Finding the right sofa can become quite a challenge. Given the wide variety of styles, colors, materials and sizes of sofas it definitely pays off to do some research before you visit your local furniture store or shop online. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Sofas come in different sizes, from loveseats to sectionals. Therefore, it is important to measure the area where you want to put the sofa. Make sure there is still enough space to walk around. If you consider buying a reclining sofa or sofa bed make sure that the sofa still fits into the room when it is fully reclined or unfolded.
To find the right size think about what the sofa will be used for. Is it mostly used to entertain guests or watch a big game with a bunch of friends? Or will it be used to host overnight guests or spend time with your family?
The style of the sofa should fit to the existing décor of your home. If the existing furniture has a more traditional look a modern sofa might not be the best choice. In general, it is advisable to pick a sofa before you buy the rest of the living room furniture. This way you can make sure that the sofa becomes the centerpiece of your room that determines the style and look.
As with the style make sure that the color of the sofa matches the color of the existing furniture. However, the right color also depends on your living situation. If you have kids or pets you should consider buying a sofa with a darker color, on which stains are not that visible.
Since a sofa is a big investment you also want to make sure to pick a color that does not leave you boxed in. White for example is timeless and can be combined easily with almost every other color. Make sure, however, to choose a material that is somewhat stain-resistant and easy to clean. Cream, biscuit or brown are also great choices that look warm, classic and are always in style. Gray is also very popular and easy to combine with other colors.
The material of a sofa determines its characteristics, like strength, durability, stain resistance, and cost. Sofas are available in natural and synthetic materials. Natural materials are leather, cotton, linen, wool or sink. Synthetic materials are microfiber, faux leather and chenille. The right material depends on your personal preferences, budget and living situation. If you suffer from allergies, for example, you should consider microfiber since it does not attract dust and is lint free. Leather gives your room an elegant touch and is easy to clean and maintain, though more expensive than other fabrics.
Probably one of the most important things to think about before you buy a sofa is how much you are willing to spend. Prices for sofas range from a few hundred dollars to 5,000 dollars and more. So set a budget upfront and stick to it.