Choosing Your Sofa
Changing your old sofa is the same
as removing the old plastic covering that has been hanging on your
living room lamp for say, 5 years. Oh…the only design you are
seeing now is the newest stain your son has added to the pile. And
have you thought of how hard it is for you to get out from your
couch? That's too bad. These only mean one thing- its time to
change your sofa.
It might have taken you some time
before choosing the sofa from the furniture shop the last time you
bought your couch. Only to find out that everything were all in
vain. Your sofa was not as nice as you first thought of it to be.
To ease out the trouble of choosing your sofa, here are some
guidelines to make the work lighter:
- The size. Before doing
anything, decide on what size should you buy. This doesn't
necessarily mean that you use your room size as the basis. The
primary reason for this is to avoid the chance that your sofa
doesn't fit the door. Or if you are leaving on the second floor or
so, it may be due to the size of the stairs or the elevator.
Again, it is not only the length of the sofa that matters, check
also on its width and height and maximum size that your room will
- The color. It is not
always advisable to pick the color that looks strong. As far as
home designing is concerned, neutral colors still remain to be the
ideal choice. Then if you want to capture those hot and striking
colors then take advantage of the sofa accessories. Throw pillows
are much less expensive and they may be great additions to your
home décors. Plus, you can always change the looks of your living
room by rearranging your pillows or by changing their pillow case
- Assess your lifestyle.
Consider your lifestyle and start from there when choosing the
upholstery of your sofa. Also think about which part of the house
will your sofa be placed. Will it be placed in the family room or
in the formal living room? Having kids may also add to your
reconsiderations. For the longevity of the furniture, avoid
delicate upholstery like that of satin.
- The pattern. If you prefer
plain design then it is best to narrow down your choices to more
toned down colors. However, choosing patterned upholstery is
another thing. Choose a pattern that may conceal "add-on" designs
(those that are patented by your son). With this in mind, you may
choose multi-colored pattern. This will help you hide the dirt and
stains that your children have created.
- Examine the furniture.
While you're on-site, allow yourself ample time to examine the
furniture itself. The underlying construction and the over-all
sofa make up. Ensure yourself that you have tried the feel of the
sofa. Sit on it like you are at you own home. This will give you a
better idea of what the sofa may feel like. If possible, invite
others to try the sofa as well. This will make you see the
comfortability level of the furniture.
- Check other things.
Inspect the accents of the sofa. Check the trimmings, the wood
used in construction, the paddings, and the over-all design.
The question of- "will it match my
room?" may arise. It is best to address this question and other
issues as well. If you see some defaults, then look for another
sofa. After all, choosing a defaulted sofa is not suggested in the
Robert Thatcher is a freelance
publisher based in Cupertino, California. He publishes articles
and reports in various ezines and provides sofa resources on