How To Pick Out The Perfect Sofa

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By Stephanie Holdaway, owner and principal designer of Gatehouse no. 1 in Orem

Your sofa is often a focal point and one of the most important furniture pieces you will choose for your home. It will be one of your investment pieces, so high quality should be a priority. A sofa is where you gather together for family time, to binge favorite shows, visit with guests, and simply relax. Each home is unique, and your sofa should reflect your individual personality and lifestyle.

Here is how to select the perfect sofa for your home:

  1. Function. Determine the primary role of the room or space for your new sofa. How do you plan to use this room? If it’s a main gathering place for your family, comfort is key. Consider a large, deep, and cozy piece. You could also consider a sectional for extra seating if your entertain in this room. If it’s a music or living room space, a more structured style that maintains a tailored shape and has clean lines will sit pretty.
  2. Form. Consider the look, style and size of the sofa. Do you prefer a traditional silhouette, modern lines or something transitional that gives you a little of both? Do you like a rounded, square or an English arm? Are you drawn to details like tufts and channeling or are you wanting clean, simple lines? A tight back or a cushion back? Consider the size of your room and personal design preferences. Remember the style of your home and any existing furniture you are working with as you plan to coordinate your new piece in the room.
  3. Fabric. Upholstery brings the personality and flair to design. The color, texture and pattern of fabrics create the color palette and overall style direction for your room. Favorites for sofas include rich soft velvets, tweeds, cut chenilles, leathers and luxury linens — and a clever mix will give added interest and warmth to your space. Fabric technology has come a long way recently, especially when it comes to performance options for stain and/or fade resistance and other great features for real life. You can now have light colors and lux fabrics that are so beautiful you will find it hard to believe they are also durable and easy to maintain.
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