A couch serves many purposes in a home and has to stand up to a lot of wear and tear. You'll want to make sure you're picking the perfect furniture for your home's needs. Here are five tips to help you choose the perfect couch for lounging.
First things first. How do you plan to use this new couch? Will its living quarters be your living room, home theater, a reading corner or all of the above?
Living Room — Since this is where you aim to impress guests, make sure this couch makes a decorative statement that broadcasts your personality as well as provides comfort for your family and guests alike. Pick a sofa with style the can turn heads and the comfort that people won't want to leave.
Home Theater — In your den, TV room, man cave, play room or whatever you call it, you need a couch that can handle more stress than what your living room couch will. This couch will serve as a commonly used lounge spot for the whole family and will need to be firm in order to hold up.
Of course, if your living room also serves as your theater/entertainment space, your goal should include a good mix of beauty and brawn in your sofa.
Yes, it matters. A lot. If you buy a giant couch for a miniscule room, where will you put your other furniture? And your couch won't move itself, so be sure to measure not only its intended resting place but every door, hallway and stairwell en route.
If you live in a larger, open floor-plan style home, the sky's the limit on the size of your sofa. You might even need more than one. But if you live in a small to medium, more traditional style home, you should go with a couch scaled to size. Even a stylish daybed could serve well in a small apartment.
The more space you have, the more you can let your decorative juices flow. Rounded sectionals, large, overstuffed, one-piece couches with a fan club of chairs and chaises may suit your area. High-backed sofas help take up vertical space in rooms with high ceilings. Smaller areas benefit from multi-functioning couches, those with built-in recliners and an integrated solid surface with cup holders. Whatever space you're working with, there's sure to be a couch shape that will fit in perfectly.
Nothing will expose your good taste better than the surface of your couch. Generally, you can choose from the following two upholstery categories:
Fabric — With the range of available woven materials, you have a wide variety of color, texture and pattern options. If you really want to fine-tune your decorating scheme, fabric will be the way to go. Just remember, lighter, less expensive cloth tends to show signs of wear faster. Heavy-duty textiles, however, will hold up longer.
Leather — Solid, mature, luxurious, even engineered leathers are sure to make a statement of refinement and elegance in any room.
With children and pets in the house, your sofa will be:
- A bed
- A trampoline
- A dinner table
- A probable scratching post
- A juice magnet, just to name a few
No matter how much you spend, once your kids have grown, your couch may look a little worn. But a strong sofa might just last long enough. In a more harmless environment, you may desire only enough durability to cruise from one fashion era to the next. Fortunately, you can choose a suitable couch anywhere on the durability spectrum.
At Wickmans Furniture, we stock 35,000 square feet with the best designer couches and other home furnishings. You get the quality without the stratospheric Hollywood prices. Stop by to pick out your new couch today.