As home furnishings go, no item is more important than the sofa. It’s the focal point for every family sitting room. It’s where we go to relax after a hard day’s work. It’s where we watch TV, for goodness sake! Everyone agrees – a good sofa is key to a great living room.
Now that we’ve all agreed on that, the question remains – what do you want from a sofa? We all have different needs when it comes to the sofa. It’s the centre of our home spaces, but we all use our homes in different ways. Here, we’ll weigh up the three factors that determine any choice of sofa – style, comfort and practicality. That way, you’ll be able to decide which one to focus on next time you need a new sofa.
Lots of people would love a stylish sofa. Like any item of furniture, sofas come in all shapes, sizes and styles. It’s possible to find a sofa to fit anyone’s idea of style. You can get them in ever-more weird designs – whatever you like! We think an ultra-stylish sofa is a great idea for a young couple or single person. They make a great fashion statement in a trendy city home. That doesn’t mean they’re for everyone. These sofas can be a love-hate thing, so be wary. They’re also often difficult to clean; they may not suit family life. Anyone with kids shouldn’t have a sofa with the lips of Mae West!
We all like a bit of comfort from our sofa, don’t we? They’re an object that we use for relaxation and rest after a long day. For some people, comfort is the key factor when choosing a sofa. We’d recommend an extra-comfy sofa for anyone who works a lot and likes to spend their evenings lounging around. Multiyork sofas are fantastic for anyone who loves as much comfort as possible. The only problem is that they can be too comfortable. You’ll never get rid of unwanted guests once they’ve sat down!
Today’s sofas are more practical than ever before. Many come with removable seat cushions that you can wash in any standard washing machine. Some sofas are leather, which is easy to wipe down and clean. Sofas on legs are good for housework-heavy homes. They’re easier to vacuum underneath than ordinary models. We’d recommend that families look for sofas with practicality in mind. Don’t buy light-coloured sofas. They’ll have stains all over them before you know it. You can’t trust children around a fancy sofa. Go for something that you can maintain with ease.
Like anything, a sofa is adjustable to your needs. You need to find the one that’s right for you. That means assessing what you want a sofa to do. They can look nice, be comfortable or come with practical features. Sometimes, you can get a sofa that does all three, but that’s a rarity. Look around, and don’t be afraid to give models a test. You can’t judge a sofa until you’ve sat on it for yourself!