Tuesday, February 5, 2013

How to guide: Selecting the right size and style sofa

Follow the guidelines to select the right size and style sofa to fit your space.

 Learn the basic guidelines before you buy a sofa. Certain factors come into play when looking for your perfect sofa.
Determining usage before you buy will help you select all the other features of your sofa.

Sofa use
How will you use your sofa? Relaxing, reading, or watching TV, or will it be used only occasionally in a formal setting? Who will be using it? Pay attention to any special considerations if you want your sofa to be a good fit. Use deep seating for a very tall person. For someone with bad knees, shallow seating and a tight back make it easier to get up.
Choose a shape that best serves the purpose of your sofa.
 Sofa Shape
A sofa for relaxation can be deep and cushy with loose pillows, while a sofa with arms lower than the back is versatile for both formal and informal settings. A camel back sofa has shallow seating, and a tight back making it better in a formal and traditional setting. Sectionals come in many configurations and profiles, and are good in cozy, conversational settings. 

The size of your room is a good guide for the size of your sofa.

Sofa size and measuring your space
Make sure the sofa doesn’t overpower the room or impede the flow of traffic. To ensure a good fit measure the entire room, especially the wall against which you will place it, before you go shopping. Arranging furniture is mostly about using empty space around your furniture to create flow. You want people to move around comfortably without bumping into furniture, and sit down comfortably without grazing their knees on the coffee table. Provide enough space for flow of traffic, and let your space breathe visually. This creates a sense of well being and relaxation.
  1. Traffic Lane: 3’ or more
  2. Foot room between sofa or chair and edge of coffee table: 1’.6”
  3. Floor space in front of chair or sofa for feet and legs: 1’.6” to 2’.6”

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