Sofas are a huge commitment for your home, and they are also expensive. Furthermore, they need to last for a long time, provide functionality, comfort, and work well with the rest of the space. The quality of the frame, suspension, cushioning, and upholstery are what separate a sofa that will last 10 to 20 years from one that will start to falter or look worn after only a few.
As a result, choosing the right sofa for your home and your lifestyle is a serious matter. When buying a new sofa, here are some things to keep in mind:
Everything begins with the frame. A solid frame is an essential element of a good sofa. The best frame is made from kiln-dried hardwood. The process of kiln drying removes all moisture from the wood, enabling it to retain its shape and stability over a long period of time.
It's easy to get caught up in how a sofa looks - but don't forget that a good sofa is comfortable, too. Comfort may mean different things to each of us. Some people like a firm seat that is supportive and easy to get out of, while others prefer a softer seat they can sink into. The springs or suspension should be able to weather structural stress and prevent the cushions from flattening. Cushions may give a sofa shape, but it’s actually the springs that primarily determine its comfort.
Size and Scale
Size and scale are both a major consideration when buying a sofa. It needs to fit in your space - it shouldn't overwhelm or underwhelm.
Lifestyle is an important consideration when deciding on a sofa fabric and it is what you’ll see and feel for years after purchase. High-performance fabrics are great option for families with children and/or pets. A fabric’s rub count, thread count, weave tightness, colorfastness, and stain resistance are what you should be looking for in a quality upholstery fabric.
It's tempting to go neutral when buying a sofa, so the piece works in a variety of different spaces. That makes sense. But if you love color, don't be afraid of it - a sofa can be a statement piece and color make it exciting.
The lines of a sofa are an important element of the overall look. For example, if you want modern styled space, choose a sofa with clean lines and minimal details.
Do you want a sofa that is low maintenance or one that will need to have the cushions fluffed frequently? It’s definitely something to consider.
You don't have to see a sofa's legs, but if you do, the style and material of the legs adds to the overall look of the piece. Steel? Modern. Ornate wood? Traditional. And so on.
Sofa's styles are heavily influenced by their arms. For example, a rolled arm sofa has a softer, more traditional look than a sofa with straight arms.