Buying a lounge suite in Melbourne can be time- consuming and a bit overwhelming. There are a host of different types and styles to choose from and many other functional and aesthetic factors to consider.

One of the most important factors to keep in mind is the purpose of the space and your lounge suite. If you like relaxing in your living room after a long day at work, find a comfortable lounge that allows you to stretch out or curl up with a good book.

If you like entertaining guests, some of your top priorities should be comfort, high quality, and durability.

Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or want to spruce up the place, a lounge suite can make all the difference. It can tie all the other furniture pieces together and transform your living room into a cozy and stylish haven.

At Furniture Galore, we understand that buying furniture can be daunting, especially when doing it online. That’s why we’ve created this detailed guide to purchase lounge suites in Melbourne. It will help you pick a suitable lounge for your needs that fits perfectly into your living room set and allows you, your family, and your friends to chillax.

What is a lounge?

In Australia, a lounge is another name for a sofa or couch. It can have a chair-like structure or be part of a modular design, such as a modular lounge or sectional sofa.

It’s an accent furniture piece that stands out and adds more personality to the room. It can be a conversation starter that you use as a chair or a place to relax after a long day. Some are excellent to put next to your favourite armchair to use as an ottoman. Others even come with an ottoman.

In any case, it works as extra seating in your lounge or living room (or a separate entertaining room) that can even become the centrepiece of your comfy nest. 

Lounge, sofa, and couch: key differences

Most people use the terms lounge, sofa, and couch interchangeably, but there are some key differences between them.

The term lounge comes from the French “chaise lounge”, which means “long chair”. You can think of it as a small sofa that has a backrest at only one end.

A lounge can be a standalone furniture piece or a corner lounge, or a modular sofa. You know that part with a lengthened seat at the end of a corner sofa that allows you to put your feet up? That’s a chaise lounge.

The word sofa originates from the Arabic “ṣuffa”, which means “a wooden or stone bench”. It’s an upholstered furniture piece with two armrests, a uniform backrest, and a more formal style than a couch. It can typically seat two or more people.

A lounge sofa is a piece to sit on rather than to lie down on, but there are also sofa beds that can work either way. They have a pull-out mechanism that allows you to convert them into a bed for occasional use.

The word couch comes from the Old French “couchier”, which means to “lay something down”. It can be upholstered or made with springs, and it typically has no armrests, although some have both.

As such, couches are better for lying down, especially since they come with large, cozy cushions. They typically seat more than four people, but many are designed to seat only two or three persons.

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Consider the space for your lounge

Before you start browsing lounge suites in Melbourne, you need to make sure the one you choose can fit in the area.

Don’t forget to consider the space it will go through to get to the room, including any hallways and door frames. You don’t want to end up like poor Ross on Friends, when he couldn’t get his new couch around the stairwell. Of course, lounges are smaller, but you still have to measure everything.

Do some measuring of the room

Your lounge should fit into your living room set ideally, which means you have to take precise measurements of the space.

Consider how much of the room you want the lounge to take up so that the entire interior looks inviting. You don’t want the lounge to overwhelm the space and leave you with barely any room to move around freely.

Think about any existing objects around the lounge. For instance, if you plan on placing it under a window, make sure you’ll be able to open it.

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Take pictures if you have to

When you take pictures of the room, you’ll be able to make a smarter purchasing decision. The photos will help you take a step back and look at the interior design objectively. They’ll help you identify the best spot to place your new lounge and transform the room beautifully.

If you plan on visiting a showroom instead of buying online, the pictures will come in pretty handy. You can even show them to an expert to get a professional opinion and pick the right lounge for your living room.

Pay attention to the style of the room

Your lounge shouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a blue lounge, for example, if everything else in the room is white. That’s actually a good idea, as the lounge can be the room’s focal point.

The key is to ensure the styles don’t clash. Your new lounge should match the room’s overall style and add to its personality.

You can always mix and match different interior design styles, but be sure to consult with an expert if you don’t have a knack for it. You wouldn’t want to combine the styles that don’t go well together.

A good rule of thumb is to follow the 80/20 rule when mixing different design styles. Any other ratio might make the room visually unappealing.

Get yourself fitted for your lounge

Once you have all the necessary room and lounge measurements, it’s time to get yourself fitted for your new furniture piece. That way, you’ll purchase one that makes you feel utterly comfortable.
It’s just like going to a mattress fitting, where you need to consider your body type and sleep style, except you probably won’t use your lounge suite for sleeping.
Take into account your body dimensions to find the perfect fit. The last thing you want is to end up with a piece that makes you feel as if you were sitting in a kid’s chair.

Types of lounges to choose from


There are many different types of lounges out there, both for indoor and outdoor use. There are classic lounges that are in a permanently reclined position, chaise lounges, poolside lounges, and more.
The following are some of the most common types of lounge suites in Melbourne. At Furniture Galore, we offer these and many other types, so be sure to check out our vast collection. We’re confident you’ll find something for your unique style and preferences.

