Your Guide to the Perfect Sofa

From movie nights to hosting parties, sofa is an anchor of the living room. People often make a common mistake of buying a piece of furniture that has style over functionality, a powerhouse that requires research and testing. When time comes to upgrade your beloved sofa take time to choose a worthy one.

Here are five steps to the perfect sofa:

1. Assess what you want Are you looking for a style statement in a new house or a comfortable corner in a villa? What are the criteria, look or feel? Once you’ve decided on the ideal piece that will best suit what you are looking for, you can get down to measurements.

2. Choose the texture Fabrics can be classic – be it textural linens in neutral tones or fashionable – velvets. Leather is timeless, but while full aniline is soft and luxurious (and warm), corrected leather where the scars and scratches have been removed looks more uniformed.

3. Stay and play When you visit the showroom, set aside enough time to test-drive the different configurations and proportions to find out what’s right for you. Kick your feet up and hunker in. How does a sofa with more depth feel to sit in? What about the arm height – is that comfy to lie on?

(Credit: BoConcept on Sheikh Zayed Road and Jumeirah showroom)