A sofa is such a big investment that you really need to make sure you get it right first time. Here are a few practical tips to help on your next sofa-buying expedition!
One of the most important things is choosing the right size, especially if you are moving into a new build where room sizes tend to be on the small side. Make a template out of old sheets, which you can then lay on the floor so you can see easily whether there is enough space or traffic flow around it. Large rooms bring their own problems as it is trickier to make the space feel cosy, so you may want to divide the area into separate seating areas, and templates are invaluable in working out successful furniture placement.
Buy the best you can afford, so that the structure will last even if you need to re-upholster. It is usually cheaper to re-upholster an existing sofa than buy a new one of the equivalent quality, and it is more environmentally-friendly too.
Choose a classic style in a neutral coloured fabric as this will look good. Neutral colours will be easier to incorporate into a different colour scheme when you want to re-decorate and you can always add colour and pattern by changing the cushions and adding a throw. However, if you want to make your sofa the focal point of your design, go for a vibrant colour in a glamorous material, like this sofa in emerald green velvet by Made
Practicality is key:
Loose covers can be washed so are ideal if you have kids and pets, both of them are likely to be messy. Leather is a good choice for a family sofa as marks can be sponged off and it is the only fabric that looks stylish as it becomes a little bit “battered”…think second-hand chesterfields as above.! (photo taken from pinterest ). When choosing fabric make sure you get a large cutting or sample so that you can see it in the room with your other furniture as colours will look different under different lights. If you are choosing a light colour consider having it stain guarded, especially if the covers are not removable.
You really need to try a sofa before you buy so choose an outlet with a showroom where you can compare a few styles. The depth of the seat, the height of the back and the type of filling (usually synthetic or down feathers) used for both will all affect comfort. And you will even be served coffee when you visit a showroom at sofas and stuff