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The Sit Fit: How to Choose The Perfect Sofa

You’re ready to take the plunge. A new sofa is on the cards but first, you need to decide on the colour, the size and the all-important fabric. Here are a few pointers to help you make these tricky decisions.

Review your sofa needs

First off, think about what you use your sofa for the most. Marathon movie nights with the whole family? After dinner drinks with friends? Or maybe the sofa doubles as a bed for those last-minute overnight guests.

Modular and chaise models like the Drake 5 Seater Modular Chaise accommodate kids, dogs and parents and is wide enough for an adult to stretch out comfortably.

Recliners make an excellent choice for casual lounges. Use the Bradford or Jones Recliners for the ultimate cinema-style TV experience or as the most comfortable way to watch sport or play video games.

If your sofa needs to be a little more formal to fit in with the décor, look at elegant models like the Aussie made Dolans 3 Seater Sofa. When sofa shopping, it’s always important to consider classic or contemporary styles that will fit your existing and future interior style.

Solve problems with multi-use sofas and furniture

Your sofa can do more and work much harder than you think it can. Instead of just providing a great place to relax and connect, get your piece to multitask!  

If you face the common dilemma of not having a spare room, but need space to host overnight guests, a sofa bed or futon is a perfect choice.

If your space is limited, consider investing in an ottoman to complete your lounge set. Ottomans are handy because they create extra seating at a pinch for the unexpected visitor – try the Cleo Ottoman for a well-sized option.

Storage ottomans can further help keep down the clutter in your home. Our Storage Ottoman in Standard Mayer Grey not only hides away games, books or throws but doubles up as a coffee table or an extra seat.

How to choose the right sofa size

Once you know exactly what type of sofa you need, you’ll have to make sure the model you’re interested in will fit into the space you have available.

Measure both the sofa you love and space you have. Sofas that are too big can make a room look smaller and block walkways. If you select a sofa that’s too small, the sofa may get lost in the room and become impractical. Three seaters like the Hampton should fit most medium-sized living rooms and provide ample seating.

Remember to double-check your measurements and to make sure your sofa can be delivered to your home, carried up stairs, lifted through hallways and doors.

Choosing a sofa colour & fabric

You will want to keep your sofa in showroom condition for as long as possible. But that can be difficult when you have pets and kids, who can track in mud, leave hair and spill food and drink by mistake. If you have a big busy household, consider a dark, tough fabric that will stand up to a lot of traffic.

You can add a personal touch to your lounge by customising your chosen sofa with our MyChoice range. Choose from over 50 fabrics and colours and enjoy Aussie made quality, all at an affordable price.

To get an idea of what the colours, size and fabric will look like in the chosen room, give augmented reality a spin. All you need is your phone and you can see your favourite sofa exactly where you want it – before you even take it home!

Explore our wide range of Sofas and Armchairs and create your dream lounge today!