Sofas

A stylish place to kick back and relax

The sofa is the main place we sit when we're at home. Most people spend a lot of time on the couch, watching TV, reading, visiting with friends or even sleeping. Sofas need to match the decor of a room, but they also need to be comfortable and inviting, and most of all, they need to be durable to last until the next time you redecorate. Choosing a sofa is more than just choosing a great design – you also want something that will fit with your furniture and look great in your home.

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Choosing a Sofa

Before you choose colors and fabrics for your sofa, you'll have to choose the type that you want for your room. Different rooms will require different sofas. For example, sectional sofas look good in a room that has two purposes, like a dining room / living room. They separate the living and dining areas in an open way. Sleeper sofas are useful to have if you have a lot of guests that come to stay, and reclining sofas are excellent options for home theaters or just to add extra comfort to a TV room. If you're redecorating a playroom for your kids, you can throw around some casual bean bag couches or a small kids couch to make them feel more at home.

Once you know what kind of sofa you want, measure your existing sofa to get a sense of what size you'll need. Sofas come in loveseat, or two-seater, form, up to a five- or six-seater, such as a sectional sofa. Take into consideration the style of your room as well as how much space you have – an oversized sofa might be comfortable, but if it dwarfs your other living room furniture, it's not going to look very attractive.

Sofa Styles

The style of your sofa is important to your room's decor. Many people favor leather sofas for contemporary living rooms. If that's not your style, there are many contemporary sofas in a range of colors and geometric styles that add accents to a room.

A country-style living room will look great with a wooden sofa and patterned fabric cushions. Conversely, you can get an overstuffed, cushy couch if you want to add a cozy aspect.

French country is slightly different; you'll want to look for old-fashioned, curvy couches or chaises that are upholstered in a floral pattern and have exposed polished wooden arms and legs. Check antique stores for these options – you might be able to find cheap sofas that you can then reupholster and recushion.

Modern living rooms harken back to the 1950s, so your sofa should have a square look to the arms and back. These couches can be found in solid-colored, tweedy fabrics with piped cushions.

If you're into a traditional living room, you'll find any number of different sofa styles in many different fabrics. A traditional sofa can have several designs but normally has curved arms, overstuffed cushions and skirts at the base.

If you want a new sofa but can't afford it, why not consider sofa slipcovers? They are an easy, inexpensive way to upgrade any couch into the style, fabric and color you want.

Sofas are more than just places to sit – they're a way to express your style. Finding the right one is important and can make a whole room look spectacular.