Investing in the right sofa is, without doubt, the most important furniture addition to your living room. Some experts suggest that it’s best to pick out your sofa first, then you can design your room around it.

Below are factors you should consider before selecting your sofa.

The Sofa’s positioning

You need to consider where you will be placing the sofa and where it will face. This will be determined by your space, the position of other furniture items, lifestyle, and hobbies. 

For example, if you enjoy taking in the view from your window as you reflect on your day, then you might consider placing your sofa near the window. The window’s position will affect fabric choice because exposure to the sun means you need sun-hardy materials.

If you enjoy television, then place it where you can get a good view of the screen. Also, if you like hosting friends and family, it would be good to have a circular formation to allow you to enjoy each other’s company.


It’s risky to rely on eye estimation so take actual measurements to determine the size and shape that will ensure a perfect fit and no regrets.  If, for instance, your space is small, you may need to consider having two one-seat sofas instead of a bulky two-seater.

Measure your doorways to make sure the sofa will fit through without causing damage. If the entrance is too small, you may need to consider buying a sofa with detachable parts that you can reassemble at home.

Depth, Recline, and Comfort

You will need to sit on your sofa to feel its depth, recline, and height. How high do you prefer the back to be, to offer comfort to your back as you sit? 

Do you prefer to sink into your sofa? Then you may consider buying light, fluffy sofas with feather-filled cushions.

For a firmer feel, you will need to buy foam-filled cushions. A combination of both will also be ideal to allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds. 

Material/Upholstery fabric

Consider your preferred fabric types. Natural fibers have an authentic feel, but synthetic fabrics are more resistant to intense sunlight.

Choose materials that are easy to clean, especially if you have young children or pets around the house. Dark leather is a good choice, it’s not only easy to clean, but it’s also stylish and durable. Natural fibers like wool and linen are also durable.

Choose colour tones that match your preferences as well as complement your room’s colour scheme. Don’t choose a colour that’s likely to bore you in the long run.


You can mix and match styles according to your preference as long as your living room maintains its functionality and looks appealing. Vintage type sofas complement traditional styles, while contemporary styles usually require modern-looking sleek sofas.

The bottom line is your final choice needs to make you happy, complement your lifestyle and still look great. Reach us on 02 9700 9000  and we will help you achieve that perfect balance.

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