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What Kind of Sofa Should I Buy?

We all know what kind of sofa you should buy - "one that looks nice." Of course, that's all very well and good, but there's more to consider than just the aesthetics of a sofa. It all depends on your daily habits; whether you're a cat-napper or a workaholic...the list goes on.

Lifestyle Choices

Kids? Dogs? Cats? Grandmas? Yes to all four? The kind of sofa you should buy depends on the kind of lifestyle you lead. Tough textiles are good if you've got children and animals roaming around the place. Avoid silks and lightweight cottons, as they can easily wear out within a year. Fabrics with woven patterns fare a lot better than fabrics with printed patterns. Synthetic micro-fibers are easy to clean and practically stain-proof, ditto with faux leathers. In fact, we'd say faux leathers are the way to go if you've got messy little ones (both the furry and human kind!). It only takes a few seconds to wipe with a damp cloth. But make sure you keep it at least 30cm away from the radiators.

Size Matters

Looking for a gigantic three-seater or perhaps just a small reading chair? It's vital to consider sofa size - as we all use different sizes for different things. If you find yourself hosting guests regularly then you'll really benefit from a sofa bed. Imagine, having a laugh, putting the world to rights over a bottle of wine on the sofa and, when everyone's ready for a bit of shut-eye you can transform it into a bed within a matter of seconds. Beats blowing up an air bed. On the other end of the spectrum, a nice comfy single armchair is absolutely perfect if you love to snuggle up with your favorite book and a hot chocolate on those dark winter months. Oh, and let's not forget corner sofas! Not only are they very chic, they're fantastic for saving space in your living room.

Material World

Fabrics can make or break a sofa. They're a great way to inject personality into your sofa, but it's important to select the right one for your personal needs and tastes. As we mentioned earlier, microfiber fabrics and faux leather are the way to go when you have children or animals in the house, whereas linens and cottons are super snuggly and come in a dazzling array of colors.

Comfort is Key

The comfort is all to do with the filling. We're not talking about cake here. The different fillings correspond to various firmness levels. This includes the three "F's" :

Foam : This is the firmest and most supportive filling for a sofa. The "springback" is incredible, meaning it regains its original resilience. Foam cushions tend to last for several years, making them very good value for money.

Fiber : If you're after a plumper, softer feel to your sofa then fiber filling is the best choice for you. This is a great choice for sofas of a more traditional design.

Feather : The softest of the soft, feather-filled sofa cushions are the ultimate way of "curling up". Although they do require daily plumping up!

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