Dovetail have a wide range of sofas at our Norwich showroom.
But with so many different styles, colours and fabrics on show, the choice can be overwhelming. There’s no need to worry, however. Dovetail has compiled an easy step-by-step guide for choosing the best sofa for your home. Sofa shopping has never been so easy!
► Step One: Size
Let’s start with the easiest decision: size. You need to think about where you will place your sofa and how much space is on offer. There’s no point splashing the cash on a reclining three-seater if it’s going to be cramped in a corner of a room! If you have a small living space, a compact design will be more suitable. L-shaped sofas are a great way to work around minimal space: they can easily slot in the corner of your room. Those who are lucky enough to have a large amount of space, feel free to experiment with a variety of shapes and designs.
Also, it’s important to consider who will spending time on the sofa. If you have a large family (or sofa-hogging pets), three- to four-seater sofas provide ample room. No one wants to squashed while trying to watch the telly!
► Step Two: Shape
We’ve already touched on this, so it’s our logical next step. The shape of your sofa can help enhance your living space if chosen correctly. Do you have a kitchen-come-living room? An L-shaped sofa for a perfect room divider. If you have a small living space, round sofas are brilliant at opening up the area. They are also suitable for gathering areas, such as a TV room or conservatory, due to their open, welcoming design. Which leads us to our next step…
► Step Three: Function
How will you spend the majority of your time on your sofa? Sounds like a stupid question (sitting, of course!) but it helps you to pick a sofa best suited to your needs. If your living room is a relaxing space where you watch TV and read books, a comfortable sofa with multiple cushions is the perfect choice. You could even be decadent and treat yourself to a recliner!
Maybe socialising is more your thing? If you love coffee mornings and having a natter with friends, an L-shaped sofa is a great choice as it can easily fit around a coffee table. Do your friends often find themselves staying the night? You could consider purchasing a futon or day-bed.
► Step Four: Ergonomics
Do you suffer from a bad back? Lack of suitable back support will only make things worse. Did you know we spend eight years and ten months of our lives watching TV? Well, with so much time spent sitting on our sofas, it’s important your sofa has substantial back support. Firm cushions and upright backs are good choices. However, if your back pain is so bad you have issues getting out your chair, you could consider a reclining sofa. This provides additional support and prevents you from straining your back when you try to get up.
► Step Five: Material
We’ve already written a whole blog post about this step. Why not check it out? Make sure you come back and finish reading this blog once you’re done though!
► Step Six: Design
So you’ve reached the final (and most fun!) step of choosing the best sofa for your home: the design. It’s important to pick a design that compliments your home’s aesthetic. If it’s quite traditional, a neutral design will stay classic for years to come; if it’s modern or minimalist, clean and sleek lines are a great choice. A sofa will a funky print is perfect for a home experimenting with a variety of styles and colours!
Now you’ve read our step-by-step guide, it’s time for you to get sofa shopping!
Have a look at the upholstery collections available at the Dovetail showroom. With so many shapes, sizes and materials on offer, you will be sure to find the perfect design for your home.