Buying The Perfect Sofa
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Picking the right sizeThere are three main factors that go into picking the size of your couch:
- How big is your room? Furniture stores are usually way bigger than your living room, and the furniture looks smaller than it actually is. So, make sure you measure before leaving home (length, depth, and height).
- How big & tall are you? If you're tall (like me) make sure you pick a sofa that is high and deep enough for you. It is easy to overlook this while you're distracted in the store. Then, the thing gets delivered and you realize it is just not a comfortable size for you. I am giving you this advice from personal experience/mistakes. Make sure the cushions are big enough for your thighs, and lean back to make sure you can do so without your head hitting a wall.
- Will people be sleeping on it? This is important because some sofas are simply too short to sleep on. If you don't have a guest room, this sofa will likely be your guest room and it should be long enough to comfortably handle a sleeping person. Don't buy a pull out sofa as your primary sofa; those are shitty sofas and even worse beds.
Picking the right styleIf you're recently out of college and/or just not loaded, it can take a while to accumulate a full set of furniture. This means, it may not all be from the same place and your tastes may change. So, when deciding what style sofa you want, it's important to not just buy the first cool thing you see. That super-modern sofa might look cool in the store because it's staged with all the right accompanying pieces... but unless you're buying everything, it will probably look different in your house. This is an oversimplification, but typically sofa styles fall into three main categories:
- Classic - Probably the type of sofa your parents have. Classic sofas tend to have more ornate features, possibly curved arms and legs, or decorative stitching. They also tend to be more plush looking. Classic sofas can be perfectly comfortable, but do not look like something a typical dude would be attracted to. Ironically, many women are drawn to more classic style furniture.
- Contemporary - This may end up being your safe spot. Contemporary sofas usually take the timeless aspects of classic sofas and mix them with the appeal of more modern sofas. For example, a contemporary sofa might be made out of a soft fabric with overstuffed cushions to make it comfortable, but the shape of the sofa is more like that of a modern piece. Instead of using metal legs like a modern sofa, or ornate legs like a classic sofa, a contemporary sofa will often have basic block-like wooden legs. Such as the one pictured above from Design Within Reach.
- Modern - Sharp lines, often leather, frequently with metal legs. Modern furniture can be really cool, but you need to dedicate yourself to it. You shouldn't buy a super modern sofa if you don't plan to maintain that theme in your other furniture. There are clearly exceptions to this, but some women don't care for ultra-modern furniture because it doesn't give off a cozy vibe, so you might want to keep that in mind.