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How To Choose The Perfect Sofa For Your Living Space

  • by Cindy Zuo 8 November 2019
  • Cindy Zuo

Are you in the market for a new sofa for your Melbourne home? The sofa you choose will have a huge impact on the look and feel of your living space. Therefore, it’s important you weigh up all your options before making the big decision.

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Size

From a two-seater to three-seater, lounge suite, recliner, and sofa bed—there’s a sofa to suit all needs and living spaces. Before searching for your dream sofa, work out what sofa size is right for your space and seating needs.

Start by measuring how much space you have to play with, accounting for other furniture such as the TV and coffee table. Your sofa should be on the same scale as your other furniture, to ensure it’s not out of proportion. You should also consider the number of people you want to accommodate and whether the sofa will be the only seating option. If you have anyone particularly short or tall in your household, measure the depth and height you’ll need to provide for their comfort.

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Oslo 3-Seater Sofa 226 x 96 x 75cm

Style

Think about what style sofa will reflect your tastes, needs, and preferences. If you want to invest in a high-quality sofa that will last for years to come, opt for a versatile style that will transcend style trends and interior updates you may make down the track.

For a contemporary Australian home, a modern minimalist sofa with clean lines and a relaxed, comfy feel is a wonderful choice. For fans of the stylish and understated Scandinavian design, there are some excellent choices that deliver comfort and functionality with a slim profile. For compact spaces, a Japanese-style sofa with a simple, streamlined silhouette and warm timber frame is a great option. Other styles to consider are Mid-Century, French Provincial, Traditional, and Chesterfield.

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Wheat 3-Seater Sofa 235 x 90 x 76cm

 

Material

Fabric and leather are the two main options to consider. Your choice will come down to the look and feel you want to create, how much you can invest, and the upkeep you’re willing to commit to.

Leather will provide a wonderfully natural, organic effect. It ages beautifully, withstanding years of wear and tear, and will generally outlast a fabric sofa. Leather is also easy to wipe clean—although it does require conditioning every six months or so to prevent cracking. With leather, you have a choice of premium full-grain and top-grain varieties or the more affordable (but lower quality) split- and corrected-grain leathers.

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Sandro Electric Sofa, Premium Leather

Fabric sofas can bring greater warmth and comfort to your living space. They also tend to be more affordable than leather. Fabric is easier to maintain (with regular vacuuming or dry cleaning) but stains can be harder to remove. With fabric sofas, you have the choice of natural cotton, linen or more affordable synthetics such as nylon or acrylic. Fabric also comes in a wide variety of colours and textures.

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Yamba 3-Seater Sofa, Linen Cotton Blend Fabric

Colour

Finally, it’s time to decide on your preferred sofa colour.

Grey, charcoal, navy, brown, or cream are popular as they’re timeless, sophisticated, and can work with most interior styles. They also impart a relaxed and calming feel to any living room. If you want to inject some colour into your sofa, you can do this by mixing and matching colourful and textured cushions.

If you’re not sold on a neutral colour and want to make a bold statement in your home, a colourful sofa is one way to achieve this. Before committing to this idea, think about what colour will help you create the aesthetic you want. You should also consider your colour preferences, what options will work with existing furniture and which styles won’t quickly become dated as interior fashions change.

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