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How to Choose a New Sofa

Whether it’s your contribution to the sharehouse rental, or a drool-worthy piece you’ve had your eye on for years, here are the key things to consider when selecting a new sofa.


Do you need your sofa to convert into a spare bed for unexpected guests? Perhaps you’re after a modular system for more flexible seating options. Whatever the case, ensure yours caters realistically to the way you live.


A perfectly-sized couch accommodates everyone in the house, while maintaining easy flow around it. Make careful measurements of the space your sofa will sit in before venturing out to browse.


As far as furniture goes, a new sofa is a major purchase, so it’s worth deciding how many years you intend to get out of it. This will dictate the scale of your budget and help narrow down which stores to target.


Selecting from a neutral palette is of course a safer, more timeless option – but don’t let it dissuade you from a bold colour. A vivid hue confidently chosen and styled well can bring a certain exuberance to a space.


A good textile will be not only be durable, but comfortable and expressive of style. Leather upholstery exudes a rich, buttery luxuriousness, while dense felted fabrics are wonderfully tactile.