10 Tips Before Buying a Sofa for Your Living Room

26 February 2023

Living Room Furniture

Have you ever thought what is the main focal point of your living room?

Well, you don’t need to think much about that because your answer will be straight and that is a sofa. A sofa is a piece of furniture that will give you, your near and dear ones, and guests a means of sitting and having a chat with them.

Apart from this, you find yourself on the sofa during your leisure reading books, watching TV, or listening to music. So, this sofa needs to be comfortable or relaxing. 

Thinking of buying a sofa for your sitting room? We are here to help you out with 10 tips before buying a sofa for your living room in Bangladesh.

Considering Factors Before Getting a Sofa for Your Living Room

Now, let’s focus on our main topic. You need to consider some crucial things before getting the desired sofa for your living room, and these are as follows:

1. Choose the Color with Care

Be reasonable while choosing the color for your sofa. Try choosing a neutral color that goes well with multiple setups so that if you like to change the color of your room, you don’t need to change your sofa’s color. But still, if you like colors, try choosing colors considering different things like if you have kids or pets, don’t choose white or other light colors. Because then there will be a possibility for the sofa to get stains quite frequently. 

Consider selecting a color that either matches your other furniture colors or the living room’s wall’s color or you can also have a contrast.

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2. Measure Your Room and Select the Exact Size

Measure your room accordingly with a measuring tape, and decide the maximum dimension of the sofa your living room can accommodate. Otherwise, if you choose a huge sofa that won’t fit in your room will create an awkward situation for you, and also your money will get wasted. Again, measure the doors and staircases through which you will take the sofa.  

Ensure that your room doesn’t look clumsy. Decide how many 3-seater sofas, 2-seater sofas, and single-seaters you want based on your room size. If it’s a huge room ensure that it doesn’t look too empty. In that case, you can choose sofas with divans or place an ottoman in the spare space. 

3. Consider Sofa Orientation

Now, comes where you are going to place the sofa. Decide carefully whether you want to place it, in the middle of the room or a corner. In case, you like to place it in a corner and want a corner of the sofa that will match that corner, consider choosing an L-shaped sofa set.

Again, if you like to place it in the middle of the room, the sofa back will get exposed. You can also keep that against a wall. Consider the sofa orientation that suits your sitting room.

4. Look for a Quality Frame

Whenever you are choosing a suitable sofa for your living room, consider spending on a quality frame as much as you can. Because this quality frame is going to serve you year after year. Try selecting manufacturers that give you a guarantee for at least 15 years. Move it and sit it so that you can get an idea of the quality of the frame.

5. Ensure the Comfort

You need to ensure comfort whether you are buying a sofa or a mattress. The testing formula is the same, sit on it and feel whether it is comfortable or not. On average, a sofa has a 60 cm seat depth, again it can vary. The seat height will be on average between 45 cm to 50 cm; it can also vary. 

6. Test the Cushions

Test the back cushions and seat cushions thoroughly. Feather-filled cushions will give more comfort but they will require regular plumping. While fiber-filled cushions will become flat and lose their shape with time. If the back and seat cushions of your sofa are overstuffed, they will be comfortable and look casual.

Again, tailored seat and back cushions will give a sophisticated look. You can place cushions of different colors and shapes on your sofa to ensure more comfort and add some extra beauty.

7. Consider the Fabric Type

Your lifestyle will affect your choice of fabric type for your sofa. Choose stylish fabric types like silk or velvet while choosing a fabric sofa set for a sophisticated and grown-up setting. Again, if you have kids or pets in your home, consider choosing a leather sofa because they are easy to clean. If you are on a tight budget, consider choosing faux leather sofas because they are affordable and a bit less durable than the real ones.

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8. Order Swatches

If you order swatches, you will get the opportunity to see how the sofa will look in your living room before getting the real set. Most manufacturers or retailers nowadays are offering swatches for free or at a low cost; they will also offer wallpaper samples or paint swatches at a low cost if you are thinking of redesigning your whole living room. 

9. The Design or Style of the Sofa

Nowadays, all types of designs are in fashion such as modern, antique, conventional, mid-century, and the like. Choose the design or style of your sofa based on the decoration and entire setup of your living room. If you have a modern vibe in your drawing room try choosing a modern sofa set. Again, if you are an antique lover and your sitting room is adorned with various valuable pieces of antiques, consider selecting an antique sofa design. 

10. Arm Style and Legs

Your sofa’s arm style significantly impacts the overall looks of your sofa. A simple rounded and folded arm style indicates a feminine style. While straight and plain-edged arm style signifies a masculine design. 

Coming to the legs of your sofa, you don’t need to see them necessarily. But in case, they are visible, make sure that they add a specific beauty to the total looks of your sofa. The legs can be made of metal like iron, or steel, or of wood like ornate wood, or oak wood. Again, the style can be either modern or traditional.

