Are You Sitting Comfortably?
When it comes to interior design, the sofa is a very important piece of furtniture to consider as a single sofa can make or break the overall look of your living room. Yes, you read that right. A sofa creates the first impression of your home interior, as it is the focal point of your living room. Buying the perfect sofa for your living room can be confusing as there are many options available and you have to choose one that can perfectly complement your existing or planned room decor.
So, to help you with the process, there are a few points to keep in mind.
The very first thing to do is measure how much space you have for a sofa, or more to the point, how much of your space do you want to use for a sofa. This sounds a little obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people do not consider the size of the space they have available. There is no sense in considering a sofa if it doesn’t fit the space you have available.
Having decided on the size, you now have to decide on the kind of sofa you want or need. Your general decor will probably dictate the style of sofa you choose, but do keep an open mind. For any decor to look perfect, you need all the elements to complement each other. For example, modern decor and minimalism go hand in hand. So if you have modern decor in your living room, then a sofa should also feature the same characteristics. If your living room theme is more traditional, then you should focus on elegance.
The material of the sofa is of great importance too, especially from a practicality angle. There are various types of materials used in sofas like fabric, leather and leatherette. Fabric is the most comfortable sofa material by a long shot and although traditionally, fabric sofas are more budget friendly, they do need high maintenance to keep them looking nice. A leather sofa is the best option if you are looking for a material that will last for many years. A leather sofa is low maintenance and easy to clean. It is usually sold in basic shades but it always goes right with most living room decors. Leatherette is an artificial form of leather. Leatherette sofas are cheaper compared to leather sofas, obviously, and they are waterproof and easy to clean. But at the same time, a leatherette sofa is far less durable.
Modern technology has helped to create a range of stainproof and sun resistant materials and these are perfect fabrics for sofas that can be used inside or outside of the home.
So, once you have decided about the space, size and the material, it’s time to pick the perfect type of sofa. There are so many styles to choose from but many of the popular styles are as follows:
Standard sofa: A standard sofa is usually 6 to 8 feet long and 32 to 40 inches deep. This sofa is perfect for a small to medium sized living room. They generally offer variations of single seater, two seater & three seater options.
Sectional Sofa: This sofa looks elegant in a big living room. Sectional sofas help to declutter your living room by adding more seating space without adding chairs. This sofa would be a great option if you have a big family or if you host a lot of get togethers.
This is one of the most common and modern sofa styles. Sectional sofas are available in L and U shapes.
Recliners: A recliner is the best pick if you are looking for ultimate comfort. Recliner sofas add a modern and stylish touch to your living room. They help in improving the posture of your back when you are sitting and can also help if you suffer with back pain.
Chaise Longue: A chaise longue is a sofa that can turn any bedroom, living room, guest room into a relaxation room. If you have a small house, you can easily take advantage of the corner of the house with a chaise longue. One thing you cannot deny is that chaise longue sofas look extremely stylish.
English Roll Arm Sofa: English roll arm sofas have a deep seat, low rolled arms with a tight back. This sofa is a good sleeping option as we can also consider this as a bed because of its deep and soft seat. This sofa is one of the most comfortable and looks very stylish.
Lawson Sofa: A Lawson sofa is a modern style sofa. It has a tailored back which is about as high as above the seat. The seat is deep, with arms much lower than the back. The back pillows and seat cushions are box-shaped. This style would look elegant in either an entrance hall or a lounge room.
Tuxedo Sofas: A tuxedo sofa is one of the most stylish and sophisticated types of sofas. This type of sofa is really good for a small living room. Tuxedo sofas come under the category of Chesterfield sofas.
Sofas with Storage: If you have a small living room, your ultimate goal is to save space. To make sure your living room looks decluttered, you can add a sofa in your living room that also has storage capacity. A sofa with storage allows you to tuck much of the clutter neatly away whilst keeping it available.
Finally, a new sofa is a big household spend, so make sure it has a really good build quality, is comfortable and that it suits your decor. Locally we are blessed with several specialist suppliers of excellent quality sofas. Take the time to vist the showrooms, try the sofas and speak to the professionals. Time invested now will pay dividends in years to come.