Buying a sofa is one of the most important investments you’re likely to make for your living space and given the amount of time you’ll spend sitting on it a good quality sofa is worth spending money on.

It’s certainly not a purchase to make casually or in panic buy mode.

When it comes down to it, the most important thing about your sofa is that it looks good and feels great.

As it’s going to be there for the foreseeable, make sure you truly, madly, deeply love it.

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty… how do you hang?

We’re all different, do you like to stretch it with your legs fully out or do you like that curled up cozy hibernated hunch or do you opt to sit really low in fact horizonal with your head mounted on cushions?

This is something you need to consider before making a purchase in fact I would go as far as to say try before you buy.’

I’m told the average sofa has a seat depth of 60cm but this can vary… getaway.

So, to make sure your going to be happy and ultimately comfortable, get in the saddle before you back the horse.

We all live different lives, so with that being said its important your choice of sofa meets you and your family’s needs.

For example, if you have a busy family home, your sofa will need to be more durable than most maybe you have a cat or dogs, if so, then opt for a fabric tats easy to spot clean.

Loose covers are worth investigating, as they can be removed for cleaning and some are washable.

When looking at the aesthetical side of the sofa natural fibres such as cotton always catch the eye, even when worn, the same can be said for natural coloured leathers as wear and tear many times just add to the character of a well lived sofa.

I guess it’s all down to taste very minimalistic synthetic fibres can at times appear cold however by using other fabrics such as throws, colour and softness can be added.

Another thing we tend to forget, and this can be true in life never mind your sofa, what’s on the inside counts most.

Feather-filled cushions are high on comfort but they will need regular plumping, while foam fillings may flatten out and lose their shape over time.

With all this being said size does really matter and that’s a practicality you have to work out.

Get out the tape measure and make sure you’re certain of the maximum sofa dimensions that will fit, and suit, your space. Also, check the dimensions of any doors or lift’s in your condo.

Fortunately, many new sofas are modual designed and can be moved in pieces.

Just remember a sofa is not just for Christmas and sofas can go anywhere, whether that be a living space, a bedroom, a kitchen your office or media room.


By Paul Johnson