Leather lounges

Leather lounges are typically more expensive than their other counterparts, but they’re pretty durable. They’re ideal if you have kids and/or pets.

You don’t have to worry about stains, as you can wipe any spillage right off with a damp cloth. Pet hairs sticking to your leather lounge suite won’t be a problem either.

Speaking of maintenance, you might be better off with a top-coated or protected leather lounge if you have kids or pets. It comes with stain, and wear and tear resistance. Waxed or pull-up leather lounges don’t have that kind of protective coating.



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Fabric lounges

If you opt for a fabric lounge suite, you’ll have to be extra careful to avoid spilling anything on it, as it might leave a stain. The fabric might be more comfortable than leather, but it calls for a bit more care.

You can pick from many different fabrics, such as linen, cotton, velvet, microfiber, damask, wool blend, performance, and more. Just make sure you choose something scratch-resistant and doesn’t stain easily (preferably treated for stain resistance).

Linen might be the worst choice for families and those with pets. Wool might be a better choice, but it’s not so easy to clean (except in a synthetic blend). The best choice for families and pets might be performance fabric, as it comes with stain, oil, and water resistance.



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Corner lounges

Corner lounges can sit on their own or be part of modular sofas. You can choose from square, round, or wedge corner lounges, depending on your personal preference.

If you plan on using your corner lounge as a standalone piece, you can expect the most comfortable seating experience from a wedge corner lounge. Square corner lounges are better suited for modular furniture, while the round pieces are somewhere in between.

Lounge chair

Lounge chairs are reclined armchairs that allow you to put your feet up and relax. They don’t have armrests, nor do they allow you to adjust the reclining position, as they’re permanently reclined.

You can get a lounge chair without an ottoman, but most typically come paired with it.

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Reclining lounges

Reclining lounges can be chairs (recliners) or sofas. They have armrests and allow you to switch from a sitting to a reclining position.

Most reclining sofas can seat three people, allowing each to convert their seat individually to a reclining position. They’re perfect for theatre rooms or movie nights in your living room.

Modular lounges

Modular lounge suites are made up of different lounge pieces (such as a chaise lounge, recliner, or two seater sofa) that can be easily rearranged for different styles and spaces. 

You can arrange your modular lounge however you like such as in a U-shape or L-shape (corner lounge) which are the most popular choices. 

Stationary lounges

Stationary lounges look like regular armchairs, except they’re usually designed for outdoor use. They have no moving parts for changing the sitting position and feature two removable cushions – one to sit on and another for back support.



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Things to look out for when choosing a lounge sofa


Not all lounge suites in Melbourne are created equal. Some manufacturers focus more on comfort and style while not paying much attention to quality. Others put quality first, ensuring their pieces can stand the test of time while remaining stylish and timeless.
When choosing a lounge sofa, we highly recommend focusing on high quality. You’ll spend a lot of time on the sofa, so it must be sturdy, durable, and comfortable. You wouldn’t want to have to buy another one in a few years because it didn’t hold its shape, wasn’t sturdy enough to last or wasn’t able to withstand daily wear and tear.
At Furniture Galore, we offer top-notch lounge sofas and a host of other furniture pieces for your home. There’s a wide range of options to choose from, each designed with utmost quality, functionality, style, and comfort in mind.
Let’s go over some of the critical factors to look for when picking a lounge sofa.

Construction and frame material type

Your lounge sofa’s construction is what determines its quality and integrity. Its overall construction, including the frame and joints, should be sturdy and highly durable. How can you ensure your desired sofa checks those boxes?

Ensure the construction and frame material is natural wood, such as oak, ash, or maple. Natural wood is the sturdiest, most durable material that won’t warp over time.
Stay away from medium-density fibreboard (MDF), which is engineered wood that isn’t particularly strong and reliable.

When inspecting the construction and frame, don’t forget to check the joints that keep the frame together. There should be dowels and screws, mortise and tenon joints, or tongue and groove joints. If only glue keeps the frame elements together, that sofa isn’t likely to last a long time.

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Filling within the padding

You certainly want your lounge sofa to be comfortable, but what does that mean for you? Should the cushions be firm or sinkable?

If you want a soft, plush cushioning, you can go for feather downs (e.g. duck or goose). However, you’d have to fluff the cushions frequently to keep the sofa from sagging.

If you want a bit firmer cushioning, you can choose a fibre filling, typically paired with foam or a down filling. If you’re more for something even firmer that can retain its shape, a foam filling might be your best bet.

Spring coils are a popular option for sofa padding, too. Although most of such sofas feature a down filling within the padding, they can retain the shape over time.

The suspension system

The suspension system is one of the most crucial features to look for when choosing a lounge sofa. High-quality sofa suspensions attached to the frame make a lounge sofa durable and comfortable and give bouncy support to its cushions.

