buying sofa

What to consider before you settle on buying a sofa

12th July 2022

Let’s be honest – picking a new sofa for your home is quite a big decision. They require a fair bit of investment, and they have a hugely influential effect on the overall appearance, style and atmosphere of your interiors.

So with that in mind, there are some important factors that you’ll need to consider, like the style you want, what sort of material you desire, and how it will fit into your room. With more than 60 years behind us of producing beautiful loose sofa covers for all types of interiors, we know sofas (literally) inside out here at Cover My Furniture – so we’ve put together a quick, helpful little guide on the things you need consider before you set your heart on a sofa!

The style of the sofa

One of the most crucial aspects of picking out a new sofa is to ensure you pick one that suits the overall style of your living room, either by blending in seamlessly, or by creating an interesting contrast with the established design. If your living room lends itself to more of a traditional look, you’ll want to focus your attention on more classically styled sofas like Chesterfields; or if you prefer a more modern feel, there are plenty of sofas in a more contemporary style, which tend to be made using more modern materials and feature deep cushions as well as soft fabrics.

What sort of fabric is the sofa made from?

From leather, to velvet, and tweed (and plenty more!), there are a variety of fabrics that you can choose from when selecting a new sofa. The fabric of the sofa plays a pivotal role in confirming whether or not a particular sofa is suited to you, so you want to make sure you’re picking the right one!

Style is one thing to consider when it comes to fabric, but comfort is also a huge factor to keep in mind too. If comfort is your top priority over style, (especially if you’re partial to a nap in the living room every so often), you might want to consider going for something like a velvet or some other kind of material sofa.

And if you’re unsure of exactly the type of style you want create with your sofa fabric, you can start out by playing it safe with a neutral tone – since it’s fairly unobtrusive, you can be sure it’ll fit neatly with a wide variety of interior styles and tones. From there, if you decide it could use a bit of extra personality, you can always jazz it up a bit with throws and scatter cushions, before you look at more vibrant shades.

This is where fitted sofa covers can come in handy, allowing you to experiment with various different tones and styles without having to consider an entirely new sofa. (And of course, we offer a great selection for you to choose from right here at Cover My Furniture!)

The size of your room

This is a vital consideration in sofa shopping, and one that can easily be overlooked! We’d always recommend measuring up the size of your room before you buy your sofa, to avoid any surprises when it comes to fitting it in your living room. (It’s a real hassle having to return a sofa when it doesn’t fit into a room.) Equally, don’t forget to double-check its height and depth – partially for practical reasons and partially for style. You won’t want it to look out of proportion with the rest of its surroundings, but equally you won’t want to be banging doors into it or have to shimmy round it to get into the room, especially when space is at a premium!

That’s the basics pretty much covered! That should be enough information to help you make the best choice for your space when selecting a new sofa. And if your sofa – old or new – starts showing its age a little bit, rest assured we’re here to help right here at Cover My Furniture. Whether it’s showing signs of wear and tear, or you’re simply in the mood for a change, you can take your pick from a fantastic range of new sofa and chair covers and slip covers to keep your sofa looking homely and full of life. Revive your furniture with fabrics that are just as stylish as they are comfortable!

Looking for something specific? Then don’t hesitate to let one of us know. You can get in touch using the contact form on our website, or through our Facebook or Instagram. We’re always happy to hear from you!

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