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CHOOSING A NEW SOFA? 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER

CHOOSING A SOFA 

sofa

IS A FUN problem to have – BUT OFTEN DAUNTING TASK!

HERE ARE 10  THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A SOFA.

  1. LOCATION /ROOM SIZE – WHERE IS IT GOING AND WITH WHAT?
  2. BUDGET

  3. STYLE

  4. ARMS

  5. SEATS

  6. PILLOWS

  7. SKIRTED OR VISIBLE LEGS

8.DURABILITY

  1. COLOR
  • SLIPCOVERED OR UPHOLSTERED

  • MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LIVING ROOM
    MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE LIVING ROOM

    1. LOCATION / ROOM SIZE, LAYOUT, DOOR AND WINDOW LOCATIONS, other furniture and  AND FLOOR PLAN ALL PLAY A HUGE PART IS DECIDING WHICH OF THE SEEMINGLY MILLIONS OF SOFAS TO PURCHASE.

    SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF : WHERE IS THIS SOFA GOING?

    YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HOMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE
    YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HOMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE

    IS IT GOING TO BE ….IN THE FAMILY ROOM, LIVING ROOM, AND HOW MUCH TRAFFIC WILL IT NEED TO WITHSTAND?

    YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE - AND MY PORTRAIT OF BURGER!
    YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HOMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE – AND MY PORTRAIT OF BURGER!

    WHAT ARE THE AGES OF THE PEOPLE (AND PETS) WHO WILL USE IT MOST? I remember watching as my toddler wiped her runny nose on the sofa cushions edge – which came conveniently to nose-height – and it was a blessing that those cushions could be laundered!

    PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER
    PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER

    CONFIGURATION – DOES YOUR ROOM HAVE 4 WALLS? OR AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN?

    LIVING ROOM - MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE
    LIVING ROOM – MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE

    WILL THE BACK OF THE SOFA BE VISIBLE?

    DIANE BERGERON
    DIANE BERGERON

    WHERE IS THE LIGHTING IN THE ROOM?

    MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SPOONFLOWER FABRIC DRAPES
    MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – SLIPCOVERED SOFA

    IS THIS ROOM THE CENTER OF THE HOUSE…OF DOWN IN THE BASEMENT?

    THIS IS AN OLD PHOTO I FOUND ON PINTEREST WITH A DEAD END LINK. IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS OF ANY SPACE. IT EPITOMIZES MY DESIGN TASTE
    THIS IS AN OLD PHOTO I FOUND ON PINTEREST WITH A DEAD END LINK. IT IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS OF ANY SPACE. IT EPITOMIZES MY DESIGN TASTE

    ALL IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU MAKE THE PURCHASE….AND FOR PETE’S SAKE – MEASURE YOUR DOORWAYS AND STAIRCASES!!!

    PINTEREST
    PINTEREST

    3. BUDGET.  BUDGETS AND TASTES VARY AND CAN DICTATE OPTIONS.  BUT NOWADAYS – A TIGHT BUDGET IS NOT A BARRIER TO STYLE.

    EMILY HENDERSON DID A GREAT “SOFA” POST WHICH INCLUDES AMONG OTHER VALUABLE ADVICE ” GENERIC SOFAS NOT TO BUY” AND A FEW DOZEN GREAT SOFAS UNDER $1000!!!!

    PINK RUE SOFA CB2 $999
    PINK RUE SOFA CB2 $999 – MODERN CABRIOLE STYLE WITH TIGHT BACK, TIGHT SEAT CUSHION AND LEGS

    THERE ARE SOFAS FOR EVERY BUDGET AND EVERY WEBSITE HAS SALES! WATCH FOR DISCOUNTS…AND COUPONS AND MARKDOWNS.

    ONE of my ABSOLUTE favorite Furniture companies to come on the scene in the last few years is JOYBIRD! .

    JOYBIRD IS HAVING A 20% OFF SALE RIGHT NOW! BRAXTON SOFA
    JOYBIRD IS HAVING A 20% OFF ALE RIGHT NOW! BRAXTON SOFA

    3. STYLE –   “STYLE” REFERS TO THE SOFA SHAPE. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT STYLES WHICH REFLECT EVERYTHING FROM TRADITIONAL DECOR TO MORE CONTEMPORARY AND MODERN TYPES OF DECOR. THE BEST SOFA STYLES, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION ARE TIMELESS – NO MATTER WHAT STYLE THEY ARE…

    ..HERE ARE A FEW BASIC BIGGIES…FROM WHICH MOST SOFA STYLES ORIGINATE.(all the diagrams and descriptions below are from DOMINO)

    THE DOMINO BOOK IS HANDS DOWN MY GO-TO FAVORITE DECORATING AND DESIGN BOOK !!!
    THE DOMINO BOOK IS HANDS DOWN MY GO-TO FAVORITE DECORATING AND DESIGN BOOK !!!

