There are no set rules in buying a sofa. It’s all about personal taste and preference but unless you want to replace your sofa too quickly, you have to answer these questions to determine what’s right for you:
1. Sofa Size: The size of your sofa may not be determined by the space you have but by whether you live in an apartment, a house, on the ground floor or upstairs. You need to know the maximum height and width of your doors, stairs, elevator and hallway to make sure the sofa gets into your home.
Some sofa manufacturers can build around the above or supply their sofas with bolt on arms or in small pieces to be put together in situ.
Other things to consider:
2. Upholstery material (leather, fabric or PVC): Choose material that matches your life style, that looks good, can hide soils and will last you long enough to recoup money spent!
To get the best from your sofa, determine:
* How the sofa will be used?
* How often it will be used.
* Are there animals and kids around?
* What the room traffic will be (how many people will use it at any one time?)
If you answered yes to most of the above, choose textured and heavy pattern materials. These will last long and hide stains and accidents by you and the kids.
Don’t forget that leather outlasts fabrics by 4 to1.
3. Money Spent v Quality: That a sofa looks good and (or) is cheap doesn’t necessarily mean it
will give you a good return on money spent. Apart from needing to replace it quicker, a badly
constructed sofa may be bad for your health. This is particularly true for people prone to bad backs.
It’s important to check:
* The workmanship and how the sofa is constructed. You don’t have much say in mass produced sofas whilst bespoke and handmade can be specific to your needs.
* Internal components and cushion fillers used
* Quality of the upholstery. Your sofa must look and sit good. Is there enough padding? Check that patterns match the cushions and skirt, that stripes aligned at the edges.
* Warranty period offered.
4. Creature Comfort: The comfort of your sofa is paramount. Every one sits differently.
So ask your self the following:
* What’s the best sitting posture for your life style (slouch or upright)?
* Does the sofa offer the best for your sitting posture?
* Is the sofa as comfortable as you want it?
* Are the seat height, the depth, the arm height & cushion fillers correct for your life style?