SELECT A SOFA TO LAST FOR A DECADE
YOUR sofa is one of the main features of your home and a piece that should last for at least a decade.
But in a poll conducted by online furniture and homeware company TheHome.com.au, the majority (54 per cent) of the 8000 people polled said they had a couch less than four years old.
“Ideally, you should get at least 10 years use of your couch or more, so these stats lead me to believe that most Australians are making bad purchase decisions when it comes to sofas,” Emma Blomfield, in-house interior stylist for TheHome.com.au, says.
“A couch is normally one of the bigger investments you make when it comes to your home decor, but if you pick the right one, you will save money in the long run.”
So how do you find a keeper when it comes to your sofa? Here, Blomfield lists her golden rules for finding a lounge that will last.
THINK AHEAD: Your sofa purchase should be practical for your living situation now and in years to come. Will you have children or will your children be moving out? Will you be downsizing? Pick something that fits your lifestyle now and in the foreseeable future.
MATERIAL MATTERS: Opt for fabric with a small percentage of polyester as this will be sturdy. Leather couches are slightly pricier, but wipeable surfaces are always a win with children. Avoid pure cotton or linen as these materials can stretch over time, which makes your sofa look worn out.
DON'T STUFF IT UP: A couch with foam and feather wrap fillings will keep its shape while remaining comfy. If you opt for just feather wrap, the sofa can get saggy quickly, while a foam-only approach can make it too firm.
NEUTRAL NOTES: If you want your couch to last you through different interior trends, neutral choices never fail and will give you more colour flexibility down the track when changing your soft furnishings.
KNOW WHEN TO GIVE UP: You know it’s time to shop for a new couch once the inner filling is starting to give out or the bones and structure are warping.
Opt for a neutral coloured couch and you can use colourful cushions to change it when you feel like it.