5 tips – for the Perfect Sofa
1. Start by outlining the space
Before you start shopping for a sofa, make a careful inventory of the space in which you are purchasing furniture. Make a floor plan of the room where you will place the other furniture. Swing the sketch with you to the store, this is how the seller can best help you choose the perfect sofa.
The size, height, and shape of the room all influence the choice of a well-proportioned sofa. A heavier sofa is suitable for high and loose space than for low and cramped space. You should choose a sleek, legged sofa for a small space as the floor-to-floor model looks heavy and requires a lot of space around it. The sofa should also not block the passageways, but there should be adequate space around it.
If the room has a lot of windows and the sofa is supposed to come in front of them, remember that the backrest should be low enough. Also, consider the relationship of the sofa to existing furniture. A large cluster of couches may not be the best companion for graceful armchairs.
Did you know The boards are orthodoxly hung just about 20 inches above the couch?
2. What kind of user, the kind of sofa
Is the dog choking on the couch in the armpit or sitting on it neatly socializing and sipping tea? Are there two or twelve seats? The purpose of the sofa dictates many selection criteria. The social sofa can be firm, upright, and high-backed, while the casual loose sofa can be deep, shallow, and soft. If the sofa comes in a separate tent space, a comfortable mechanism model can be a good alternative to a traditional corner or divan sofa.
Not only the intended use but also the users influence the choice of the perfect model. For families with children and pets, a sofa with removable upholstery is recommended. It is also suitable for anyone who has a habit of eating on the couch. Seniors should pay attention to the height and firmness of the sofa: it is difficult to get up from a low and soft sofa. And do you have a lot of overnight guests? A sofa bed is a good solution for a guest bed, but it should not be purchased as a first sofa bed for occasional overnight guests.
Did you know The heavier the sofa, the higher quality and more durable it is?
3. Choose a material that will last beautifully
Did you know that the durability of a sofa fabric is measured with a Martindale unit that tells you how much the upholstery can withstand abrasion? The higher the number, the better the endurance. If the sofa is in daily use at home, 25,000 Martindales will suffice. For lighter use, a minimum of 15,000 Martindale is recommended. Also check the pilling number of the material, which is indicated on a scale of 1 to 5. A high-pilling figure means there is little fluff on the sofa fabric.
Polyester or other synthetic fabrics are often used to upholster sofas because they are durable and easy to care for. Natural wool is preferred because of its inherent ability to stay clean. The heavier and denser the upholstery fabric, the better the sofa stays in the pattern and will not be able to grow old over the years.
Leather costs more than fabric but is very durable to use and easy to clean. It does not collect dust and is, therefore, suitable for allergy families. However, pet owners should be aware that cat or dog claws can scratch the surface of a leather sofa.
Did you know Direct sunlight can fade the color of the sofa upholstery?
4. Perfect for your style
The style of the sofa affects the look of the whole living room. At the acquisition stage, it is important to consider how the sofa will look in the interior. If the style of your home is Country Romantic, should the sofa repeat the same look or could it break the harmony? Also, think about whether you want a space to catch the eye of the couch or whether there is something else more important to see in the room. The sofa can be an exclamation point in the room or a wall rose that blends into the interior. Or something in between.
The color of the sofa is selected related to similar criteria as the shape: do you want to emphasize or fade? A neutral Scandinavian space may need just that sunflower-yellow couch for its invigoration. If, on the other hand, you recognize yourself as a pattern and color craze, a low-key monochrome sofa may be a smart choice, it can be frosted again and again with variegated sofa cushions.
In terms of style, it is also worth thinking about the future. Will emerald green velvet upholstery speak for another five years or how will the fun retro-look of the 1950s last?
Did you know Gray is the favorite color of Finnish sofa buyers?
5. Also consider future needs
A sofa is a big purchase and is not usually bought for a moment. At the time of acquisition, it is wise to envision a little about the future and possible future housing patterns. If you now live in a studio and want to invest in a quality sofa but soon know you are moving to a larger home, consider a modular system. It can be increased as space and needs change. However, when shopping, make sure that sofa production continues long enough. Modular units can also be broken down into smaller parts, for example when children are growing up and want to sit with friends in their own rooms.
Many sofas have other features that increase versatility. Inquire about these from sellers. The upholstery can be replaced or new legs can be screwed into the sofa if necessary, and in some cases, the armrests can also be removed or renewed.
Did you know there can also be storage space inside the sofa?
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