Buying a new sofa can be a seriously mood-boosting decision to make when designing your home. As one of the most-used pieces of furniture, it’s a place where you can put up your feet after a long day, cozy up with popcorn and a binge-worthy show, or spend quality time connecting with family and friends sans screens.
Sofa options are not in short supply, and there are so many clever configurations, colors, and materials to choose from. As a piece of furniture you’ll likely keep for many years, taking the time to consider these three things will help to make sure your purchase will stand the test of time.
Consider Your Lifestyle
It may seem obvious, but in order to select the best sofa, consider how you use your living room area. Comfort is also always key, as is choosing a style that works with the design of your interiors.
Consider how frequently, and for what purpose, the sofa will be used. If it’s the main gathering place in your home for guests and family alike, for example, you may want a version that’s both comfortable and keeps its shape, rather than consistently needing to reshape cushions. If you’re in need of a sofa to accommodate kids or pets, you can select removable, washable fabrics, or easy-to-wipe leathers.
For a less frequently used sofa, you can be more adventurous in terms of fabrics, such as jewel-toned velvet, suede, and on-trend cream bouclé. Ultimately, however, choose a style and color that you truly love and will make you happy as you have to look at it every day!
Maximize Your Budget
You can spend a little or a lot on a sofa, however, getting the best for your budget comes down to a couple key attributes; firstly consider the quality of the frame. An expertly crafted plywood and pine frame are affordable but built to last. Similarly, if this will be your main sofa select fabrics that have longevity, such as soft but durable leathers or woven fabrics as these will be able to stand up to every day wear and tear.
There are many great customizable options available to suit every budget and style. Every home is different, as is your own unique lifestyle. Selecting a custom sofa to suit your own needs will not only improve the functionality of your space, but also elevate your interiors with a style that is perfect for the ambience you wish to create. The goal is to choose a sofa you’ll love forever — and the best way to do that is to create your own unique configuration.
Furniture stores can make the customization process a three-step breeze. Simply choose your style, desired configuration, and cover. Whether you’re after an L-shaped sofa, or need a matching ottoman, you can select each component based on what you need for your dream space.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.