How to Choose the Right Sofa

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15 Feb 2013

Buying furniture for your home is a big, expensive deal. So you want to do it right the first time round.

A great sofa or sectional lounge suite can help set the tone for a room but first it has to fit through the door.

A great sofa or sectional lounge suite can help set the tone for a room but first it has to fit through the door.

If your space has narrow doorways, tight stairs or other architectural obstacles, a good idea would be to try a sectional sofa. With smaller, individual pieces, a sectional sofa can provide enough seating without the hassle of accommodating a large single-piece sofa.

Consider your seating needs

Think about how you'd like to use your sofa. Will you sit on it every day or use it mainly for entertaining guests? Do you like to lounge, or do you prefer a tighter, more tailored back?

Always factor in arm height when you're making your sofa selection as sofas with a low arm profile are more comfortable for occasional naps and casual seating.

Choose the right fabric

With smaller, individual pieces, a sectional sofa can provide enough seating without the hassle of accommodating a large single-piece sofa.

Choosing the fabric for your sofa can be the most fun and sometimes daunting part of sofa shopping. You'll want to consider the colour and the texture and finish of the fabric.

When shopping for a sofa or sectional lounge suite, you should try to have the piece treated with Scotch Guard. By having your sofa or sectional treated in this way you reduce spoils and stains.

Size, shape and style

Try to remember that left-arm and right-arm configurations refer to the sofa when you're facing it, not sitting on it. Make sure it fits by taking down the measurements for a specific sectional and then taping them out on the floor. This will help you quickly map out room configuration options.

An L-shaped sectional lounge suite with chaise lets you and your guests talk face to face while leaving enough room for a coffee table in the centre. It is ideal in large or open rooms, as it defines a dedicated conversation area and sets a laid-back tone for any gathering.

Modular sectionals use multi-functional ottomans for seating that won't block anyone's view. Ottomans can be built into a sectional grouping for open seating, used as traditional footrests or as coffee tables.

Wedges, corners and chaises let you build a sectional that maximises seating and accommodates a room's traffic patterns and architectural features.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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