There’s a reason fabric sofas are such a popular choice. They’re comfy, great value for money, and come in a wide choice of colours and styles. But how do you decide what sofa fabric is best for you and your family? Ask yourself these questions to find out…
Where will my sofa live?
Your sofa’s position in your home usually determines how often it will be used and the best sofa material to go for. If you’re choosing a sofa for your living room, go for robust fabrics like microfibres, corduroys or flat weaves. Avoid rich, textured fabrics such as chenilles or velvets. These may feel luxurious, but worn patches tend to show up much more quickly – not a great choice for a family sofa that will be in constant use.
For fabric sofas in less well-used rooms, you can afford to go for a more luxurious upholstery. Velvet looks fabulous, as does natural cotton. Bear in mind that these fabrics may need professional cleaning – textured cottons, for example, tend to trap food, dust and dirt in their tiny crevices, so require regular deep cleaning.
Top tip: Considering a natural cotton sofa? Look at the thread count. The higher the number, the better-quality the fabric, which means a softer and stronger sofa.
Do I have pets or allergies?
If your four-legged family members are fans of sofa snuggles, modern fabrics without lots of texture are a good choice. Faux suede feels soft to the touch, but won’t accumulate pet hair or dust, making it a great choice for allergy sufferers, too.
What about colour?
Location, pets and allergies sorted – now it’s time for the fun bit! Think carefully about your colour choice. You want your fabric sofa to match your current décor and existing furniture, but it should be versatile enough to work further down the line – should you move into a new home, for instance.
When picking a colour, size matters – both in terms of the sofa and the room you’re putting it in. Got a small living room? A bold shade might be overpowering, particularly for a large fabric sofa. Neutrals are a safe bet for all room and sofa sizes. They can easily be updated with bright cushions or throws, for a pop of colour that can be quickly changed if necessary.
Want to go bolder? Avoid being swayed by trends and instead go with a strong colour in a simple design, that will complement your current décor. If your family is prone to spillages (and whose isn’t?), a bold pattern is a great way of hiding stains and spots.
Top tip: Think about how much sun your new fabric sofa will get. While it might look great now, dark colours will fade if kept in direct sunlight. Go for a fade-resistant or lighter fabric instead.
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