Picking the right furniture for any room is a challenge that involves balancing both personal taste and finances. For any piece of furniture, there’s a seemingly never-ending number of choices to consider, making the decision that much harder.
Perhaps the most important piece of furniture in any home is the sofa. While décor and aesthetics matter, seating is fundamental to the functionality and appeal of any room. Yet choosing the perfect sofa for your household’s needs requires many different considerations.
We’ll take a look at some factors to consider when selecting the best sofa for your household, which will hopefully make the process easier.
Space Conscious Sofas
The single biggest factor in selecting any sofa for a house is space. Depending on the size of your living area or room in question, your options may be limited. Whether you have a lot of space or just a little, you want the sofa to be proportional to the room.
For example, larger rooms may be optimised by selecting a plush leather sofa. A smaller room – in pursuit of maximising space – may be best suited for a corner group sofa that hugs the walls yet provides plenty of seating. To get an idea of what sizes are available, it may be worth checking out The Place for Homes and its sofa collection.
Sofas That Accommodate
Exactly how big does a sofa need to be? That depends on the size of your family and the frequency at which you have guests. Small families and childless couples may be just fine with a love seat-style sofa, which can save both space and money.
However, larger households may want to consider a full-sized sofa, or at minimum, a sofa with additional seating options (such as love seats).
Sofas That Endure
Is your house messy? Do you have small children that are prone to accidents and mishaps? Then you may want to consider the type of sofa and the material from which it is made when buying one (see this guide on how to child-proof your furniture).
Stain resistant sofas are a good idea for situations where small children are involved. In some cases, even a leather or faux leather sofa will hold up better than a standard fabric sofa. If this isn’t a concern for you, though, then selecting whichever sofa best encompasses your style is a no-brainer.
Sofas That Comfort
The comfort factor is especially important when choosing a sofa; while style matters, the ultimate purpose is to be a comfortable seating solution.
For some, choosing a sofa that offers reclining options built-in is important, and can reduce the need for a stand-alone recliner that takes up more space. If this is not a desired function, however, then you can purchase a sofa with far better padding and/or firmness for a comparable price. Ultimately, selecting the right sofa for comfort requires in-person testing, so be sure to buy before you try.
Before you purchase any sofa, consider which types will work best in your living space and for your family. With many different styles to consider, you are sure to find one that meets your aesthetic preferences – just make sure that it also fits within your needs as well!