How to select a sofa in 3 steps by Liz Toombs
A sofa is one of the biggest furniture purchases you are likely to make. It’s also a key focal point and a piece that lasts for generations. But, don’t let the shopping process stress you out. Here are three things to keep in mind when decorating your space with a new sofa:
1. The style of the sofa depends on your style. If you are more traditional, choose a sofa with rolled arms and tufted cushions, like this one from Bassett. If you lean toward contemporary, choose a sofa with cleaner lines and understated upholstery. If there are other skirted pieces in the space, choose a sofa with exposed legs and vice versa. If you’re short on space, look at sofas with low arms, or no arms at all, to make your room look bigger.
2. Go with a neutral color and switch out throw pillows to update the look. Take into consideration the durability and finish of your fabric selection. If you have small children or pets, you’ll want to pick a fabric that is heavy-duty and stain-resistant.
3. Quality counts. A solid base will ensure the longest life possible. Actually sitting on the sofa before purchasing helps you make sure the cushions are as firm, or as soft, as you want.
About Liz Toombs, C.I.D. - Toombs owns Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors and is a Certified Interior Decorator who offers complete design services for homes, offices and Greek housing. Toombs’ work can be seen on campuses including the University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, and Florida State University. Read more on PolkaDotsAndRosebuds.com.