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Sofas, Chairs and Recliners
Buying a Sofa or Chair
Make sure you're buying a
sofa that complements the style of your décor.
If your interior is traditional, look for a
sofa with rolled arms, a contoured back,
skirting or tufted cushions. Contemporary
sofas tend to have cleaner lines, fewer
flourishes and understated upholstery.
Consider the proportions of the
room and determine what height, length and depth
of sofa would look best in the space. If you're
uncertain, mock up a footprint on the floor using
masking tape or blue painter's tape. (If that's
not enough, consider "building" a sofa
out of empty boxes, then living with it for a day
to see if the size feels right.) Allow at least
three feet of circulation space on each side that
traffic must pass.
If you plan on spending a lot
of time laying on the sofa, figure out the length
you need to do that comfortably, and buy a sofa
that has at least that much space between the
arms. (Don't choose a sofa based on length alone,
because a sofa with wide or rolled arms may have
less space between the arms than a shorter piece
with straight arms.)
A common furniture shopping
mistake is buying a sofa and discovering that it
won't fit through the door or into the elevator.
Make sure you measure all the openings the sofa
has to fit through, and check to see whether the
legs are removable.
Number of Cushions
How many people do you want to
seat? It's a fact of life: Nobody likes sitting on
the crack. Therefore, if you're buying a sofa with
two cushions, it will probably only get used by
two people, unless each cushion is very long. A
three-cushion sofa is more likely to seat three
people, while a sofa with a single cushion will
fit as many people as can squeeze onto it.
Tight back vs Pillow Back
Sofas generally come with two
types of backs: a tight back, in which the
upholstery is tailored to the contours of the
sofa's back, and a pillow back, which features
removable cushions or pillows along the rear.
Pillow-back sofas are generally considered more
comfortable and inviting, but there's a downside:
Unless you're extraordinarily diligent with your
fluffing, the cushions will usually look slightly
askew. If you're the kind of person who is driven
to distraction by something like that, you might
want to consider the alternative.
When it comes to sofas, one
size does not fit all. The depth of the seat and
the angle of the back will influence how
comfortable you feel. How do you know what depth
is right for you? Let experience be your guide. If
there's a sofa or chair that you find particularly
comfortable, measure the distance from the inside
of your knee to the spot where your lower back
hits the back of the sofa, then buy a sofa that
has similar dimensions.
If you've got kids or pets,
remember that patterned fabrics will usually hide
stains better than solids. Leather is highly
durable and easy to care for, but make sure you
like the piece, because it'll last a long time.
Before you buy the sofa, ask
for a fabric sample or a cutting that you can take
home on approval, so you can see the material
under the light in your room and with other
pieces. If you're scared of color, consider buying
a neutral sofa and embellishing it with colorful
Avoid letting a fabulous fabric
tempt you into buying a sofa that's otherwise not
right for you, "Try to imagine the sofa
naked". That way, you won't end up with a
frame you don't like once the fabric wears out.
Don't be afraid to ask for
help. Tell the furniture salespeople the size of
your room, what you're looking for and how much
you want to spend. It's their job to make sure you
end up buying a sofa that makes you happy, so take
advantage of it.
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