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Interior Design – How to choose the right sofa for you.

We all know choosing the right sofa can be a little scary. What size or style? Skirted or exposed leg? Round arm or track arm? A three-cushion or two-cushion sofa? Cost? Function?

 

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All these are valid questions and should be addressed before shopping begins. So lets talk about a few things to take into consideration before the sourcing starts. 

1. Cost. Figure out your budget. A good quality sofa can run just a few thousand dollars and more. 
2. What is my style? Formal or a bit more casual? Which room; living room or family room? For example, take a look at your a house. A traditional house will tell you you’re going to need a fairly traditional piece. These sofas tend to have skirts and rolled arms and can have three cushions or even a bench seat. Either is fine. A sofa with a track or squared arm will work just fine in a contemporary or modern home. 
3. Now measure the space where the sofa will go. Maybe even measure your current sofa for comparison. We all want that comfort when watching TV or reading at night. So not only measure the length, but also the depth.
4. What type of cushions do you want; down or foam wrapped? Down tends to cost a bit more and are great for back cushions, while foam wrapped in down are great for the seats. Test, test, test. That’s the only way to know what’s right for you.
5. After you’ve determined, the size, style and approximate cost, think about color and fabric. Since I believe your sofa is pretty much one of the largest furniture expenses, be careful on the fabric/color. This piece needs to last years and will allow you to purchase other items to keep your décor fresh and updated. Remember, beige and or tan are not the only neutrals. Various shades of grays and browns are used as neutrals as well.

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Remember, you don’t need to spend a fortune for the right sofa. Just doing a little homework will save you time and money. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the construction, fabric wearability and warranty. About all have fun shopping for your new sofa!

Christopher Porikos

Author: Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts.

Christopher Porikoshttp://www.christopherporikosdesign.com
Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts.