Buying a sofa is a major investment. This humble piece of furniture will be host to many an occasion in your and your family’s life; from the big TV event of the year, to cuddles with the children, to nursing yourself through a nasty sickness bug. So, before you fall in love with that sofa you’re certain will fit perfectly into your life and your heart, we’ve compiled a few questions that will ensure you’ll still be in love with it long after it’s been delivered.
1. What Style of Sofa Do I Want?
Certain styles of sofa are better suited to particular types of décor. If your home interior is more traditional, look for a sofa with rolled arms, a contoured back, skirting, or tufted cushions that will complement the style of the space. If you have a more modern home and a contemporary style, opt for a sofa with cleaner lines, fewer flourishes, and understated upholstery. Another thing to ask yourself before choosing a sofa style is what will be its primary purpose? With a family sofa you’ll probably want cushions with softer filling and a pillow back, whereas a more formal sofa can be a little stiffer with a tight back.
2. Is It The Right Size?
Carefully consider the proportions of the room where your new sofa will go. Determine what height, length, and depth of sofa will look best in the space before you go to the showroom and end up falling in love with a piece that will turn out to be far too small, too big, or just an awkward fit. Make sure your sofa is the right size for your lifestyle, too. If you enjoy lying on the sofa for reading or naps, make sure there’s enough room between the arms – do not simply rely on the overall length alone, as the width of the arms can be deceiving. If you’re just going to use it for sitting, the cushion space can be smaller.
3. How Many People Will Be Using It?
It may sound like a silly sort of question to ask, but your intentions for the sofa impact on cushion size. After all, no one likes sitting on the crack. So, if you get a sofa with just two cushions, it’s reasonable to expect that only two people will want to use it at a time. To accommodate a large family, get a sofa with three cushions or a single long cushion (a bench cushion).
4. How Will the Sofa Fit In With My Lifestyle?
This question impacts on every other, in terms of style, fabric, and so on. A busy family with children, an active dog, and loads of friends popping round for tea will require a comfortable yet practically designed large sofa with removable cushions, a tough fabric that can withstand stains and vigorous scrubbing, and a hardwood frame that can take everything thrown at it. A sofa for a more formal space can have a brighter, less practical fabric and stiffer cushions, while a sofa for just one or two can have plenty of space for snoozing and curling up in peace and quiet.
5. What Colour/Pattern Should My Sofa Be?
Since sofas are a considerable investment, it’s wise to make sure they eschew fickle fashion trends and have a place despite numerous house moves and interior redesigns! One option is to stick to a neutral colour scheme – shades of browns, whites, and greys – with colour and pattern added through the use of throws and pillows. If you have children and a neutral sofa sounds like an invitation to a stain disaster, consider a sofa with a darker colour or one with a very subtle overall pattern. Of course this is not to say that your sofa cannot be dramatic and eye-catching in its own right. If it’s truly an individual piece, then it will hold it’s own no matter the rest of the décor – don’t be afraid to let your sofa stand out, now or in the future. But before you choose, ask the furniture store for a sample or cutting that you can take home to see how it looks before you commit to buying. When you’re making such an important investment, the last thing you want is a disappointing surprise.