Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Picking The Perfect Sofa


The sofa is to the living room what a pair of jeans is to the fashion world: a dependable, effortless piece that you can dress up or dress down. InsideOut Magazine has put together a helpful buying guide to help you make sense of all the different styles, sizes and shapes.

Size it up

Before you start scouring furniture showrooms, look at your lounge room’s proportions to ensure you get the best size for the space you have. For example, a large sofa with a high back can swamp a small and compact room. If the sofa is for a casual living area, choose one with generous depth and, if it’s a modular unit, team it with built-in bookcases or shelves.

Touch and feel

The colour palette needs to work with your overall design scheme. Before you commit to an upholstery material, take home fabric swatches to see how they look in different lights and at different times of the day in your home. There are many options available, ranging from leather to hemp, polycotton or twill. Also consider linen, which had a revival at this year’s international furniture fairs, or quality leather products. Go for full-grain aniline leather over the inferior product, corrected-grain.

Foundation and filling

The heart of any sofa is the framework and internal supports. More expensive ranges use structures of hardwood or steel, whereas less expensive models are usually made of pine or plywood. When choosing cushion filling, go for a mix of foam and feather: softness and structure.

Long-lasting solutions
Be mindful of the sofa’s position in a room and move them away from windows and direct sunlight to prevent colour fading. Maintain your sofa with a weekly vacuum or for leather upholstery, condition the surface twice a year with a leather cream. 

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