While there is a trend that eschews the sofa in favour of smaller furniture, it will never be completely phased out in our living room; it will just evolve to suit our shifting needs. So how do choose your first sofa?
HOW TO CHOOSE
1. WHICH OPERATING MECHANISM?
We demand more from our sofa these days. It can serve as an additional bed (sofa bed), storage (storage base) or even an alternative working space outfitted with a charging surface and so on.
2. MEASURE TWICE, BUY ONCE
Measure your living room and make sure the sofa fits nicely. Also measure your doorway (height, width and diagonal fit) and lift and see if you can get the sofa through or if it can be transported in parts before buying.
3. MATERIAL MATTERS
Evaluate both the skin and bone of the sofa – its upholstery and its frame. The frame should be sturdy and durable, while the upholstery should match your commitment to its maintenance.
One easy way to test the robustness of a solid-framed sofa is to lift one of its front legs around 15cm off the ground. If the other front leg doesn’t rise off the floor at the same height, is it a sign that the frame is weak – choose another sofa.