Sofa Design & Functionality: How to Choose the Right Sofa

Choosing a sofa is a significant purchase — it’s the heart and soul of your living room. It’s where you’ll get cozy for quiet nights alone, or for guests to flock to when you’re entertaining. When it comes to home decor, there are a few major purchases you’ll make that will set the tone of a room — your sofa is one of them. So what should you consider when picking a new one out? 

Here are six major factors to consider when choosing a sofa or any home furnishing that incorporate style, design and function:


Sofa Construction


Make sure you can trust the frame of the sofa or couch. You’re going to be getting a lot of use out of this piece of furniture — hopefully, for years to come. It needs to be able to stand the test of time. Steer clear of cheaply made furnishings or brand names that lack a good reputation. We also love finding brands that offer some form of quality guarantee. 




Material is a huge factor when it comes to deciding on a new sofa. Do you have pets? Kids? Your lifestyle plays a huge part in choosing the material of a sofa or couch. Fabric sofas have different care requirements from a leather sofa. It’s a good idea to know not only what your lifestyle is now, but also what you plan on it being in the future. If you see yourself getting kittens in the next few years, this could impact what material is right for you. 


Comfort & Fill


As with the right mattress, a sofa needs to be the right level of firmness for your preference. Some people prefer a softer sofa that they can really sink into, whereas others will require something with a bit more back support. 


Solid Colour, Shade or Pattern


Knowing your design style is a big part of selecting home furnishings. When you know your personal style, it can be easier to understand what you want in your living space. From there, you can decide if you like the look of a patterned sofa or something more one-toned. All of this will depend on your goals and theme for the room, your personal design preference, and your lifestyle. A white couch may not be the best idea for an active family with a saint bernard and two young children. 



Your style preference is just as important as your colour preference. Do you lean more towards modern or vintage-looking home design styles? Think of the space as well. A tiny space may not suit some styles of sofas. 




We’ve all seen someone trying to move into a new home and struggling to pivot their massive couch through a narrow doorway. The size of your home is a big factor in picking out the right sofa. If you move a lot as well or are expecting to downsize in the coming years, this should be a consideration when picking your new sofa. 


There’s a lot that goes into choosing a new sofa for your home. Our biggest tips are to try it out before you buy it and to never feel rushed. Looks aren’t everything, and you need a chance to sit in it before purchasing. A big commitment like this shouldn’t be made too quickly, either.

If you’re looking for some help finding the perfect style, fabric, size and colour sofa for your home, stop by our showroom today for some inspiration. Chat with one of our designers who are always happy to help.