The Measurements: Take careful measurements of the area where your new sofa is going to go. Measure the space and reduce the measurements to take into account the gaps you want to leave between other pieces of furniture. Your goal is not to fill all the available space. Keeping some space free makes a room look bigger than it actually is. It prevents everyone feeling as if they have been crammed together.
What about the Colour?: A sofa is a big investment. A Tetrad Harris Tweed sofa, for example, will often use neutral colours with a view to making the sofa relevant and stylish in the long-term. Some houses will pick a colour that is hot now, but which goes out of fashion in a couple of years. The last thing you want is for your room to look dated. Neutral colours always work best. One reason is neutral colours have never gone out of fashion, but they are also less prone to fading over time. Bold and bright colours fade noticeably, and this can give your home an unwelcome €worn' look.
The Upholstery: Consider the type of upholstery that best suits your lifestyle. Tough leather is a favourite amongst families that have children and pets. This material is more durable and can stand up to much of the rough and tumble you are likely to encounter. On the other hand, Navajo cotton is perfect for a prim and proper family that likes to keep everything nice and clean. This material is delicate and elegant, which is why it is favoured highly.
What about the Cushions?: A sofa has to have cushions on to complete the look. Have an idea of what type of cushions you will want to have. Do you want simple Harris Tweed cushions, or are you looking for something with all the frills? Like the sofa itself, cushions will come into fashion and go out of fashion over time. They are all as comfortable as each other, but the covers will make all the difference when it comes to how visitors view your living room.
Your Budget: Finally, you have to have an idea of how much you are willing to spend. It is possible to spend thousands of pounds on sofas. There is something to suit every budget. Before you start shopping, have a number as your maximum. State clearly that you will not go over this number. If you cannot get the sofa you want, you may have to compromise on some of the materials. Without a budget, you are risking overspending.