Tip Off: Sofa Shopping Made Easy

October 21, 2014


Good morning!

Hopefully everyone had an eventful, or uneventful weekend, whichever was preferred. I get a lot of questions around shopping for sofas and spend a lot of time making sure my clients invest in the sofa that matches their lifestyle. A cute couple sharing a small condo has different lounging needs than a bustling family of 5 with 2 dogs! I put together some quick tips for you to consider before journeying out to find your perfect sofa match!



First, consider the overall style of your home. If you live in a modern home, a traditional sofa may not be your first choice. Second, examine the scale of the room. If you live in a small space an overstuffed sofa may be overwhelming, but a tiny sofa in a large room may be okay if there are other pieces that ground and define the space. Even more importantly, make sure to measure your space before purchasing to see if the sofa fits. Don’t be afraid to mismatch. These 2 sofas would look quite fantastic paired together in the right room.


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This one tops the list of features to consider. I am a FIRM believer in investing in indoor/outdoor fabrics that are synthetic, and therefore indestructible. There are lines that look and feel like the real thing including linens, velvet and even wools. They are more expensive, but repel stains and will allow for years of heavy use. I love the Perennials‘ line and use their fabrics on almost all furniture pieces in my clients’ homes from dining chairs to sofas. Restoration Hardware offers Perennials fabrics on almost all of their made-to-order upholstered pieces.


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Where you place your sofa will ultimately determine how your room feels. If you have enough space, consider pulling your sofa away from the wall.  This will make the room feel cozier and make for better conversation. If there is walk space behind or on either side of your sofa try to leave at least 3′ (the width of a common hallway). Also, leave 18-20″ between the edge of the coffee table and sofa.


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I would love to hear about what you guys are finding, so feel free to tweet me while you’re shopping! @courtbinteriors



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