Buying guide to select the perfect sofa

Selecting the Perfect Sofa

Sofas come in a wide range of styles, scale, fabrics and fill. How do you narrow down what's right for you?

Style: First determine the style that works best for you and your home. Do you tend to gravitate to contemporary or do you like more transitional or traditional. If you prefer contemporary, then you will be looking for clean lines and straight arms. Rolled arms tend to be more transitional or traditional.

Upholstered or Slipcovered: Think about your lifestyle. If you have kids, dogs and lots of company, slipcovered sofas are a great way to go because you can remove the covers and clean them easily. No worries when there is a spill or sandy feet. If it is a more formal room, that isn't used much, then upholstered could work well for you. The downside is that upholstered sofas have to be professionally cleaned.

Scale: The size of the sofa depends on the size of your room and what depth of sofa you are most comfortable in. Taller people tend to want a deeper sofa, such as a 40" depth. The average depth of a sofa is 36". We recommend that you tape out the size of the sofa in the room to make sure it fits with everything else you have in the room. We offer free design advice with floor plans of your space showing the size of the furniture and the best placement of the furniture.

Fabrics: Fabric choices are endless.Cottons are great when you want something easily washed, durable and comfortable. Linens are beautiful but usually require dry cleaning. We have a few linen blends that are durable and washable. Acrylic or sunbrella fabrics are a great way to go with really heavy use. They come in an array of colors and are also fade resistant.

Fill: What is best down or high resiliency foam? There is no right answer. If you like a softer, sink into sit, then down is the best option. If you like a firmer sit, then high resiliency foam is the way to go. Down also tends to look more relaxed and high resiliency foam tends to have a straighter look.
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