10 Things to Consider Choosing a Sofa

Description: Choosing a sofa is never easy. You want something that reflects you but that is not going to break the bank. Fear not, this guide is here to help.

Bio: Rhosanna Jenkins is a committed blogger, who regularly explores a range of different topics. Having just moved into her first house, it won’t be long before she starts looking for her own perfect sofa.

Your sofa is a place to get caught up in a good book, watch television, share stories with friends or just relax after a long day. It is one of the most important pieces of furniture you will ever buy, but many of us rush into sofa purchases without considering what we really need.

Buying a new sofa can be time-consuming, but choosing the right one will feel like quite an achievement. Make sure to take your time when shopping and fully consider these important characteristics so you end up with a perfect sofa.

1. Size

The size of the sofa required will often depend on the size of the room in which it will be placed. A sofa should be large enough to fulfil its purpose, without obstructing doorways or overpowering the room. It is also important to consider who is going to use it. If you are very tall, deep seating will be more comfortable. Elderly people may find it more difficult to sit down and get up from a sofa, so higher seats would be preferable.

2. Shape

There are loads of different sofa styles to choose from – 3-seaters, 2-seaters, sofa beds, corner sofas, love seats and even some with storage underneath. Traditional sofas tend to be rounded and ornate, whereas modern sofas have simple designs. It is important to choose a shape that suits your lifestyle and complements your décor.

3. Colour

Many people tend to shy away from bright colours that may clash with other furniture. When choosing a colour, think about the room’s other shades, for example on the curtains or walls. Solid, neutral colours are more popular as they are less likely to clash and can be used with other décors.

4. Fabric

The choice of fabric will depend on how the sofa will be used. Leather is extremely good at surviving children and pets, whereas velvet can make a room feel more luxurious. Textured fabrics tend to show less wear and tear. High maintenance fabrics should be avoided on frequently used items.

5. Comfort

After a hard day at work, all you want to do is sink down into your sofa, so comfort is extremely important. Before committing to a certain sofa, why not try it out? Make sure everyone that is going to be sitting on it regularly agrees that it is cosy. For added comfort, you may consider purchasing a sofa with reclining sections.

6. Pattern

Strong patterns can be very individual, but are not for the faint-hearted. Be careful that the pattern will not clash with any other furnishings, such as carpets or wallpaper. Strong patterns can also make the room look crowded and become dated more quickly than plain styles.  If you are concerned, remember, strong patterns can come from cushions instead.

7. Quality

There are several factors to consider when determining quality. Typically, the higher the quality, the longer it will last. A heavy, sturdier frame shows that the sofa is strong enough to withstand constant use. However, you should not be able to feel this frame through the fabric or cushions. Be sure to fully investigate a sofa in the showroom. G Plan encourages customers to treat the sofa as they would at home to ensure it is perfect for them.

8. Arm Style

Arm style significantly influences the overall shape of the sofa. Those with rolled arms are more feminine but may also be more comfortable to rest your head on. Many people need sofa arms to be big enough for an extra guest to perch on if all of the seats are filled.

9. Fringe or Feet?

Sofas with skirts or fringes are more traditional but those with legs or feet on show are becoming very popular. Several different styles and materials are available so shop around.

10. Budget

Sofas are an investment. Many companies offer payment plans to make it easier to buy or even rewards for shopping with them. If you are on a very tight budget, you may be able to pick up a floor model for a discounted price. Floor models (those previously on display) are usually unmarked, but careful checking is recommended.

A sofa can be with you for a very long time, so it is important to choose the right one. If you have any more tips, please comment below.

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1 Comment

  1. I am loving this post. I plan to reupholster my sofa chair soon to match the room more!

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