Finding the Perfect Sofa March 18, 2011

What do you look for, when purchasing a sofa?

There are lots of things to consider, besides the price tag. Here’s my list…

The Look: First and foremost, I have to love the way a sofa looks, before I’ll even bother to sit in it. I shop for simple lines and fabrics, traditional designs that can be dressed up or down. Huge, over-stuffed sofas take over a room. They become the focal point. Most average sized family rooms and living rooms in today’s homes just aren’t big enough to compete with these ‘big boys’. I say, keep walking!

Comfort: Look for a sofa that’s comfortable and as easy to get out of, as it is to sit on. A sofa that’s too enveloping, usually isn’t good for one’s back, even though it feels yummy while you’re there.

Fabric: Polyester is the most forgiving of all fabrics. For a sofa that’s going to see a lot of wear, this would be a good choice. Stay away from cottons, unless they’re on a slipcover. I once had a sofa and loveseat that was slipcovered in those wonderful painter’s drop cloths. It was so simple to keep clean and I loved the look! (Just make sure you pre-wash them, prior to using them for slipcovers, so they’re pre-shrunk!)

Color, pattern, texture: Since sofas are so large, I always recommend that my clients choose a solid, neutral colored sofa for their homes. You’ll have many more options, when it comes to choosing decorative pillows and accessories for your room over the years, with a solid colored fabric. Consider a tan, gold or light brown, in a velvet, corduroy or ultrasuede.

Quality: It’s not unusual to have a sofa in your home for twenty or thirty years. If you can afford it, it pays to buy a quality sofa the first time.

Have I missed any important steps in selecting the “perfect” sofa? Share your ideas!

If I can help you choose the right sofa for your home, call me!

Happy Friday!

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