Buying a Sofa: Things to Consider

A sofa basically is a piece of furniture also called a couch.

If you are going to buy a sofa bed, there are several questions that are natural to come to your mind such as:

Do you need a large sofa-bed for family pile ups or a sofa for guests?
May it block a door or radiator?
Will it allow you to move around the room freely?

Various things that can be considered while buying a sofa are:

Space is the most important factor in buying a sofa. When buying a sofa you should choose the one that can easily fit in your space without affecting other things. All of us would want to buy a large sofa on which three adults can sit comfortably. For a couple, try a pair of two seater sofas.

Shape is also very important factor in purchasing of a sofa. Based on shape, there are various sofas available in the market. Low back sofas are good for rooms having low ceilings, but they may not offer the back support you require. High back sofas are more supportive and comfortable, but they require larger space to fit in. Corner or modular sofas generally best fit in the corners.

What material is being filled in the sofa will hugely affect both comfort and appearance. Foam-filled sofas are most widely used sofas as they provide a firm feel and appearance. Feather-filled sofas are also in the market that give casual, squishy feel, and will need to be plumped daily to keep the sofa looking at its best.

Color and Material of sofa:
Color is also important as it should match with other furnishings of your room such as wall-paint, room floor, room furniture, etc.

It is also important to think whether you are going to purchase a lather sofa or a fabric sofa. It depends on factors like area of use of sofa and extent of use of sofa. Leather is durable, easy to clean and non- absorbent for spills and smells. Fabric, on the other hand, takes a bit more maintenance.

Whether you are having a rented accommodation or you own one, it also affects the type of sofa you would like to purchase. If the property is rental, you will have to make sure that your furniture is not providing any bad effects on the floor or other rented stuffs, which may include fire retardant sofa fillings and coverings. You can purchase floor protectors in order to prevent your floor getting scratched.

Sofa beds:
Sofa beds are particularly useful if you have a small living space. Try to search for one that is easy to fold and unfold and also make sure you have enough space for them to extend.

Above points can help you in taking decision of what type of sofa you should purchase. Think carefully and deeply before making a final decision on your sofa.

Fabric Or Leather? Know Which Sofa Will Be Best For You

Are you planning to buy a new sofa, but you are confused whether you should purchase a leather sofa or a fabric sofa? My brother’s marriage is round the corner, and we daily go to our friends and relatives places to give away the invitation cards. I don’t know whether it was a sign to make the right choice or merely a coincidence but, that incidence helped us to take the right choice. We went to two homes, in one there was attractive fabric sofa with bright and eye catchy prints, that can make anyone fall in love with it. And in the second home, they had that classic leather sofa. In both the homes, there were two small kids one girl and one boy. The kids in the house, which had fabric sofa, spilled their orange juice on the couch, and it got stained. Their mother got so angry! While we were leaving her home, her smile did not reach her eyes because she spent a hell lot of money on that fabric sofa. While in the home which had a leather sofa, their daughter spilled mango juice over the sofa. Her mother laughed out loud and said, “until she doesn’t spill the things she eats or drinks on this sofa, her meal doesn’t get completed.” She just brought a cloth and wiped it off. The sofa looked as fresh as new!

So, the lesson I got from that incidence is that when we buy a sofa for my brother’s new house, it is going to be a leather sofa because soon they will also have kids maybe in the next three to four years and replacing it again would have us incur a massive loss. But, every coin has two sides so we can’t just rely on one aspect and take the decision. The below guide will help you to know which sofa set would be better for you whether a fabric sofa or a leather sofa?

