This serves as a basis for home decoration, and often the first furniture purchased for the room. But choosing a sofa is not easy, and I have received many doubts about how to find the best type for each environment. To help, here are seven basic tips.
1. How much do I need?
First of all, do environmental measurements where the sofa will remain. If possible, make simple drawings on paper to show the seller, including windows and doors.
To avoid feeling tight, remember to leave at least 70 cm of space on the side of the couch for circulation, or to place the side of the table with a lamp or even a floor lamp, if the room is too small.
If you want to get an idea of ??the space that will occupy the sofa in the room, take measurements from the cellphone and the equivalent line of space on the floor with a newspaper or folded sheet. So you are experimenting with various furniture around.
As a rule, the distance between a coffee table and a sofa must be 50 cm to 90 cm – enough to give way, but not too far if someone wants to support a cup of coffee, for example. The side table must be as high as the sofa arm.
2. Skip the door?
Besides leaving the house by measuring the room in the bag, also remember, before buying, to measure the width and height of the door or window that gives in that environment. Is this an apartment? Do you have a large service elevator? If not, is it possible to hoist through a window or porch? Knowing all this, besides the rules of the condo, avoid many headaches later.
Thinking about this problem, we have at Cecilia Dale several separate sofas, which can be dismantled into smaller parts to fit in the elevator.
3. What colors should be chosen?
Hold the temptation to choose an orange soffa, for example, or other colors that are very attractive. Over time, you may be tired, and change, just knitting again – which is expensive and labor intensive. Colors like white, beige in all colors, brown or even jeans are more neutral and combined with decorating styles. Just swap pillows or throw and you have a new home.
4. Fabric or leather?
Natural fiber layers, like linen, are very comfortable, but for homes with dogs or children, the skin is more resistant to scratches and easy to clean: only a damp cloth.
Another option is waterproof fabric, which is resistant to liquid and dirt spills. In our shop, we have two sofa models (Capuleto and Geneva) which come with factory waterproof fabrics, and also some choices of cotton fabric and jacquard are also protected. So you can join the useful ones for fun.
Remember that the window behind the sofa must be protected with a curtain or curtain to prevent the sun from fading and fading both the fabric and the skin.
5. Will the sofa only be used to receive visitors, or is it for the TV room?
If the environment is more formal, the living room is too deep, uncomfortable, with visitors swaying back without being able to lean against the floor. Prefer shorter seats.
To make a true home theater, sofas with deeper chairs or with one or two chaises at the ends are the most comfortable. Some models also have a movable backrest, which rests, further enhancing comfort.
Now, if the same room has to function both function, TV and seating, a good idea is to choose a sofa that can be expanded, which “stretches” the chair only when the film returns to normal size later.
6. Can you change the number of seats?
This is an important fact that few people know. To be comfortable, each sofa must be at least 80 cm wide. So depending on the size of the sofa, sometimes it’s better to have two wide seats than two that are tight. Think about this before you order a custom made sofa. Upholsterers and manufacturers accept all types of orders, but may not be good, and then, you cannot change.
If you want to customize your sofa, it’s better to use a modular one, which can be modified according to customer tastes – with or without chaise, with or without puffing, etc. The advantage is that you can see in the store of the size of each, cut, try, measure – which does not happen on the sofa ordered out of standard.
7. Test the sofa
This last point is the most important thing: don’t forget to try the sofa before buying, as much as you think you need. Ask to push the seat expansion mechanism, if any. And don’t be shy to lift your feet and lean on a lazy chair to see if you feel comfortable (take your shoes off, don’t get dirty). This is the time to test everything, to see if you and your sofa are really meant for each other.
As a general rule, it is better to choose a comfortable, but firmer sofa. Remember that springs and foam, for the best quality they have, tend to soften with use. If you have sunk on the couch before you take it home, you risk being too prominent afterwards.
Ask about the material from which the sofa is made. Are you guaranteed with an internal structure? The best (like the ones in our shop) use Italian love in chairs, which is much more resistant. The entire structure is covered with foam density 28 and higher models also have carbon fiber springs, which do not oxidize in places with more moisture, such as on the beach.
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