How to choose a sofa

A sofa is one of the main and expensive interior items in every home. This is a multifunctional furniture, which daily has a serious load. Choosing a quality, beautiful and practical sofa is not an easy task. After all, it is necessary to evaluate not only its appearance and dimensions, which should harmoniously complement the interior and comply with the parameters of the room, but also the functional characteristics and reliability of the design.

A good sofa is ...

  1. Durability: for the sofa to last as long as possible, you should choose a model with a reliable and well-dried wood frame, as well as a high level of build quality. Only then will it please you for many years, retain its original appearance throughout its entire service life, will not deform, and will not creak over time.
  2. Convenience: choosing a good sofa that will be used as a sleeping place or as a place to relax in front of the TV and communicate with guests is a completely different task. But in any case, the model should be comfortable. If the sofa is too hard or soft for you, you run the risk of facing many problems: back pain, muscle discomfort, insomnia, etc.
  3. Easy to operate: some sofas can be folded out or have a box for linen: which one is better for you to decide based on personal preferences, but before you buy the model you like, test the mechanism. Does it work without failures and does not jam? Fine! It will be convenient and easy for you to use it!
  4. Functionality: when choosing a sofa, pay attention to such additional options as removable armrests, built-in bars, sofa cushions in the kit. Additional functionality, of course, is reflected in the price, but makes upholstered furniture more convenient in daily use.

From the history
At the beginning of the XX century in Europe, the staff of the furniture company "Abramson" was the position of "sunbed". The duties of this employee included lying on the sofas, determining the level of their comfort, testing their softness and other performance characteristics, finding flaws in the design. Such work was paid no less than the work of other workers. 


Frame

This is the base of the sofa. The life of the material depends on the material it is made of. The metal frame is reliable and very durable. Most often, it is used to make high-tech sofas. No less reliable is furniture with a frame made of natural wood (oak, beech, mahogany, etc.). But such designs are not cheap. Chipboards are much more affordable - they hold their shape well and are completely safe. But in order for the sofa to last longer, you need to choose a model with a frame only from that chipboard, which is covered with a protective layer and has a bolt or “thorn groove” connection of parts.

How to choose a quality sofa?

When deciding which sofa to choose for the living room, bedroom, nursery, kitchen, office and any other room, you must first evaluate the following characteristics:

Filler

Manufacturers of sleeping and other types of sofas often use artificial materials such as foam and foam as fillers. Quite often, spring blocks are used. The main criterion for choosing a filler is the purpose of the sofa. If you buy it mainly for sleep, it is better to stay on models with spring blocks. Such designs are not only convenient, but very durable and have high orthopedic properties. Sofas with foam filling are hypoallergenic; they are soft and comfortable. But with daily use they wear out quickly. Those who want to keep the sofa from selling out over time and at the same time maintain softness should choose products with a “filling” from a material such as latex foam. Thanks to its many micro-cells, it “breathes”, has an orthopedic effect and lasts for decades.

Upholstery

The most expensive is considered upholstered furniture made of leather. It has its advantages: high resistance to abrasion, mechanical, chemical and UV exposure, protection against moisture. No less practical, but much cheaper than models with leatherette upholstery. But the most popular are fabrics such as chenille, jacquard and tapestry. It is they who are chosen as upholstery for a sofa for every day, since such materials reliably protect furniture and practically do not concede to their skin in terms of strength and aesthetic characteristics. The main thing is that the same material is used both on the front of the product and on the back, and all the seams should be even and neat.

Mechanism

Do you plan to lay out the sofa from time to time? Or will you sleep on it every night? When choosing a sofa for the house, you must definitely pay maximum attention to how it is laid out. Modern manufacturers produce models equipped with several types of sliding mechanism: “Book”, “Click-gag”, “Dolphin”. “Eurobook”, “Clamshell”, “Accordion”, a sofa with folding sidewalls or with a sliding berth. These are irreplaceable options in the limited space of a small apartment. All of them are reliable and withstand numerous cycles of addition-decomposition.

Design Tips

A sofa in any room should become its decoration and the subject of pride of the owners. If the interior of the room is made in the Art Nouveau or high-tech style, then it is better to choose a sofa in bright colors and with clear geometric lines. Is the room design classic? A round-shaped model with a fabric upholstery in neutral tones is suitable. They made a Scandinavian-style living room and don’t know which sofa is better to choose? With these interiors, only products of regular shapes with plain light upholstery are in harmony. But in rooms with a design in the Provence style, models with floral patterns of any classic or modern form will look good. Having difficulty choosing a design? Choose a sofa that has a simple shape and plain upholstery. You can always add brightness to it and harmoniously fit into the interior, putting a beautiful coffee table next to it or adding pillows.

Sofas

Which sofa to choose for the living room?

