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The Secrets of Sofa Shopping

Looking to purchase a new sofa this spring? Here are some secrets to sofa shopping from a pro. Narrow down the myriad of sofas by focusing on a few key details to find the right fit for your home!

When sofa shopping for clients, I have a little formula I use which narrows down the vast myriad of choices available on the market.

First, I consider size.

Sofas can range from a small size of 77" to a grandiose 100"+. What matters most is how this sofa is going to fit into your space. I strongly suggest measuring the couch that you currently have and then considering how that size has worked for you in your home. Is it too big and bulky or is it too small for the space? This will give you a suitable range of what size sofa you should shop for.

Next, consider features of the seat cushions of the sofa to further whittle down the sofa search. Do you have a preference of one sofa cushion, two sofa cushions or three sofa cushions? If your not sure which cushion suits you best, think about how your sofa is most often used. Do you sprawl across it to watch TV? If so, then one or two cushions might be best for your comfort. Do you entertain and squeeze multiple behinds on your sofa?

Then, you might prefer three cushions so no one is sitting on a gap. If you do have a preference, be sure to consider this in your search criteria and it will easily eliminate the sofas that won't fit the bill for your lifestyle.

The next feature to consider is the style of back cushions of the sofa. Are you into the loosey-goosey look of a sofa or more a fan of the prim and proper pillows? For a more casual look, you might like a sofa with loose pillows on the back that fall a different way every time and can be manipulated a little more for personal preference. If you prefer everything in order then you should consider a sofa with attached back cushions which require minimal fluffing and always stay where they belong.

Lastly, get to the bottom of it all by looking at the foot of the sofa. Do you prefer the romantic style of a sofa with a gathered skirt or the structured look of a tuxedo skirted sofa? Or maybe you prefer the lighter look of a sofa with exposed legs where you can get at every dust bunny that might float under your precious piece?

Of course, there are varieties of skirts and legs that can drastically change the look of your sofa but if you start thinking about these fine details of a sofa, it will help you find the perfect sofa to fit your taste and lifestyle.

To view more photos of assorted sofa styles, please visit my blog directly by clicking on the link.

For more information about decorating services, please call Joanne Palumbo of Homestyling101 at (914)-420-6506 or email us at homestyling101@yahoo.com. Check out her Website and Blog

Photo Credit: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Charlotte Sofa

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CuriousOrange April 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Is it long enough for the tallest family member (or guest) to stretch out comfortably? Are the cushions removable, for when you want to reinforce its infrastructure with a piece of plywood? Will it be so expensive you could not justify replacing it when your kids grow up?
Lisa Buchman April 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Great tips! After sizing, the number one consideration for me was the fabric - what will not absorb the food and liquids my children will be sure to spill on our no-food-allowed on our family room couch? And I'm here to tell you it is possible to have an attractive and stain resistant fabric (thank you Country Willow!)

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