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Choosing the perfect sofa for your home

August 08, 2018 2 min read

Choosing the perfect sofa for your home

A sofa is one of the biggest investments when it comes to your home. It's also the most used and one of most permanent pieces of furniture you'll add to your home. That's why it's a good idea to invest in a quality sofa that will last a long time - 15 years or more. 

Purchasing a poor quality sofa will mean that it will lose its shape, colour and comfort quite quickly. Here's a quick and easy guide to help you buy the best quality sofa you can afford.


The size of the sofa and room space

choosing the right sofa couch for your home

A common mistake made by many people is that they choose something too small or big for the room. While you can't see exactly what the sofa would look like in a room, you can take measurements to ensure the right fit.

Remember, sofas with low and narrow arms will make a room look bigger. A sofa that sits off the ground on legs will also create an illusion of more space. In bigger rooms, you need to make sure the sofa has scale in the room and isn't too small. 


The leather or fabric used 

The leather or fabric used can make or break a sofa. It's vital that the sofa you're purchasing uses quality and durable materials that will withstand daily use. Heavier, tightly woven fabrics will better stand up to wear and tear, as will leather. 

Leather Gallery sofas are made with the highest quality leather and fabric materials available, sourcing from both local and international specialist companies. Each product is manufactured to high specifications and standards, catering for the South African market. This means your sofa will be more durable, colourfast and cleanable.


Comfort and quality 

You spend a lot of time sitting on your sofa - most likely everyday! So you need to ensure it's both comfortable and good quality. A sofa that feels light or wobbly means that it is poor quality - we suggest avoiding sofas that are not sturdy. 

What's inside the cushions also has a big impact on comfort and price. While most sofa companies use cheaper pocket springs, Leather Gallery uses high density foam. This means that the foam is denser and heavier, which lasts longer. Lesser-quality sofas will start breaking down pretty fast, causing sags - and the fabric stretches when this happens.  


Nailing the style 


Once you have decided the function of your sofa  like winding down in front of the TV or to read a book − you need to determine which sofa shape will suit the room best. A clean L-shape is great for open areas that need to be divided — such as separating the living room from the dining room.

Whether you go for a bold colour, pattern or a neutral shade, your choicewill have a huge impact on the room, so choose wisely to ensure it compliments your homes decor. 

Here's a tip! When choosing the style of your new sofa, ask yourself; will I still like it in years to come?

Visit a Leather Gallery store today and let one of our friendly staff members assist you in finding your dream sofa.