Choosing A New Sofa
A new sofa can revive a room, giving a tired living room a new life. If your old sofa has seen better days and you are thinking about replacing it, here are some things that you should consider.
Alternatives To Sofa Replacement
First, you should think about alternatives to replacing your furniture.Furniture is not cheap, so you should at least consider some of your alternatives before pulling the trigger on a new sofa purchase.
You might be surprised at just how effective upholstery cleaning can be. If your couch or sofa is not physically damaged, it might be salvageable. Carpet cleaning services can often make a piece of furniture look just about as good as new. Many will also give free estimates so you might consider calling one to have a look at your couch before you kick it to the curb.
If your couch or sofa is beyond saving but you do not have the funds for a replacement, you can consider slip covers as an alternative. Slip covers are not always a poor choice. You can find slip covers at many retailers that, once installed, do not even look like slip covers. The kicker is that they are a fraction of the cost of replacement and they can often be removed and laundered at home.
Factors To Consider When Choosing A New Sofa
Okay, so you absolutely need a new sofa. If this is the case, there are things that you should take into consideration before you just pick something that will look good in your room.
This is the most important decision that you need to make when choosing a sofa. The material that it is made of will make the difference between a couch that lasts a few years and one that lasts a decade or more. If you will be placing this sofa in a room with kids or pets or that is high traffic in general, you should avoid materials like silk and cotton. Stick with a more durable material and one that is less likely to stain like a synthetic material. Leather and microfiber couches are also good choice for high traffic rooms. If you choose leather though, be sure to choose a finished leather and not a suede.
Color plays a role in sofa selection as well. If you have a room that receives a lot of sunlight, for example, you should avoid bright colors that tent to fade. Colors like red also tend to bleed when cleaned making them a poor choice for high traffic rooms. Remember, on natural fibers like cotton, the more intricate the color pattern, the harder it will be to clean in the future.
The factors above hit on how cleanable a material is, but I can not stress how important this is. If a couch or sofa stains easily, it will not last long. One easy way to tell how easy to clean a sofa is, is to lift a cushion and look at the decking. There will often be a sticker with a cleaning code. W, means that it is wet cleanable and will thus clean up the easier. SW, means that it requires low moisture cleaning and is second best. S, is a solvent clean only material and will stain much easier. X, is a vacuum only piece and should be avoided in high traffic rooms.