Five Tips to Choose the Right Sofa
Sofa is one of the most essential furniture at home, especially during this work-from-home period. It is also one of the main elements in a family room for relaxing, watching TV, or even hosting guests. Therefore, it is important to choose a sofa that not only enhances the aesthetics but can also last for a long time. There are several things that you can take into consideration before purchasing a sofa, ranging from shapes, sizes, colours, to sofa cover material. For further details, check out the following tips!
Size and shape
Ideally, you should suit the sofa’s size and shape to the size of the room. Also consider the body posture, activities, spare space for the ease of movement, and the seating tradition of homeowners. For an average adult, one seating is approximately 45cm to 55cm wide, 60cm to 90cm long, and 25cm to 35cm high. Two-seater sofa would be ideal for a small room, while for a bigger room, you can choose a three-seater or an L-shape sofa.
Before making a purchase, you should first ask the seller about the frame and the adhesive used on the sofa. Avoid choosing a sofa with glue-fastened frame as it is less durable. You can try to sit on a sofa to check its sturdiness. If it produces a creaking sound when it is sat on, it might be a sign that the frame is not sturdy enough. Therefore, make sure to try on and sit on the sofa before making the purchase. Besides checking the sturdiness, this hands-on experience will also enable you to measure the level of comfort.
There are two common sofa cover materials: leather and fabric. If you fancy a classic theme family room, leather can be a good choice for its luxurious look. However, you should also consider its maintenance. A leather sofa shouldn’t get exposed to direct sunlight as the surfaces may peel off overtime. Fabric sofas withstand sun exposure better. The commonly-used fabric are cotton, linen, polyester, etc. A fabric sofa has a simpler look so it can fit well in various interior design concepts. However, a fabric sofa is more likely to collect dust, so it needs to be vacuumed regularly.
As one of the main furniture in the family room, the colour of your sofa indeed has an effect on the room’s ambience. You can choose neutral colour sofa like grey and black that will match more easily to the overall theme of the room. If you don’t like plain coloured sofas, you can choose patterned sofa that you can match to the patterns of your curtains or carpets.
In terms of function, there are various types of sofas, ranging from conventional sofas to multifunctional sofas. Some can double up as a bed (sofa bed) and some can also be used as storage. A storage sofa is usually customised to fit the homeowners’ needs. You can simply suit it to your necessity and budget.
Those are five tips you can follow to choose the right sofa. You can also visit Archify to get more tips on designs, interior design inspirations, and find interior designers who are ready to help you realise your beautiful and comfortable dream home.