What sofa to buy is an often underrated question. There are many decisions that need to be made, mainly based on how you intend to use the sofa, what is your personal preference and what sofa style would best suit your décor. You can reasonably expect your new sofa to last for years so let’s take a look into the possible styles and shapes, usage, quality and budget.
Firstly, you need to think about when and how you use your sofa. If you intend to use this sofa every day, it needs to be hardwearing and comfortable. If it’s for a spare bedroom or a guest suite, then durability is not so vital. Do you like to sit back or do you prefer to sit more upright? Deep seating will suit a taller person, whilst shallow seating will help someone with a bad back or knees to get up more easily.
Having considered what you’re going to use it for and who will use it, think about where you intend to put your sofa. Think about the space available in your room. You don’t want to impede foot traffic through the room or make people have to walk around the furniture. It’s very important to ensure that you measure you available space before you go shopping, otherwise you risk trying to squeeze a large sectional unit into a tiny area!
The fabric that your new sofa is made from, along with the color and pattern choice, is very important. To keep your sofa looking good as new, choose a fabric that is long-lasting and durable. Microfiber, cord and leather are hardwearing choices and would suit well if your sofa is to be used every day or by children. You should bear in mind that textured surfaces and patterns such as chenille or damask show wear less than smooth fabrics.
Natural colors tend to suit any environment, but be wary of choosing white because it will show up marks and dirt. Bright colors may be fashionable today, but what about in five years time? And choosing something to fit with your color scheme is great, but what happens if you paint your walls?
More luxurious and high maintenance options such as silk or suede are best reserved for areas that are used less frequently or for families where there are no young children.
Depending on your choices for the previous factors, the decision about quality and budget may already be made. However, it’s worth considering that a well-made sofa could last you twice as long as a more budget model and so any savings made may be cancelled out by having to replace a cheaper one at an earlier stage. The basic rule of thumb is to make sure to buy the best quality that you can afford, as you’ll live with your purchase for a long time. A sofa should last around ten years, so take the time to make the right decision
- Think about how you will use your sofa before decide on style, color or fabric
- Microfiber, cord and leather are durable and last about twice as long but will cost more
- Colors are important, take into account how you will continue to use it in the future
Mattresses, there are hundreds of options and most of us usually settle for whatever is at a good price. While being price conscience is important, this is the single piece of furniture that you will use more in your lifetime than any other, certain estimates place it as much as a third of your life on a mattress. The right process is to understand what options are available and make an informed decision based on your specific needs and then to find the best possible price for it.
In this series of blog posts we’ll try to explain the main features of most mattresses and the technology behind them with the anticipated outcomes of each so that you can better choose the right mattress for you. There’s a ton of advertising done on mattresses with many claims by companies so lets go over what’s important when picking your new favorite mattress.
Doctors’ opinions are important– if you have any health conditions or visit a physical therapist, ask for their recommendation. While doctors are not sleep experts by any means, they know your medical conditions and can make suggestions as to the potential problems that can arise from specific mattress types and materials.
Bad back doesn’t mean firm mattress– Just because you may have a bad back and conventional wisdom dictates that a firm mattress is the way to go, there is a big difference between support and firmness. For any back problems, you should go for a mattress with firm support but a comfortable feel (based on your preference). Pillow tops are an important consideration here so make sure you go through a process to find the right mattress that fits your need.
Pillow tops may not be the top choice– Pillow tops have become a sensation between euro-pillow tops and many others but there are cases in which pillow tops are not necessary. Very lightweight people for example don’t need a thick pillow top on their mattress since they require a minimum threshold for compress the foam enough to get the to the mattress. Choose a pillow top that makes sense for you, if you feel that you have always had a problem with a non-pillow top mattress not providing enough support, try one with a smaller pillow top and move your way up.
That’s it for this week, we’ll add more features to consider next week and as always, here are some Guilty Tips:
- Before considering price, choose the mattress type and comfort level that is right for you
- Consult a doctor if you have health concerns or have had health problems in the past
- Don’t get a mattress because of rumors, choose based on comfort
- Consider all option and blur out marketing terms like pillow tops until you know its what you need