How important is your sofa choice?

Whilst the television or the fireplace might stake their claims as the ‘focus points’ of the living room, the sofa is undeniably the center piece. Without a comfortable sofa, a living room is simply a big, comfortable room with ideas above its station. As you’ll probably be spending at least a few hours a day on it, choosing the right sofa is a deceptively important choice that you’ll probably have to live with for at least a few years. So, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly.

A good or bad sofa can dictate not only how comfortable you are in your downtime, but how much time your family spends in the living room. You’re far more likely to pull your kids away from their mobile devices, for example, if the sofa is a place they actively want to spend time.

Here, we’ll go through the four factors that underline just how important your sofa choice
can be.

Looks are important, but let’s be honest, you won’t be spending your evenings admiring your sofa, you’ll be spending your evenings enjoying it. We’d always recommend trying before buying when it comes to a sofa. Whilst websites might wax lyrical about “levels of comfort,” comfort is always subjective. Make an effort to really experience the sofa before you lock it in. When trying out a sofa, stretch out and experience the lounge sofa how you would be experiencing it at home. Also, remember that you can always add cushions and throw rugs once you finally get it home.

Form Factor
Before committing to a living room sofa, make sure you understand how your living room functions. Whether you go for a two-seater, a three-seater or a decadent corner sofa will depend on the unique layout of your room. Before buying, take some time to really study your living room. Where the TV and coffee table sit in the room will dictate the most logical location for your sofa and will dictate the size and style of sofas you should be considering.

Built to Last
The better the choice the less likely you will need to change it often. Think of how much money you'll save by investing in a good sofa that stands the test of time. Also, consider your living conditions. If you have small children or pets, for example, consider fabrics that are easy to clean and frames that will be able to take a good bounce. Solid hardwood is always the best option.

Not only is it important that your sofa is comfortable enough to sink into and provide decent support (because those Netflix binges can take a lot out of you), it can also make or break the general look of your living room. This means it’s vital you choose a comfortable sofa that matches either the existing aesthetic of your living room, or the aesthetic you’re attempting to cultivate. Whether this is through texture, fabric, colour, size or a combination of all four is very much up to you.

* Guest Post by Benjamin Hiorns in collaboration with Cox & Cox. All images contained provided by the writer.

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