A sofa! It is the first thing that comes to our mind when we are planning to decorate a living room. It is one of the most important investments as so much of life is centered around this peace. Relaxing, Netflix-binging, hosting friends and family, reading, and many more are taken place on the sofa. This is why you have to be careful when choosing the item. Still, there are some criteria you need to use to make sure you are getting a good sofa.
A Couch and Sofa Are Different
Often, people get confused about the difference between a sofa and a couch. In the U.S, the sofa and couch might be the same thing but historically it has a difference. The “couch” itself comes from the French “coucher” which means a piece of furniture without armrest but it is used for sitting. Meanwhile, the sofa comes from Arabic as “soffah” which means a raised part of the floor that is covered with carpets and cushions. This place is used for sitting. In this case, the couch itself looks less formal in appearance with one arm of none at all. It is typically used for lying down while the sofa is different.
Always Try Before Buying
If you are on the hunt for a new mattress, you must do the age-old bottom test. well, it applies too to a sofa. The sofa has an average depth of at least 60 cm which will give you plenty of room if you have a long leg. However, the seat depth varies. This is important to try out different styles so you make sure you get good support. Typically, the seat height is between 45 cm to 50 cm. In this case, there is no right or wrong. It all depends on your taste. Besides, you also need to make sure it suits the whole family.
Invest In A Good Frame
Invest more in a good quality frame. It will save you many many years. A solid hardwood frame is a good choice. However, be wary of metal construction and particleboard. Furthermore, check the guarantee before you purchase and always opt for a manufacturer that offers a 15-years guarantee.
Another thing to remember is the inside of the sofa. The feather-filled cushions might be very comfortable, but it needs regular pumping. Meanwhile, foam and fiber will be flatten out or lose shape after overtime. So, what is the best solution? You can choose a combination of foam and feather. Here feather provides structures and foam gives a squish sensation. Opt for back cushions that are filled with feathers and the seat cushions are filled with fibre or foam.
Focus On Fabric
Your choice on the upholstery will be impactful to the whole living room design whether you want to go neutral, bold, or pattern. If the sofa will be near the window, it is a good idea to choose the natural synthetic fabric. Opt for fabric if you have a busy family at home or pets like dogs or cats. The fabric is easier to spot and clean.