Finding the dream sofa for your home is a process full of big decisions. How big should it be? Which material is best? What colour will help complement the room?

There's definitely a lot to think about when buying a new sofa, so to help you find the perfect one for your home, we've listed 8 of the most important things you should consider...

1. Style

First and foremost, you need to ask yourself what your personal taste is, and what overall feeling you want the room to evoke.

Are you more classic or modern? Do you want the room to look soft and homely or do you want to create a bold statement with this piece of furniture? It's important that it suits you and your style, and you won't get sick of it after a few months.

2. Comfort

Your sofa plays a central role in you being able to relax in your own home, from entertaining guests, to spending quality time with family, or unwinding after a long day. So above all, it has to be comfortable.

We'd recommend testing different sofas to discover what you find most comfortable - from the material to the level of firmness it has.

3. Material

The material of your sofa is not just a matter of appearance, but of lifestyle. Do you have pets that could leave scratch marks? Do you have young children and need an easy to clean surface?

Considering the texture of a sofa is essential to finding the right one for you and your home.

4. Colour

For a piece of furniture as large and as fundamental as a sofa, the colour has got to be right.

Obviously you should choose a colour that you like and that suits your personal style, but also think about what will go nicely with the rest of the room, and complement your other furniture or design elements. Also pick a colour that will stand the test of time, rather than being a fleeting trend.

5. Size

When it comes to sofas, size definitely matters! You don't want a piece of furniture that is going to overpower or dominate a small room, but you also don't want it to be so small that it's gets lost or looks out of place.

Again, consider your lifestyle when making this decision - do you have a large family, or often have friends round? Or is it mainly just you and your partner that will be using the sofa?

6. Shape

Considering the shape of a sofa is crucial to finding the ideal one for your home and your lifestyle.

Corner sofas are great for filling a large space and come in a range of styles. The boxy shapes of a Lawson or mid-century modern sofa create a minimalist look, whereas the air of distinction in a Chesterfield sofa will bring an element of classic luxury to your home. Think about the size of the room and your own personal style.

7. Legs

The legs are a small yet often forgotten feature of a sofa, but choosing the right type of leg can have a massive impact.

Wooden, metal, wide, slim, detailed or plain - there are so many options and everyone has different tastes, and they can really accentuate your furniture and the overall look you're trying to create.

8. Price

When it comes to furniture, you definitely get what you pay for, so instead of opting for a sofa that may seem like a good bargain at first glance, ensure you really consider all of the above, and try to buy the highest quality sofa you can afford.

That way you will find a comfortable sofa that you really love, complements your style and becomes part of your everyday life at home for years to come.

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