Buying a sofa is major investment and you must take time to select the right furniture. Sofas and couches made of extravagant materials and master-crafted leather can cost many thousands of dollars. Nobody wants to get buyer's regret after investing a small fortune. Check the next tips on how to choose a sofa for your living room.
The first thing you should do is to determine the size and shape of the sofa. This will influence heavily the next decisions. You will have to figure out how the new furniture will integrate with the other living room objects. Decide if you want to add other couches or chairs near. Many people like to add a small coffee table. Choose a simple or an L-shaped sofa if this is your option. But if you want the sofa to be the focal point of the living room, choose a rounder shaped model. They are bigger and provide more seating.
Keep in mind that an L-shaped sofa is ideal for covering a large area and provide boundaries between surfaces with different functionality. You can use an L-shaped model to separate the living room from the dining room.
Rounder models are recommended for smaller rooms. And they can be used as a gathering point. You can use it to gather all your friends and watch some football matches, if that is your wish.
Select a style that complements your room and design choices. A sofa should be an integrated part of the room. There are so many stylistic options, from modern to vintage models, way too surrealistic and eccentric models.
The next thing to consider is the orientation. Decide if you want it oriented towards your TV, towards the windows or towards the exit doors. Its orientations is strongly related to its purpose: for relaxing, to provide seating for your guests, to watch TV, to enjoy the scenery, etc.
It is crucial to research the materials before buying a sofa. There are many materials, each one with pro and cons. Plush, white suede is very attractive and comfy material, but is the easiest one to ruin – not recommended if you have pets or small children. You surely do not want your dog Rollo happily chew on your newly bought furniture. Leather is the typical choice, with so many shades and colors, making a sofa easily to adapt to the other objects in the room. Outdoor fabric is also a sound choice, but you must carefully select the material.