What should I consider when buying a sofa?

Taking time to do a little research before purchasing a good quality sofa, can help you to save time and money in the long run.  Always measure your room and the distance between other items of furniture assuming you want to keep them, before measuring the space left to accommodate a new sofa. Think about how you will be utilising your new sofa, do you have a lot of friends and family to entertain? Or will you be using it as a lounger while you watch TV?

Below are some tips to help you choose the perfect sofa for your home or office.

Size

Small rooms

It may be tempting to treat yourself with a sprawling, luxury looking sofa when you are in a showroom, but if you do not measure your area properly, you may find you do not have the space for your other items of furniture, for instance a coffee table.

Try to buy a sofa with low or no arms to make a small room appear bigger and airier.

Big rooms

If you have a large living room, you may still be tempted to buy a big sofa, but you need to decide how much of the area you want to have taken up by a sofa.  Ask yourself questions such as, will my dining room table and chairs fit in comfortably if you buy a larger sofa?

Practicality

Another factor you need to consider before buying a sofa is the daily practicalities.  Do you have small children or pets? If so, you may need to purchase fabrics such as distressed leather and microfiber that are easy to clean, comfortable and look stylish.

Other questions to consider are whether it will need a multiuse purpose such as a sofa bed for friends or family to stay over, will you need extra storage space?

Longevity

Try to purchase a bed made of hardwood and screws as they tend to last longer than pine wood.

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Two-seater sofas

If you have a small room a popular choice with many people is to purchase a two-seater sofa.   Alternatively, you may buy a two-seater as part of a three-piece suite.  Either way, two-seater sofas are great for providing the same level of luxury as a larger sofa without the extra space required.

Two-seater sofas can be purchased as single furniture or part of a three-piece matching suite that includes a three-seater sofa with an extra armchair or two 2 seaters and a recliner.

If you do not have a large room, you could even buy just the two-seater and then purchase an additional one, so they complement each other as well provide the space with a new lease of life.  You can also give the room a cosy, stylish look and feel with cushions and a rug to complement the finished design of your room.

If you think your room is too small to place x2 two-seater sofas, think again, there is so much choice with two-seater sofa options in a range of contemporary and modern designs, including corner sofas or a two seat L shaped sofa with a seat with a recliner or a chaise longue attached.  You could even buy a corner two-seat sofa and a regular sized one if you need the extra space to entertain family and friends.

Choosing the right fabric can also help to transform your living space, bold colours such as oranges can help brighten up your space or yellow will bring optimism, pinks can make a room look vibrant and neutral colours can help you to relax.

Another thing to keep in mind if you have pets or children, is to opt for a fabric that is easy to clean. Try to buy cushions with removable covers that are machine washable, this will help your room stay fresh and clean.

Reupholster your old Sofa

If you have a dirty, tired looking, but comfortable sofa that your friends and family tell you to throw out and buy a new one instead, but for one reason or another you simply cannot bear to do it, the alternative could be to have it reupholstered instead.

When weighing up whether or not to reupholster your old sofa or replace it with a new one, consider whether a new sofa would be more cost effective than reupholstering your current sofa, then again would a new sofa last as long as your existing piece of furniture, especially if it is an older, good quality sofa that has sentimental value, just like your grandparents would have owned?

Cost

Depending on the type of fabric used and the specialist work needed, reupholstering your old sofa can sometimes cost more than it would to simply buy a new one.  For example, if your couch needs a full makeover that includes stuffing, repairs, reupholstery, new fabric fitted and the foundation strengthening it could cost you twice or three times more than it would to just throw it out.

The amount of fabric and special reupholstery work to be done, can greatly increase labour costs.

Quality

If your sofa is sturdy with a good quality frame, it can de definitely worth trying to restore it to its former glory. Modern frames are made with lower standards than their predecessors and in recent years they have been made using woods previously unsuitable for furniture frames, such as wood composites fixed with staples, that loosen with wear and tear instead of securing them hardwood and screws.

When concluding to invest in the renewal of an old sofa and judging whether or not it is worth the cost, will depend entirely on the sound quality of the frame and the sentimental value placed upon it.

Leather Sofa Care

If you have a new or old leather sofa, you will need to give it some care and attention, this will help it last for a lifetime and keep it looking good for longer.  Knowing which type of leather your sofa is made from, will help you to identify the right cleaning treatment that is suitable for your leather sofa.  There are two types of leather:

Protected leather

Semi-aniline is the most common type of protected leather used in sofa upholstery. Treated with aniline dye, with a layer of pigment protection, to toughen the leather, with more stain-resistance and added protection against daily wear and tear of daily use, with a glossier appearance.

Unprotected leather

Aniline leather is softer with less pigment protection, has a more natural look but may not be as durable or stain-resistant as protected leather.

We also recommend to always check your labels on your clothing and garments for further information.

Follow this cleaning guide to help you maintain your leather upholstery without the need to spend a small fortune on expensive specialist cleaning treatments:

Take a soft microfibre cloth to brush off any dirt, hair, or dust from the leather upholstery. You can also use a soft brush attachment to vacuum between any gaps.

Using a damp cloth wipe the leather with distilled water, using chlorine water will eventually damage the leather over time, so it is best to avoid using it.

Every month or so use a specialised leather care kit, which can be safely used on all leathers, including aniline, semi-aniline, and pigmented.

Always leave the sofa to dry naturally in an airy room and try not sit on it until it is dry otherwise you can crease the leather.

You should also be aware that dye from clothing, garments and wet cushions can transfer onto the leather, which is generally more noticeable on whites, cream, and ivory leather.

Customising Your Sofa

Step One: Design

Choosing a sofa design can be as individual as you are. Do you choose a classic design or contemporary one? This will depend in part on your lifestyle and the purpose of your purchase.  If you have children and pets, this can influence your decision as a contemporary sofa may look good, but can the design withstand heavy usage?

Step Two: Fabric

Another important factor to consider when you buy a sofa, is the fabric selection. There are over 50 fabrics to choose from, but if you narrow it down to fit your circumstances based on durability, feel, lifestyle, and colour, you can start to eliminate your selection. If you have a family and/or pets it may be best not to buy a lighter colour if you can help it, however this will depend on the whether it is a durable and easy to clean fabric like one made with a microfibre.

Step Three: Configuration and Size

Measuring your space will help you to decide on the type of sofa to buy. A big sofa may be tempting to purchase, but if your living space is too small to accommodate it, this can be counterproductive. 

Buying two separate sofas, or an armchair combined with a sofa bed, a corner sofa with a chaise lounge, or a recliner, may be a better solution for you. Sofas come in many sizes and shapes that are just as luxurious and comfortable as a larger one. 

Step Four: Choose a Leg

There is wide range of high-quality sofa legs to choose from, so you can either buy them for a new sofa, or replace existing legs or feet with a contemporary design to help you customise your seating.

Armchairs bought separately with a chrome or wooden base, can add a contemporary feel to your home, office, or other space. Some also have the ability to add a rocking and rotating motion.