Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

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, 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, 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.

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