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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a New Sofa

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Choosing a new sofa is a big deal and something which requires a lot of thought. Not only do you want it to look good but it needs to be practical too. There are so many options available that it can be a bit of a minefield.

So with this in mind, I’ve put together a list of things that I thought about when we were buying our new sofa recently.

1. Budget

The very first thing to consider when looking for a new sofa is your budget. If you only have a small budget make sure that you do your research to ensure that what you are getting is good enough quality and is going to last for as long as you need it to.

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2. Style

Traditional? Modern? Retro? There are so many different styles of sofa around so start off by eliminating what you know you don’t want. It is important to choose something that compliments your home and your style, whilst also thinking about comfort and practicality.

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3. Material

We’ve had both fabric sofas and a leather sofa in the past and I can see the benefits of both. We had a leather sofa when the kids were really small and it was really practical as we could easily wipe it down when they got their sticky fingers all over it! However I do personally prefer the look of fabric sofas which is what we have now, now that the kids are a little older.

If you know that you want a fabric sofa, but you have young kids then maybe a sofa with removable covers would be a good option for you. The Madrid sofa from Sofa Sofa has practical washable covers so is perfect for people with children and pets.

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4. Colour

In the past I’ve always gone for the safe option when it comes to the colour of my sofa, something pretty neutral. But this time I decided to step out of my comfort zone and I went for teal and I’m so pleased I did.

A brightly coloured or patterned sofa makes a bold statement in a room but you also need to consider the fact that you might want to change the decor in your room at some point, will the sofa still look right if you do?

And again, when it comes to kids and sofas a darker coloured sofa may be a safe option but will you be completely happy with it?

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So do you play it safe or go bold??

5. The room

The size and shape of your room plays in big part in choosing the perfect sofa. Our living room is best suited to a corner sofa as it is quite small. However if you have a larger lounge two separate sofas may work better in the room. Of course you also need to consider how many people will be using the sofa. We are a family of four, so our five seater corner sofa works perfectly for us.

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Thanks for reading.


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8 Comments

  1. September 13, 2016 / 11:30 am

    We bought a corner sofa a few years ago for our flat and it had scatter back cushions hey drove me mad, so when we bought our house and got new furniture I could not wait to get a high backed sofa! Great post, come link up to #StarLinky! X

  2. September 13, 2016 / 11:31 am

    We bought a corner sofa a few years ago for our flat and it had scatter back cushions hey drove me mad, so when we bought our house and got new furniture I could not wait to get a high backed sofa! Great post, come link up to this months #StarLinky! X

  3. Notmyyearoff
    September 13, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    It really is one of the most important things you’ll buy for your room and I think people sometimes forget that and put more importance on their TV! I now want a new couch 🙂

  4. September 14, 2016 / 1:29 am

    Good tips … I really could do with a sofa change; and this is something I think I’ll actually enjoy shopping for. Nothing like a comfy sofa to sink into after a tired day. And a darker colour is definitely more durable when children are around, hey; or perhaps a very large throw over the sofa might do the same job. #TwinklyTuesday

  5. September 14, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    It took us a long time to find a sofa both my husband and I liked. In the end we both had to compromise but it worked out and our two sofas are still being used every day. #bestandworst

  6. September 14, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    All valid points, particularly colour especially in ay a later date you might want.to change your room colour X #bestandworst

  7. September 17, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Isn’t it such a tricky decision! We have both a leather and a fabric sofa and I like you can see the benefits of both, the only thing I dislike about a leather sofa is that in the winter they are sooo cold! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

  8. September 18, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Fab post – there are so many things to think about when buying a sofa…we have a red fabric one but now our little one is running around with snacks, I totally see the benefit of a leather one. I also love a L shaped sofa…perhaps one day when we decorate! Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam