If you are totally clueless when it comes to choosing the right sofa, then take a look at what we had to cope with this year and try some of these 6 tips for choosing the right sofa after a massive living room revamp.
Over the last couple of months, I have been busy redecorating 3 rooms in my home after a major leak in my kitchen earlier in the year. It feels like all my spare time this year has been spent redesigning and organizing my kitchen, hallway and living room. I could have just given the walls a fresh lick of paint and laid a new floor to freshen my home decor. Instead, I decided to go the full hog totally changing my lounge, even adding new windows and doors which caused a lot more mess and stress than I could have imagined.
I replaced my damaged laminate floor with light oak real wood flooring and ordered new vertical blinds from DotcomBlinds to dress the windows and new french doors leading to the back garden, which I absolutely love and wish I had got years ago!
I have lived in dismal conditions for months with no flooring in my living room and kitchen, so felt I should not only repair damaged woodwork and flooring but update the home decor in my living room by replacing the lighting, curtains, furniture and sofas. Most of the furnishings I had previously in my living room I have given away to family and charity shops.
I really was starting again with a blank canvas getting the chance to redesign the way I wanted my living area to be. The only thing holding me back from my major new revamp was my dark brown leather sofas, which were very expensive when I purchased them and as I had cared for them so well were still in fantastic condition.
I don’t know whether the decision to change them came from the new lighter coloured wood flooring not matching the sofas as well as the old flooring or whether it was just time to replace the sofas to one that suits my taste now. I was so excited to go sofa shopping and I knew of a few stores straightaway that sells high-quality well-made sofas to add a touch of class to my living room.
I had a modest budget in mind but me knowing me I knew I would probably not stick to it!
I decided to do a little research beforehand and take the necessary measurements so I didn’t end up buying a sofa that wouldn’t fit in my living room, believe me, I have made this mistake before!
Here are 6 tips for finding the perfect sofa
- Always measure the space you have in your home available and how much room you want your sofa to fill. We fell foul of this with our previous sofa and it is not a nice feeling thinking you have paid good money for something that looks totally wrong.
- Ask for a swatch of fabric from the sofa store if you are in two minds about whether it will suit your home decor. Most good retailers will supply this for you free of charge.
- If you have young children, look for a fabric that is serviceable and will wear well with age. You don’t want sticky fingers ruining your new centerpiece in your living room.
- Consider spending that little bit extra money to get good quality filled cushions over the standard poly-fiber types. It will last longer for you and your family. You could also upgrade the quality of the cushions using foam cut to size service.
- Buy the best-quality sofa that you can afford as most sofas can be recovered and it’s usually cheaper to re-upholster a good sofa than to buy a new one.
- Check your flooring. If you have a floor that easily marks like a real wood floor, request special costars be placed on the feet of your Sofa. This stops scratches and unwanted marks on your floor.
I paid a visit to MULTIYORK in Leeds that specialise in sofas and interiors to view their range and for a chance to have a chat with one of the specialists. Of course, I also wanted to put the sofas they had on display through the comfort test. They specialise in one of a kind sofas where you choose the rules when it comes to creating the perfect sofa. You choose the style, fabric and comfort level. After having a leather sofa I really fancied going for fabric this time. My only concern with a fabric sofa over leather is keeping it looking as good as new, especially with children in the house. I was surprised to find out you can purchase signature replaceable covers on most of the sofas meaning you can have a spare set to change whenever the mood takes you to give your sofa a brand new look.
After searching the store it became apparent the difference in taste me and my husband have. Take a look below.
My choice on the sofa.
For me, I am looking for a vintage style sofa with casters in a plain soft fabric with just the right amount of bounce in the cushions, whilst my husband is wanting an oversized modern L shaped sofa, perfect for stretching out on and watching movies.
And his choice on the sofa.
Seriously, choosing the right sofa is hard work. I can’t stress enough that you shouldn’t just settle. You should make sure that you are truly happy with your choice.
Which sofa would you choose?
*This is a collaborative post with MULTIYORK, all thoughts, choices and opinions are 100% my own*