The sofa is to the living room what a little black dress is to the fashion world: an effortless and unfailing piece that you can dress up or down.
Your sofa is one of the most essential pieces for the home. It’s the piece of furniture that everything else revolves around; and it’s likely where you spend most of your time. Coffee tables and bookcases come and go, and you may have that flirty fling with the mid-century modern or rustic farmhouse look, but your sofa is a fixture that stands the test of time.
There’s no doubt about it: The sofa is a serious investment. With countless options and styles to choose, you first need to prioritize your needs.
Here are some items to consider when buying your dream sofa.
- Before hitting the shops check the dimensions for your room and don’t forget to measure the door and windows. You need to know if one of the most import pieces of your interiors will fit in your room and also through your doorway! Make sure that the size of the sofa is right for the room. It shouldn’t overpower the room or stop the flow of traffic. Scale and proportion are both important. You might love that large sectional, but will it fit the room? Likewise, a tiny chair might be wrong in a large space.
- Figure out how it will be used. How many people in your home need to lounge on a regular basis? Will the kids be on it? Do you want the sofa for occasional sitting or serious movie marathons? Do you frequently host couch surfers who’ll appreciate a wider bed? More than almost anything else in your home, a sofa’s main purpose is comfort, so make sure to weigh it accordingly when making your choices.
- Always check the quality of the sofa and how it is made. Check if it will survive years of use. A good sofa needs strong bones so check the manufacturing. Does it have a long lasting sturdy frame, a decent suspension system and appropriate cushioning? The heart of any sofa is the framework and internal supports. More-expensive ranges have a structure made of hardwood or steel, whereas less-expensive models are usually made of pine or plywood. While steel frames will certainly last, timber versions offer greater design versatility for people who wish to customise their furniture because they are easier to cut and configure.
- Style: think if it will go with the rest of the room and your house décor. Always take in consideration how it will age. Will it be pleasing to the eye in 7 years time? Is the colour and fabric appropriate for the room?
- Maintaining your sofa is just as important as the initial purchase. It’s also important to be mindful of the sofa’s position in a room; the Australian sun is really harsh, so always move sofas away from windows and direct sunlight. If the sofa’s seat and back covers are removable, rotate or turn them once a week to even out the pattern of wear. Vacuum weekly with low-suction and a soft-brush accessory. Wipe leather upholstery weekly with leather cleaner and nourish the surface twice a year with a leather cream.” For premium condition, it’s also worth professionally cleaning your sofa once a year.
Here are different types of sofa to get you inspired:
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