Decisions...decisions. When you're shopping for a new sofa, it can be overwhelming looking at all the different variations of fabrics, sizes, styles, and colors. Sofa…even the word itself sounds soft and luxurious. It just makes you want to stretch out and relax, doesn't it? Or, maybe you prefer to get comfy on a "couch," or – as grandma used to say – a "davenport".
No matter what you call it, it is usually the anchor of your furniture selection, especially for your living room. The size, style, color and quality of this vital element will set the tone for not only other large pieces, but accents and accessories as well.
So, how can you go about selecting a sofa that will satisfy your needs, wants and maybe even your whims? These simple steps will help:
Although it may seem obvious, many sofa shoppers tend to forget that size matters. Will your sofa be gracing a spacious open-concept floor plan or be tucked into a cozy enclave? Will it need to settle in between immovable features such as windows or doors?
Showroom display areas can make even the largest sofa seem smaller, so be sure to take accurate measurements of the actual space your sofa will live in. Length, depth and height are all important numbers to bring along when shopping, and be sure to keep "volume" in mind as well – meaning, can your space visually support a heavier overstuffed style, or do you need to lean more toward a sleek, slim profile?
Identify and Embrace Your Style
How do you answer if someone asks you to describe the style and atmosphere you want to create in your home? Formal… casual… traditional… contemporary… practical… extravagant? The list goes on and you don't have to limit yourself to one particular identity. Maybe you'd say "I'm country elegant," "eclectic yet formal," or "big-city sleek with an island vibe thrown in!" Whatever style – or combination thereof – that screams your name, select a sofa that can serve as a springboard for your entire decor.
Want to foster a relaxed atmosphere that will make family and friends take off their shoes and stay a while? A deep, soft sofa with casual fabric and fluffy loose cushions will help establish that welcoming feeling. Accessorize with snuggly throws, ambient lighting and coffee-cups-welcome-here end tables.
Is stylish after-dinner conversation more to your liking? You might choose a contemporary sofa with clean lines, track arms and boxed-style seat backs. Matching accent chairs or loveseat, and glass or chrome accessories, will establish an upscale environment and encourage quiet, pleasant interaction.
Are You a Lover or a Leaver?
Are you the type of person that searches diligently for the perfect thing and then remains happy with it for a long time to come, or do you prefer to change things up more frequently? When selecting furniture, it's important not only to embrace your style, but to determine how long you want to live with that identity.
For example, is your closet full of classic items and interchangeable accessories, or do you chuck everything and go all out for the latest trends each season? Similarly, it's wise to factor in your personal "love it or leave it" quotient when choosing your sofa.
If you desire longevity, choose a sofa that can serve as an unobtrusive backdrop. Perhaps monochrome fabric, minimal detailing and modest size will best allow you to maintain a consistent foundation, while occasionally rotating decorative accents for updated interest. For you, investing in the highest-quality your budget will allow is wise and will pay off in many years of satisfaction.
On the other hand, if you want to make a bold statement, but not be tied to it when a trendy new option comes along, you're a candidate for a value-priced selection. Go ahead, grab a red faux-leather sofa and throw in a floor-to-ceiling lava lamp and shagadelic rug for a joy-filled oasis of personality! When you're ready to embrace something different, you can have a fabulous garage sale or donate them to charity – if a friend or family member with an equally exuberant sense of style doesn't talk you out of them first!
Utilize the Experts
In any case, don't hesitate to ask questions and obtain recommendations from the experts. Knowledgeable furniture sales staff will offer valuable insights into not only style trends and fabric differences, but also provide information about quality considerations, warranties, manufacturer details and other important factors which you might not think of during the thrill of shopping.
At Sam's, our staff members are thoroughly trained and committed to providing the highest level of customer service, including helping you select furniture that will make you smile not just when you select it in the showroom, but as it becomes part of your home as well.