The sofa is, without a doubt, one of the most essential and practical pieces of furniture in your house. The entire family makes use of it and some point during the day, whether it’s to relax, catch up or watch TV in the evening.
Not forgetting your guests have probably spent a fair bit of time on it too!
It’s the superstar of the lounge, down to the fact it’s usually the focal point of the room and usually one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the space, defining the entire look and feel of this pivotal part of the home.
So choosing a sofa shouldn’t be a ‘spur-of-the-moment’ thing. On the contrary, it’s worth spending some time thinking about what you need, what suits your style, what size, colour and shape will work best for you and your family. After all, it’s a long term investment and not one you want to have to repeat every year.
There are two main types of sofas to choose from:
The most common sofa type is the two- or three-seater. Its main advantage is that it doesn’t take a lot of space, so it can easily fit into small lounges. So, if you don’t have much room, go for a traditional, comfortable sofa that can be used for movie nights and unwinding.
For more spacious living rooms, you can get away with purchasing a two or three-seater together with a set of armchairs and place them around the coffee table.
Corner or chaise
The corner or chaise sofa is perfect for rooms with a wall with no windows on one side. It occupies a fairly large space so better suited for large lounges, big families, or homes with lots of visitors!
Sofabeds and recliners
Sofabeds and recliners can be used as regular sofas during the day and beds at night. This means that you can have an extra bed in the house, without sacrificing space.
This kind of sofa is awesome for those who don’t have a big home and want to turn their lounge into a bedroom for kids, guests or visiting relatives. It’s also a good choice for those who don’t have a specific guest room.
Sofas with storage
Another highly sought-after feature in sofas is the storage space that they offer. Sofas with storage are extremely useful, especially if we’re talking about houses that don’t have much storage space.
Not to mention that if your sofa is a sleeper or recliner, you can use their storage to keep the blankets, pillows, and bed linen during the day.
Before buying a sofa, think about both the size of your lounge as well as the actual size of the sofa (number of seats).
Choosing the sofa according to the size of the lounge
The size of the sofa
As a rule of thumb, the sofa should be big enough to comfortably fit all the members of the family. Therefore, if you have a big family and you love spending time together watching TV, go for a big corner or chaise or a suite consisting of a sofa and two armchairs.
Opt for a compact, smaller two-seater sofa if you have a small lounge, don’t have a big family, or if you know that no more than two people will use the sofa at once.
The sofa’s frame is very important, as it influences the product’s quality, durability, and strength. Make sure that you choose a sofa with a frame made of high-quality and hard-wearing materials that will ensure a long life.
When talking about the cushion, the most popular materials are leather and material.
A material sofa is an affordable option and pretty easy to maintain, also offering a plethora of models you can choose from. On the other hand, removing stains can be tricky, so bear that in mind if you have little kids!
Leather is a perfect choice if you’re looking for long-lasting materials. However, it can be easily scratched, so keep this in mind if you have pets in the house.
The sofa you choose should match the decor or style of the room in general.
For example, if you want a minimalist living room, you should choose a sofa with a minimalist design.
Pattern-wise, straight lines work well in a modern lounge. And if you love the classic style, try a pattern with rounded shapes.
The color of the sofa is also important but think about practicality as well as style.
If you know you’ll use the sofa on a daily basis or if you have little children, stay away from light colors!
There you have it! A great guide to choosing a sofa just right for you, your family and your home in general!
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