At Hanley’s Furniture we cater for a wide range of styles to make choosing the perfect sofa easier. From reclining sofas to a vast array of fabrics, we have it all. In this guide we answer a number of questions about buying the perfect sofa.
Will my sofa complement my room?
A low back sofa in a small room creates the feeling of more space. While a high back sofa in a large open space will help define and divide the room nicely. Some smaller spaces may limit the amount of choice when it comes to positioning a sofa. A cosy sofa with compact arms can give the illusion of more space while choosing two smaller sofas can free up room and lend a sense of style you may not get with a three-piece suite.
What size sofa should I choose?
It’s important to gauge both the size of the room and also getting it into the room. We suggest laying out old newspapers on the floor where you would like to place the sofa. This will give you an idea of how much space the sofa will take up and how much space will be left in the room. Tight spaces such as doorways will have to be navigated however some large sofas come with detachable arms allowing for easier access while corner sofas generally come in individual sections allowing for assembly once in the room.
Leather cover of fabric?
There are many options to choose from when it comes to the your sofas covering. Whether you go for luxurious leather or comfortable and stylish fabric, all Hanley’s Furniture fabrics are of the highest quality. Fabric offers a variety of looks from stylish and chic to classic and cosy. Leather sofas look luxurious and is also long lasting.
Is the sofa comfy?
Ultimately you want a sofa that is comfortable as well as looks good. Consider the amount of maintenance a sofa might need. Some sofas require more upkeep than others. An important factor when choosing a fabric.
Sit heavily on the sofas edge in order to test it’s springs. Squeaks will sound if the springs are not placed correctly. Hand tied springs are a sign of quality but can be expensive. Drop in coil springs are just as comfortable but less expensive.
The frame should be heavy and solid. Test it thoroughly. Lay on it. Bounce on it. Lift up a corner to test it strength. The far corner should also be up off the floor once you have lifted it 15 centimeters. If the frame is not sturdy the sofa will wobble. Wooden frames are preferable to metal or plastic.
Ask our friendly and professional Hanley’s staff about the manufacturer. Quality sofas have legs as part of the frame as opposed to just an attachment. Solid frame joinery is indicated by brackets, metal screws, wooden dowels and wooden corner blocks. Staples and glue are used for extra strength but a sofa solely held together by staples and glue should be avoided at all costs.
Patterns and Colours
Consider the rooms decor when choosing your sofa. A bright colour will make a bold statement. Natural colours work better are are generally safer. Colourful cushions can be used to add vibrancy to your sofa.
Fabrics with woven patterns usually last better than printed patterns. Leather and wool look great but are more expensive. Sofas in use everyday need a durable material. Linen and cotton are better options as they are easier to clean.
For more inspiration on how to choose the perfect sofa browse our online shop and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions.