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What to Consider When Buying Traditional Sofas

No matter what you are shopping for these days, it seems you have endless options whether you’re picking out a pair of shoes or choosing between traditional sofas for your home.  You may think you know exactly what you want after doing some research online, but when you get to the store and see all the style, color, and size options, you could very well change your mind or be overwhelmed with the selection.

You can save yourself some time and money, not to mention a bit of regret, by doing your homework before leaving your house to shop for traditional sofas at the store.  Figure out exactly what you need and what you want in terms of a sofa before you go shopping.  You will want to figure out:

1.  Size – You need to determine what size of sofa you will need for your living room.  If you have a big living room, decide how much of the room you want to be taken up by the sofa.  If you have a smaller living room, you will want to decide where it should go and what size of sofa you will need.  Traditional sofas may not work as well in a large space or you might consider getting two of them to fill the space.

2.  Usage – Decide how your sofa will be used before you go shopping.  Do you like to relax in front of the television or have a movie night with the family?  If so, you will want to face your sofa in the direction of the TV, with a coffee table in front of it.  If you entertain or like to have friends over for chats over a glass of wine, you might want to consider traditional sofas with a curve to them to make it easier to keep the conversations flowing.

3.  Style – You have many choices for traditional sofas, but you will want to consider how your home is decorated when picking out a sofa.  If you have a more modern or contemporary style, you will want something with clean lines and minimal bulk.  If you have a more rustic or country-inspired look in your home, a high backed sofa may work well or could incorporate sofas with plaid or flower prints on them.  A Victorian-style sofa would look nice in a formal parlor setting.

4.   Fabrics – While you want to consider aesthetics when picking out your sofa, you want something that is going to last a while as well.  While you may want a white sofa in your living room, if you have pets and kids, it can be very impractical for you.  However, if you find a white leather sofa, that may not be so bad because leather wears so well and it is much easier to clean than fabrics are, so you don’t have to worry about muddy paw prints or spells as you would on a fabric sofa.

5.  Color – This will also be dictated, to a certain extent, but the style in which your home is decorated.  If you room needs a punch of color, get a bold print or colored fabric for your sofa.  Neutral colors work well and you can always add the color in the throw pillows you put on your sofa.

Your sofa can be the focal point of your living room, especially if you entertain a lot and need plenty of seating.  For a large living room, you may even consider adding two traditional sofas, facing each other, for a conversation area as long as you have adequate room for them.