A sofa is one of the biggest furniture investments you can make – so it’s important to spend the time choosing the right one. With endless styles and sizes of sofa available we’ve created an EZ buying guide that you can use to help in the decision-making process.
How big should a sofa be?
By paying careful attention to the proportions of the room and its layout, you will be able to determine what height, length and depth of sofa can fit into the available space.
Once you’ve decided on the configuration, mark the sofas measurements out by placing newspaper on the floor in the space you intend to put it. This will help you visualise it and ensure you have adequate walking space around the sofa, space for additional pieces such as a coffee table and drawers/doors that will have to be opened and closed.
**Don’t forget to consider whether you will be able to easily manoeuvre your sofa through the front door, patio door, up two flights of stairs or whatever the limited access situation may be**
Which sofa is the most comfortable?
You should consider how your sofa will be used and by whom in order to determine which sofa style will be most comfortable and durable for you. Once you determine the user then the important factors to consider for overall comfort are the sofa's back, depth and height.
There are two main types of sofa back are cushion-back and fixed back.
- Cushion-back sofas refer to those featuring cushions that are completely unattached to the sofa, which allows them to be turned and rotated. These are often the more casual and comfortable option although, a loose-cushion back offers less support than a fixed back.
- Fixed back means the back frame of the sofa is itself sprung and upholstered, rather than the cushions. Fixed-back sofas are often a more formal style of sofa and are great for people who may need extra lumbar back support, or prefer sitting in a more upright position.
When making a decision on the type of sofa back you want, you should also consider whether you would prefer a low back or high back sofa.
- High back sofas are the more supportive option and will help support your neck as well as your back. In terms of appearance, they tend to work best in spacious rooms with higher ceilings so that the room doesn’t look cluttered.
- Low back sofas work well in small rooms as they give the illusion of more space and are more compact. They can make the ceilings seem higher and the sofa feeling less imposing.
- The depth: the depth refers to the distance from the front edge of the seat to the back, and will influence how comfortable you feel. If you are shorter in height and prefer sitting upright then a shallower option is advised to prevent your feet from dangling, alternatively, if you like leaning back or tucking your legs up, a deeper seat may be a more comfortable option for you.
- The height: Mobility is an important factor when deciding the height of your sofa. If you find it difficult to get up and down from your sofa, consider a design that's slightly higher off the ground and design with armrests additional support.
What type of sofa is best?
When choosing a fabric sofa, if you have children, pets or just a busy family home in general then a hard-wearing and durable fabric is the better option. Reversible/removable cushion covers help with ease of maintenance but leather is most advisable as it can be wiped clean and not as prone to stains as fabric. The brighter the colour you choose the harder it is to keep clean but remember it is important to choose a colour sofa that you can live with for a considerable amount of time.
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