Are you happy with your sofa? Choosing a piece of furniture that you’ll spend hours of your life on (The Crown Season 3–I’m looking at you) can be overwhelming, There so many considerations…You want it to be stylish but comfortable. You have kids, pets, and you like red wine. And you still want to be happy with it ten years down the road. So what should you look for?
Shape: I think the best sofas have a classic and tailored shape that feels at home in both relaxed and more formal settings. For simplicity in this post, we’ll stick with the English roll arm, a track arm and a narrow armed Lawson and a slipcovered style.
Size: First, assess the size and shape of the room. Draw a room plan or even tape out the dimensions on your floor with painter’s tape. If your room can handle an extra long sofa, go for it! Especially if you like to stretch out. But if your room is small or awkwardly shaped, opt for something a bit smaller with narrow arms. Nothing looks more dated than a hulking sofa, IMO! For comfort, you’ll also want to pay attention to the inside depth, which generally ranges from 22″ – 24″ inches. A 22″ sofa is easy on short legs while a deeper sofa is ideal for a taller man. If you like to curl up or lay on your sofa with the dog, deeper is better. If you really like to sleep on your sofa or snuggle up with your partner, 25″ might be even better.
Fabric: Today there are so many performance fabrics that it’s almost hard to find a reason NOT to use them. If you have your heart set on a fun designer fabric or if your sofa won’t be getting loads of use, of course it’s fine to use something else. But if you’re looking for a fabric that’s easy to clean and stain resistant, you can’t beat the performance fabrics that are on the market today.
Comfort: Cushions that are all feathers will feel the most luxurious and comfortable, but over time will become flatter and flatter and need fluffing. A combination of foam and feathers will hold it’s shape longer. Spring down cushions have even more structure and will hold up the best over time. Look for foam or spring core cushions that are wrapped in an “envelope” of feathers for both comfort and structure.
Construction: Look for hardwood or furniture grade engineered wood. Eight way hand tied springs and sinuous springs both make for quality suspension and prevent sagging cushions.
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