Interior design tips: The hunt for the dream sofa

Buying a new sofa is one of the most important investments in any home. There are many questions in the hunt for the dream sofa: Classic leather or trendy 3-seater with divan? Which material is best, and in my view, the most important question is….which COLOUR????

Here are some tips to help you choose your sofa to snuggle up in…

soffa asperö

My favorite sofa Asperö – with the same name as a favorite island in Göteborg :)

1. Comfort
If for you your sofa isn’t just something nice to look at, it is important that you and the rest of the family are comfortable in it. How is the couch used at home?? Do you mostly lay down or sit leaning back on the couch? This should definitely be tested before you buy. Just like when it comes to choosing beds, don’t be shy in the shop. Off with the shoes and just settle back as you usually do at home :)

soffa stor

2. The upholstery…
…is an important factor. Depending on the family, different levels of durability are required. If you have small children and pets – your own, or other’s who often come to visit – it is especially important that the couch is durable. Fabric upholstery should ideally be both washable and reversible.

Polyester, polyurethane and other synthetic materials are highly durable. Cotton is durable but fades with time in strong sunlight. It should therefore be impregnated in oreder to retain its dirt repellent surface. Leather, aniline and semi-aniline leather becomes often more beautiful with the years, but requires some maintenance. Ask QUESTIONS about everything in the shop – the employees are there for you and your sofa needs.

soffa grå

3. What size?
A couch or sofa often dominates the living room. If you have a small living room, slim models will suit better. The new couch doesn’t need to be placed in the same location as the old one, or – as so often in Swedish homes – along the wall. Test different furniture arrangements in your head, on paper or online. Consider also other fittings and the light in the room. Should a sofa blend in or stand out …. only you have the answer.

soffa tyg

4. COLOUR
A black sofa in a dark corner is rarely a good idea, but if you’re really in love with the idea, you can of course adjust the lighting. However, be careful not to impulse buy the hot red couch you thought looked so fine in the store. After a month it may end up being a psychosis overdose of colour … (trust me, I know ;) Rather, go with the light colored sofa and use pillows as accent colors instead.

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A light cosy sofa with lots of cute pillows….mmmm I LIKE:)

5. Design it yourself
Almost all sofas have different types of upholstery to choose from. Today, many different furniture companies have module sofas that you can design based upon your own taste. Besides shape, you can combine upholstery, armrests, back cushions, legs and even accessories like neck cushions and footstools.

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6. The details
When the dream sofa is purchased only the details remain. Should you have round or square coffee table? An armchair and footstool? Personally I think small round tables are best suited to large divans/corner sofas and square fit better with standard sofa shapes. What looks really hot is a lovely footstool: You can use it as a coffee table and also for tired after-work legs :)

All of the wonderful sofas above come from soffadirekt.se

A super online sofa shop is soffadirekt.se They have all models of sofas you can imagine and great quality at great prices. Right now, they have reduced prices on several stylish models, including my personal favourite ‘Asperö’. Soffadirekt say…

“Many years of experience and professionalism are behind our success. With a broad knowledge of craftsmanship, all under our roof, we can create the right sofas of good quality.”

They also have interior designers to help you with the model and size of sofa, fabric and colour to suit your needs. Something that can be very important if you are stuck in the what-is-the-perfect-sofa-decision anxiety :)

I hope I’ve helped you in pursuit of your dream sofa, and that Santa comes with a big hard package this year :)

Have a great day, sweeties!

LOVE M

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20 Responses to Interior design tips: The hunt for the dream sofa

  1. Shelia Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 00:31 #

    What a lovely blog! I’ve been to your country many years ago and thought it was so beautiful.Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

    • maria Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 23:45 #

      AWWW thank so much dear:) xo

  2. Red Rose Alley Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 01:01 #

    Hello.
    Thank you for visiting us at Red Rose Alley. These sofas are so pretty and look comfortable also. The couch in my family room is so soft that we just kind of sink in it. I think I need a firmer one. Thanks for all the tips on here as to how to choose a couch. I was looking on your side bar, and would love to follow you, but I don’t see a follow link. Unfortunately, I don’t have facebook or instagram. You have such a lovely blog, and I’ve been here a time or two before but could never follow because there was no follow link. Please let me know if you get one, and I would love to follow you that way.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  3. angelica Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 02:43 #

    Hello
    Thank for visiting . These sofá is so pretty and look comfortable also.
    Regards

  4. cindy hattersley design Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 15:17 #

    Hello Maria
    I was nominated for a liebster award (for and coming new blog). I nominated you in my last post. Hopefully you will pass it along to someone else deserving of it!

    • maria Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 23:46 #

      AWWW that really made my day:) THANK YOU SO MUCH
      LOVE

  5. Lilli Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 16:22 #

    I’d love to get a sofa as the second one! too stunning! Kisses dear! xoxo

  6. Teresa Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 16:23 #

    I’d love white sofa with tons of pillows. Unfortunetly my children and my dogs would too ahahahah (kidding) but it doesn’t seem pratical, living in the Country and with a Pippi Longstocking kind of girl.

    Sofa has always been a tricky subject in our household. It can’t be too comfortable or my hubby will want to nap in it. It can’t be too sturdy or my daughter will want to live in it.

    I’d love a grey one like the above posted. In fact I think it would be perfect in my home.

    I loved all your tips. My Pippi Longstocking has a red sofá in her room and absolutely loves it. I wonder what says about her? (that she doesn’t spend enough time in her room to get psychotic?!… but I’ll be paying attention ahahahah)
    Thank you for sharing!

    • maria Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 23:48 #

      haha a funny story:) have a wonderful weekend with pippi Longstocking:)LOVE

  7. designchic Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 16:33 #

    What beautiful sofas. Phoebe Howard Design has one similar to the first one that we love!! Thrilled to be your newest follower ~

    • maria Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 23:49 #

      Thank you very much for so sweet words dear:) Im so happy you follow me now. xo

  8. Helen Barck Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 17:47 #

    Tack för lite soffråd, det var kul att läsa! Spännande och kul med inredning över huvudtaget!
    Ha det gott!
    Kram Helen

  9. raquel Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 19:17 #

    Hola guapa!
    Me encanta tu blog es precioso y llleno de inspiración!!Besoos!

  10. Jennifer Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 21:29 #

    Vilket bra soff-inlägg. Vi ångrar oss lite med vårat soffköp, den blev lite för liten :(.
    Ha en bra kväll! kram Jennifer

    • maria Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 23:49 #

      TACK för så fina ord:) ni får helt enkelt överväga sälja den gamla och köpa ny:)

  11. ViktoriyaSener Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 21:42 #

    First white sofa is so nice!
    kisses)

  12. Fashion-isha Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 00:28 #

    Thanks for visiting my blog. These sofas look so comfortable I just want to sink into one right now!
    xo
    Sharon

  13. Connie Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 17:15 #

    I just LOVE that cozy chic style. Lots of pillows. Mmmmm Nice.
    Connie*

  14. Liselott.skoogh Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 17:49 #

    Hej, kul att du vill följa min blogg och jag följer gärna din . Fina bilder och mycket inspiration här :).
    Kram Liselott

  15. raminder bhullar Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:22 #

    very useful tips i like the 2 and 3 picture too
    keep in touch
    http://www.articalandfashionknowledge.com

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