Things to Consider Before Buying a Sofa
Keep these considerations in mind when shopping—online or in-store–and be assured you’ve made the right decision on your investment.
Here at AllHome, we know that one of the most important investments in your home is your sofa. It is not just the most expensive piece in your living room, it is probably the most used, too. This is where you entertain your friends and family. This is where you lounge, read, eat and drink, watch TV and even sleep on it.
As it is the most comfortable spot in our living room, make sure to take your time in investing in a piece of furniture that will last for many years to come.
Whether you’re buying your sofa online or from a retail store, it is essential to know what to look for. From choosing between natural fibers and synthetic fibers, taking measurements to choose a good frame, picking which kind of sofa fits your aesthetic—leather sofa or fabric—these are the things you should consider before buying a new sofa.
Invest in a Durable Frame
Spend as much as you can on a good frame because a quality sofa needs a durable frame. It has to maintain its overall form and the integrity of its structure. The frame should also be sturdy so it could withstand everyday use without compromising on comfort.
A solid hardwood frame is durable and long-lasting while the softer wood option is much more affordable. Although it is relatively cheaper, sofas made with softwoods may bend or wobble after only a few years. Avoid frames that are constructed with nails or glue if you want your sofa to endure long years of use.
Hardwood frames may be the most expensive option, but they are still a great investment.
Be wary of sofa frames made up of plastic, particleboard, and metals. Metal frames can be sturdy, but they are prone to oxidation with seasonal changes in humidity while particleboard frames lack the strength of hardwood or metal. They are also generally uncomfortable to use.
Check the Cushion’s Comfort Level
Choosing the cushion for your sofa is important as it directly impacts you and your family’s comfort level. It provides you the support you need to relax, as well as giving your sofa its form and volume. Therefore, the right cushions can make all the difference.
Cushions should be firm, resilient, and they should regain their shape after you press down on them and let go. Cushions that do not fit their sofa frame will eventually lose their shape and will become worn at the edges. Deep and cushy cushions are perfect for lounging, resting, and relaxation, while for formal settings, sofas with elegant silhouettes, rolled arms, or detailed tufting are more suited.
Focus on Fabric
Choose carefully the fabric for your sofa and make sure that it fits your aesthetic. Whether you choose a bold pattern or a neutral color, it will have a massive impact on your space. Keep in mind that fabrics made with natural materials fade faster than synthetic ones. With so many types of fabric available, find the one that best fits you and your family’s lifestyle. If you have children and pets, opt for a fabric that is easy to spot clean, and maintain. Sofa linens or loose covers (and pillow cases for your throw pillows) are worth investing in as they can be removed easily for cleaning.
Natural Fibers vs Synthetic Fibers
Fabrics made from natural fibers tend to be softer, but they are also generally more expensive and may not be as durable and easy to clean as fabrics made with synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers are industrially manufactured and offer superior wear-and stain-resistance as compared to most natural fabrics.
Fabrics made with synthetic fibers are utilized primarily for their durability and ease of cleaning but these benefits come at the expense of the feel and aesthetic appeal of the fabrics.
Fabric Sofa vs Leather Sofa
Most of us are bombarded with questions once we go online shopping. Some of the questions you’ll get are: Should I go for modern or classic? High or low back? Loose or attached cushions? But one of the most frequently asked questions is… “Which is better--leather sofa or fabric sofa?”
Although the “fabric” category is much broader than “leather”, all fabrics tend to be overall softer and warmer material than leather. Fabrics are virtually unlimited in terms of pattern, texture, and color making it much easier to match with anyone’s style and aesthetic. Also, fabric sofas do not get scratched as leather does. It comes cheaper compared to leather sofas, too.
But one thing that makes leather better than any fabric sofa is that it is very easy to clean and it is hypoallergenic. People who are allergic to dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens that usually accumulate on any fabric can be easily wiped away from any leather. Leather sofas only require light dusting and maintenance cleaning a couple of times a year whereas a fabric sofa needs to be vacuumed or deep-cleaned regularly.
Leather sofas are durable and can last for years if taken care of properly. While it doesn’t require constant attention, it still requires consistent conditioning to prevent splits and cracks.
Even though most of its styles are traditional, leather sofas are typically trendier than their fabric counterparts. They appear sleeker and more high-end than most fabric sofas.
Different Types of Sofa and Seating Options
Now that you know more about the frames, fabrics, and other materials needed for a high-quality sofa, it’s time to pick the perfect type for you!
- Standard Sofa - a standard sofa is usually 6 to 8 feet long and 32” to 40” deep. This sofa is perfect for small to medium-sized living rooms. Examples: Single-seater, two-seater, & three-seater sofas
- Sectional Sofa - a sectional sofa helps declutter your living room by adding more seating space without adding chairs in the mix. Sectional sofas are perfect for big families and for people who love to host a lot of get-togethers. Sectional sofas are available in L and U shapes. The most common size for a sectional sofa is equal sides 95” x 95” with depths of 36” to 40”.
- Recliners - a recliner is the best option if you are looking for maximum comfort. They help in improving the posture of your back as they are designed with a curved backrest that provides support for your upper and lower back. The standard size of a recliner is 72” long and 36” wide.
- Sofa Beds - a sofa bed is a sofa that can be converted into a bed. It usually has a metal frame that holds a mattress that can be unfolded to make a bed. Most sofa beds use a queen short mattress measuring 60” x 70” while other common sizes include 58” x 72”, 54” x 72”, and 52” x 72”.
- Accent Chairs - Accent chairs are seating pieces that have a role beyond their function. They add visual interest in a room, as they are meant to complement the décor, draw out a particular color, and infuse personality into any space. Some accent chairs feature bold patterns,bright colors, or textured fabrics, while others have unique, eye-catching forms.
If you’re looking for a high-quality, modern, and comfortable sofa at an affordable cost, look no further than AllHome. Take a look at our wide furniture selection, all of which are produced by upcoming and well-known designers and brands, with quality that we stand behind.
We take pride in our custom-made furniture using high-quality, premium materials and craftsmanship. If you have a design in mind, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. AllHome makes customizable sofas and other pieces of furniture based on your preferred size, color, and material.
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