When you are sofa shopping for your living room there are several factors to consider. You will need to decide on material, length, style and price range. Here are a few things you should consider before you go to the store.
What type of material do you want?
There are several reasons to choose a leather couch over fabric: professionals say that a leather sofa is estimated to last four time longer than one made out of fabric; leather is a warm and durable option that doesn’t go out of style; leather is easy to clean and only requires light vacuuming or dusting. Leather is unique, each hide has its own character making your sofa one of a kind. If you have allergies another benefit to leather is that it doesn’t hold pet dander, dust and other particles that may impact your allergies.
The number of prints, color options and styles for fabric sofas are almost endless. You can pick an option that works best with the colors and style of your current living room. Unless you buy a high-end couch, fabric is typically a more economical option.
What style sofa do you want?
Traditional sofas come in sizes from 6 to 8 feet in length, and 4 to 6 feet for a loveseat version. Sofas are called by various names depending on the number of pillows, arm design and other design features. For example, a chesterfield is a sofa with tufted or quilted fabric. An English rolled arm sofa is known for their round-arm rests. A contemporary, mid-century modern sofa has arms that are square in shape. Walking through a showroom or looking online you will see various options and styles that will work for your space.
A sectional sofa is a multi-piece option. They typically come with three or five optional layouts, the more pieces, the more layout options you have for your living room. Due to their size sectionals can accommodate a lot of people making them a good option for large families or for people who like to entertain.
A sleeper sofa serves a dual purpose and is a good option if you need your couch to work double duty. Sleeper sofas come in several options including pull-out sofa bed, convertible, futon or day bed. The pull-out sofa bed has a mattress that rolls out and is stored under the sofa cushions. Sleeper sofas are available in sizes from twin to king. A convertible sofa is different from a pull-out because it doesn’t have a mattress, instead couch pillows are arranged to form a place to sleep. A futon is sofa/bed combo, it includes a large, flat cushion that can be folded for seating and laid flat for sleeping. Finally, a daybed has seating and a mattress platform that is tucked under the seating section for additional sleeping.
No matter what type of sofa you end up choosing, be sure to get one that is high-quality so it will stand the test of time.