Buying a sofa with chairs is one of the most important investments you will make for your home. It is used for lounging, reading, watching tv, entertainment, eating and even napping, so we must invest in a sofa that will last you years.
From taking measurements and choosing the frame that suits you, to collecting fabric swatches. There are six things you should consider before buying a new sofa:
Try The Sofa With Chairs Before Buying
When you look for a mattress, you do the age-old bottom test. The same theory applies here. The average sofa has a depth of 60 cm allowing you plenty of room to move if you have long legs and lets you tuck them in too if you are short. But seat depths vary, so try out different styles to ensure you have good back support.
When it comes to seat height, designs could be between 45 cm to 50 cm high. There is no right or wrong height so try before buying to make sure it suits you.
It’s also important to consider how you lounge. For example, if there are two of you and both of you like to prefer to sit with your legs up then ensure the sofa is deep enough to accommodate you both. Or go with a recliner sofa if you have the space to accommodate one. If you like laying down, ensure it is long enough. Taller people should consider sofas with a higher back to offer extra support.
Spend Money On A Good Frame
Spend as much as possible on a quality frame. It will last you through many years of lounging. A solid hardwood frame is a good option, but be careful of a particleboard or metal construction. Also, take note of the guarantee before committing. Go for manufacturers that are offering a minimum of 15 years of guarantee.
Order Swatches To See How They Look In Your Home
Seeing a physical sample of your sofa with chairs in your living can make all the difference. Without swatches, you can’t judge the scale of a repeat pattern, or how the lights in your room affect the color or sheen of the fabric.
Most furniture shops will offer free or low-cost swatches that can be gathered with paint samples or wallpaper samples if you are redesigning your whole space. You should consider a physical mood board but if you are digitally minded, there are many apps that will help you organize your design scheme.
Check What The Cushions Are Filled With
Remember that what is used inside a sofa is just as important as what is used on the outside. When it comes to the sofa back and seat, feather-filled cushions are extremely comfortable but need to be plumped regularly while foam or fiber fillings may flatten out and lose their shape over time.
Do you want the perfect solution? Choose a combination of feather and foam so you have comfort and structure both. Back cushions can be filled with feathers while seat cushions can be filled with foam or fiber.
Focus On The Choice Of Fabric
Whether you go for a bold color, pattern, or neutral, your choice of fabric will have a huge impact on the room so choose one that fits with your scheme. Natural colors fade with light so choose a synthetic color if the sofa with chairs will be near the window.
If you have a busy family or a cat or a dog, go for a fabric that is easy to spot clean. Leather, microfiber, velvet, and canvas are all good options, while textured weaves are hard-wearing and more forgiving of stains. You can also go for loose covers as they can be removed for cleaning and some are washable too.
Measure The Sofa With Your Space
There is nothing worse than buying a sofa that doesn’t fit your space so before committing, measure up. Get out your tape and ensure that the maximum sofa dimensions will fit and suit your space.
It is important to note both the width and the depth. Pay attention to the depth if you are buying for a smaller room. Since the depth will rarely change from the larger to smaller size sofas. Also, note the height if your room has shelves and radiators.
One tip for making sure your sofa will fit in your space is to cut out the shape of your sofa from newspaper and place it on the floor in the room. This way you can check that you have enough room to walk around it with ease and that you’ve left enough room for shelves, radiators, and other pieces of furniture, as well as the opening of cupboards, doors, and windows.
Finally, also measure the dimension of any doors or stairways the sofa has to go through on delivery.
Now you have what you have to do when committing to a sofa. A sofa is a very important piece of furniture which is why it’s important to follow the above guidelines so you can get the maximum benefits. As for which furniture you can buy it from, AVRS Furniture shop in Dublin, is the answer with its modern and stylish sofa collection. So head to the store to complete your perfect home!