Purchasing a sofa is a major investment so it is worth taking the time to make sure you find the right one for your living room. Sofas can be expensive, but the price usually reflects the quality of manufacturing, so it is worth choosing a sofa priced at the top of your budget as it will last you a whole lot longer. When choosing your sofa you will need to take its comfort, practicality and aesthetics into consideration. Ensure you make the right choice by following our simple tips below.
Colour, shape and size
In order to narrow down your selection it is important to have an idea of the sofa you are looking for in mind. Neutral coloured sofas in shades like beige, cream and black are popular choices as they go with pretty much every colour scheme, meaning you will not have to worry about changing your living room décor over the years. However some people like to make their sofa the focal point of their living room, therefore opting for a colourful or patterned design.
It is also essential that you measure your living room so that you know what size sofa to purchase. It would be awful to have your sofa delivered only to find it simply will not squeeze into your living room. Sofas also come in all different shapes and styles, so make sure you choose one that is practical for your living space.
Checking the frame and joinery
Whilst it is important to choose a sofa that is aesthetically pleasing, it is also essential to find one that is durable and will stand the test of time. When choosing your sofa, be sure to check how sturdy its frame is. Sofa frames made of hardwoods like ash and beech will be more durable than those made from plastic or metal.
Finding out what has been used to join the sofa frame will also give you a good idea of its durability. Sturdy frames will be joined with wooden dowels, wooden corner blocks or metal screws and brackets. Although staples and nails are often used to re-enforce joinery, they should not be used alone.
Sofa fillings and springs
Sofa cushions can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, depending on your budget. Foam upholstery will remain firm and supportive for years and simply requires cushions to be turned every so often. If you are looking for a softer sofa you may want to choose one with fibre filling. Fibre filled sofas are known for being extremely comfortable and simply require cushions to be plumped or turned occasionally. Feather filled cushions are the most expensive and although they have a relaxed look and are comfortable to sit on, they do require daily plumping.
Whilst testing sofas for their comfort it is worth feeling the springs through the upholstery. A high quality sofa should have springs that are firm and positioned closely together.
Textiles will play an important role in your decision as you are likely to have a personal preference. As well as aesthetic preferences, you should base your choice on practicality. If you have young children or pets it may be best to choose a sofa made from synthetic microfibers as they are stain resistant and easy to clean. Many people prefer fabric sofas made of durable materials like cotton and linen as they come in a wide range of colours and patterns. Leather sofas are another popular choice, offering a luxury contemporary feel.
Buying a great sofa is a simple task once you have a clear idea of what you are looking for in mind. Although they are expensive, sofas are a necessary purchase which should be valued as a worthwhile investment.
By Megan Hunt who enjoys writing about the Boconcept sofa’s range.