Call it sofa, settee, lounger, divan or davenport — a sofa is the most used and “abused” piece of furniture in the house. With all the jumping, bouncing and moving around, it takes the maximum amount of beating. Hence, it is important to consider things like comfort, support, style, strength, fabric and your home space before you invest into one. Buying a new sofa can be a daunting task, more so if you are clueless about what to buy. Some people enjoy the luxury of buying new sofas as and when they remodel or refurnish their homes. However, if you do not have that much amount of time or money to invest, then buying a sofa that would last you long would be a wise choice. The two most important aspects to be considered before investing in a sofa are its comfort and durability. Also, you should consider the whole theme and décor of your home before zeroing down on one. With so many different options available, take some time to think about what would be the best option for you and your home. Sofas are a big commitment, both literally and figuratively. So invest in one that suits your home, pocket and lifestyle.
How To Buy A Sofa
Sofas are usually the focal point in any seating room. So before investing in one, know your style. You can choose from traditional, convertible, loveseat, divan, settee or sectional sofas. Consider the décor of your room and opt for fainting couch, chaise longue or a canapé. If you have a spacious room and would like your sofa to accommodate more people, you can opt for three-piece suite that consists of two or three-seater couch and two armchairs.
Look for a sturdy frame if you need a long-lasting sofa. You can opt for soft wood like pine, which is low-priced and easily available, but it might warp and wobble after sometime. You can also opt for pricey hardwoods like kiln-dried oak, ash or beech that are more durable. To avoid warps and cracks, do not buy frames made of particleboard, plastic, or metal. Also, ensure that the legs are a part of the frame or held on with screws or dowels and not with glue alone.
Sofa Size And Shape
Keep in mind the size of your room. Ensure that there is enough space left in the room after you have placed the sofa. If you have tight space, you can choose the 2-seater sofa. To fill out a large living room, choose two small sofas or one large sofa and a couple of chairs. Sofas come in four basic sizes: Grand Sofas (211cm+), Large Sofas (191¬¬–210cm), Medium Sofas (175–190cm) and Small Sofas (up to 174cm). The shape is another key aspect that you should consider while picking a sofa. Consider the shape of the room and opt for sofas in various shapes to complement the style of your room. You can choose from L-shaped, I-shaped, U-shaped, S-shaped, polar shape or sectional sofas.
Check out leather and fabric sofas to decide the one that suits your taste, style and décor the best. A plain leather sofa gives a more contemporary feel. You can also go for traditional choices like studded arms and button backs, especially in accent chairs. They are low maintenance and come in various smooth, highly treated finishes. Fabric sofas come in a wide range of colors and the fiber is usually a mix of strength and texture. Opt for sensuous fabrics like silk and velvet to create a grown-up, sophisticated space. Stain-guarded twill is great for homes with kids.
Sofa filling could make a huge difference in the feel and comfort of a sofa. Foam will feel firm and supportive whereas foam with fiber wrap will give a softer look and feel. There are feather-filled sofas that give a casual look and are softer to sit. Goose-and-duck-feather fillings will give plump and comfortable seating. However, they are high in maintenance and need frequent fluffing.
Sofa Colors And Patterns
Make sure your color choice is appropriate and complements the décor of the home and especially the room. Avoid colors that are in trend as color trends come and go, but a sofa will stay in your room for quite some time. Match the décor with the sofa color. You can also use contrasting shades in warm or cool hues to create a perfect mood. Fabrics with woven patterns are better than printed patterns.
Cushions add depth and color to your plain looking sofa. You can go for loose back cushions or attached ones to complete the look. Loose cushions have the advantage of being arranged and can be changed whenever needed. Also, decide on the number of cushion you want on the sofa. Traditionally two or three are kept together. However, in modern décor designs, two big cushions are teamed up with three small baby cushions in contrasting colors.
Apart from these points, you should also check the joinery types—whether it is screwed, welded or glued. Also, make sure to test the springs for maximum comfort and durability. The right sofa is crucial as it can enhance or spoil the décor of your living room. Durability and longevity are of prime importance as this piece of furniture is an expensive buy. You can add footrest or footstool to your sofa for a long yet comfortable sitting with your legs rested on soft cushions.