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Exploring Various Sofa and Seating Options

Once you have considered the space, size, and material, it's time to choose the ideal sofa type. However, it's crucial to take into account the living room's decor before making your selection. As mentioned earlier, the type of sofa you choose can either enhance or detract from the overall aesthetic.

  • Sectional Sofa

The sectional sofa exudes elegance and is an excellent choice for spacious living rooms. Not only does it provide ample seating space, but it also helps declutter the room by eliminating the need for additional chairs. This makes it an ideal option for large families or frequent hosts of gatherings. Sectional sofas are among the most popular and contemporary styles available, often featuring L or U shapes. The standard dimensions for a sectional sofa are equal sides measuring 95" x 95" with depths ranging from 36" to 40".

  • Standard sofa

A standard sofa is usually 6 to 8 feet long and 32 to 40 inches deep. This sofa is perfect for a small to the medium-sized living room. There are various types of standard sofas available.

Example: Single seater sofa, 2-seater sofa.

  • Recliners

If you prioritize ultimate comfort, a recliner is the perfect choice for you. Recliner sofas not only enhance the modern and stylish ambiance of your living room but also contribute to improving your back posture while seated, providing relief from back pain. The standard dimensions of a recliner are 72 inches in length and 36 inches in width.

  • Chaise Lounge

A chaise lounge is a versatile sofa that has the power to transform any bedroom, living room, or guest room into a blissful relaxation space. Its unique design makes it an ideal choice, particularly for smaller homes, as it effectively utilizes corner areas. Undeniably, chaise lounge sofas exude a remarkable sense of style, adding a touch of elegance to any room.

  • English Roll Arm Sofa

English roll arm sofas have a deep seat, low rolled arms with a tight back. This sofa is a good sleeping option as we can also consider this as a bed because of its deep and soft seat. This sofa is one of the most comfortable ones and looks classy.

  • Lawson Sofa

The Lawson sofa is a modern and stylish choice for your living space. It boasts a tailored backrest that reaches a height slightly above the seat, creating a sophisticated look. The seat is deep and comfortable, while the arms are positioned lower than the backrest for added comfort. The back pillows and seat cushions have a box-shaped design, contributing to the sofa's sleek and refined appearance. Whether placed in an entrance hall or a lounge room, the Lawson sofa effortlessly adds an elegant touch to any setting.

  • Tuxedo Sofas

The tuxedo sofa stands out as a highly fashionable and sophisticated furniture piece. It is particularly well-suited for small living rooms, offering both style and functionality. Tuxedo sofas are considered a subset of Chesterfield sofas, known for their timeless appeal. The standard dimensions of a tuxedo sofa are approximately 32" in height, 84" in width, and 33" in depth, providing a balanced and compact seating option.

Some Additional Factors to Consider

Apart from the above factors, consider these additional factors before getting a sofa for your sitting room.

  • Price

This is one of the most crucial factors for sure because no matter how much you love a sofa if you can’t afford that, it makes no sense. First, you need to figure out what is your budget and choose a sofa that will meet all the above-mentioned criteria within your budget. You can check out our office sofa, Lounge sofa price.

  • Use

Consider what will be the use of your sofa. For example, you like to enjoy movies with popcorn on the sofa. Then consider choosing a sofa with more comfortable and deeper foams or cushions. Also, place large comfortable cushions on it to enhance your comfort.

The use of your sofa will always affect your choice of sofas. Again, if you don’t want to replace your old sofa, and just want to add an extra sofa in your living room, consider choosing one that will complement your entire setup.

  • Maintenance

Always choose a sofa that will be easy to maintain for you. As we have already mentioned above, choose the fabric type of your sofa depending on your lifestyle.

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Final Words:

Now, you must be confident about the tips before buying a sofa for your living room in Bangladesh. So, consider these factors and choose the desired sofa for your living room to adorn it. Don’t hesitate to visit BION Style to get the best one.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which shape of sofa will be the best for your living room?

Nowadays rectangular shape sofas are among the most popular ones. But L-shaped sofas also do have a popularity. Based on the size of your living room, and how you want to place it, choose your suitable shape. There is no hard and fast rule, your sofa can be of circular or semi-circular shapes too.

2. How can you tell that a sofa's quality is good?

Mostly, the following things will ensure that a sofa's quality is good:

  1. You will have the option of unzipping the seat cushions. Superior quality pieces come with foam covered in the sofa cover having quality zippers.
  2. The finishing of edges and padding will be smooth without any sharp edges. The back, corner, arms, and rail will be well aligned with the frame.
  3. The back of the sofa needs to be padded well so that it gives a complete, finished look.

3. What sofa types are the longest lasting?

Couches or sofas with a hard or dense wood frame such as walnut, teak, and maple are among the longest-lasting ones. Tightly woven leather or textile can be the most durable fabric choices. The main thing is that if you can take care of the sofa accordingly it will last long whether it’s a wooden sofa, fabric sofa, leather sofa, or rexine sofa.