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Guide to Buying an Amazing Sofa and Settee

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When it comes to home furniture pieces, the sofa is definitely one item worth investing in. But before you buy that sofa, you want to make sure that it’s a good match for your living room and also within your budget!


So if you want to make sure you’re getting the right sofa, check out the checklist we’ve compiled below. The information below is an extensive list of the different factors you need to consider when buying your next sofa. All you have to do is read on and apply the following expert tips for the best results!

Determining Sofa Quality

It’s a given that most homeowners would want to buy a quality sofa and for good measure since it lasts long and provides the best value for your investment. So how do you exactly determine a sofa’s quality? We got you covered on this one so make sure to read on!


First and foremost, you have to make sure that your sofa has a sturdy frame. Without a solid frame to support it, your sofa might just collapse under heavy weight or as time goes by. Moreover, your sofa should be amply padded especially the corners and the frame because it can easily dent outside objects if it’s the said parts are not padded enough.


Now that we’re finished going over the structure, the next aspect to consider is the seat cushion. These should be firm and pliable in the sense that it rises back up after sitting on it. A seat cushion that stays flat means it uses an inferior material and can be uncomfortable to sit on over time.

Taking Your Space Into Account for Your Sofa

You should always take your space into account when buying a sofa. After all, the last thing you want is an already paid-for sofa that’s just been delivered to your home, only to find out that it’s too big or small. Or worse, that it doesn’t even fit your entrance!


The ideal size of a sofa shouldn’t take up most of the space in your living room. It should leave enough room for other furniture pieces and for people to go around. For this, you might want to use a measuring tape in order to be precise. All you have to do is measure the maximum space you want to allot for your sofa.


Once you have the measurements, you can now pick the sofa that will fit according to the dimensions you got. This will ensure that everything will look proportioned in your living room which saves time and money for returns!



Sofa Materials

A sofa is made up of many materials. For its frame, it could either be made from hard wood, board, or metal. If you want something sturdy and will last you a long time, pick one that’s made of either hardwood or metal.


When it comes to seat cushions, you can choose from different types. There is the low density foam which is the cheapest and wears the fastest. The next is a high density foam which is a bit more expensive the low density one and is more firmer in quality. Lastly, there are down cushions which is the most costly since it’s plush and filled to the core. It’s extremely comfortable to sit on but needs to be fluffed every few weeks.


In terms of upholstery, you’ll also be spoiled with a number of choices. You can pick from materials such as top grain leather, fabric, as well as bonded leather. Each material has its own pros and cons but if you want something that’s easy to maintain, leather ones are much easier to take care of compared to fabric.

Sofa Styles

When it comes to styles, you should pick a sofa that matches your interior theme’s decor. There’s really nothing like a well-chosen sofa to ensure that your living room stays looking chic and dashing.


With all the different sofa styles available, buying one that goes well with your current decor shouldn’t be too hard. For instance, modern sofas have simple designs and angular lines that would do well with a similar modern interior.


Traditional or vintage sofas, on the other hand, have ornate designs and details usually in the form of curved or tufted lines. These would go well if you’re gunning for the retro or French style look!


If your decor is more on the modish side, a contemporary sofa would be the perfect partner for it. This type of sofa have clean lines but with accents that lean more on the traditional side. The result is something that looks plush without going overboard in terms of its sense of style.

Types of Sofas

Now that we’ve discussed styles, it’s time to talk about the types of sofas you can choose from. In knowing what kinds of sofas are out there, you can easily pick the best option for your living room so you can maximize your space!


Let’s start off with the traditional sofa. This is the most common type since it’s just one long section wherein it seats anywhere from two to five people. The next one is a sectional sofa. From its name, this sofa is divided into sections usually from three to five pieces which you can arrange to your liking.


Sleeper sofas, on the other hand, are dual purpose as it can double as a place to sleep if you run out of bed for your guests. A related type of sofa to this is the convertible sofa. Convertible sofas are popular for homeowners who are working with limited spacing. These sofas can also serve as a temporary bed and then folded if ever you need more space during the day.


These are just some of the type of sofas you might want to check out. Make sure you employ most, if not all, of the above tips so you can make the most out of your next sofa purchase. The Dandelion Interior store carries a wide array of choices in marked down prices so get to it while still early!

 

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