    HANDS DOWN THE BEST RESOURCE BOOK EVER!

    Slipper Streamlined and unfussy, like an elongated slipper chair, this option is made more for entertaining than lounging. Usually lean and open, it does well in small spaces.
    SLIPPER
    Streamlined and unfussy, like an elongated slipper chair, this option is made more for entertaining than lounging. Usually lean and open, it does well in small spaces.
    JOYBIRD ELIOT DAYBED IN RINCON STEEL
    JOYBIRD ELIOT DAYBED IN RINCON STEEL
    ENGLISH ARM THREE SEATER Rumpled, yet aristocratic, this British country-house staple has soft, deep cushions and low arms that make it ideal for TV watching.
    ENGLISH ARM THREE SEATER
    Rumpled, yet aristocratic, this British country-house staple has soft, deep cushions and low arms that make it ideal for TV watching.

     I ADORE This “ROBIN” sofa FROM JOYBIRD with English Arms below is GORGEOUS and I am dying to get is made up in pink!!!!

    JOYBIRD - ROBIN SOFA
    JOYBIRD – ROBIN SOFA
    FRENCH SETTEE Often seen in a Louis XIV style, this regal option is delicate, formal, and architectural. The exposed carved-wood frame provides a structured contrast in a room of heavily upholstered pieces.
    FRENCH SETTEE
    Often seen in a Louis XIV style, this regal option is delicate, formal, and architectural. The exposed carved-wood frame provides a structured contrast in a room of heavily upholstered pieces.
    TUXEDO- A signature of society decorator Billy Baldwin, this sofa is luxurious yet decidedly no-frills. A straight profile (the arms and back are the same height) give it a more masculine feel. Works in any room, modern or traditional.
    TUXEDO- A signature of society decorator Billy Baldwin, this sofa is luxurious yet decidedly no-frills. A straight profile (the arms and back are the same height) give it a more masculine feel. Works in any room, modern or traditional.
    JOYBIRD -STOWE SOFA IN "CORDOVA TURQUOISE"
    JOYBIRD -STOWE SOFA IN “CORDOVA TURQUOISE”
    MODERN More sculpture than sofa (this one is a mid-century design by Vladimir Kagan). This piece can float in the middle of a room.
    MODERN
    More sculpture than sofa (this one is a mid-century design by Vladimir Kagan). This piece can float in the middle of a room.
    JOYBIRD "KORVER" SOFA IN VIBE TRANQUIL
    JOYBIRD “KORVER” SOFA IN VIBE TRANQUIL
    CHESTERFIELD This 19th century English design features tight tailoring, a high back, rolled arms and tufting. In leather, it's clubby and masculine.
    CHESTERFIELD
    This 19th century English design features tight tailoring, a high back, rolled arms and tufting. In leather, it’s clubby and masculine.
    JOYBIRD THEO SOFA IN KEY LARGO KELLY GREEN
    JOYBIRD THEO SOFA IN KEY LARGO KELLY GREEN
    SECTIONAL Casual, with a '70's lounginess. Good for establishing a sitting area in a loft. Minimizes the need for other seating. A version with legs cuts the bulkiness.
    SECTIONAL
    Casual, with a ’70’s lounginess. Good for establishing a sitting area in a loft. Minimizes the need for other seating. A version with legs cuts the bulkiness.
    JOYBIRD - ELIOT SECTIONAL SOFA WITH BUMBER IN "LINGO PARFAIT"
    JOYBIRD – ELIOT SECTIONAL SOFA WITH BUMBER IN “LINGO PARFAIT”
    KNOLE (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE FSU MASCOT!) This style is named after a grand house of King Henry VIII. Super-classic and formal, but very cozy and sheltering. Hinged sides untie and drop flat so you can lie down.
    KNOLE (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE FSU “NOLE” MASCOT!)
    This style is named after a grand house of King Henry VIII. Super-classic and formal, but very cozy and sheltering. Hinged sides untie and drop flat so you can lie down.
    JOYBIRD PRICE SOFA - I LOVE THIS SPIN ON A TRADITIONAL LOOK - DOZENS OF COLORS AND FABRICS TO CHOOSE FROM!
    JOYBIRD PRICE SOFA – I LOVE THIS SPIN ON A TRADITIONAL LOOK – DOZENS OF COLORS AND FABRICS TO CHOOSE FROM!
    Dating back to the 18th-century British designer Thomas Chippendale, this piece has an old-world sophistication but also looks surprisingly modern in a solid linen fabric. SKIRTED OR UNSKIRTED.
    Dating back to the 18th-century British designer Thomas Chippendale, this piece has an old-world sophistication but also looks surprisingly modern in a solid linen fabric. SKIRTED OR UNSKIRTED.
    PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER - CAMEL BACK SOFA
    PHOTO BY SARAH CRAMER – MY VINTAGE CAMEL BACK SOFA UPHOLSTERED IN BLUE GRAY VELVET
    KATE SPADE SRAKE TUFTED SOFA!!!!
    KATE SPADE SRADE TUFTED SOFA!!!! CHECK OUT THE SITE FOR MORE OF HER NEW FURNITURE LINE!!!!

