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One of the most wanted furniture design pieces, when you attend to international fairs. They are in upholstery collection. We talking about sofa! Either in residential homes or in luxury hotels, living rooms always need a sofa to make the first visual impact, and somehow…is the first thing that interior design are looking for when start their projects. Purchasing one that you absolutely love, that will stand the test of time, can be an intimidating and all-consuming task.
You can stumble your favorite websites (hope www.brabbu.com is one of those…) for ideas but eventually you need to venture outside and visit the better stores, doing the bum test, curling up as you would at home, trying to find THE ONE. It is easy to become so worried finding the new love that is the right look and size, is comfortable and practical, but also within your budget and expectations.
Focus on little details also is a remembering thing to do when stylish comes to mind, yet quality investment such as: how well it is made, how long it will last and if the cost reflects its quality. So, thoday BRABBU gives you some design tips for buying a sofa. Then you can start your interior design journey.
“The perfect sofa is 40″ deep, 60″ long, and 36″ high with a 19″ seat height. For a traditional sofa, I like a scroll arm, and for modern, I love a square arm, both with the same overall measurements.” —Mary McDonald
“Most of my clients ask for sofas to be ‘long enough for a nap’ — so I make them at least 90″ long or even longer if the room allows.” —Ginger Barber
3. Test It Out
“Cut a template from brown paper in the size of the sofa you’re considering, place it on the floor, and see how it looks before you buy.” —Chandos Dodson Epley
“On a sectional, always do a tight back instead of loose cushions. It will help keep the overall profile from becoming overwhelming. And keep the back fairly low —around 32″. This will make the sectional feel a little less imposing.” —Madeline Stuart
5. Room Planning
“Don’t do a sofa and loveseat combination when you can do a sofa with two chairs. It’s more functional and sophisticated” —Jeff McElheran
6. Matching Colors
“To establish calm, I upholster sofas in a solid that’s the same color as the walls and curtains.” —Barbara Barry
7. Seat Cushions
“I never use two seat cushions, because then three people won’t sit on the sofa. I’ll use three seat cushions if a sofa is 7′ long or longer, and if it’s 6′ or less, I use just one cushion.” —Rose Tarlow
8. Online Shopping
“If you’re buying a sofa online, a good formula to ensure comfort is a combined seat height and depth of 40″ to 44″. If the sofa is 16″ high at the seat and 24″ deep, add them together and you get 40″. Or combine a 20″ seat height with a 24″ depth for a total of 44″. If you’re short-legged go with 40″; long-legged, 44″.” —James Howard
9. Ceiling Proportions
“If you have 8′ ceilings, you’ll want a low sofa, which gives the impression that the ceiling is taller than it is. In a room with a high ceiling, you want a high-back sofa to be a weighty presence that can hold up to the room.” —David Easton
“I never use big patterns or trendy colors for large upholstered pieces. The punch of pattern or hot splash of trendy color should come from the throw pillows so they can be easily substituted when you need change.” —Tom Stringer
“Think about what you like to do on your sofa.” —Abigail Valladares
12. Sturdy Sofa
“My dad taught me that to ensure the sofa you are buying is sturdy and well built (he’s an engineer), you lift up one of the front legs 5″ to 7″ — the other front leg should lift as well. If it’s still touching the floor, the frame is weak.” —Katarina Rodman
“Always use dark fabric for skirts so heel scuffs are not visible.” —Jill Sharp Brinson
14. Sofas in Apartments
“Apartment dwellers, beware: Your sofa should never be longer than the ceiling height of your elevator. Measure once, then measure twice, and just to be triply sure, have your building’s super measure, too.” —T.Keller Donovan
“Look and comfort, both are of equal importance.” —Leta Kalin