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How to choose a sofa

How to choose a sofa

Sofa is a practical piece of furniture. Practically every apartment or private house has it. One can hardly imagine house in which there is not even one sofa. It is used for rest or sleep. Buying a new sofa is not easy. Market offers a wide range of them according to several characteristics. You should take into account each of them in order your new piece of furniture to fit all your desires. How to choose a sofa that will be comfortable, qualitative, will make you happy every day and will be in use for a long time?

Let's consider the main parameters that must be taken into account while selecting.


Before thinking which sofa is best to choose, it is important to answer the first question - what it will be used for and in what room it will stand. In most cases, a sofa is bought for rest in front of the TV, with a book or for a get-together with friends. In addition, in our days and conditions of small-sized housing sofas are often used for sleeping. This fact requires additional criteria.

For usual pastime, almost any sofa is suitable. It should not be equipped with transformation mechanisms. The most important for such sofas is to meet the requirements for comfort, durability and practicality.

If you are thinking about choosing a sofa for sleeping every day, first of all pay attention to the mechanism of transformation. The sleeping place, which you get after laying out, should be smooth, without joints. Such result is provided by the mechanisms of "eurobook", "click-clack", "roll-out", etc. If you are going to use the sofa for a sleep every day, the mechanism should be as simple and convenient as possible.

By the way, the answer to the question "how to choose a sofa for sleeping?" will be the quality of filler and frame. They should provide an absolutely flat surface, sufficient rigidity to support the body in the correct position throughout the night. If the sofa is uncomfortable it will harm both physical and psychological health.

Size of sofa

Before choosing a sofa, measure the room and determine the size of the furniture. Of course, the decision which sofa is best to choose should not depend only on this parameter, but it should be taken into account when viewing the options. In addition, you need to correctly calculate the dimensions of the sofa in the unfolded state - there should be room in the room.

In addition, you need to calculate correctly the dimensions of the sofa in the unfolded state – there should space in the room. For a living room it could be more convenient to buy a corner sofa, and for a small children’s room – a couch. It is important that this piece of furniture does not occupy too much space and at the same time provides the necessary space for rest.


The frame is the foundation and support of any sofa. Life of the furniture, its reliability and load capacity will depend on how it is durable and what material is made from. Nowadays to create a sofa frame such materials are used:

Of course, the wooden furniture costs more, but its strength is much higher. In some models, these materials are combined to achieve optimal strength and cost. A cheap sofa can not be made of wood, consider this factor while choosing.


The filler is also very important. It’s almost impossible to find models in which only foam rubber is used, so popular before. In addition, materials such as foam rubber quickly lose shape and leave pressed through areas. Such fillers are usually used:

The best result is given by sofas, in which a spring block and polyurethane foam are combined. This option will be softer and more reliable, besides it will be able to maintain the original form much longer. They provide optimum rigidity of furniture.

Mechanism of transformation

It is worth to describe several most popular mechanisms:

If you do not know what mechanism to choose, pay attention to the fact that it should be very simple, do not require physical effort, include a minimum of details. The simpler the system, the longer it will work.

Be sure to pay attention to the material from which the details of the mechanism are made, and also how well they are made. Correctly matched sofa mechanism will ensure your comfort for many years using the sofa.


The choice of materials for upholstery is very large. To decide how to choose the fabric for the sofa, you should learn their characteristics. Most often such fabrics are used:

Do not choose cheap material, as it will quickly lose its color and shape and will have to be replaced. Good tissue can serve 5-10 years or more. To choose color will be easier, because it depends on the concept of the interior and the overall design of the apartment.

Functional parts

Modern versions often include different details that make this piece of furniture even more convenient and practical.

These include:

  1. underwear box.
  2. built-in recesses in the armrests.
  3. shelves, etc.

It can have a solid back, or several large sofa pillows that fulfill this function. They can be placed as you like, changing the appearance of the sofa. Most often, pillows are made in a different color to give the model an original modern look.

Appearance and design

There isn’t right answer to this question – every person chooses a piece of furniture differently. When inspecting, pay attention to the fact that the seams are sewn neatly, the upholstery does not have scuffs and stains.

Correctly chosen sofa will be the brightest, comfortable and favorite place in the apartment. Do not just look for a cheap option, such purchases are made once in 5-10 years, so you should spend time and buy the most suitable model according to all parameters.