    4. ARMS – 

    …HERE ARE some TO MUDDLE THROUGH!

    DREXEL HERITAGE ARMS
    DREXEL HERITAGE ARMS
    MADE.COM RITCHIE SOFA WITH COLORED BUTTONS - DROOL!!!
    MADE.COM RITCHIE SOFA WITH COLORED BUTTONS – DROOL!!!
    DECORPAD
    DECORPAD – TRACK ARMS SLIPCOVERED

    5. SEATS, CUSHIONS – NUMBER – HOW MANY??? DO YOU WANT ONE BENCH SEAT CUSHION, TWO CUSHIONS OR THREE…AND WOULD YOU LIKE “T” OR AN “L” CUSHION OR A “SQUARE/RECTANGLE”  STYLE? WHO KNEW IT COULD BE SO COMPLICATED.

    "L" AND "T" CUSHIONS WRAP AROUND THE ARM OF THE SOFA.
    “L” AND “T” CUSHIONS WRAP AROUND THE ARM OF THE SOFA.
    RECTANGLE AND SQUARE CUSHIONS SIT SQUARE ON THE SOFA
    RECTANGLE AND SQUARE CUSHIONS SIT SQUARE ON THE SOFA

    6. PILLOWSAND just as you can have NO pillows and a tight back you can have – 1, 2 , 3 or a bunch of back pillows –

    burgundy and cream walls
    PLUM AND BOW “ANNETTE” MAROON SOFA FROM URBAN OUTFITTERS $798 MODERN SCRILL ARM WITH 3 SEATS AND 2 PILLOWS WITH BUTTONS.
    ANTHROPOLOGIE - THE CARLIER COLLECTION - BENCH SEAT, MULTIPLE PILLOWS, SLIPCOVERED - MODERN BENCH SEAT, TOPSTITCHED, 5 BACK PILLOWS,
    ANTHROPOLOGIE – THE CARLIER COLLECTION – BENCH SEAT, MULTIPLE PILLOWS, SLIPCOVERED – MODERN BENCH SEAT, TOPSTITCHED, 5 BACK PILLOWS,AND SKIRTED – THIS IS A GREAT OPTION WITH KIDS
    REGARD MAISONS PINK SOFA
    REGARD MAISONS PINK SOFA
    FOUR SEASON'S
    FOUR SEASON’S FURNITURE – SARAH RICHARDSON COTTINGHAM MEADOW FABRIC FROM THE PILLOW COLLECTION – GREAT SOURCE FOR PILLOWS!
    DESIGN SPONGE - I LOVE THIS!
    DESIGN SPONGE – I LOVE THIS!

    7. SKIRTED OR VISIBLE LEGS, – I LIKE A MIXTURE OF BOTH ….LEGS ARE CONSIDERED A BIT MORE DRESSY…BUT LOVELY SKIRTED ONES ARE BEAUTIFUL TOO….DESIGNER TRACI ZELLER HAS A RULE OF THUMB THAT IF THE SOFAS ARE SKIRTED SHE SELECTS MORE LEGGY TABLES….

    DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS THERE ARE KICK PLEATS, DRESSMAKER PLEATS, EVEN RUFFLES…YOU CAN CAVE MULTIPLE PLEATS, JUST CORNER PLEATS…OR A CENTER PLEAT…!!!!!

    TRACI ZELLER DESIGNS -
    TRACI ZELLER DESIGNS – SKIRTED UPHOLSTERED ROLLARM SOFA WITH 3 CUSHIONS SEAT AND BACK
    PHOEBE HOWARD
    PHOEBE HOWARD – PARIS CLUB ARMS, L CUSHIONS, CORNER PLEATS, SECTIONAL SOFA

    8. DURABILITY – THIS MAY SEEM LIKE AN OBVIOUS CATEGORY, WHO DOESN’T WANT A DURABLE SOFA?  BUT SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A 3 YR SOFA, (THINK COLLEGE APARTMENT…) OR YOU KNOW YOU WILL SWAP IT OUT WHEN THE KIDS GET OUT OF DIAPERS AND YOU JUST WANT SOMETHING TO FILL THE SPACE …A SOFT PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO SIT …IN A ROOM WHERE ONLY YOUR FAMILY GOES. –

    THIS "9 BY NOVOGRATZ" SOFA/FUTON IS $399 AT WALMART!
    THIS “9 BY NOVOGRATZ” SOFA/FUTON IS $399 AT WALMART!

    IN OTHER CASES, YOU CONSIDER THIS SOFA TO BE AN INVESTMENT, WORTHY OF EXTENDING YOUR BUDGET TO ACCOMODATE A PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT IS NOT ONLY WELL MADE AND STURDY, BUT CLASSIC VS TRENDY, WITH A TRADITIONALLY INSPIRED FRAME AND LINES, IN FABRICS WHICH ARE TIMELESS AND HOLD UP TO HEAVY WEAR.

    REMODELISTA
    REMODELISTA
    RESTORATION HARDWARE - BELGIAN LINEN SLOPE ARM SOFA - SINGLE CUSHION, SKIRTED AND SLIPCOVERED!
    RESTORATION HARDWARE – BELGIAN LINEN SLOPE ARM SOFA – SINGLE CUSHION, SKIRTED AND SLIPCOVERED!

    9. COLOR/ FABRIC – AGAIN THIS IS NOT ALWAYS SOMETHING YOU HAVE LOTS OF FLEXIBILITY ON…BUT WILL THE SOFA BE YOUR POP OF COLOR? OR WILL IT SERVE AS A BACKDROP TO ALL OF THE OTHER COLORS IN THE ROOM – WITH ART, RUGS AND OTHER PIECES TAKING FOCUS?

    GEORGE SHERLOCK SOFA FROM JENNA LYONS BROOKLYN APARTMENT
    GEORGE SHERLOCK SOFA FROM JENNA LYONS BROOKLYN APARTMENT
    JOYBIRD HEATH LOVESEAT - OVER 100 COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM!
    JOYBIRD HEATH LOVESEAT – OVER 100 COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM!
    WILLOUGHBY SOFA - ANTHROPOLOGIE
    WILLOUGHBY SOFA – ANTHROPOLOGIE
    PINK YUMMY - NYLON PINKSY
    PINK YUMMY – NYLON PINKSY- CONTRASTING PIPING ADDS WHIMSY AND STYLE…LOVE THE BROWN AND PINK!!

    10. SLIPCOVERED VS UPHOLSTERED –  I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY OPTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN IS LEATHER… THERE AND SO MANY DURABLE FABRICS OUT THERE AND SUNBRELLA MAKES INCREDIBLE INDOOR OUTDOOR OPTIONS THAT THE POSSIBITIES ARE ENDLESS.AND I LOVE SLIPCOVERS!!!

    DWELL STUDIO MODERN BUNGALOW INDOOR/OUTDOOR - ROBERT ALLEN
    DWELL STUDIO MODERN BUNGALOW INDOOR/OUTDOOR – ROBERT ALLEN
    JOYBIRD FRANKLIN SOFA IN "ESSENCE ECLIPSE" - I LOVE NAVY!!!
    JOYBIRD FRANKLIN SOFA IN “ESSENCE ECLIPSE” – I LOVE NAVY!!!
    LOVE THESE SLIPCOVERS - HOUSE OF TURQUOISE WATERCOLOR FLORIDA
    LOVE THESE SLIPCOVERS – HOUSE OF TURQUOISE WATERCOLOR FLORIDA SLIPCOVERED MODERN SHAPE SOFAS WITH STRAIGHT ARMS AND 3 BACK CUSHIONS.
    the decorista - Megan Hess's amazing living room
    the decorista – Megan Hess’s amazing living room

    AND FOR PETES SAKE – HAVE SOME FUN!

