The living room is one of, if not the, most important rooms in your home. For most of us, it’s where we spend the most time. It’s the place where we relax, eat and entertain. With that being the case, the most important piece of furniture in the living room should be the sofa, as it’s the focal piece of furniture.
Choosing a new sofa can be a challenge. Given its importance, you want to make sure you find the one that’s correct for your home and your needs. With that in mind, here are three key things to look for when choosing a new sofa:
Is it comfortable?
The most important factor when choosing a new sofa is the comfort. With the amount of time you are going to spend sitting on it, any sofa should be comfortable and an enjoyable place to relax. Choosing a sofa that is ‘style over substance’ is not a good decision and will be one you regret in the long-term.
Finding a comfortable sofa is simply a matter of trial and error. It’s something that will require you to go out to shops and spend time sitting on a variety of sofa to find one that is ideal for you. This is one of the significant drawbacks with furniture shopping online as you may find a sofa you like the look of, but if you can’t try it and see how it feels it’s risky to buy it there and then.
Does it fit with your layout?
Finding a sofa which works with the layout of your room is another essential factor you should be considering in your decision. Depending on how your living room is laid out, it could rule out some design choices. For example, an L shaped sofa works best when placed up against a wall to maximise corner space and provide more floor space. If you have a large room, however, an L shape can be placed in the middle of the room without looking too cumbersome and out of place.
Having the flexibility to move existing furniture around to accommodate a new sofa is also something to keep in mind. If you have a small room with little flexibility to move furniture around, this should be in your mind at all times when looking for a new sofa. Some sofa styles are available in multiple sizes, such as Chesterfield Sofas, and this can provide more options if you find a sofa style you really like.
Does it match the colour scheme of your room?
Making sure the colour of the fabric or leather you choose for your sofa will not clash with the existing colour scheme of the room is another critical factor to keep in mind. While you may want your sofa to be a statement piece of furniture and be the focal point of the living room, it shouldn’t be overpowering.
The range of fabric and leather colours available is extensive, so it should always be possible to find a shade which fits. Showrooms and furniture stores will often let you take fabric samples home so you can see how the colour interacts with existing furniture and walls.