3 Things You Need to Know When Shopping for a New Sofa

Looking for a new sofa? We’ve scoured design blogs, and surveyed experts to bring you what you need to know!

1. Don’t Skimp on the Sofa!
This can be tough. Finding the perfect sofa for your home can be time consuming, and expensive. We’re here to tell you, it’s worth it, and experts agree. California based designer Krista Ewart recommends “putting your money into a comfortable, well-made sofa that you’ll have forever.” Ewart has also found workarounds for combining style with comfort. If you’ve found a comfortable sofa which fits your needs, but seems to be lacking in finesse compared to some of the designer lines, work with a compromise. Read reviews, and invest in the sofa that seems best suited for longevity. Adorn with designer pillows if it suits you, but look for basic colors or patterns on upholstered sofas. This way, you can easily convert the sofa to a new aesthetic should your tastes change, or the sofa be moved to a new space.

2. Use Low Furniture to Fake Height
Designer Todd Romano, suggests using low-slung verticals to create depth within a room. Avoiding horizontal placements, and unnecessary tall furnishings, will help to maximize space, and will help the room to appear larger. Your coffee table should be the same height as the cushions of your sofa, or 1-2 inches lower, and its length should be approximately two-thirds the length of your sofa.

3. Timeless Trumps Trends
Homes, like people, are constantly evolving. Lay the foundation for the evolution of your home by making decisions based on function. Go for utilitarian wherever possible. This is especially useful when it comes to furnishings geared towards the living room. The living room, as the name would imply, is a place for friends, family, and, generally speaking– living! Yours should be conducive to relaxing after a long day, but also a space that you’re proud of. Using furnishings with purpose and style is crucial in order to make the most out of this area. If you’re looking for an ottoman, go for one with extra storage space (you never know when you’ll need it).

And like we mentioned earlier, don’t skimp on the sofa! It’s one of the key focal points of your living room, and something you’ll likely use everyday. Mesh style with comfort. Do your homework, and read the reviews, timeless will always trump trends when it comes to making a lasting investment for your home.

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