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.
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**
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.
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.
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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