What to Consider When Buying Traditional Sofas
No matter what you are shopping for these days, it seems you have endless options whether you’re picking out a pair of shoes or choosing between traditional sofas for your home. You may think you know exactly what you want after doing some research online, but when you get to the store and see all the style, color, and size options, you could very well change your mind or be overwhelmed with the selection.
You can save yourself some time and money, not to mention a bit of regret, by doing your homework before leaving your house to shop for traditional sofas at the store. Figure out exactly what you need and what you want in terms of a sofa before you go shopping. You will want to figure out:
1. Size – You need to determine what size of sofa you will need for your living room. If you have a big living room, decide how much of the room you want to be taken up by the sofa. If you have a smaller living room, you will want to decide where it should go and what size of sofa you will need. Traditional sofas may not work as well in a large space or you might consider getting two of them to fill the space.
2. Usage – Decide how your sofa will be used before you go shopping. Do you like to relax in front of the television or have a movie night with the family? If so, you will want to face your sofa in the direction of the TV, with a coffee table in front of it. If you entertain or like to have friends over for chats over a glass of wine, you might want to consider traditional sofas with a curve to them to make it easier to keep the conversations flowing.
3. Style – You have many choices for traditional sofas, but you will want to consider how your home is decorated when picking out a sofa. If you have a more modern or contemporary style, you will want something with clean lines and minimal bulk. If you have a more rustic or country-inspired look in your home, a high backed sofa may work well or could incorporate sofas with plaid or flower prints on them. A Victorian-style sofa would look nice in a formal parlor setting.
4. Fabrics – While you want to consider aesthetics when picking out your sofa, you want something that is going to last a while as well. While you may want a white sofa in your living room, if you have pets and kids, it can be very impractical for you. However, if you find a white leather sofa, that may not be so bad because leather wears so well and it is much easier to clean than fabrics are, so you don’t have to worry about muddy paw prints or spells as you would on a fabric sofa.
5. Color – This will also be dictated, to a certain extent, but the style in which your home is decorated. If you room needs a punch of color, get a bold print or colored fabric for your sofa. Neutral colors work well and you can always add the color in the throw pillows you put on your sofa.
Your sofa can be the focal point of your living room, especially if you entertain a lot and need plenty of seating. For a large living room, you may even consider adding two traditional sofas, facing each other, for a conversation area as long as you have adequate room for them.
Considerations When Looking at Sofas for Sale
One of the most important pieces of furniture that you will buy for your living room is a sofa.
It is so important because it is a very large piece of furniture which consequently has a large impact on how your room looks and feels.
However, not only does it have to look good. A sofa is a piece of furniture that you actually have to interact with so not only does it have to look good, it also has to be comfortable and practical.
When you’re out looking at the sofas for sale in a store, or browsing online, there are some things you need to consider.
When choosing a new sofa whether it’s a large 3 seater sofa or two smaller 2 seater sofas you should try to make sure that the frame is built from hardwood.
Having a hardwood frame will ensure that the sofa will stand the test of time; the fact that sofas cost a fortune can not be overlooked so you really do want to buy the most durable sofa that you can.
One very important fact that should not be overlooked is that of where the wood that builds the frame has come from. All wood in new products should be from a sustainable source and if you can’t find the origin of the timber used on your sofa regardless of how nice or comfortable you should not buy it.
The next factor to consider is the material. If you have children or pets you probably should be looking at getting a sofa which is made of leather. Leather is a very resilient material and can stand up to pet claws and spilled drinks far better than a cloth sofa could. If you don’t anticipate having either of these hazards though there is a myriad of cloth-based sofas on the market which are available in every color under the sun, and is usually less expensive than a leather lounge or sofa.
The final feature to consider is what the cushions are filled with. The cushion comes filled with two different types of material – these are either manmade fibers such as foam, or naturally occurring feathers. Both make good types of filling for your sofa but a feather filled sofa does require a little more maintenance than the foam variety.
A feather filled sofa will need to have the cushions plumped every day to prevent them from becoming compacted. It is also worth noting that feather-filled sofas tend to look a little bit more relaxed than manmade fiber-filled sofas.
If you consider these three points prior to purchasing your new sofa you can’t go too far wrong. Whether you are looking for a corner sofa or a simple armchair you should consider these three points carefully.