by Lauren Setum
Do you have a sofa that looks something like these?
Don’t take this the wrong way, but, well, your sofa is ugly. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. The thing is, it’s overstuffed, poorly constructed and just not attractive. Now, not everyone peruses furniture regularly so let me show you what it is that I mean. These sofas are the equivalent of…
…going to a job interview dressed in this.
The point is, your home says something about you, so say something good! Take a look at these two chairs. Their vibes are completely different!
The beautiful chair on the right is from A. Rudin. It functions the same as (make that ‘better than’) the one on the left and is clearly the product of a thoughtful design.
5 Things You Need to Consider When Purchasing Furniture
1) Quality Construction: Is the frame made of hardwood? Does the piece have an 8-way hand-tied spring system? Are the cushion fillers made of quality materials (hopefully more than just foam)? The short answer to all those questions should be ‘yes’…they are major contributors when it comes to your furniture’s longevity.
2) The lines of a piece: Assess your existing furniture before purchasing new pieces. If you have furniture with quote on quote ‘good bones’, consider consulting an upholstery workroom. They can rejuvenate your furniture by reupholstering and adding new cushions. In fact, I happen to have a project of this nature on my list of ‘to dos’. Shown below, my settee has a great classic shape and was a steal at $60. Wondering if your furniture would work for this? Feel free to ask me, I think I’ve proven I’ll be honest. Oh, and if you’re looking for new furniture, take some time to look through design magazines…familiarize yourself with the look of quality furniture.
3) Tailoring and fabric: If you’re looking at a piece with tan microsuede or brown leather…don’t buy it! Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but still, think outside the box! Outdoor fabrics, for example, can actually be a great option for furniture that gets a lot of use, as they’re really durable and cleanable. Also, be sure and survey the tailoring. It should look precise and clean, no sloppiness!
4) Scale: For heaven’s sake, sketch out a little floor plan before you go shopping, and MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE!! Don’t play the guessing game with sizes. The size of your furniture should be in proportion to the overall size of the room. It should fill the room but not overwhelm it.
5) Money: Should you have a budget? Yes. Should you have a realistic budget? Also yes. The truth is, quality furniture is an investment. But seeing as it’s for the place where you live your life, it’s a worthwhile one. Good furniture is built to last. Think of it this way…you wouldn’t get lasik from the place that advertises the procedure for $99 in a random newspaper ad would you? Exactly. So no $300 sofas either!
My settee. Reupholstery is in its future.
Here are a few fabulous sofas from some great vendors (clockwise from top left). All are available in a wide array of fabrics.
Last but not least, a book recommendation. I live in a smaller home, so I can’t say that all 101 things are always realistic, but for the most part, the book is spot on. Definitely had me laughing the whole way through…always a plus!