Buying a sofa is a big investment, so you want to make sure you’re making the right decisions and choosing a sofa that fits your lifestyle and budget. A good sofa can last you years and years, so it’s always a good idea to do some research beforehand to ensure you get one that’s perfect for you and your home. There are a few things you’ll need to consider aside from the size, such as the filling and the frame your sofa is made from. Here are some of our tips for those of you purchasing your next (or first!) sofa.
Ideally your sofa should have a hardwood frame, such as ash, oak or beech. These frames are the most durable and long lasting, withstanding plenty of use. Soft wood frames are generally cheaper, such as those made from pine, but these can warp over time causing your sofa to break. Plastic and metal frames are sometimes used, but these are susceptible to cracking over time and with constant use. Manufacturers will often combine metal and hardwood to save costs and produce a more affordable sofa, so this is a viable option if you have a smaller budget.
The springs for your sofa should be firm and supportive. The most common types are serpentine springs, which are springs woven together with a sinuous wire. Sofas without springs can be uncomfortable and quickly wear out. When it comes to the filling of your sofa cushions, this can really affect how comfortable it is! Foam fillings are the most affordable option, and there are a variety of foams you can choose. They provide comfortable support and are the most popular choice for sofa seats. Other alternatives include duck down and feather, a luxurious and opulent filling that is reflected in the price.
There are many options when it comes to choosing sofa fabric, but it's important to select something that suits your home and how you will use the sofa. Leather is a popular option, being extremely durable, easy to clean and improving with age. It can work for both traditional and contemporary decor, but is colder than fabric and is limited in colour options. Leather is a great option for families and homes with pets, as it doesn’t harbour odours or stain easily. Faux leather is an affordable and long lasting alternative. Cotton and soft fabric sofas may not last as long as leather, but they offer a greater variety of colour and texture options, including the ability to customise your sofa exactly how you’d like it. They tend to be warmer and cosier than leather, and can be much more affordable. Be careful if you have pets or children however, as they are much more prone to stains and odours.
It goes without saying that you need to make sure the sofa you buy fits comfortably in your home. Other things to consider include the amount of people who will be using it and whether it will fit in comfortably with the other seating you have in the room. You might want it to be the centrepiece of your living space, or perhaps just to complement furniture you already have. It’s also important to make sure it will fit through the doors on its way to it’s new home!