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The right sofa choice depends on variables such as budget, quality, size and shape of the room, and comfort factor. Every household is different, so how can you choose the right sofa for you and your family?

Your choice of the right sofa depends on several factors including your lifestyle, the purpose of the sofa, the people using the sofa, the room décor and the size of the room.

However, there are some good rules to follow when it comes to choosing a sofa for any room and any purpose.

The Right Sofa Shape

You have many choices including 2-seater, 3-seater, low back, high back, chaise, modular sofa and more. The shape of your sofa depends on the size and shape of the room. A large modular will be difficult in a small room or a room with lots of doors.

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Choose a sofa that is of a shape and size to comfortably fit the room. In a small space choose a sofa with legs to give the illusion of more space. Ideally, when you walk into a room you don’t want to see the back of a couch, (unless this is an interior design option) so measure well.

The Right Sofa Frame

Always buy a sofa with the best quality frame you can afford. Check the frame construction. Is it hardwood or pine? Are the joints screwed, glued or dowelled? The better the frame the longer it will last.

The Right Sofa Cushions + Springs

It is a personal preference whether you want a soft or a firm sofa. However, like the frame, better quality springs will ensure the longevity of your sofa. Buy for comfort, support and durability.

Cushions should retain their shape when you sit down and not collapse upon impact.

The Right Sofa Material

Family sofas should be covered in tough fabric such as leather – easy to clean and requires only a little effort to maintain. Textured fabrics are good to hide spills and marks if you have small children.

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Scatter cushions and throw rugs can also hide marks. And always Scotch Guard your sofa before use.

The Right Sofa Heights (backs + arms)

Whilst low-back sofas can look cool and modern, they may not give you the back support required. So the height and style if your sofa is, again, a personal decision.

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However, bear in mind the purpose of the sofa – a gorgeous decoration in the foyer or a hard-working sofa in the media room? Choose a sofa with the back and arm height required for long term sitting, and not decoration, if that’s its purpose.

The Right Sofa Price

Always buy the best you can afford, especially if you want to have it for a long time. There are plenty of cheap sofas around but you’ll likely have to replace it again in just a few years.

Expect to pay at least $2,000 for a good quality two or three-seater sofa up to $10,000 or more for a spectacular designer sofa that will last a lifetime.

For more luscious living room inspiration, please visit Plush Living Rooms on Pinterest.