Recently I have been trying to decide on which new purchases for my home should take priority; a new sofa has won hands down. In fact, we don’t just need one.
The living room couch is comfortable if you’re lying down but it has zero support and when sitting your knees are much higher than your hips, which is awful for your back!
You kind of get sucked back into it which isn’t altogether a pleasant experience. The second sofa we need is a sofa bed; when I first purchased the sofa bed, it had to fit a specific space in that room, the measurements were tiny so Ikea had one that was super cheap and super small. But, it was the most uncomfortable sofa you will ever sit on or even lie on! The sofa bed is the first to be replaced.
I’ve been trawling the internet for local businesses, small businesses and people who specialise in furniture, not just the franchises you know. The sofa’s we need are still very small so when I was approached by Willow and Hall to create this post, I was delighted to discover their range! They had small sofas that looked comfortable and could pull out to cozy looking sofa beds with pull-out legs and everything!
Of course when I was deciding on the style of sofa I wanted I had to ask myself lots of questions:
1. What is the purpose of the sofa? (Living room couch or sofa bed in the spare room.) I really had to think about the function of the sofa and how many people would be in my living room at the one time. For me, the answer was “four butts on seats”.
If you’re buying a sofa or thinking about it you may also want to ask yourself the following questions: do you have any kids planning on bouncing around your living room? Do you have any pets who will want to sit there too?
2. Consider the size of the sofa. For me, both sofas need to be quite small because my rooms are small. The sofa bed has to measure around 138cm, so that’s very specific! Obviously a corner sofa bed like the image shown above is totally out of the question. The sofa bed when it’s folded out also has to be a specific length including the back of the sofa, flush against the wall. The measuring tape is my best friend! ^_^
Doesn’t this corner sofa bed look marvellous when it’s pulled out?! It looks so comfortable.
3. Consider the style of your new sofa. What styles do you like?
In my own living room, we have an old, traditional couch that belongs to our landlord. It looks AWFUL and has been hidden under king size throws for many, many years but I really like the shape – with a few changes.
I like the sofa arms, I like the height of the sofa back, I don’t like that it goes straight to the ground because a line of dusty dirt can gather there.
All of these points have been considered for my new sofa, I will be going for traditional rather that modern because the sofa arms are comfy for laying your head on when lying watching a movie. The modern sofa bed I own has got no padding in arms (similar to the image above but not the same) and it’s like laying your head on the corner of a door.
I can imagine my face lying rather comfortably on those arms but they might be a little high! The sofa is a beautiful shape though.
4. Consider the fabric of your new sofa: For ethical reasons leather is a no-no (for me). Tightly woven fabrics are probably my first choice.
When I was making my selections of the Downton sofa bed (in the very first image of this post), I was choosing between the chalk and stone colours, on the little swatches I noticed that one was chenille and one was a tightly woven fabric. You can also select crushed velvet (how very plush!) I want tightly woven fabric but everyone has their own personal choice!
This modern sofa is quite nice and would be great for a small space. I wont be using the sofa bed much, so perhaps this would be more suitable as the arms aren’t as wide as in the more traditional style above.
5. The last thing you would decide on is whether you want foam or feathers in your sofa. For ethical reasons again, I go for foam. It’s also more supportive for your joints, so that’s a good thing to remember! ^_^
This is a very sleek and modern sofa, in a beautiful colour! I really do think the Downton is my favourite. I’m even considering going a little crazy and choosing the sky colour. It’s absolutely stunning!
I hope these tips were useful for you!