Grande Sofa and Chair
Choosing the sofa that suits you, your family and home can be rather a minefield there are so many different designs and sizes to choose from. Here are some top tips when purchasing a sofa.
There are lots of designs out there but when it comes to the crunch I would recommend choosing a timeless classic which will last you a long time. It is best to avoid the latest craze and trends as your sofa may date very quickly. Are you someone who likes a traditional shape with scroll arms, or a more modern contemporary look with straight arms. Corner units are popular especially for TV rooms they are large so ensure you measure properly remember it may look small in a showroom but not in your home.
Think about your lifestyle do you have pets and children? If so you may want leather, if you don’t like leather which can dominate a room then choose a fabric that has a stain repellent in it or if you can have the fabric treated i.e scotchguard. Colour and texture do you like the warmth of wool or velvet maybe you prefer linen – a natural slubby appearance created a more ‘lived in look’. Also think about colour a neutral colour will be timeless and colour can be injected with cushions. Patterns can date more than a plain so choose you pattern carefully.
Feather, foam, fibre? If you are someone that likes to sink into a squashy sofa then feather is for you, but it is high maintenance and will need regular ‘plumping’ up to prevent the feathers flattening. Foam is firmer than feather but lower maintenance. Fibre is in between the two and will suit majority of people, a good combination are fibre seats and feather back cushions which gives you the best of both worlds. The lowest maintenance is a sofa with a base wrapped with lots of foam and fibre known as a bench seat which means there are no cushions to maintain – a Chesterfield is a good example of this.
A good sofa must be super comfortable. Consider the setting are you wanting an occasional sofa in a formal sitting if so you may choose a firmer upright bench style which will give clean lines. Is it a sofa you want to chill out on with the kids and watch TV then choose a large squashy sofa. It will often take several visits to a showroom and really test the sofas a quick five minute sit down is not a true test.
5. Loose Cover or Fitted Cover
The advantage of a loose cover means that they are removable and washable – great if you have pets and children. They give a more relaxed look to the sofa. Fitted covers give a much neater appearance, you can always have them steam cleaned in situ should you wish to freshen them up.
Sink into your sofa and enjoy!