Choosing a sofa may seem like a breeze for some while
others find it a very tedious job. You first need to know
that the sofa should look right in the spot you assigned
for it. It also should be functional and convenient enough
for use and maintenance. There are a few guidelines you
need to follow in order to have the perfect sofa for your
Things to Look Out For
What size do you need? Some big sofas may look majestic
but your living room might be a bit small to accommodate
it well. Very large sofas can overwhelm small living rooms
ruining symmetry. The same goes for very small sized
sofas. You may need to add another one to compensate for
the extra space or the room will look rather empty.
Measure the dimensions of your living room first then
compare these with the width and height of the sofa you’re
What color do you want? Some trendy sofas may be sporting
very bright colors that go out of season fast. This can
cost you a lot of extra expenses if you plan to change
covers or buy another one that fits the standard. It is
better to stick with neutral colors like white, black,
brown or beige then accentuate with pillows having a
variety of patterns and colors. You will be able to get
the look you want by simply changing the accents. You also
need to check the color of your room if the sofa will
compliment it well. Aim for colors that provide a warm
contrast to the room.
What style is good for you? Your sofa needs to fit well
into the overall theme of your living room. Oriental or
Victorian sofas look very stylish and elegant but may not
look as great when placed in contemporary style rooms. You
may have the room determine what kind of sofa you need or
vice-versa. Observe the material and determine whether you
prefer leather, cotton, silk, etc. The fabric should be
very comfortable with the frame creating a nice blend.
Check the padding and foam as well as the armrest if
everything is just right for rest and relaxation.
Maintenance and Buying Tips
How do you intend to clean the sofa? Sofas that double as
a bed are very heavy so it will require more than one
person to move and clean under it. You may want to get a
sofa with legs instead for lower maintenance. If you have
pets or children, it is recommended to get a sofa with
removable pillows so you can easily remove stains, hairs
and furs. The material of the sofa must be convenient
enough for you. Leather is easier to clean compared to
cotton and silk.
Some sofas are included in living room sets together with
one or two chairs o a love seat. Sets always come in the
same color and style and will help fill up your living
room. Always check if all the pieces conveniently fit in
the room. Check the frame and make of the sofa and ask for
warranties. You may also want to ask if the seller is able
to deliver the sofa to your place directly. Make sure you
see several sofas first before deciding which one is the
best for you.
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