. Consider buying fabric that is resistant to fading or lighter colored. This will save you from unwanted damage.
If you have plenty of foot traffic around the home, also consider investing in some harder material such as leathers as these often last the test of time and stand up against wear and tear very nicely. The only issues with leather is that it can be hard to maintain and also requires constant conditioning to keep in good condition which is another expense linked to your bank account.
To make sure that the fabric matches the overall look and design of your living space, consider the floor and wall patterns, textures and colors. This will help you decide what fabric is also a good match for the aesthetics of the home.
3. Stick to the classics (and add a little spice)
Many designs come and go throughout the years, but there is a reason why some styles never go out of fashion. opt for time tested fabrics and style of sofas instead of jumping on the bandwagon of Pinterest in search for the next big style in home décor. Why? Well, many homes require a staple piece of furniture, and especially when it comes to the sofa. The sofa is somewhat the heart of the living space in your home. It should be warm and inviting yet have some degree of intrigue and spice to it.
Always remember to ask yourself: “If I buy this now, will it still look good to me in the next 5, or even 10 years from now?”
Ask around with neighbors, friends, or even colleagues to see what they choose for their homes. See if you can get some inspiration from them also.
This blog post provided by Furniture Restoration.
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