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Choosing the perfect sofa Like a car or a house, home furnishings are one of the biggest purchase decisions you will ever make. From the color and fabric to the type and style, there are endless decisions to be made, even before you step into a store or shop online. To help you get the sofa of your dreams, here are a few tips to guide you in your decision-making process.

Type There is an endless variety of sofa types. This includes sectional sofas that can be used in groupings, sofa and loveseat sets, sofas with a chaise lounge incorporated into it, sofas that double as a sleeper and even sofas that can recline. When selecting a type for your living room, think of its primary use. If you need additional beds for occasional guests, you may want to go with a sleeper. If you enjoy reading and visiting, consider a sofa grouping or one with a built in chaise. Style Once you have the type of sofa selected, it’s time to think of the style. This is a matter of personal taste as well as with knowing what will work with the furniture you already have. If your room is already done up in Early American, you may not want to add a modern sofa or chaise sofa to the mix. Of course, if you don’t like Early American and have a budget to rid yourself of these furnishings, a sofa is a great anchor piece for an entirely new look. Choose a new style, start with the sofa and then build out from there. The secret is to pick what you like, no matter what the style.

Construction The old adage that you get what you pay for has never been truer than it is for sofas. There’s no wiggle room here. Good construction costs more, but it lasts longer. That means that your cushions won’t begin to sag a year after you make your purchase or that the inner framework won’t start creaking as the fittings come loose. If you want your sofa to give you a good return on your investment, put your money into a well-constructed piece of furniture. You won’t be sorry! Material Finally, we’re at the artistic point in sofa selection. Now that you have the type and style figured out and have begun to look at quality sofas, it’s time to decide on the material. Two main choices here, leather and fabric. Leather is more durable and stronger, but outside of color, there are not a lot of choices here. With fabrics, the sky’s the limit. There is an endless array of fabrics and many sofa models can be ordered with different fabrics.

Type, style, construction and material are the four secrets to selecting a sofa that you can enjoy for many years to come. Use these guidelines and you’ll find the perfect sofa or sofa set for your home.

Choosing The Perfect Sofa