While your kitchen is probably the hub of your home, your living area provides the ideal place to relax. And, there’s no better place to relax than on a sofa. That’s why so many Fort Lauderdale luxury home owners take great care in choosing the right sofa.

Choosing The Right Sofa Tips

Before you begin the process of choosing the right sofa, you’ll need to answer a few questions. In addition to the questions, we’ve collected a few guidelines to help with your decision-making.

1. How Will Your Sofa Be Used?

CG Trader Sofa

Typically, a family room has a more relaxed atmosphere, providing a good place for lounging. In this case, you may want to consider a deeper sofa. While standard sofa depths range from 36 to 38 inches, there are deeper options available. So, if you like curling up and really sinking in, or if a family member is particularly tall, opt for a deeper sofa like the Restoration Hardware Luxe, which is 46 inches deep.

Living rooms tend to be have a more formal setting and are used as an occasional sitting area. If your living room is a lounge-free zone, you may want to consider a standard sofa depth to help keep folks upright. Also, consider a smaller 2-seater sofa, which you can pair with a few occasional chairs and an ottoman to create a seating area conducive for conversation. In this setting, guests and loved-ones can sit across from one another rather than side by side on a large couch.

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An important part of choosing the right sofa is the logistics of getting the new piece of furniture into your home. Be sure that your new purchase is physically able to fit through your home’s doorways and around corners. Check with your sofa retailer for delivery and clearance specifications, then measure twice. You’ll save yourself a big headache!

2. What’s Your Personal Style?

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams Sofa

Knowing your personal style can help narrow your sofa options. For a more formal and traditional design aesthetic, a sofa with tufting or a tailored upholstered piece with exposed legs might be a good option. On the more casual side, consider a couch with a slipcover. If your new sofa will be in a high-traffic areas or you have small children, a couch with a slip cover might be a good option. Slip covers can be easily removed and laundered.

3. Do you need support or cushioning?

Natuzzi Modern Sofa

The placement of a sofa and how it will be used should determine the type of fill you will want. Traditionally, sofas are made of a dense polyfiber wrapped around a foam core. Quite a few retailers offer upgrades such as down-feather cushions for an additional cost.

Balancing comfort and affordability is the most challenging part of choosing the right sofa. If you can’t afford upgraded fill in all of your new cushions, determine where you’d like to splurge by deciding which room is used the most. You will likely want to choose an upgraded fill in a TV room where you and your family spend the majority of time lounging.

4. Who Will Be On Your Sofa?

Crate and Barrel Sofa

High traffic areas, children and pets are a few reasons to consider a more durable fabric for your new sofa. Woven patterns tend to hold up longer than those that are printed, as do higher thread counts and tight weaves. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and denser fabric typically lasts longer.

5. Which Color Fits The Space?

Ethan Allen Sofa

If your new sofa is intended for the primary living space, like a family room, go bold with your fabric choice. Bold patterns and bright colors will bring an element of whimsy and fun to the space.

For a more occasional sitting room, like a formal living room, you will likely want to choose a neutral fabric like oatmeal or gray. These options are timeless and will fit with any décor.

Now that you’re armed with helpful tips on choosing the right sofa, it’s time to put what you’ve learned to work. Happy shopping!