There are three common types of sofa suspensions:

  • Eight-way hand-tied springs
  • Sinuous springs
  • Webbing suspension

Eight-way hand-tied springs are coil springs that experts tie eight ways by hand – from front to back, from side to side, and diagonally. They’re the most durable and expensive type of suspensions.

Sinuous springs are steel wires bent into S-shaped coils that run vertically inside a sofa. They’re reinforced with horizontal metal rods and secured with multiple fasteners and clips.

Webbing suspension refers to hammock-like support for seat cushions. Made either from natural fibres or rubber (known as Pirelli webbing), it’s the most affordable type of sofa suspensions system.

Many sofas with webbing come with coil springs, too, for even more durable support.

The style of the sofa

As already mentioned earlier, your furniture pieces should work well together in terms of style. When choosing a lounge sofa, you can match it to your existing interior design style or mix and match to express your unique personality and lifestyle.

Some of the most common sofa styles to pick from include:

  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Lawson
  • English Roll Arm
  • Tuxedo
  • Chesterfield
  • Camelback

The differences between them are slight, so it all comes down to your personal preferences. Some provide better back support, some are pretty formal yet incredibly cozy, while others are versatile and can warm up any space.

Arm type

Your lounge sofa’s arms or armrests can make all the difference when it comes to relaxing after a long day. For instance, pad armrests are some of the most comfortable, while track arms with nails give a more classic and stylish look.

Some of the most common sofa arm types include:

  • Panel
  • Track
  • Track with Nails
  • Pad
  • Ruched
  • Pleated
  • Sock
  • Saddle
  • Shelter
  • Key
  • Paris Club
  • Modern English
  • Modern Scroll
  • Modern Tuxedo
  • Modern Slope

Patterns and colours

Patterns and colours should play a big part in your lounge sofa quest. Again, this comes down to your personal style and preferences, but you should be careful not to make the space seem cluttered.

If you bring in too many bold colours and patterns, space might not exude style.

The best thing you could do is pick a neutral colour palette and maybe complement the neutrals with a splash of bold colours.

For instance, if your lounge sofa is tan, you can get some emerald throw cushions to make it look more exciting. If everything else in the room matches your neutral colour palette, other emerald details (e.g. lamps, picture frames, etc.) can make the space look stunning.

Various patterns can make a room more visually appealing as well, as they can energize the space. Just make sure you don’t overdo it – stop at three or four patterns that work together well.

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Costs to expect

When browsing sofas and lounge suites in Melbourne, you’ll notice a wide price range.
As already mentioned, leather lounges are more expensive than others, so you can expect them to cost from roughly $1,000 up to $2,000, on average.

Fabric lounges have a similar price range, while many are available for less than $1,000. You can even get lounge packages at similar prices, or up to $3,000, on average.

Of course, there are high-end lounges and sofas that you can get for tens of thousands of dollars.

At Furniture Galore, we understand the importance of quality yet affordable furniture. We believe that everyone deserves to have a charming home without drilling a hole in their wallet.

That’s why we offer high-quality products at competitive prices. Sprucing up your home doesn’t have to cost too much. The average prices above apply to all of our products, so you can rest assured that you’ll find a beautiful piece that fits your budget.

Save money on delivery

High shipping and delivery fees are the primary reasons why many people don’t shop for furniture online. But with Furniture Galore, you can save on delivery and get your  lounge suite, sofa, or anything else from our offer at a fraction of the cost.

We’re famous for our lightning-fast delivery, as we send out orders every day. We have flat delivery rates, so your order’s size and volume don’t matter.

If you live in the Melbourne metropolitan area, check out your nearest Furniture Galore store or place an online order. In any case, we can deliver your furniture straight to your door for only $88.

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How to find a reliable store in Melbourne

A reliable furniture store should offer high-quality pieces, a good warranty, and a fair returns policy. They should have an excellent customer service team who can answer all your burning questions and help you with any potential problem.

Many good stores offer replacement pieces of lounge suites as well. For instance, you can replace the cushions or suspensions at the same store and save precious time.

At Furniture Galore, we offer a 7-day return policy, a 12-month warranty, and an additional structural warranty for certain lounge furniture pieces. We have years of experience in the industry and a friendly team of experts at your disposal to provide a helping hand whenever needed.

We offer several options that include either paying upfront or in monthly instalments that don’t incur interest when it comes to payments.

Feel free to contact us anytime to learn more about our business or ask for any furniture buying advice.

Conclusion

We hope this guide helps you on your quest to buy a lounge suite in Melbourne, as it has everything you’ll need to make an informed decision.
Furniture Galore has got you covered with high-quality yet affordable furniture, so go ahead and browse our vast collection. You’re bound to find a piece that speaks to you and matches your style.

View our range of lounge suites

At Furniture Galore, we offer a wide range of options to choose from, each designed with utmost quality, functionality, style, and comfort in mind.

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