Are you on the hunt for a new sofa? Well, read on to make sure you get the right one...
In essence, a sofa will be an investment piece, and subsequently, choosing the right one will be crucial. Here, James Lowe, Sofa Expert at stain resistant fabric Aquaclean, is offering his tips for picking your sofa, and what you can do to ensure it's the one for you.
1. The perfect fit
Think about the size of the sofa you should be looking for, and how it would sit in your room. Prior to buying one, tape out the soft area with masking tape, so you can see how it will work with other furniture, while ensuring there's enough room for you to walk around it. Another crucial thing to consider will be whether it meets your seating requirements. In a larger living room, think about a rounder sofa, or an L-shaped one with lots of space. If you have a smaller lounge, it requires a more modest couch, so you don't restrict the space you have. One thing - pick something which has enough room for everyone.
2. Try before you buy
You want your sofa to be comfortable for everyone. Therefore, try out some different options before you buy one. Make sure the seat depth and height are the right dimensions for everyone, from the shortest to the tallest too, as that ensures the whole family will be comfortable. Ideally, the total width will allow you to stretch out on a relaxing night, but this will depend on the size of your room.
3. Your style
When you're picking your sofa, consider how it fits in with the rest of the house. One thing to remember - trends change, but a sofa is likely to be a long term purchase. If you have sleek and modern decor, think about clean lines and dramatic colours. If you have various styles in your home, why not opt for a sofa which incorporates different trends? Not sure what we mean? Well, how about choosing a vintage frame and cushions in a modern colour? If you'd rather have something a bit more traditional, choose something that's more classic in a durable and neutral fabric, as it's likely to never go out of fashion.
4. Test out the fabrics
You could end up confused by the various styles and subsequently forget about the fabric. However, when you're making an investment like this, make sure you choose a material that reflects how much you'll use it. On top of this, consider the durability. Make sure it has the right texture, as every fabric feels different, subsequently providing a different feel. You should also look for signs of wrinkling, snagging, or stretching to make sure it lasts longer if people are going to be regularly sitting on it.
5. Pick a colour
Colour choice can have a big impact on the whole room. It's important to ensure the shades you opt for will work with the decor, but also, consider how the sofa will fit into your long-term plans too. This will be particularly important for those who are looking to switch up their paints on regularly. A good (and timeless) choice will be opting for natural materials and neutral colours, but that doesn't mean you can't try something a bit bolder. Bright colours or pastels will be great if you want to inject some personality into your home without overpowering it.