How To Choose The Right Sofa For Your Lounge

Why is it so important to take time to choose the right sofa for your lounge?

Well, for a start – have you ever thought about how much time you actually spend on your couch?

Let’s say you sit on your sofa for a couple of hours every evening. And that you’re the only person who uses it. It still works out that in one year you spend around 700 hours on this single piece of furniture. That’s a whole month.

And this doesn’t even take into account that fact that most people get a lot more use out of their settee. Or that the average household has more than one person in it. So now you’re getting the picture. Choosing the right sofa is a pretty huge lifestyle decision. In fact, it’s like getting a new member to your family.

But as well as the amount of use it gets there are a few other things you should think about when buying a new sofa.

First of all you want to consider style. A sofa will be the centrepiece of your room. And because of this it doesn’t have to follow your current style – it can create a new one.

But bear in mind – you’ll be keeping this piece of furniture for a number of years. So even if you desperately want something that makes a statement, choose a settee that also has a classic touch. This way you know in five years you’ll love it as much as you do today.

Space is another important thing to take into account when picking your sofa. Your interior design may adapt to your new purchase but the size of your lounge will not. Take careful measurements (of the entry route too!) and always err on the side of caution.

An oversized settee will make any room feel cramped. And remember, to get the most out of a small space, furniture should be placed a few inches away from the wall to create a sense of openness.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Because before you even begin to think about style and space, you need to know your budget. And when it comes to the cost of a sofa there’s more to it than the price tag.

For instance, a well-made sofa may be more expensive than the cheaper options on the market but it’ll last you long enough to make it a sound investment. And although leather may be more expensive than fabric, given the right care it’ll only get better with age. Which means that just as fabric’s reaching the end of its lifespan, leather will be entering its prime.

Also consider things like whether or not you have to pay for delivery, or if the price is inclusive of the upholstery you want. And remember that any sofa will need maintenance – fabrics need cleaning, leather needs treating – but the better you look after your sofa, the longer it’ll last.

Which leads us on to the final thing to consider – who is going to be using this piece of furniture? Or rather – can you really get that white linen couch? The answer is probably no. But being sensible doesn’t have to be boring. A tip here is that patterned fabrics hide a multitude of spills and a properly cared for leather sofa is a great easy-wipe option.

So now you’ve got a good idea of where to start you can begin looking. And make sure you take your time. Because you’re not just choosing a sofa, you’re investing in a new addition to your family.

Rob Millard writes on behalf of Leather Sofa World, a leading UK online furniture retailer.

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