We break down the sofa buying process so that you get the piece that is right for your needs and space
If you have a bigger living room, you’ll need to decide exactly how much of the living room you want your sofa to fill. Do you want to include other sofas or chairs? Do you want a coffee table? If so, a simple sofa, or one with a slight L-shape is probably the best fit. If you’re looking for a sofa that will be the focal point of your living room, look for rounder sofa shapes that take up a bit more room and provide a lot of seating.
Successfully organising a living space starts with analysing your lifestyle. What do you do the most in that space? Do you like to wind down in front of the TV? Make sure your sofa faces that direction. Love hosting game or wine nights? Create a semi circle (or even full circle) around a central table.
Does your family use the living room to lounge, relax and read? Surround your sofa with chairs and cushions to create multiple seating areas that can be enjoyed individually, or as a large group.
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Now that you’ve decided your sofa’s function, it’s time to figure out which shape will help it fulfilthat purpose. A clean L-shape is great for open areas that need to be divided – such as separating the living room from the dining room.
A rounder shape is a bit more conducive for a smaller space meant to serve as a gathering area for groups of people, but could also be perfect for a media room.
Does your room have a well-rounded personality?
Leather – particularly in darker colours – is consistently in style, generally wears well with age, and can be fairly easy to clean.
Choosing a Sofa: Fabric vs. Leather
Another choice is to opt to have your couch upholstered in an outdoor fabric. Many companies now carry weather-proof fabric, which resist stains, water and fading from the sun. Many outdoor furniture companies also have outdoor sofas and love seats that are so simple and classic in design that they could easily be used indoors.
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It can be a little hard to nail down your own personal style, but go with your gut instinct when picking the type of sofa that will fit naturally in your home. If your style is sleek and modern, pick something that reflects that in clean lines and dramatic colours.
Re-upholstering furniture is an option for anyone who wants to personalise a piece of furniture.
If you’re too nervous to experiment with bolder colours and patterns in your sofa, you can always opt for a funky ottoman that can double as a coffee table. It’ll add a more subtle sense of diversity to your living room, while complementing more classic sofas and chairs.
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