Choosing the right style for your living room couches


A sofa is a fashion item for your living room; therefore it isn’t just important to choose the right size but also the right style. While comfort, maintainability, design, colour and texture all come in to play, it is very important that your choice in sofas also reflect your personal style for the couch to be a perfect ‘match’ for your home. Here are some tips to help you determine the best sofa to fit your style, budget, and home:

Determine the Usability – Each sofa has its own personality, which in a way is governed by its usability. A sofa for the family room should ideally be large and comfortable, so that it is perfect to lounge around in and watch TV. However, a sofa placed in a formal sitting room will need to have a simplistic yet sophisticated style quotient to make the right visual impact. This is a sofa not designed for lounging, but for having conversations and entertaining guests, and hence it needs to be designed to create a dramatic impression.

Consider your Style – If you really want a sofa that is perfect for your home, you need to think of your own style. Getting your couches customized allows you to make minor modifications; and these small changes make all the difference. Think whether you want single bench cushion to three or four cushions, attached back and base pillows or removable pillows with hidden storage underneath, sofa skirts or a simplistic modern design. You can find any shape to suit your room, from simplistic straight lines to sinuous curves to anything in-between. Make sure that you don’t neglect the shape of the armrest as well; as these don’t just make a design difference but also impact usability. For example; if you like to read on your couch you might want a padded roll-arm sofa, but if you like a minimalistic decor you are better served with low arms or no arms at all.


Look to the Inside – While style comes from form and function, the construction can impact the finishing more than you’d believe. Make sure that you look at the frame and ensure it is durable and long lasting, especially if you are breaking your bank balance for this new splurge. Do check to see if the internal parts are put together with staples or screws; staples versions are cheaper but have a shorter lifespan, while screwed versions will definitely be more durable and offer you more value for your money in the long run. Also, look for extra support at the joints for better construction. Once you have checked out the frame, do check the pillows and cushioning to know what material is filled inside. While the frame will impact durability, the cushions will impact the comfort level. Make sure that high quality coiled springs are used inside the cushioning, especially if you are opting for an extra stuffed large sofa. Those can go from luxurious to shabby within no time if the quality of springs inside is poor.

Choosing the Fabrics – Last but not the least, the upholstery of your couches will make a huge impact. These are the final dressing for your sofa and should truly reflect your style, while it also matches your lifestyle. For a low maintenance sofa, choose leather and imitation leather. These are the best choice in homes where naughty children and overenthusiastic pets love to climb up on the sofa, messing it up. For a formal sitting room fabrics like silk, suede, cotton, or other coverings with a luxurious texture and detailing works very well. You can also consider the wide range of treated fabrics in darker colours that resist wear and stains.

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