When you're in the market for a new living room sofa, it's important to do your research and make sure you are buying a quality sofa that will not only look good but last. Here are four considerations when choosing your next couch.
1. What Is the Framing Material?
Modern furniture is often made with plywood or even other materials, such as plastic. Because most couches get a lot of use, it is best to choose a sofa that is constructed with a solid, kiln-dried hardwood frame. This will help your new sofa stand up to repeated use.
2. What Kind of Fabric Is on the Sofa?
Some materials, while they look beautiful, may not be appropriate for your needs. For example, if you have a family with small children, it is best to choose a fabric that can be cleaned with soap and water. A home that does not have kids to worry about can more easily get away with a fabric that requires more care. You should also carefully consider whether the fabric will hold up to pets, especially cats. While no fabric is cat-proof, microfiber is difficult for cats to penetrate with their nails, making it a great choice. Leather and faux leather are other good options if you want your couch to stand up to your pet's nails.
3. What Color Is the Fabric on the Sofa?
If you are looking for a new sofa for your formal living room that only receives occasional use, a light-colored silk fabric will work fine. However, if you want a new sofa for your family room, a white sofa is probably not the best idea. Stains will be much more apparent and more difficult to clean. Households with kids and pets should choose a darker fabric that will better hide stains. Dark textured fabrics, such as a nubby tweed, are also a good option for minimizing staining.
4. How Big Is the Sofa?
How many people do you want to be able to accommodate on your new sofa? If you have a lot of people in your family, you may want a sectional so there is plenty of room for everyone in the house to have a seat. Do you want to be able to stretch out and take an afternoon nap? If so, make sure you choose a sofa that is not only long enough to fit your height but is also conducive to laying down on.
Reach out to a sofa retailer for more information.