To quickly and correctly choose a sofa in the living room, decide whether it will serve as the main or additional bed and how often it will be used as such. If you are the owner of a small apartment and plan to sleep on it every night, models with unfolding transformation mechanisms are suitable. For example, "Accordion". Such models are one of the most comfortable, because when they are unfolded, bumps or folds do not form. Check with the manufacturer if there is an orthopedic base in the sofa - special armor made from strong and elastic wood. Thanks to them, you will feel very comfortable every night for many years. Are you planning to lay out the sofa from time to time, receiving guests? Products with retractable transformation mechanisms are suitable for you:

"Dolphin"
Eurobook
withdrawable models.
They quickly unfold, forming a flat berth, but with visible joints. Do you like to sit comfortably in front of the TV? Then in the living room it is better to choose folding sofas with mechanisms such as "Book" or "Click-Clack." Models form a somewhat uneven surface, so they are not suitable for daily sleep (only if you use an additional mattress), but they are very convenient as a place to relax. For a living room with a small area, a practical option is linear models with 2-3 seats with a box for linen. Be sure to check before buying its size when unfolded. It should not block access to the balcony or prevent movement around the room. If you like to communicate with your family or friends often gather at your place, it is better to choose a right, left or universal corner sofa with 5-6 seats (which corner to make depends on the size and geometry of the room). The intensity of use of furniture in the living room is large, so its upholstery should be made of wear-resistant material. It will be optimal to choose a sofa in the hall with a finish from such fabric as flock, jacquard or leather.

Choose a sofa for the nursery

functionality - the area of ​​the nursery is usually small. Installing large furniture in it is an irrational solution. It is better to take folding models. Find out what kind of transformation mechanism they are equipped with. For the child, the most comfortable models for sleep and relaxation will be the Accordion, Dolphin and Eurobook models. It is quite difficult for children to lay out other designs. appearance - the sofa should successfully fit into the interior, but at the same time like the child. As practice shows, kids are most pleased with their appearance in brightly colored furniture. After first selecting the mechanism, invite the child to make a decision regarding the color of the sofa upholstery. practicality - if there is a box for linen or toys in the sofa for the nursery - this is a definite plus, because it will save space in the room. safety - the materials from which the furniture for children is made must not contain harmful chemicals. Best of all, if the upholstery for it is made of natural fabrics: linen, microfiber, cotton. Pay attention to the design. There should not be wide gaps, sharp corners and decorative elements! All of this can cause serious injury.

Which sofa to choose for a small office?

The pleasant atmosphere in the office is extremely important. What sofa should I choose to make a comfortable living room for visitors and customers out of a strict and unfriendly reception room? Such an interior item should be simple and solid. Therefore, a model with metal supports and armrests is perfect in the office: it looks beautiful and is very durable. Before buying, determine how much free space you have in the reception area. This will allow you to choose the right size sofa. In offices, both corner models and straight lines (two-, three- or four-seater) look appropriate. If installing one large model does not leave enough space for passage, try to purchase two small sofas and put them opposite each other. Do you have a lot of free space in the office, but the number of visitors does not exceed 10 people a day? Do not purchase a large sofa. Medium-sized furniture is much better. What color office sofa to choose for daily use, depends only on your personal preferences and the interior of the room. But the most profitable products look with plain upholstery. It can be neutral light or restrained dark shades. Artificial or genuine leather is the best option for upholstery. These materials look beautiful and give the room a respectable look. But keep in mind that furniture with leather upholstery is quite expensive and requires constant care. An office sofa made of fabric is a more budgetary option, only it becomes much more dirty and worn out much faster. And remember that a sofa is a purchase you make for a long time. Do not hurry! Check out all of its specifications and compare several models that suit you. After all, the quality of your sleep, relaxation and comfort will depend on the decision made.

  1. functionality - the area of the nursery is usually small. Installing large furniture in it is an irrational solution. It is better to take folding models. Find out what kind of transformation mechanism they are equipped with. For the child, the most comfortable models for sleep and relaxation will be the Accordion, Dolphin and Eurobook models. It is quite difficult for children to lay out other designs.
  2. appearance - the sofa should successfully fit into the interior, but at the same time like the child. As practice shows, kids are most pleased with their appearance in brightly colored furniture. After first selecting the mechanism, invite the child to make a decision regarding the color of the sofa upholstery.
  3. practicality - if there is a box for linen or toys in the sofa for the nursery - this is a definite plus, because it will save space in the room.
  4. safety - the materials from which the furniture for children is made must not contain harmful chemicals. Best of all, if the upholstery for it is made of natural fabrics: linen, microfiber, cotton. Pay attention to the design. There should not be wide gaps, sharp corners and decorative elements! All of this can cause serious injury.