How to Choose the Perfect Sofa

Choosing the perfect sofa can be a difficult task, as there are so many different models on offer, the choice can seem endless. Indeed, it can be very difficult to know where to start when going about choosing a sofa; this article will give you a few things to consider when choosing the perfect piece of furniture for your home.


The first and most obvious criteria when choosing a sofa is its size. Before you decide to browse through the options available, it is a good idea to measure up your lounge or living room and decide what size sofa would be best for the room.

Would this sofa be right for you?

SofaIf you go looking without an idea in mind, you may decide upon a sofa which you fall in love with on impulse, but when you actually get it home, you soon discover it’s really too small to serve its purpose, or conversely, it dominates the room a little too much. It’s therefore important to take measurements and decide upon an acceptable hypothetical size before you start your search.


Alongside the size, the shape of a sofa is a vital aspect. If you have a large unoccupied corner, or need to divide an open area, you may wish to decide upon an L-shaped sofa. However, if you haven’t the room to spare, a conventional shape may be a better idea.It is helpful to know what shape you are looking for before you start browsing, as it will help narrow down the choice.


A very important feature of the perfect sofa is the aesthetic; what it looks like. This can be a very defining feature in making a choice in sofa. Style is a personal preference, and to each person, personal taste can be completely different. As such, it is simply a matter of looking around and browsing till you find something that best suits your preferences. Browsing online or in furniture shops can be a great way to discover what you like, but possibly an even better idea is to pay attention to other people’s sofas. This will help you see that style of sofa in the context of a living room, and how it fits it in a more true-to-life context, not just in a flattering showroom.

One very important thing to consider is whether or not the style of a sofa fits with the style of your home. You may really like the look of a modern stylistic sofa, but if your home is somewhat quainter or more rustic in decor, it would really jar in the context of your living room. It is important to ensure that whatever style sofa you choose really fits in and complements the room it will live in.


Choosing the right style is very important, but sometimes a sofa with the best visual appeal, isn’t the most practical. It is important to find a sofa that really looks great, that complements your home and is something to be proud of. But finding a sofa that is practical is equally important, if not more important than finding one that looks good. As such it is a good idea to choose a sofa with suitable upholstery material.


An upholstered sofa

A suede sofa can look great and add a dimension of sophistication to a living room, however, if you have a family there is a risk of the sofa needing regular cleaning. As such, a material which is easier to clean would be a better idea.

A leather sofa can look brilliant and be very easy to clean. However, if you have pets there may be a risk of it getting damaged by unruly claws more significantly than with other materials.


A sofa will most likely endure everyday use which means that it is important that it really is a comfortable sofa. Ideally, you shouldn’t commit to buying a sofa without really trying it out and having a good sit or recline in it. A beautiful looking sofa may seem like a great idea, but if it’s a little stiff or hard, it won’t be long before you regret your decision.


Buying a sofa can be quite a difficult task with so much on offer. It is vital to think through what is really important in a sofa and go with certain criteria in mind, such as the ones mentioned here, before you start browsing.

Author Bio: Article written by BoConcept, modern furniture retailer offering a range of high quality contemporary furniture.

Erin Emanuel