For many people, the living room is the heart of the home. It’s where you receive guests, relax and where you will probably spend the most time with your family. And the most crucial piece of furniture in your living room? A great couch.
So, choosing a couch is definitely an important decision, right? As an investment item and a key furniture piece in your home, you want to make the right choice. Here are five great tips for choosing a fantastic sofa for your home!
Tip 1: Check the size!
A couch that doesn’t physically fit in your home, no matter how stylish or comfortable, is just no use. Before going couch shopping, measure the size of the room, assess the layout and the types of furniture you have already, or that you plan on purchasing. Make sure your couch can fit into the room without being bothersome or blocking any pathways or entrances. Decide beforehand how much space you want to allocate to the sofa and how this will work with the room.
Tip 2: work out the orientation
Decide where and how your couch will be placed so that you know what type to look out for. If you have a television in the room, make sure you can easily and comfortably view it from any position on the sofa. Buy a couch that is suitable for the layout of the room.
Tip 3: Find the right upholstery material
Upholstery is a vital part of the look of your couch and can contribute to the comfort of your couch. Be sure to choose an upholstery style that suits your home’s decor, and which will remain stylish in the long term. If you have young kids or pets, you can always opt to have removable couch covers made for your couch- these are easy to clean and can be updated to suit changing tastes.
Leather upholstery is an expensive but durable option, and leather couches are relatively low maintenance. This style is not for everyone, however, and you’ll need to decide whether a leather couch would suit the interior of your home.
When choosing upholstery, opt for classic colours to keep your couch from looking dated easily. Colours like grey, brown, navy, white and beige are always classy and in-style.
Tip 4: Choose a shape
These days, couches come in all manner of shapes and styles- from cabriole to Chesterfield, you should pick a style that works for your taste and your needs.
Decide what you’ll be doing on your couch- whether its watching tv, napping or entertaining friends- and choose accordingly. If you’re a social being and you love having people over, consider having an L shaped or a curved couch that can facilitate conversation.
Tip 5: Invest
A couch is generally a long term buy, something that will be with you for years. Take the plunge and invest a bit more money to get a quality frame and durable fabric. A cheap couch may be easier on the wallet in the short term but may prove expensive if you need to replace it after a short period!
Whether you’re moving into a new home, redecorating or just need a new couch, at some stage we all need to buy a couch, and with these 5 fantastic tips, you’re sure to make a great choice!
Mobus Properties Ltd. is a privately-held Ghanaian property investment, development and management company focusing on commercial and residential property development. The company has property portfolios in Ghana and Nigeria.