Looking to buy a couch? Before you make any rash decisions, take in these tips from the Klooftique experts.
SHAPE & SIZE
Make sure you buy a couch that will fit into your existing environment. Check that you will be able to get it in. Are you on the 9th floor? How big is your elevator? Do you have narrow doors or tricky corners? Already have a sofa in mind? Determine whether its construction allows for disassembly like removing cushions, legs, and arms to help you maneuver in tight spots. Take your measuring tape and measure the footprint of the potential sofa location. Tape off the perimeter of your measurements with painter’s tape to help you visualise how much room the piece you’ll need. Determine where you want to put your sofa. A sofa will be your most important, costly piece in the lounge. Take some cell phone pics on your lounge with you when making a shortlist. Show them to your salesperson for advice. Be open to new ideas.
Sofas are often the biggest statement in your living room, so choosing a color that makes sense for your space is important. Want something that allows for constant change and versatility? A neutral sofa is a must. It will follow you through changing trends and a constantly evolving palette. Want a new look? Simply swap out your throw pillows! Want to make more of a statement? A vibrant cayenne will instantly warm up the space and provide an eye-catching pop of color. Want to toe the line between the style of an eye-popping color and the versatility of a neutral tone? You’ll want to go with a blue or a green. They’re neutral enough to work with any color scheme, but chromatic enough to provide an unexpected visual treat.
Determine how much wear-and-tear your sofa will get to select the best upholstery fabric. Have pets or kids? High-performance textiles like luster velvet and chenille tweeds are easy to clean and are very forgiving as the fibers are primarily synthetic, which helps resist stains and abrasion. Linen blends are great for a casual, yet refined look. Primarily a natural and synthetic mix, the provide and organic feel. Twills are the best of both worlds: they provide an organic feeling with the durability of a performance textile. They also tend to provide a handsome, tailored look. Want something that will only get better with age? Our leather sofas come with a slight pre-worn look and over-time will just accumulate more character. Like a great pair of jeans, leather changes in tone according to use and tells a story of its ownership over time. A plus: it’s also perfect for all seasons!
Don’t take a sofa at face value, give it character with accent pillows. Think of your sofa as a backdrop for the sensational accent pillows that will give it style and character. Pillows are the spice of life in your living room, so have fun designing a grouping that plays up your new sofa and finishes the look of the room. A trick is to create one set of pillows for the warm months and a second for the cold months, so that your sofas can take on completely different looks for each season.
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