SHOULD YOU BUY A WHITE COUCH? OUR GUIDE TO WHITE SOFAS AND HOW TO MAINTAIN THEM
June 11, 20213 min read
One of the most common questions besides “should I buy a sofa or a sectional”, that we receive as a furniture brand is, “should we buy a white sofa?”. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which colour you want you leather or fabric couch to be. We are not surprised that there are so many customers that question whether they are brave enough to get a white couch or not.
White sofas are unique and eye-catching, but because of their high-risk light colouring they do have a certain stigma attached to them that makes people wary of purchasing one. With that being said, there are still multiple reasons as to why you should invest in a white fabric couch or leather couch. White sofas are like a pair of good jeans, they go with any type of décor and aesthetic style, they brighten up the room and add a fresh, lively feel to the room that a dark coloured sofa cannot.
If you are struggling to decide if a white sofa is suitable for your home, here are some things to consider first.
Does a white couch work with your lifestyle?
White couches can seem like a risky choice when it comes to styling your living room as you are constantly just a spill away from your precious, crisp white sofa being ruined. So, it is important to consider whether a white couch will comfortably work with your lifestyle. Some things to consider such as: Do you eat your dinner on your sofa? Do you like to relax with a glass of red wine after a long day on your couch? Do you have young children that are prone to showcasing their drawing skills throughout your house? Think about your daily life and realistically assess if having a white couch will cause more stress for you. A good rule of thumb to go by if you are in the middle is, if you would not buy and wear white jeans, then you should probably steer clear of purchasing a white sofa.
Where will your white couch be placed in your home?
Some of us are lucky enough to have a family lounge and a formal lounge. If you are one of those lucky individuals, you may want to consider homing your white sofa in the formal lounge, away from the potential spills and damages of daily life. Placing a white sofa in a room that is not as frequently used greatly reduces the risk of it being damaged as it will not be used every day.
However, if you are thinking of placing the white couch in your family living room, you will need to consider how it will be used and treated every day. If you have children, will their age and personality affect their ability to help keep the white sofa clean, and in good condition. Generally, white sofas fit best into homes that have older children that are more responsible and aware of their actions.
If you have pets, are they ready for a white sofa?
Similarly, to children, pets can also cause severe, permanent damage to your white sofa if you are not careful. Consider what type of temperament your pet has, their fur colour and how often they are outdoors and cleaned. If your pet has long claws or nails you should limit their exposure to any couch no matter its colour.
Consider your sofa material
If you have made the choice to purchase a white sofa, the next important decision you need to make is the material type. The type of material as well as the material quality will drastically influence the quality of the material and its ability to be cleaned and maintained.
White sofas have the positive attributes and negative attributes, and it is important that you choose a material type that makes caring for it and maintaining it easier and less stressful. Performance fabrics have the ability to resist extensive wear and tear, and prolongs the lifespan of your couch by a large stretch.
Tightly woven textures:
If you have young children or pets that will be around your sofa frequently, we recommend that you choose a sofa that is upholstered in a tightly woven material such as silk, cotton, polyester or velvet. Tight weave materials are more durable as they are less prone to threads being pulled, this prevents them from looking messy and from further damage forming.
If you would prefer not to have a white fabric couch, then a white leather couch may be more your style. A white leather sofa will give your room a more luxurious, glamourous look and feel, and has the added benefit of being durable and easy to clean and maintain.