Home' Fantastic Living : Fantastic Living 7 Contents Choosing the right sofa for your needs is as easy as 1-2-3,
when you follow our advice.
he lounge is usually one of the largest pieces of
furniture in any home and the look and feel of your
lounge can often make or break a room. Get it right and
you’ll be happy for years to come – get it wrong and you’ll
be constantly reminded of your error. So how can you avoid
bad judgement? Easy – follow our step-by -step guide to
choosing the lounge that’s right for you.
Lounges come in a range of sizes, with the most common
being a two or three-seater. What you decide upon will
depend upon the size of your room and the number of
people you need to accommodate. It’s really important that
the lounge you choose is sized to suit your room, so get
measuring. Don’t just measure your space – remember to
measure the doors and hallways that the lounge must pass
through to get to its final resting place as well.
Size is of particular importance if you are considering
purchasing a lounge that is to have a dual use – for example,
a lounge and a bed. Don’t forget to include the space required
to pull the bed out into place ready for your sleepover guests.
Obviously, you also need to consider the size of your room,
as a lounge will impact upon your space. A really large lounge
will dominate a small room and throw out the proportions of the
space. Instead, opt for two two-seaters and face them opposite
each other to create a conversation space, or choose modular
pieces that can be arranged to suit your changing needs.
Make a plan
Seating plans aren’ t just for fancy dinners. If you really
want to get serious about your lounge and its placement ,
then (if possible) move all the other furniture out of the
room and plan out your space by marking out the position
of your lounge and other furniture on the floor in painter’s
tape. If you don’t have tape, try laying down newspapers
to block out the shapes. It will really assist you in gaining
a perspective of the flow of your space before you head to
the store to make your purchase. You also need to consider
the type of lounge room you want to create.
The lounge room is one of the most utilised rooms in any
house. However, different people use their lounge room in
different ways. Is your lounge room a casual place where
family and friends hang out? Or is it a more formal affair?
The way you use your lounge room will have implications
on what type of lounge you want to use. For instance, a
formal two seater in traditional fabrics will look out of place
in a ‘family room’ where kids and pets play. If you have a
large circle of friends or spend a lot of time entertaining, a
modular lounge could be just the thing for you. Not only can
it be rearranged to suit your needs it often has the added
bonus of below-seat storage.
Perhaps you often have visitors that need to spend the
night – a sofa bed is a great solution if you don’ t have the
space for a guest room. Sofa by day, bed by night – it’s the
best of both worlds.
Another consideration is the type of mood you are
trying to create in your living area . Your lounge will be
one of your largest pieces of furniture and as such it can
really dominate your room. Are you looking for urban chic
or comfy and cosy? The sleek lines of a modular lounge
work well with a modern apartment or a couple of two-
seaters and a carefully placed lounge chair can create a
really intimate space.
Now you’ve decided on the type of lounge you want ,
you need to think about its covering. Fabric covers are
still popular as they come in a huge range of colours
and patterns. Some may be removable for easier
cleaning. Another option is bonded leather, comfortable,
stylish and easy to maintain, bonded leather is
perfect for homes with kids or pets. Bonded leather
is predominantly made from synthetic materials with
a fabric core and a backing of leather fibres. It comes
in a wide range of colours and is both highly durable
and easily wipes clean, making it simple to give messy,
crumby lounges the flick. ■
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