Durable, comfortable, and attractive - the three criteria most people have in mind while shopping for a new sofa. It should come as no surprise that finding one that will check all of those boxes is sure to be an investment, and the process can be a headache. No one wants the buyer's remorse that comes from a hastily-made decision. If you're wondering how to choose a sofa, here's a quick guide to make the process a little easier.
Choosing the Right Style
Before doing anything else, you need to figure out what style of sofa fits best in your particular space. Oftentimes people think they want a sectional because of the comfort and large seating capacity it offers, but neglect to take into consideration the size or shape of their room. Many times, a sectional either won't fit or is just wrong for the room. So take some measurements of your room. Think about the shape:
- Is it long and narrow, or square and closed-off? A sofa may be your best bet.
- Is your room airy and open to the rest of the house? A large sectional can help to break up the space and mark the edges of a "room", so to speak.
Also think about how you like to sit on a sofa, and how you will most likely be using it:
- Do you prefer sitting in the center, or on an edge? If you like to lean on the arms, a sofa with high arms might be best.
- If you prefer to lie down, you may get better use out of a sofa with lower arms because they're easier for resting your head.
It's also important to take into account the height and depth of the seat. If you are tall, deeper seats work better. But if you have a hard time getting up from being seated, a shallower seat is your best bet.
Choosing the Fill and Fabric
We all have different ideas of what makes something comfortable. Do you prefer a soft sofa you can collapse into, or a firmer, more supportive cushion? Or, do you like differing levels of firmness in the back and the seat? Try out sofas with varying degrees of softness if you're not sure where your preferences lie. In addition to fill type, you'll want to take into consideration the sofa upholstery fabric. Fabrics play into the overall tone and feel of a room, and - obviously - the actual feel of the sofa. Perhaps you enjoy the look of textured fabrics, and the warmth they bring to a room, but do you like how they actually feel to sit on? You love the sophistication of leather, but it's also slippery on clothing, sticky on skin, and can be cold. Microfiber is low-maintenance and easy to clean, but the "swirl" marks might get on your nerves. Sit and lie down on different fabrics until you feel confident in what's right for you.
Take Your Time
Do your research. Shop around. Really get to know your options. It's a big purchase and a big decision, so don't rush into anything or let people pressure you.