A sofa is not just a piece of furniture; it is the centerpiece of the living room which sets the tone for the rest of the room. Buying a sofa should be a well thought-out decision but with the plethora of options available in the market today it becomes a bit confusing on the part of a person as to what to choose. But now you do not have to look any further. The tips given below will help you get a clear picture of what it is that you exactly want to buy.
A sofa can eat up a major part of your budget allocated towards doing up the living room. Therefore always follow a thumb rule of never allocating more than 20% of your budget towards buying the sofa. Having a budget in mind also ensures that your search is limited to a specific range helping you to choose better.
2. Check the frame
A well-constructed sofa should have a solid frame ideally made of hardwood. If cost is a factor, you can go for furniture grade plywood which can rival hardwood in terms of durability and price. If you purchase a sofa with a frame of conventional plywood or wood and plastic, then be prepared to say goodbye to it in about 2-3 yrs as it would hardly last longer than that.
3. The suspension system
Having a bit of knowledge about various suspension systems doesn’t hurt. The more the coils the better support your sofa receives. The best one is the 8 hand-tied-steel-coil system where each coil is connected to the other coils and then the total is tied to the frame. This gives ample support to the sofa. But hand-tied coil suspensions are expensive. In their place you can use drop-in suspensions which are cheap but nevertheless durable.
4. Room size
When buying a sofa keep the size of your room in consideration. If your living room is small, then it doesn’t make sense to buy a large sofa as that would make a small room look even smaller. If your living room is large then a big sofa or even an L-shaped sofa would adequately utilize the space. By following a simple thumb rule of choosing a sofa whose size is two-third of the room you can avoid the pitfalls of buying a too large or too small sofa.
Choosing the shape of a sofa should depend to a large extent on the size of your room and personal preferences. If your living room is large then a sectional sofa would be the ideal one to utilize the large space. If there is no demarcation between your living and dining room, then an L-shaped sofa will be able to define and demarcate the space. However, if you have a small room, then you can choose a 2-seater or a daybed and arrange some chairs around it to create a comfy look for a small room.
When choosing a sofa, one has to decide what it is going to be used for primarily. If it is going to be entertaining guests then choose a formal sofa with a tufted back or a straight back. If you intend to spend a lot of time lounging about on the sofa then a soft cushiony sofa would be better. Thus deciding on your sofa’s primary function should help you in choosing the right sofa for your house.
7. Pick the perfect material for that sofa
You might have longed for a lovely suede sofa but avoid buying one if you have kids in your house. Cleaning a suede sofa would really be a herculean task. In such a scenario, you can buy a leather sofa in darker color or you can choose a washable fabric that is easy to clean. If budget is a constraint then you can choose low cost and durable fabric which is resistant to wear and tear.
8. Style to suit your home
Instead of following the herd mentality choose a sofa that reflects your personal taste and one that matches the overall décor of the room. For instance, if your décor is a very traditional one, then choosing a modern sofa might jar with the décor. Also determine the purpose for which you are using the sofa. If you use the sofa to watch TV every night then choose a deep cushioned one. If the main purpose of your sofa is to entertain guests then a high backed sofa with less depth is recommended.
Select bold and dramatic colors for adventurous kind sofa. However, Neutral colored sofa and then play around with colors by using multicolored cushions to add that element of color for loud tones. If you happen to use the couch a lot then you should choose a darker color for your sofa. A neutral color suits a traditional room well while a modern room can afford to have dramatic colors.
10. Choose the arms
The arms of a sofa should also depend on the decor of your home. A sofa with a rounded arm generally signifies a traditional style. If the décor of your room is modern then choose a sofa with a square and structured arm.
11. Choose the back
Sofa’s back is another important element which you should consider when buying a sofa. Whether your sofa will have a tufted back, straight back or pillow back should ideally depend upon your needs. Tufted backs and straight backs are more suited for formal settings. A pillow back is the most comfortable, so if you plan to spend a lot of time on your sofa then opt for a cushioned back or something equally comfortable.
12. Choose the legs
Today the trend is towards sofas that show a bit of leg. Rightly so, since modern apartments nowadays are smaller in size and a sofa with covered legs not only looks a bit stuffy but also seems to occupy a lot of space. Always keep in mind that your sofa’s legs should be proportionate to the arms, else it looks a bit awkward.
Once you have chosen your sofa, the next step would be to how to place it. The placing of a sofa should be determined by one’s lifestyle. If your idea of relaxing is watching the TV then place your sofa in front of the television set. But if you plan to use the sofa for entertaining or to read and relax then apart from the main sofa, you also need to create multiple seating areas for a cozy ambiance.
When choosing a sofa, comfort should be paramount. After all this piece of furniture is going to be a much used one, hence one that is comfortable to sit in assumes primary importance. At the store, do not hesitate to sit on the sofa so you get an idea as to how comfortable it is.
Now that you have bought a sofa, you should also know how to maintain it. This will not only keep your sofa looking neat and clean but also increase its shelf life thereby saving you money in the long run.
By employing the above tips when buying a sofa you will be able to make a well-deserved choice which while meeting all your needs will also appeal to your aesthetic sense.