The One Thing No One Tells You About Sofas

If you’re like a lot of people, chances are your sofa just happened to you. You may have inherited it or simply bought what was affordable without too much thought. And it makes sense. Who has time for decorating?


But what if there was one thing to know about sofas that would change the way you think about them forever? Just one thing interior designers knew that could make or break your next sofa purchase? As most likely the largest piece of furniture in your living room, a sofa is integral to the overall look of your home and deserves a modicum of forethought. We’re here to tell you the most important criterion.


Styles change, however slowly. Upholstery is replaceable. What really matters in your sofa is longevity. When you’re buying a couch, you may think it’s a quick fix for temp digs. But then you get a better sofa, and relegate the old one to the guest room. Another 15 years and it eventually winds up in your kid’s dorm room. What you thought would be around for only a few years winds up following you throughout life, as it rightly should.


Since this thing is going to be with you for a while, better make it last the best way that you can. Make sure it’s durable. Look for craftsmanship and quality construction. Check the springs, cushioning and overall build. Get commercial grade fabrics that won’t wear out. Be in control.


Make sure it’s a style that you can live with. Ultimately, if you don’t like the look, you wont be happy with it. Get it in a color that makes you feel good. Make sure it’s comfortable and easy to sit on. Removable cushions or built-in? Arms or armless? Don’t forget your space and the size of the room it’s meant for. Will it have wood or metal details? Make sure they’re in colors that work with your other furniture.


Ideally, you should get a sofa that makes your heart soar, but don’t fret if your current couch isn’t the one you always dreamed of. There are accessories called accent pillows, blankets, artwork and even other furniture that will balance the room and complement the best parts of your sofa. Basically, as long as your sofa is clean and not breaking apart, you can make it work.


So what we’re saying is — your sofa is arguably your most important piece of furniture and should be treated as such. Even if it’s for the “short term,” it has every chance of sticking with you for the “long term.” It carries with it the weight and center of your room. It’s going to influence the curtains, the color scheme, the shape of your space. In a word: Everything. And it’s going to be with you for a while. So put some intentionality into your next sofa purchase and make sure it’s classic, durable and something you can live with for a long time. Don’t let your next sofa just happen to you.