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How to choose a sofa

Date: December 19, 2023

Category: Living Room

There are so many nuances and questions when the task is to choose a new sofa. For many people, it takes several visits to the store to make their choice. After all, what is important for one person is not relevant for another. Where will the sofa be? Why do you need a new sofa? What material is needed?

Let’s figure it out together! 4 points to pay attention to when choosing a new sofa:

  • Size
  • Upholstery
  • Frame
  • Filler

What role will your sofa play?

First, you need to understand what you expect from a new sofa. If it will stand in the living room, guests will sit on it, with whom it is so cool to chat for several hours in a row, or to play popular board games, it is better to choose a sofa with a high hard back. It is comfortable to sit on such a sofa, without “falling down” far from the table and interlocutors.

If you choose a sofa for yourself, in order to watch TV, wrapped in a blanket and drink delicious tea while reading an interesting book, pay attention to wider sofas and decorative pillows.

It happens that the sofa serves as both a place for gatherings and a place to sleep. Then you should pay attention to modern sofa-beds. Here it is worth learning about the size of the sleeping place and the type of transformation. The well-known “book” or a sofa with a folding/sliding part is suitable for a comfortable sleeping place. For one person, 120 cm of sleeping space is enough, for two you should look for a sofa with a sleeping space of more than 140 cm.
Foam filling provides optimal sitting conditions, and pocket spring filling provides additional support and comfort . Also, pay attention to strong frames made of hardwood, solid wood or chipboard.

Tip: If you have a small apartment and little storage space, choose a sofa with a laundry box. This will save a lot of space in the closet. After all, you can put blankets, pillows, bed linen and blankets there.

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1. The size of the sofa

A corner sofa, 2-seater or 3-seater, or an ottoman without a headboard for a fun company? Everyone has their own needs.

For example, to create a cozy family corner, you can choose a corner sofa. Or create a relaxation area by placing two small sofas in the corner. In addition, you can independently assemble a sofa from individual modules, which will give the living room a unique look. Recently, such modular systems are becoming more and more popular, because they are easy to rearrange to change the interior or depending on the season. For a studio apartment, such a sofa can act as an element of zoning.

If you need a new sofa for visitors in the office hall, pay attention to comfortable sofas with sufficient seat depth and harder filling. For complete relaxation, you can choose a sofa with built-in footrests and a step-by-step backrest tilt mechanism.

2. A new sofa in a small living room

In order not to visually take up space in the room, choose a sofa with legs in light colours. Furniture without legs creates a slightly “heavy” space, so if your room is small, pay attention to sofas with legs. Coffee tables with long legs and wall tables will go perfectly with it.

3. What upholstery material to choose?

Very often the question arises – leather or textile? Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. We have formed two separate points of view about the upholstery material for you, all you have to do is choose what you like more.

Add luxury and style

A leather sofa gives a luxurious and stylish look to the living room, hallway or office hall. A leather sofa is practical, easy to maintain. But there is a small nuance here – the skin reacts to heat and cold, your own skin will constantly be in contact with the skin of the sofa. Therefore, leather sofas are most often bought for offices, large kitchens or hallways.

Sofa with textile upholstery

Such a sofa will create a cozy area for family recreation. There is a wide selection of colors and textures. Dark colors can take away a bit of visual space, but they are indispensable if the whole family spends time on it every day. In this case, it is better to choose a durable polyester cover that is easy to clean. Also, some manufacturers treat the upholstery material with special means for additional protection of the fabric.

Tip: pay attention to the ratio of natural and synthetic fibers, synthetic fibers improve the wear resistance of the fabric.

4. Where to place the sofa in the living room?

Visual space, natural light, and the size of the living room are the main “markers” to solve the question of where to put the sofa. Direct sunlight affects the color of the upholstery, so think about the correct placement of the furniture in relation to the windows.

Tip: Visually, it is not always possible to objectively assess the size of furniture. You can use string, tape, tape, or anything you can find to see how much space the new sofa will take up. This will allow you to understand whether the room has enough space for the sofa of your dreams.

Try the sofa in the store

Take a sofa or sofa for a test drive right in the store. You will be able to feel the degree of rigidity, tactilely assess the quality of the fabric, check the length and width of the sofa on yourself. Also, try several times to unfold the sofa yourself and fold it into a standard position.

How to add decor to a sofa and sofa-bed

As soon as you have chosen a sofa or sofa-bed that will suit you, think about the décor. Decorative pillows, throws and coffee tables are a great way to add coziness and style to your living room. They will help to create a unique and comfortable space that shows your uniqueness and meets your preferences.

When choosing decorative Cushions, it is important to consider the size of your sofa or sofa bed, as well as the style of the interior. You can choose pillows of the same size or different sizes, plain or patterned. It is also important to consider the texture of the fabric from which the pillows are made. Soft and fluffy pillows will create an atmosphere of comfort, and pillows made of smooth fabric will add sophistication to the interior.

Throws are another great way to add warmth and comfort while lounging on the couch. They can also be used to create a comfortable place for sleeping and relaxing in front of the TV.

Coffee tables are a necessary element for the complete look of the interior of your living room. It is always convenient to put drinks, dishes with snacks or fruits, books and other items that are important to always have at hand on the table. When choosing a coffee table, it is important to consider the size of your sofa or sofa bed, as well as the style of the interior. You can choose a coffee table of different sizes, shapes and colors. It is also important to consider the material from which the coffee table is made. Wooden coffee tables will add warmth and cosiness to the interior, and glass or metal coffee tables will add restraint and modernity to the interior.

Have a comfortable and quality rest on your new sofa!