Are you sitting comfortably? Does your lounge suite fit in with your lifestyle? If no, then it’s time to upgrade and get some change in your living room. Choosing a lounge suite is a big decision, it will be part of your life for a long time and can often be heavy on your pocket.
At some point we all have to think long and hard about getting a new lounge suite, but where does one even begin? This is how you can turn a stressful shopping experience into a big adventure.
Know your needs
Before buying, you must know exactly why you want to upgrade. Do your homework before setting out to make a purchase. Firstly, make a list of the things you don’t like about your current sofa – making notes on what different features you would prefer. Think about your family’s needs and personal style.
Live the lifestyle
You must envision the furniture as part of your life. Ask yourself whether it will fit in with your lifestyle and consider the colour, style and material. If you have kids, then darker colours are advisable.
Aspire in style
Decide on what kind of style you want to go for in your lounge. A lounge suite is often the focal point of a room, and therefore plays a leading role in dictating the overall style of the space. It can also send your decor in a brand new direction. If change is what you are after, let your new couch be the starting block. Sofa styles are best displayed in the design lines, cushions and arms. Overstuffed cushions give a casual and comfortable feel, while tailored ones are more formal.
Pick your upholstery
When shopping for upholstery, always weigh up your options on colours, textures, patterns, price and maintenance requirements. Don’t forget about your lifestyle needs. For example, if you have kids, a couch upholstered in white fabric is certainly not the answer.
When it comes to this, always consider the wood, upholstery and foam. High-density foam will last and keep its shape for longer. Leather, wool, linen and certain synthetics are all good quality, but not all low care. Leather and wool are durable, but are often pricey. When it comes to choosing a lounge suite, the choice of quality materials and structures plays a significant role.
Consider your wallet
If money is tight, opt for a timeless suite that blends in with different décor styles. This way you will increase its longevity, as it won’t look outdated in a few years. If you can splash out on something special, go for a dramatic look with bold patterns or a bright colour. Price is influenced by the size, the choice and quality of the upholstery, the quality of the craftsmanship, whether it has been locally produced or imported and the durability of the piece. It’s a good idea to save a bit longer and get the sofa you want.
Check for detail
If you’re a lover of detail, do a close-up quality inspection of the sofa in question before you make the purchase. For instance, if you like a sofa with deep buttons, then check to see if they are firmly sewn in and evenly spaced. If the fabric has a pattern, then is it centered and does it match up at the seams? Check to see what kind of guarantee the sofa comes with.
Choosing your perfect lounge suite needn’t be stressful. In fact, armed with this checklist, you can have fun in the process.