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3 Things to Consider When Buying a Sofa

Given the wide variety of sofas offered in stores, finding the one that is best suited for your space and budget may seem like a challenge. It can be tricky to know where to begin selecting the desired fabric, style, size, and color when given a large number of options, so we'd like to share a few tips on how to narrow down the sofa selection to find just the one for you:

1. Available space

The design of your living room space will dictate the type and size of sofa you will end up buying. For example, if you live in a small apartment, a 7-seater sofa with full or broad arms would not be ideal, as it would take up most of the available space.

When choosing a sofa, you can also customize the configuration – most L-shaped sectionals can seat more than 4 or 5 comfortably, whereas a loveseat is built for two. Whether you are looking for a two or ten-seater, it may help to keep in mind how much space a person will need to sit comfortably. Taking a few moments to test out different positions on the sofa (sitting in different spots, lying down, etc.) can be invaluable and help you evaluate the comfort level of your choice.

If possible, note the exact measurements of your living room to help you purchase an appropriately sized and impressive sofa that will fit your lifestyle.

2. Fabrics and Color

When it comes to fabric, the number of hours you and your guests intend to spend seated on the sofa will directly affect the type of fabric you decide on. Microfibers and leather generally offer more longevity and are perfect for rooms which are used frequently. High maintenance fabrics such as silk are more attractive and lush but easily wear and tear, making them ideal for areas which are infrequently used.

You can also consider what you’d like the visual effect of the sofa to be: make a bold statement and stand out by opting for ‘strong’ or vivid colors, or blend in with the other décor in the living room by going for a less conspicuous color.

3. Functionality

Are you going to need extra sleeping space for guests? Do you intend to spend long hours watching television or reading a book? The living needs and lifestyle demands of your day-to-day activities will influence the type of sofa you’ll purchase. Aesthetics are important, and so is functionality.

Deep and cushy cushions are perfect for rest and relaxation, while sofas with elegant silhouettes, rolled arms, or detailed tufting are more suited for formal settings. Recliners are ideal for people who intend to spend long hours gaming or watching television. If you’re going to have guests frequently and want to maximize your space, you may want to consider a sofa-sleeper.

If you want a high quality, modern and comfortable sofa at an affordable cost, look no further than Copenhagen. Our sales associates and on-staff interior designers will help you navigate your way through the sofa selection process. Copenhagen carries styles by upcoming and well-known designers and brands, with quality that we stand behind. Peruse our website or give us a call today for more information.