Probably the most important decision you’ll make when furnishing your living room is what sofa to buy. It’s by far the biggest purchase for most, and let’s face it, it’s where you are going to be spending an awful lot of time. Whether you’ll be watching TV, reading, relaxing, entertaining or enjoying quality time with the family, you’ll want to make sure you choose the sofa that will be with you for many years to come. So, before you start looking online (Camerich have a very helpful and inspiring website by the way), or hitting the showrooms, there are some important things to consider.
First and foremost you’ll need to consider the size of your room and the position the sofa will take. It’s always worth getting out the tape measure at this point and making sure you know what your maximum size is. The sofa needs to be large enough to fulfill its purpose but not so large that it obstructs doorways or overpowers the room.
Whether your preference is for a 2-seater, 3-seater, corner sofa, or love seat, now is the time to get out the graph paper and plot the dimensions of the room and any other furniture that will be there too. If the room is empty, you may be able to use brown paper cut-outs or cardboard boxes to plot where the sofa will sit and make sure that it will fit the space and you will be able to move freely around the room when it’s in place.
3. Do you need a sofa-bed?
If your living room will have to do double duty as a bedroom for occasional guests you will definitely be better off choosing a sofa-bed.
This is something that is dependent on personal preference, the style of existing furniture and the age of the house. A modern sofa may look out of place in country cottage but I’ve seen some stunning barn conversions full of contemporary furniture. The choice is yours.
This is where online shopping can be most helpful. Once you have chosen your sofa size and shape, you can use the very helpful tools to visualise it in different colours. Bright colours are not for everyone but sometimes a bold shade can be the focal point a room needs if everything else is kept low-key. On the other hand, choosing a more neutral shade will ensure that you never get tired of your choice.
Is something else you can experiment with online, and will depend on how the sofa will be used. Leather is not just stylish but extremely practical too in a home full of children and pets. Textured fabrics show less wear and tear, but if you are looking for a luxurious finish, velvet would be my fabric of choice.
This is where you really do have to try the sofa out. Camerich have 8 showrooms across London and expert staff are on hand to guide you through every aspect of the design process, including technical scale drawings and 3D visualisations of how the furniture will look in your space.
This post was written in collaboration with Camerich who since their launch in 2010 have built a global network distributing modern designer sofas and furniture, recognised across cultural boundaries as the epitome of simple beauty and effortless sophistication.