The living room is such an important family space, which means it needs to be practical and child friendly. However, as one of the most expensive pieces of furniture you’ll buy your sofa also needs to be stylish, as it sets the tone of your entire living room.
If you’re thinking about updating your living room, here are some tips for buying a statement sofa that will look amazing while also providing the perfect space for lazy family days.
Think About Function
When you have kids, it goes without saying that your sofa needs to be family friendly – it has to be easy to clean, durable and able to withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Of course, this is not to say that your choice of sofa shouldn’t make a stylish statement, but practicality must come first. The good news is there’s loads of chic and family-ready sofas, including these from Cox & Cox.
Materials and Construction
This goes hand-in-hand with function, as in order for a sofa to be suitable for your family, it needs to be sturdy and made from good quality materials. Make sure to check the back of the sofa to make sure it’s not hollow, sit and make sure it feels stable – you don’t want to hear any creaking noises! – and analyse the padding and feel the frame. It’s always worth spending more on a sofa for expert construction.
Shape and Layout
As well as function and build, you need to think about the shape and layout of a sofa. For example, how many people will it need to hold? Would you like a corner sofa or would you prefer a sectional so you can change the layout as your family grows? Also, how wide are your doorways? You don’t want to buy a new sofa only to find you struggle to get it into your house!
Colours and Prints
Upholstery completes the overall look of a sofa but when you have kids, you need to consider how well it will wear. Your sofa will inevitably encounter food and drink spillages, or maybe a rogue crayon, so choose a sofa that can be cleaned easily. For example, leather can be a good choice, as it’s easy to wipe down with a cloth. Or you could go for a print, which can help to hide stains!
A sofa is a big investment so it’s important to really consider your family’s needs. Try using these tips to find a sofa that’s stylish and suitable for your little ones, too.
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