The sofa is an icon of comfort. And to that end, the material, the build, and the size of the sofa should be kept in mind to keep you comfy. Take note of the following factors in choosing the best sofa for you and your home.
Take note of the space within the room when picking out your sofa. Use a tape measure to make sure it can fit through the doorways and within the room itself. Allow for enough space around the sofa for other furniture. Additionally, take note of how many people are going to use the sofa. In a loft or apartment shared by two boarders, a medium-sized sofa should do the trick. But for a family of, say, five, look for a larger, roomier sofa.
Choose a sofa with deeper depth or fluffier cushions if you're going to use it for lounging, especially in front of the TV. Otherwise, use a medium-depth sofa for less-frequented areas like the sitting room, the porch, or the veranda.
Sofas typically have a foam core wrapped in a polyfiber material. Choose a sofa with high-density foam and filling: they’re firmer and more durable. Opt for a softer material, like cotton, to wrap around the core for a comfier feel. Down-feather cushions provide the softest filling, but they’re expensive and require daily attention to maintain.
Choose a material that’s easy to clean if you plan to kick back in your sofa often. Outdoor fabrics resistant to water, stains, and fading are commercially available as upholstery or slipcovers. Choose a fabric slipcover if you have kids or pets: it will allow you to wash it more easily and more frequently. And while leather or suede has a polished, posh beauty to it, these materials are unfit in hot and humid climates where sitting in leather for too long can make you sweaty and uneasy.
Make sure that the style, shape, color, and patterns on your sofa go well with the decor. Clean lines, geometric patterns, and bold or neutral colors will complement a modern home.