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

When Looking for a Children’s Sofa Or Chair – What to Look For

When looking for a children’s sofa, chair or other seating furniture, always think about what you are buying. A kid’s sofa needs to be able to hold up with all kinds of rough conditions even if it is built for children. Also ask yourself what are you going to use it for, where will it be placed in your home? Is build to last? And will it be able to withstand my child’s rough play? Is it worth the money?Hhere is a few key features you should look for when looking to purchase children’s furniture:

Hardwood or soft wood?

If a sofa or chair is built with soft wood instead of hard wood it won’t last very long, this is why we believe hardwood is a much better material to use when building the frame. It gives the sofa a much stronger and sturdy structure. Especially if you have the rough and tumble of children’s play in mind.

How is fixed together?

Is the chair glued? Screwed? Or stapled together? It is best to have all three, but any will be fine as long as the frame is made from hardwood. Knowing the sofa is held together firmly gives you the peace of mind that it won’t fall apart while your child is sat or playing on the sofa. And less likely to be injured.

Are the arms of the sofa or chair made to standards?

I have found that many children’s sofas lack in a simple requirement, a firm arm..By this I mean cardboard. It helps give the sofa a much more safer feeling, if you have a children’s sofa with the cardboard missing, you can feel the frame inside and the poor padding of the foam. Many children climb and jump on the arms of a chair so the cardboard is there for a purpose. It prevents the wood of the frame to break and acts as a safety net, if the sofas was to split it stops any broken wood to piece through and injure your child. So when you go out and buy a sofa or chair for your child, be sure to have a good feel of it.

What is the padding like?

Many children’s sofas on the market are made poorly with thin and cheap padding, they do this to save on costs as foam is rather expensive. It is always best to choose a sofa that is well padded..Not only will be more comfortable it will also be safer by protecting your child from bumps, if they was to fall and bang themselves on the sofa.

What is the seat like?

Has the seat base got webbing or is it just wood,95% of kids sofas have a thin wooden seat base this is not good at all. As we all know kids like to jump and play around on sofas and chairs, so it need to

be able to withstand these conditions so it will last a long time. I found that seats made from webbing are much more durable and more likely to last and also feels more comfortable.

What fabrics are on offer?

Ask for a sample of the fabric or faux leather, that way you can get feel of it..Thicker fabrics last longer and more durable than thinner ones and less likely to tear it is also a good idea to ask if it is fire retardant, by law all fabrics used in children’s furniture or clothing has to have this requirement if it is not don’t buy it. If it is ask for proof, ask for a copy of the fr certificate. Most of the children’s sofas you find in shops for £24 to £60 will be a lower grade fabric or faux leather which is not a good feature it needs to be a heavy duty fabric or faux leather to with stand children’s daily activities like the ones used in clubs, hotels, schools, nurseries, day care centres. Unfortunately, most people look at the designs, styles or fabric first before checking durability of materials used. It is a good idea to make sure that your child’s sofas include both durability and beauty. Choose colours and designs that both adults and children could appreciate. White or pale colour sofa,. This type of kid’s sofa could only cause extra work for you. Since kids have the tendency to jump on sofas and leave dirt behind, it is best to choose darker colour fabrics. So you won’t have to clean it often because the dark colour could hide dirt stains for months.

In order to purchase a durable sofa, keep a lookout for kid’s sofas that could withstand liquid spills, roughness, dirt and other abuses. Kids will be kids. So you have to pick a sofa that could meet your child’s activity level.

Tips for Buying a Great Sofa

Looking for a new sofa? It must be durable, because you are not getting a sofa every year. It is therefore important that your new sofa is perfect and totally within your expectation. How to choose a “right” sofa? This depends on your budget, the family situation (children and/or pets), your preference for the material and how the new sofa will be integrated into your current interior décor. We are here assisting you step by step in your decision making for choosing a new sofa that is right for you!

· First, measure the size of the room and existing furniture.
Make sure to measure exactly the dimensions of your room, existing furniture before going to the store assessing new sofas.

To create an atmosphere of calm is very vital. Too many accents and accessories piled in a room will make you feel dazzled and restless. Opt instead for a single expressive piece of furniture for more than small elements. Factoring in the colors of the existing furniture and the room when considering choosing modern sofas.

A sofa that is ‘standing out’ from the ground looks less ‘heavy’, especially when the sofa is placed in front of the window and when sunlight is cast on the sofa. Even a generous corner sofa can produce in a relatively small room a spacious feeling.

· Check the quality of sofa framework
Shake the sofa or chaise sofa with two hands and feel if the whole framework is solid. If possible, open up a corner of cloth under the sofa bottom and check if there are rots, insects, scars, ect. You also need to check the wood frame to make sure it’s better joined through using mortise and tenon, instead of nails, and whether the mortise-tenon joint is strengthened with glue.

· Inspect the internal cushion quality
These days high-end sofas use a nylon ribbon and spring crossover knitting structure for the underneath structure of the sofa. You should also see multiple layers bedding of high-elastic foams, polyester wadding and lightweight foams. This type of cushion will ensure super comfort with best resilience. The back and bottom part of mid-range sofas are typically made of fiberboard with layers of medium density foams and polyester wadding. When sitting on these sofas, you will feel cushion a little hard with less resilience.

· Check the fabric and sewing
Leather sofas come with two types, full leather and half leather or leather match. A full leather couch usually consumes hides from up to 10 cattle so it is very pricey but has best permeability and feel. Leather match means using top grain leather for the areas where your body touches, while sofa back, sides will use PU artificial leather PVC instead of leather, thereby the cost is reduced to make it more affordable while still of good quality.

Sofa leather can come from cow or buffalo. From other perspectives, there are three types of leather, top grain, split (the second layer of leather beneath top grain) and third layer leather. Top grain is the most durable type of leather used for sofas, because it holds color well, is more resistant to mechanical strength, and has a rich, high-quality appearance with good air permeability. Split leather is the inner layer of a hide that has been split into two pieces and is inferior to top grain leather.

You may also have heard of bonded leather. But this is a misleading term because it bonded leather is not genuine leather. Some furniture retailers categorize their bonded leather furniture with the genuine leather furniture which is not ethical and fair.

When inspecting a leather couch, you need to feel if the leather is supple or stiff. When you pinch the leather of good quality, the wrinkles should be able to go away after you let it go, instead of staying put.

When buying fabric sofas, make sure the covers for the sofa seat and the back should be detachable so that you can change to clean them up. Sofa fabric should be relatively thick. A high quality fabric must be able to endure 12,000 times of mechanic friction and typically weighs 300 gram per square meter. Some upscale sofa fabric is processed to be anti-static, dirt-proof, flame resistant. You also need to check if the sewing is fine, straight and smooth.

· Inspect foam sponge
For modern sofas, the high-end seat cushion has a density of 30 kg per cubic meter with high-elastic foam and sponge. For the back side, cushion should be more than 25 kg per cubic meter in density with high elastic foam. To make a better feel and comfort, sofa makers make the cushions more soft or more stiff depending on the customer needs and preferences. Sometimes, metal springs are used for a higher elasticity and anti-aging purpose. As rules of thumb, when you sit on a sofa cushion, it should not sink or sag for more than 10 cm.