Just like with every other major purchase, buying a sofa requires some level of research. It’s a big investment. It’s the focal point of every living room, and each one is a reflection of its owner’s style. It’s where a lot of memories are made and shared…and where a lot of naps are taken.
If you don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. There are countless styles and fabrics to choose from, and if you can’t find that perfect combination, consider customization. We can help with that, too! But first things first…
How Will This Sofa Be Used?
Determining the purpose of your new sofa can help refine your search. Is it going to be in the spill zone of a family room? Is it going to stand behind the velvet rope of your formal living room? Will it be the location of every Netflix binge you’ll ever have from here on out? You may giggle, but these are important questions. They help you decide what fabric you want and what level of comfort you need to support your interests.
If the sofa will be a punching bag for your kids’ muddy cleats and messy meals, consider a durable, upholstered option in a darker color to help hide any mishaps. We like the Grand Linen Sectional by England, which is also customizable!
If you’re looking to host fancy social events and want to impress with your swanky formal living room, consider an elegant style with a tufted back, turned arms, and slim legs like the Hutton Linen Sofa. Hopefully, there won’t be spills, so having a lighter fabric (or going leather) is a perfect option.
If you’re planning to work, watch television, eat your meals, and practically live on it, comfort is key! A stiff, shallow sofa might look pretty, but it doesn’t serve your needs for cushiony soft comfort! A weekend on the sofa means it needs to be super plush and spacious!
Sofas come in many shapes, sizes, fabrics, and fillings, which can seem overwhelming. With a quick scroll through our sofa section, you can easily single out the styles you like. A sofa with rounded arms and a skirt is considered traditional, like the Paula Deen Bamboo Sofa, whereas a sofa with squared arms and exposed legs has more of a modern feel, like the Waverly Sofa. If you want more room for family and guests, consider a sectional. They come in a multitude of styles and colors.
Leather or Upholstery?
The fabric is a major part of your decision, and all come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at upholstery first. Upholstered fabrics are traditionally softer and more comfortable. They’re typically made from cotton blends, finished with a stain-blocker, and are available in a multitude of colors and prints. That makes matching your room’s look a lot easier.
Leather sofas are typically pricier, but with that price comes less upkeep. Leather provides a certain elegance to your space, which is hard to mimic with fabric. They tend to be more on the modern side of the sofa style spectrum but are still a timeless option for your room. Leather is also hypoallergenic, which means pet dander and dust mites can’t move in. Lastly, leather is easy to clean. It generally needs an occasional wipe down instead of a deep vacuuming session.
Ready to Find Your Sofa Sweet Spot?
We can help you find the sofa of your dreams from any one of our four Atlanta-area showrooms! Even if we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we can help you customize the England or Kincaid sofa you’ve always wanted. Our customization stations are easy to navigate, and our staff can guide you through each step with ease. Are you ready to reclaim your living room? Come on by!