Choosing a Sofa for Your New Home

Choosing a Sofa for Your New Home

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Investing in the right sofa can be crucial for providing comfort in your home for the long term. It is not enough for a sofa to just look good and go well with your other furniture, you need to make other considerations as well, for example when it comes to selling your home, the furniture in your house can be just as important as the landscaping.

Style

Let's get this out of the way first. Of course, the looks are important. Your new sofa needs to look good. It needs to fit the interior design of your home. Do you have a taste for clean, minimalist lines? Maybe something Midcentury is for you. Does your home have an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere? Something along the lines of a Camelback sofa would be an excellent choice too. If you need a sofa for your library or study, then consider Chesterfield sofas.

The point is, this is where you can give your aesthetic sensibility some free reign. Choose what you think is best for your interior design's ensemble.

Space

You can see it now. You've chosen what kind of sofa you like based on the appearance. Maybe you chose a Tuxedo-style sofa because you wanted something sleek and stylish. So, you buy it immediately because it looks great. Then you arrive home realizing that it is too big, or too wide, or too high for your home. So now, you're stuck with the whole process of returning the sofa to the store, haggling for a refund — the whole annoying shebang.

This should be an easy step, but if you've chosen the sofa you want, make sure that it fits the space allotted for it in your home. The size and layout of your furniture drastically affects the atmosphere of your home. If you don't have a measuring tape handy, just have some close estimates — you’ll certainly need them.

Fabric

Two things: appearance and material. These are the main things to think about when choosing the right fabric for your new sofa. It's not enough that the style of it looks great and that it fits your new home, you have to think about something more surface level: upholstery fabric.

Choose a piece of fabric that looks good. Bold, strong colors can have a stronger impact on your interior design. But with the right choices, it can also drastically elevate the space. Low-profile, muted colors are inoffensive and have a lower tendency to become tacky.

Then comes the material. This is where you decide whether you want cotton or leather or something synthetic. Remember that under direct sunlight, natural materials may fade. If you have pets, consider loose covers as they are easily washable and replaceable. There are a lot of factors to be considered when choosing the right material, but it's worth the trouble when you find the one that fits.

Fillings and Construction

You may think your decision making is over after you've chosen the right style, measurement, and material for your couch. But remember, what's inside the sofa is just as important as what's on the outside. This is where the construction and the fillings of your chosen sofa come into play.

Make sure, of course, that the framing of the sofa is sturdy. Ask about the joinery and the springs, maybe do a little lifting test. Make sure that it doesn't fall apart the moment you sit on it.

You also have to choose the right fillings. This is where comfort matters. It can be the difference between sitting on a cloud and a slab of concrete. Polyurethane foam fillings are common and simply durable, but there are other options, too. There are firm foams and high-resilient foams to consider. Ask around and see what's right for you.

Try it out!

You've chosen what you think is the right sofa for you. It looks great and it is durable — and you’re sure it’s the right one for your home. You're ready to jump the gun and buy it. After all, you've heard and seen great things about it. You think that's enough.

No, it's not. It's not enough that you know what kind of fillings and joinery the sofa features and what it looks like. Try it out! Sit on it. This is the best way to make sure you've chosen the right sofa.

Conclusion

When choosing the right sofa for you, it's important to look at it from different angles. The looks and the style are vital, of course, but it's also beneficial to look beyond the aesthetic value of your new furniture. Look at the framework, the carpentry and the fillings. Then actually try it and see how it feels. Make sure that when you leave the store, you are satisfied with the decision you made.



Darren Sherwood

Darren is the founder of experteasy.com.au his background in software development helped launch the expertEasy platform following late nights and lost weekends, he lives in Melbourne.

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