Sofa Sooo Good, Our Top Tips to Consider

So… you’re thinking of purchasing a new sofa and/or chairs you’re wondering where to look for your new purchase baring in the mind the average person keeps their sofa for around 10 years you’ll need to think carefully and make a wise decision. There are many factors to think about not just the style, size and colour.

Here at Hunters Interiors we have devised some top tips to think about when choosing your new sofa and why it’s best to view your purchase as an investment rather than an quick impulse buy. At Hunters we have a fantastic selection of high quality sofas and chairs at our Uffington showroom, we’re more than happy to give you advice and style ideas free of charge at our showroom. We have a huge library of fabric house books with an abundance of choice at a variety of prices to suit all budgets, you need never have the embarrassment of owning the same sofa as your neighbour or friend as you can ensure that your new sofa and/or chair will be completely bespoke to suit your taste and needs, we are even able to adjust the sizes of your sofa or chair to fit your individual measurements – that’s not a service you can get just anywhere!

There’s a huge selection of styles of sofa and chairs to chose from so don’t just stick to what you’re used to, explore, make a well informed decision and make the right choice.

Here are our top tips when considering a new sofa:

1. Quality sofas should feel solid and heavy. Give your potential sofa test drive and put it’s sturdiness to the test, lift it up by the corner and shake it a bit. If it feels light or wobbly, take a pass. Look for a frame made from a kiln-dried hardwood such as oak, alder, birch, maple or, alternatively, high-quality hardwood plywood or marine plywood. Eight-way, hand-tied springs are a hallmark of fine furniture, but sinuous S-shaped springs can provide nearly as much comfort. Drop-in coil springs are a less costly alternative.

2. Most cushions have a core of polyurethane foam; the denser the foam, the heavier it is and the longer it will last. In the cheapest furniture, the cushion is filled with just the polyurethane foam core. In better furniture the core is wrapped with Dacron batting. Higher-quality options include poly-down cushions, which have down mixed with the batting; spring-down cushions, which feature a core of springs surrounded by foam and feathers; and all down, which is all feathers. Poly Down cushions will last considerably longer than foam and will stand the test of time – something worth thinking about, do you want to be sat on a sofa in five years time which is out of shape and flat?

3. The best sofas have joints that are double doweled and fitted with corner blocks that are both glued and screwed (not stapled) into place. Quality pieces have legs that are part of the frame, not just attached to it this is a good way to spot a quality sofa.

4. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries when purchasing your new addition, have you thought about having a contrasting sofa with a different fabric or instead of having two sofas think about having a sofa and two arm chairs again don’t be afraid to mix and match on colours and fabrics. If you want to embrace your daring side why don’t you try two different fabrics on one sofa? This can be very effective and totally unique to you. Matching sofas are a thing of the past having contrasting sofas adds depth and interest to your room and also gives it that personalised touch.

4. Buy the best-quality sofa that you can afford. Your purchase will be amortized over many years. Plus, it’s usually cheaper to reupholster a good sofa than to buy a new one of comparable quality – you can totally transform your sofa for the fraction of the price. Yes that is a service that Hunters Interiors provide.

5. Choose a sofa that complements the style of your decor. If your interior is traditional, look for a sofa with rolled arms, a contoured back, skirting or tufted cushions. Contemporary sofas tend to have cleaner lines, fewer flourishes and understated upholstery.

6. Consider the proportions of the room and determine what height, length and depth of sofa would look best in the space. If you’re uncertain, mock up a footprint on the floor using masking tape or blue painter’s tape. Or consider “building” a sofa out of empty boxes — then live with it for a few days to see how it feels.

7. If you plan to spend a lot of time lying on the sofa for reading or naps, make sure it has enough space between the arms. Don’t rely on overall length alone, as the width of the arms will affect the space between.

8. If you’re short on space, think about buying a sofa with low arms or no arms — it’ll make your room look larger.

9. How many people do you want to seat? That might sound like a silly question, but the truth is, nobody likes sitting on the crack. So if you get a sofa with two cushions, expect just two people to use it. To accommodate more people, get a sofa with three cushions or a single long cushion, called a bench cushion.

10. Sofas generally come with one of two types of backs: a pillow back, which has removable cushions or pillows along the rear; or a tight back, in which the upholstery is tailored to the contours of the sofa’s back. Pillow-back sofas are generally considered more comfortable and inviting, but there’s a downside: Unless you’re diligent with your fluffing, the cushions will usually look slightly askew. If you’re the kind of person who is driven to distraction by something like that, you might want to consider a tight back.

11. When it comes to sofas, one size does not fit all. The depth of the seat and the angle of the back will influence how comfortable you feel. How do you know what depth is right for you? Let experience be your guide. If there’s a sofa or chair that you find particularly comfortable, measure the distance from the inside of your knee to the spot where your lower back hits the back of the sofa, then buy a sofa that has similar dimensions.

12. If you have kids and a neutral sofa sounds like an invitation to disaster, consider a darker color or a sofa with a subtle overall pattern. As a rule, synthetic fabrics are more durable, colorfast and cleanable. Tightly woven fabrics and fabrics that are heavy will stand up to wear and tear better, as will leather. Avoid satins, brocades and damasks unless the sofa won’t get much use.

13. Whatever fabric you choose, ask us for a sample or cutting that you can take home on approval before you buy. That way you can see the material under the light in your room and with other pieces of furniture.

There is certainly a lot more to consider than most would of initially thought when purchasing your new sitting, snug or drawing room furniture. There’s so much choice and at Hunters Interiors and we are happy to run through ideas and offer you our expert opinion. The sofas on this post are from our two favourite suppliers John Sankey and Zoffany, the images speak for themselves truly magnificent bespoke sofas and chairs and you can choose any fabric to tailor to you taste and budget.