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Tips for Choosing a Perfect Sofa

How to purchase sofa with confidence

L-shaped sofa
As one of furniture centerpieces, sofa should be chosen to fit in with the room design, as well as to be functional. (Image: https://flic.kr/p/dJVYS)

One problem you certainly won’t face when you’re picking out your new sofa is a lack of choice. Nowadays the possibilities are almost endless. In fact, there are so many choices that browsing through them all can become a real task. It can get tedious pretty quickly if you don’t know what it is you’re looking for. So don’t be overwhelmed, just get a clear idea of the kind of sofa you want, then think about it and discuss it. And when you’ve taken on board our tips you’ll be all set to get out there are make that purchase with confidence.

Shape is Key

The shape of your sofa is important for two main reasons. First of all the shape is intrinsic to the function the sofa will fulfill. If you have a family, you want something that can sit plenty of people as well as provide a lot of comfort after a long day at work. Therefore, you wouldn’t want a harsh, angular sofa. Secondly you must not fall into the trap of being seduced by a beautiful sofa that wouldn’t suit the rest of your room. It can be a good idea to think about how the sofa might divide a room and make your choice of its shape from there.

Consider Colour Carefully

This one is also linked to the setup of your room. When you’re looking at sofas it can be easy to forget how it will fit in with the rest of your room - take everything into consideration. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be brave with your choices. There are so many patterns and prints out there which can offer something a little different. They can turn a generic sofa into something a bit more unique. And they can be pretty inexpensive too.

Sofa with colourful printed fabric
The colour of your sofa should be chosen carefully, taking into consideration your room and how much you want it featured. (Image: https://flic.kr/p/p9oPMt)

Don’t Neglect the Frame

Frames are the very structure of your sofa so although they may be hidden, they’re vital. And remember if the frame is made of cheap wood that will usually mean it won’t last as long as a more pricey one - sorry penny-pinchers! The stronger the frame, the more use you’ll get out of the sofa, so it is worth getting a good one. If you get a made to order sofa from Multiyork, you’ll get a 15-year guarantee on the frame and the springs. This provides you with a bit of security and peace of mind.

Material and Upholstery

It’s not just appearances that you have to consider when looking at what kind of upholstery you want on your new sofa. It all depends on who’s going to be using it and what damage they could cause to it. Yes, I am of course talking about children and animals - although let’s not forget that adults can be as messy and careless at times too! Light colours and suede are the biggest things to avoid if you have infants and dogs in the vicinity. Leather is your safest option - both durable and wipeable. But it all depends on what risks you’re willing to take!

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