Top tips on how to choose a new lounge suite
Choosing a lounge suite is one of the most important decor decisions you’re going to make. Whether you’re moving to a new home, or redecorating your existing space, your lounge suite is going to dictate the look and feel of your living room. It also needs to stand the test of time, Netflix binges, afternoon snoozes, kids, pets, and parties.
It’s important to take the time to consider your options and make a choice that not only fits your design aspirations, but your lifestyle too. Here are a few tips on what to look out for when choosing the right lounge suite for your home.
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Get the look
First and foremost, you need to decide what style you’re trying to achieve. Do you love clean lines and minimalist design, or a comfier bohemian look?
Determining the style that best matches your home will narrow down the search and make picking the perfect piece a lot easier. It’ll give you an idea of what colours, textures and fabrics appeal to you. Remember, a lounge suite is a long-term purchase and fashions change, so look for a piece that will suit your style for years to come.
While you’re thinking about design it’s also a good idea to think about the size and layout of your living room. A small room lends itself to lighter colours and smaller pieces, while darker colours and larger pieces will look better in a larger room.
Take pictures of the room you’re decorating including the existing furnishings, wall colours and floor coverings to give you inspiration while you shop.
Measure twice, buy once
One of the most common reasons that people return their lounge suite is that it doesn’t fit their living room dimensions or even through the front door.
It saves a lot of time and hassle to measure your room’s dimensions and to take note of what height, width and depth will work best in your space. Before you go shopping draw a rough floor plan of your living room considering other pieces of furniture like coffee tables and TV cabinets.
A helpful hint is to use removable tape to outline the dimensions and shape of your dream sofa to make sure that it fits with your other furniture and leaves enough space to walk freely around the room.
Another important measurement is the stairwells, hallways, and doorways leading to your living room. There’s nothing worse than having your lounge suite delivered, only to find that you can’t even get it up the stairs. If you live in an upper floor apartment, make sure to measure any external stairways, lifts and hallways too.
The most beautiful lounge suite in the world loses a lot of its appeal if it isn’t comfortable to sit on. A huge factor in picking a comfortable couch is the cushions. Some prefer a firmer seat and back, whilst others like to sink into their couch.
A feather filling will give you the softest cushions and fibre or foam cushions are much firmer. You can combine feather and foam fillings and get the best of both worlds. Also worth considering; feathers require regular plumping to keep them looking good and fibre or foam lose their shape fairly quickly.
The type of fabric that your lounge suite is upholstered in will go a long way towards creating the style and functionality that you want.
Leather is great if you want a modern, sleek feel to the room, and it’s durable if you have kids or pets, but it can age quickly.
Natural materials like linen look contemporary, but they fade in direct sunlight. So if you have a sun-drenched living room, consider a treated synthetic fabric.
The fabric you choose will depend on how you use the room. A formal living room won’t have as much wear and tear as your family’s everyday living room.
Try before you buy
The most important part of shopping for a new lounge suite is to try before you buy.
Test as many different styles as you can in the way that you’d use them at home. Here are some good questions to ask while you’re testing your favourites
- Who will be using it?
- How will you be using it?
- How many people will be sitting on it?
- Is it too soft or too firm?
- Is it easy to take care of?
- Does it suit the style of your home?
- Is the layout flexible?
By thoroughly testing a range of options you’ll end up investing in a piece that not only fits the space, but your lifestyle too.
If you’re looking to transform your living room and want some expert advice on how to pick the perfect lounge suite, visit your local Furniture Galore store today.