How to Pick the Right Sofa
Sofas play an integral part in defining the atmosphere of your room. A stylish, well-chosen sectional or sofa set can transform even the most clunky area into an upscale, sophisticated space.
They also tend to become the focal point of any room and help define the style you’re going for — modern or contemporary or a more timeless design. You want to be sure that you pick the right couch, especially if you’re focusing on the right look.
Picking the perfect couch doesn’t need to be a daunting or stressful task, especially if you remember these four tips:
1. Know Your Dimensions
The first step, and undoubtedly the most important step, is understanding your space. There is nothing more disheartening than finding your perfect sofa only to discover later that it doesn’t fit in your room, or even worse, through the door.
You also want to consider measuring the seat depth and height of your current couch to make sure that you’re purchasing a couch that will be comfortable for you. Depending on what you like, you’ll want to purchase a sofa that supports your back all the way up to your head, unless you prefer to slouch or lay down.
2. Understand the Upholstery
Another tip for choosing the right couch is learning basic terms and purposes of different upholstery options. While not essential, understanding the benefits and disadvantages of multiple types of leathers and fabrics will help you choose a sofa that you’ll enjoy for a long time to come.
For example, you may love the look of a certain fabric in the store. However, at home, the cost and time of maintaining the fabric can quickly turn your dream sofa into a drag. Other fabrics may not need as much maintenance but will sag or wrinkle easily.
Different upholstery lends itself to specific looks and feel, so you’ll want to consider the style of room you’re looking to create. For an office or living room, you may consider leather, while some fabrics are softer and more comfortable, perfect for a family room.
By taking the time to understand these small details, you will be able to pick the right couch for you.
3. Marry Functionality with Style
Modern couches should perfectly combine both your style and functionality. Placing one over the other will leave you feeling less than satisfied with your purchase.
A beautiful couch that’s too uncomfortable to sit on is no better than a jar of flowers on a table. While stunning to look at, it doesn’t fulfill its true purpose, which is to be a comfortable place to relax.
You also want to make sure you don’t get sucked into buying an ugly, but comfortable couch. This will detract from the overall feeling of the room as well. The best choices always pay tribute to both design and utility.
4. Think Ahead
When choosing a sofa or sectional, look for something that is appealing now as well as you could see yourself using in five years’ time as well.
Loud designs rarely stay in style for long and are much more difficult to update regularly. Leverage accessories, such as throw blankets and pillows to match fleeting trends. This option will allow you the flexibility in design and style as time goes on.
Be sure to think about durability, especially if you plan to add new pets or children to your home over the next couple of years. You’ll want to consider the functionality of your choices based on that, as well as wear and tear that may happen.