Tips For Choosing The Right Sofa

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There's certainly nothing wrong with walking into your local furniture store and buying a sofa that catches your eye. However, the sofa is typically the largest piece of furniture in the living room, so it tends to dominate the décor. Likewise, you'll probably spend the majority of your lounge time on the sofa. Choose a sofa that best complements your décor and lifestyle.

Think About Your Décor

An important design consideration is how your sofa will match your décor. You could start with the décor you already have and choose a style and color that matches. Conversely, you can let your choice in sofa drive the décor. For instance, if you choose a patterned style, you could use the colors in the upholstery as the basic for your living room color scheme.

Opt for Durable Fabric

On the topic of upholstery, you want a fabric that's going to last. Cotton and linen are durable, but they can be harder to clean. Synthetic microfiber is a good material because it's more durable, and it can mimic other fabrics. Additionally, take a seat on the sofa, and run your hands over the fabric to make sure you like the feel of it.

Choose an Ideal Size

Since you're probably going to be relaxing on the sofa, it's essential it be big enough. You'll want to be able to curl up on the sofa and maybe even nap. If room allows, House Beautiful recommends choosing a sofa that's 90 inches long and 40 inches deep. These dimensions ensure it will be comfortable.

Look Into the Fills

Speaking of comfort, the fills inside the sofa play an important part. You'll have to decide how soft or firm you want the seating to be — and whether you want both the cushions and the back to be the same firmness factor. Polyurethane foam is one of the most popular fillings. The high-density foam is firm and long-lasting. Low-density foam is softer but less durable. High-resilient foam is both comfortable and durable. You can also mix in layers of down for additional comfort.

Check the Springs

The springs also help determine the comfort factor. The majority of sofas have serpentine springs, which are essentially blocks of coiling wires making springs. The metal needs to be heavy enough to offer continuous support over time. As you're testing out the sofa, feel the springs. They should feel firm and close together. Likewise, give a good, firm sit on an outside edge — you shouldn't hear any creaks or squeaks.

Consider both the structure of the sofa as well as the aesthetics for a furniture piece that complements you living room and lifestyle. Check out local furniture stores to get started.

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