  1. Durability: Leather is the most durable material, but it can easily get scratched. Sometimes it is also susceptible to splitting and cracking. But, no matter what leather lasts longer than the fabric sofas before they need to get replaced. Fabric sofa tends to stain, fade, and wear out more easily and quickly.
  2. Care And Maintenance: fabric sofas require high maintenance and are hard to clean. They catch all the intense smells and odors way too quickly. They are also highly susceptible to dust mites. Nevertheless, some fabric sofas come equipped with a cover that can be removed and cleaned more easily. The leather is stain resistant and is very easy to clean. Although, it does not need much cleaning, but it still needs to be kept clean.
  3. Comfort And feel: Leather adapts the prevailing weather and climate very soon. They get hot and sticky in summer and cold in winter. They are not preferred in extreme climatic conditions. A fabric sofa is comparatively more comfortable and soothing than the leather sofa.
  4. Color and Type Variants: Leather sofa come majorly in two or three colors that are brown, black and chestnut. You can’t get their color variants, but you can get their types. Few types of leather are used to craft sofa sets. The Very type has its own quality standard. It totally depends on how much you are willing to get in the price that you pay. While, fabric sofas come in n number of colors. They are the most preferred sofa set if you want to add a vibrant touch of color in your living room. They are also crafted with different materials like polyester, nylon, cotton, etc. Depending on the feel and finish you require, you can choose any one of them!
  5. Cost: Leather sofa are bit expensive but they are durable and stain resistant. While, the fabric sofas are comparatively cheaper, but they can easily catch stains.

These were some points that you can consider while buying a new set of sofa. I guess this guide will help you to know whether you want to purchase a fabric sofa or a leather sofa!

Selecting That Perfect Curved Sofa

Curved Sofas have increased in popularity over recent years as many people become more adventurous and creative with how they dress their homes with furniture.

It seems gone are the times when most people will settle for a two-seater or three-seater sofa with a few matching single sofa chairs.

Furniture consumers today are fast becoming sophisticated and stylish savvy when it comes to their home furnishings and large international furniture makers and retailers such as IKEA have been cashing in on the trend.

So what makes a perfect sofa and why a curved sofa in the first place?

Well to put it simply, in today’s world we live very hectic and structured lives and some professional interior designers and decorators have suggested that we now seek to deconstruct our living spaces by getting rid of as many straight lines and right angled corners as possible.

To put it simply, straight lines are out and curves are in when it comes to our lounge rooms and living spaces in order to create a more relaxed and naturally appealing environment.

It seems that today’s busy people are in need of highly relaxing living environment and what better way to break up the myriad of straight lines and right angled corners which pollute your home with a relaxing and stylish sofa.

So what are some main considerations when shopping for a curved sofa to perfectly suit your living space.

Well colour is a great place to start and the great thing about today’s modern furniture is that there are usually a large range of colours to choose from for any given style of sofa.

A great way to get some idea of what types of colours and shades will perfectly go with the existing decor and lighting of your living room is to take a few photos of your living space in a number of different light settings.

in this way you can get a good idea what colours and shades would be an ideal compliment to your curtains, any art that you might have, your carpet and of course the colour of your walls as well as the lighting conditions of your living room.

Also you could bring these photos with you when you go sofa hunting as many furniture retailers these days will have an interior stylist on hand so you will be able to provide a graphic example of your living room so you can make full use of the shop floor professional advice.

Another good tip is to measure your living area and even roughly draw a scaled floor plan of your living area so when you spot that perfect curved sofa, it’s just a matter measuring the dimensions of the sofa to get an accurate idea if you have plenty of space to showcase your beautiful new sofa in your living room as well as having a good idea if the shape of the curved sofa that you have just fell in love with compliments the shape of your living room.

The texture of your sofa is another important aspect of your potential purchase and your current soft furnishings of your living room should have an influence in what texture or material your sofa will be made of as well as the climate in the area you live.

in more temperate or mild climates leather curved sofas are an excellent choice, although if you live in a cold area a fabric sofa is probably more suitable.

What about sofa shape?

While most curved sofas have a very simple single curve, there are even more interesting sofas available which have varying degrees of curve or even slight wave shape. Although these curved sofas are usually a one off custom built sofa, more and more unique curved shaped sofas are being made to cater for a more distinguishing market.

Another consideration when selecting a new sofa is height, especially when your new sofa is going to be placed in front of an entertainment system, having a sofa which is the correct height not only in respect to your own body’s dimensions but also the height of your flat panel television is vital consideration.

But of course last but not least there is the warranty consideration, it’s very easy to get caught up in the emotion of buying a stylish new piece of furniture that will increase the appeal of your living area of your home but it’s good to know that you’re buying a quality product and that the furniture retailer which is selling you your new stylish curved sofa is confident enough in the products build quality to provide you with a generous warranty