No matter what you family calls it – couch, sofa, settee or davenport – finding the perfect one is much easier said than done! Not only do you have to find one that fits the space, but you must also find one that matches your family’s lifestyle and budget.
Now, not everyone sees the importance in the perfect couch, but when it comes to home furnishings, a couch is one of the biggest purchases you can make. Not only are they large in size, but they will also be one of the most used items within your home.
Whether you’ve moved into a new place or simply redecorating, a couch is always the anchor and statement piece of furniture in any room and it’s always a good rule of thumb to begin with the pieces you are limited with. While you might be able to find dozens of side tables and lamps you like, there will only be a handful of couches you truly love. So start with your couch and decorate from there!
In order to get the best bang for your buck, follow these steps to help you take the “ouch” out of couch!
What is your budget?
Determine your budget and stick to it!
Buying a new couch can be an expensive activity, especially if you want it to last a while. Think about what you need from the couch and make sure you are making a smart investment. It’s better to invest in a quality item that is going to last, otherwise you could be repurchasing a new sofa before you know it.
Define your needs
Like everything else these days, there seems to be endless choice when it comes to choosing a couch. You might think you know exactly what you want, but when you begin to browse seriously in store, you can often be bombarded with different styles, shapes and custom alternatives that will leave you completely overwhelmed.
Start by defining your needs – what do you actually need in this couch? Is it for your everyday living room, or your formal lounge? How many people does it need to seat? Will you need it as a make-shift bed for houseguests?
Deciding on how the couch is going to be used will help you figure out just how comfortable it needs to be. Once you know the answer to these, you can filter through the options to find a handful that are right for you.
What material is safest?
The next thing to consider when looking for the perfect couch is what material is right for you. Apart from the look and style of the material, you need to think about what will functionally work best long term. For example, if you have children, pets or enjoy the odd TV dinner, you need to be considering leather or even faux leather. This material is easy to wipe clean and maintain in a potentially clumsy environment.
A fabric couch isn’t quite as easy to wipe clean, but you can also get a couch with a slipcover that you can remove a few times a year and toss into the washing machine. This is especially easy if you get a slipcover made of microfiber. Consider how often things are going to be spilled or dripped to help you determine which fabric or covering you want for your perfect couch.
Think about size
Next, you need to consider the size of the couch. How big is the room it will be in? Smaller rooms require smaller couches and vice versa for a larger room. A big couch in a smaller room can make the room appear cramped, while a small couch in a big room will be lost.
If you are unsure of what size you need, measure the dimensions of a couple of couches you like and mark them with masking tape on the floor of your home. Can you move easily enough around the tape? Does the taped couch look lost in the room? It is much easier to suss out the right sized couch with masking tape, rather than purchasing a great couch only to realise it doesn’t fit in your home.
What is your style?
It can be a little hard to nail down your own personal style, but go with your gut instinct when picking the type of couch that will fit naturally in your home. If your style is sleek and modern, pick something that reflects that in clean lines and dramatic colours.
If your home is an eclectic mix of colours and designs, a couch that combines several styles (such as a vintage couch re-upholstered in a colourful fabric, or a more modern shape with traditional accents) could be the perfect expression of your taste.
If your look is a little more traditional, a classically structured sofa in a durable and neutral fabric will stand the test of time and will work well with various colours and complementing pieces.
- A couch with legs can make a room feel larger.
- Bold colours can be tricky in a couch —use such hues in accessories such as lamps or throw pillows instead.
- Keep patterns small in modern couch silhouettes with cleaner lines.
- Place the couch facing the view you’d most like to see from it.
- Leather, textured velvet or treated linen couches are more practical than ones done in delicate, fine fabrics such as silk.
- If you can’t find your perfect couch, decorate your runner up with lots of pillows and an amazing throw that will cover up a good portion of the couch.