Shoppers Guide to Buying Sofas
First, you need to determine what type of lifestyle the sofa will need to accommodate. If you intend to be placing the sofa in a formal living room, you will need to look for a more opulent design. If you are placing the sofa in a room where your children relax, you’ll want to choose a casual style and easy-to-wipe material.
Second, consider how many people you will be entertaining in the room. Sofas are available in four different sizes: grand, large, medium and small. They can be straight sofas or corner sofas. A room that will be host to many large gatherings may need an assortment of sofas, and perhaps a set of armchairs to assure plenty of space.
Third, ask yourself if you will need the flexibility of a sofa bed. Sofa beds are fabulous when housing overnight guests. They provide a luxurious sleeping experience, without the need for an extra guest bedroom. They easily convert any room in your house to a guest bedroom, in seconds.
Once you have determined the purpose of your new sofa, you’ll need to take measurements. Measure the size of the walls in your home, as well as the doorways. This will prevent you from buying a sofa that will fit on the wall, but not fit through the doorway. When you shop for the sofa, be sure to ask if your sofa can accommodate both of these measurements. Some sofas come apart to insure ease of installation. Measurements help narrow down your choices when it comes to style.
Sofas today are available in many different fabrics and many different styles. For example, do you prefer a skirted sofa or a bare-leg sofa? Do you prefer a traditional look or a contemporary look? Do you prefer fabric or leather? Fabric provides a wide selection of patterns and texture, and leather comes in a variety of finishes. Leather is easy to wipe down, and most fabrics are stain-repellent.
Once you have determined your style preference, narrow down your choices. Inspect the sofa that you have chosen for quality. The construction of the sofa is most important. These are the bones of the furniture. Sofas that are sturdy will last for decades and are often even reupholstered as the years go on.
A well-chosen sofa can become a piece of artwork, adding flair to an otherwise dull and flat room. When chosen carefully, it becomes a treasure for your family to enjoy through the years.