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Home Happenings: A Guide to Shopping for a New Sofa

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Sofas

Sofas for everyday living.

By Richard Venettilli

A new sofa can refresh the look and feel of an entire room without requiring an exorbitant investment of time or money. Whether your goal is to make a room more attractive and stylish or simply to ensure that you are comfortable while relaxing at home, a new sofa can get the job done. That is not to say, however, that the same sofa will work in every situation. Keeping these principles in mind while shopping for a new sofa can help ensure that you are pleased with your purchase.

Traditional

From classic to contemporary, we have a sofa for everyone

Style

Sofas today are available in a wide variety of different styles, designs, colours and materials. Whether you prefer a traditional or a sectional sofa, you can find options to suit virtually any taste or decorating preference. Keep in mind the space you have available when choosing the style of your new couch; some styles can accentuate a limited amount of space, while others can make a large, open area feel more cozy.

Sofa

Pattern sofas make a unique decorating statement

Brand

Of course, your new sofa’s brand will likely be the factor that has the biggest impact on the amount of money you spend. For that reason, your budget will likely limit to some degree the brands you consider. In many cases, of course, you do get what you pay for – a high-end (and therefore more expensive) brand is likely to last well, maintaining a sharp, pristine appearance even after years of wear. That is not to say, however, that all off-brand sofas are a waste of money. If you check online reviews from a brand’s prior owners, you will improve your odds of finding a sofa that is both affordable and high-quality.

Leather Sofa

Leather Sofas create a sleek look

Construction

Although the frame of your new sofa may not be as noticeable as its style and shape and the material with which it is covered, the type of frame you choose can still have a significant impact on both the sofa’s appearance and its durability. Hardwood frames are a classic choice that is still beautiful and long-lasting. However, more modern materials, such as metal and fibreglass, are becoming quite popular as well – and they can be crafted into uniquely artistic furniture. Fibreboard and plastic frames, however, will generally only last for a relatively short period of time.

Sofa

Unique styling sofas

Features

Finally, you should also consider features of a sofa that might not be readily apparent at first glance. For example, you should try sitting and even lying on the sofa for a few minutes before you buy it to ensure that it is comfortable and that it suits your build. If you notice any protruding springs or awkward angles digging uncomfortably into your back, keep looking for a model you prefer. You should also try a variety of different fillings to decide which you prefer. You might be surprised just how many options you have when choosing a sofa filling; popular options include polyester fibre, goose down, various types of foam and feathers. Whichever you prefer, take your time to try it out thoroughly before buying. After all, no matter how great your new sofa looks, you will soon start to hate it if it is too uncomfortable to use.