    THE ENGLISH ROOM - TRADITIONAL HOME SHOWHOUSE 2016
    THE ENGLISH ROOM – TRADITIONAL HOME SHOWHOUSE 2016
    THE ENGLISH ROOM PHOTOGRAPHY Mekenzie France
    THE ENGLISH ROOM – ONE ROM CHALLENGE – PHOTOGRAPHY Mekenzie France

    OVERWHELMED? YEAH, ME TOO!

    BUT ISN’T IT BETTER TO CONSIDER ALL OF THE OPTIONS? I THINK SO, EVEN IF IT TAKES A LITTLE MORE TIME.

    EMILY HENDERSON’S THEORY AS TO WHY SO MANY “MISTAKE” SOFAS GET PURCHASED IS BECAUSE THEY ARE 1.  IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AND 2. INEXPENSIVE...BUT SHE AND I HAVE FOUND IS THAT IF YOU SHOP AROUND YOU CAN GET A GREAT SOFA FOR A DECENT PRICE…AND ONE YOU ACTUALLY LIKE – NOT SETTLE FOR!!!

    SO HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A SOFA? WITH SO MANY CHOICES? AND SO FEW DECENT PLACES TO GO SHOP AROUND WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND?

    MY SUGGESTION IS TO VISIT SITES LIKE PINTEREST, HOUZZ AND THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD ONES THAT FEATURE LOTS OF HOMES -…. I LIKE EMILY HENDERSON,  DESIGN CHIC,  AND OTHER STYLIST, DECORATORS AND DESIGNERS  – VISIT THEIR SITES AND JUST WANDER THROUGH THEIR ARCHIVES. PIN THE PHOTOS THAT SPEAK TO YOU – COLLECT PICTURES OF SOFAS THAT YOU LIKE!!!!

    HOUSE OF TURQUOISE
    HOUSE OF TURQUOISE

    ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITE “IDEA” RESOURCE IS THE BLOG  HOUSE OF TURQUOISE –  SHE FEATURES PRIMARILY DESIGNERS AND THE ROOMS AND HOMES THEY HAVE DESIGNED, SHE HAS THOUSANDS OF LIVING ROOMS FEATURED IN EVERY STYLE IMAGINABLE!!!!!

    DO YOU HAVE ANY SOFA STORIES???? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE STYLE??

    HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR SOFAS???

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS EVER!
    ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS  AND SOFAS EVER!

    XO

    anthr

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    3 thoughts on “CHOOSING A NEW SOFA? 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER

    1. Love this line-up! That velvet emerald green tufted sofa is to die for! Currently, we have slipcovered sofas from Crate and Barrel and with having two dogs I couldn’t be more happy with them. I have a grey set of slipcovers and a white set which I rotate depending on the season and my mood and I love having the option to do so. They wash like a dream! One night I sat down on the sofa with a glass of red wine and I was so tired I nodded off. Of course I dumped the glass all over myself and the sofa. I immediately jumped off, peeled off the slipcovers that were effected and got them taken care of right away. You would never know! For practicality sake, they are truly the best!!!! And very comfortable!

    2. Oh, yes the sofa dilemma! I have still not conquered this one even after buying 5 sofas over thirty years! My latest sofa dilemma was for the family room which is used daily by two adults and a couple of cats. The room is open (on a side note I still don’t see the big love most have with open floor plans) so there is only one wall to place the sofa. The other walls are sliding glass doors and the fireplace / tv wall. Had a big sectional for about 13 years and it sucked up the light and was massive so we wanted something different. I love English roll arms so I decided to buy a second hand one and reupholster it. Found a lovely on eBay. I decided on green velvet and sent it to the upholsterer. The scale of the sofa is good but I’m still not sure if I made the right fabric choice, but that is so me, always second guessing myself! And to think that I followed all of your 10 rules to start with!

    3. Thank you so much for sharing the advice and all the beautiful sofa photos you shared, the design is so stunning, I want to get them all! The tips are very helpful for me.

    Thank you for visiting My Old Country House...I’d love to hear what you thinking. Let me know in the comments. And Have a great Day!