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How to choose your perfect sofa?

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When it comes to living room decor, there are really no hard-and-fast rules. You’ll want it to be a space that makes your family and guests feel comfortable, but is also functional for day-to-day living. Most people have a tendency to go super neutral or boldly colourful, but be careful of going overboard with either. If you go with neutrals for the big items, like sofas, armchairs and ottomans, then go a bit bold with decorative accessories — that way, you can easily swap out the small things when a new colour scheme is in order. Likewise, if you want your sofa to be a statement piece then scale back the decor so they don’t fight for attention.

1. Size

Consider the size of your room vs the size of your sofa vs number of people you need to host. A small room usually can only fit small sofas. Opt for 2 or 3 seaters or even ones with storage spaces if able, like a storage ottoman. Have the need to open up your house every week? You probably need a bigger sofa to accommodate everyone's seatings. Go for a larger set like corner sets or L-shape sofas.

Tip: If your walls are white or off-white in colour, any light colours will do the trick. If you have children at home, it is recommended to have a cover with a pattern instead of a solid colour as the stain mark will be very obvious over time.

2. Choose a theme for the space

In the end of the day, it is still the “gut feeling” thing that you would have when selecting the sofa. Personally, the best advice that i would provide is that the shape of your sofa would be the way you would like to use it. For instance, if you love to have midnight movies and tend to fall asleep on the sofa, a L-shape sofa or Sofa bed would do you good.

3. Positioning

Does your family use the living room to lounge, relax and read? Enjoy winding down in front of the TV? Typically you will need a comfortable lounging set to rest comfortably. There is no need for extremely large sofas if you do not often open your house to others. Go for a sofa suitable for your family. Remember to position your sofa facing away from the window, else there will be glare or backlight.

Will you be hosting guests often? Surround your sofa with chairs and cushions to create multiple seating areas that can be enjoyed individually, or as a large group. Choose a big sofa like L-shape or corner sets to accommodate more people.

4. Material

Aesthetic is important, but functionality is key when it comes to choosing a material for your sofa. Many would love to indulge in a plush, white Full Leather sofa —they're gorgeous, but easily damaged. Full Leather can be a poor choice if you have pets or small children who will cause some serious damage.


Pros: wears well with age, fairly easy to clean

Cons: easy to see scratches hence not recommended with pets and children


Pros: washable if removable, stains can be hidden if designed fabric is chosen

Cons: very hard to clean


Hopefully these tips are able to help you choose a sofa of your dreams.

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