Buying a Sofa: How to choose the right one for your home

Stop and think about it for a moment.  You come home from work, and you want to relax.  Where do you want to sit?  When you have guest over where do you lead them? 

Probably your sofa.  So, you see,  a sofa is one of the most essential pieces for the home.   It's the item that everything else evolves around; and it's  likely where you spend most of your time. 

Buying the right sofa for your space and to meet your desires can make or break a space. If I’m designing a room, I like to suggest a neutral sofa with great lines, which allows the possibility to adapt to changing interior design trends and tastes. You also need to consider that a sofa is a long-term investment—like the person you choose to spend most of your time with. Trust me, you don’t want to cheap out on this one. A quality sofa can last a lifetime. 
Here are some factors to consider if you’re wondering how to choose the right sofa for you home.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy A Sofa

1. How do you want to feel when you sit on the sofa? Do you want to feel laid back and comfortable? Would you like extra space to lie down and read a book? Or would you prefer to feel regal?

2. What is the purpose of the space where the sofa will go? Consider where the sofa is going and how you will use it. Is it going in a formal living room? In the den where the kids play? Or will guests use it?

3. How much room do you have for the sofa? Consider proportions. Make sure that the sofa you want is not too small or too big. Otherwise, it will look funny. You also want to make sure that when the sofa is placed in the room, you leave enough space on either side for a side table if you want one. 

Answering these three questions is sure to help you choose the right sofa for your personal space. Sofas also come in a variety of styles, which I will go over below. 

1. The Chesterfield
This is one of my favorite sofa styles. I believe you can never go wrong by choosing one of these. When you sit down in a Chesterfield sofa, you feel comfortable and intimate because of the high sides. These sofas commands attention yet can be adapted to fit a variety of needs. It fits easily into a formal living room, and if upholstered in leather it has a high-end club feeling. Or covering it in velvet makes it more elegant. The obvious upholstery choice is linen, which makes the sofa understated yet soft.

2. The Classic English rolled arm sofa
This is the classic English Sofa with softer look. This is very comfortable option with deep and low seats. It invites you to sit back and curl up your legs with your favorite magazine. As the name implies, this one is a classic.

3. The  Streamlined Tuxedo Sofa

This clean, modern, streamlined sofa fits easily in both modern and traditional settings. Both the arms and the back are the same height, while the generous back and seat cushions make it an inviting sofa for a family. It can also come slipcovered or upholstered. 

4. The Camelback sofa:

The Camelback is a more traditional sofa style. It’s an elegant choice with a serpentine back that sets it apart from the rest of the sofa. For a relaxed look go with a tailored skirt sofa. Or if you want a more refined look, find one that shows the feet. Even though these are formal, the Camelback sofa isn’t your grandmother's sofa anymore! With the right fabric, one of these can be traditional or modern.  

5. The Sectional:

If you don't have enough space in your space for added chairs, the sectional is the perfect choice since it’s probably the most functional style. A sofa and a chaise combined make the sectional multi-functional. You can sit back and relax or you can lie on the chaise part to read a book, and it has enough seating for all of your guests.  Sectionals usually have a deep seat, and are very roomy making them good for families with kids, or if you want to snuggle with your loved ones. Also if you have a guest over, it can function as a bed.

6. The Bridgewater

If you are seeking a casual and relaxed look, the Bridgewater is your sofa. This style might remind you of the English Rolled Arm, but the difference is that the Bridgewater has a higher back. This is the most commonly sold sofa at stores because they fit in both traditional and transitional spaces. 

Buying the right sofa is an investment piece that you will have for a long time, so you also want to think about what fabric to use on it. Here's a quick interior design tip: When choosing a fabric for your sofa, go with a neutral fabric. Big patterned fabrics are good for settees as an accent piece or for side chairs but not for a sofa. Even if you don’t think so at first, you will probably get tired of looking at it for so long. 

Now that you’ve answered the three questions and considered the different styles, which one do you think is the right sofa for your home? 

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