As soon as we moved into our new townhouse we set about making it our own. The first room we tackled was our open plan living/dining/ kitchen area. Our house doesn’t get a lot of natural light. Therefore, we decided to bring some of the sunshine indoors. We did this by painting a yellow feature wall.
It is not to everyone’s taste, but it has worked really well for us. It has lightened the whole room. We decided on a grey and yellow colour scheme as the colour of our kitchen units are grey. So far we have introduced grey and yellow in our living-room with our choice of accessories. However, there is a big elephant in the room, a sofa shaped elephant. We have a large corner-shaped sofa in brown. It doesn’t sit right in the room and it has now seen better days. Since we purchased the sofa our tastes have changed too. We would really like a new sofa in grey. I’m holding out on a lottery win. In an ideal world I would change the sofa tomorrow. However, this is the real world, and I have to be mindful of the fact that I have two children who like to destroy anything and everything. If we purchased a new sofa I would be in real danger of making the children sit on the floor. Perhaps I could wrap the whole sofa in cellophane, could that work?
I say that we can’t afford a new sofa just yet but I have been surprised to discover some very reasonably priced sofas on Wayfair and Made.com. Both websites have sofas for less than £300. That seems like really good value for money. There is also a great range of choice and something for everyone. Despite leaving my internet browser open on these websites, Mr C hasn’t fallen for any new sofas, just yet. All this window shopping has helped me come up with the perfect sofa criteria. What we should think about when we are hunting for the perfect sofa.
The perfect sofa checklist
- You need to be able to get under the sofa to hoover it. This is essential if you have children. Our corner sofa is huge and very low to the ground. This means that I am unable to hoover under it. Mr C has to move it for me. This is no easy job and you would not believe the things I have found under our sofa. Once we found a whole meat platter shoved under there. I can only presume that one of our children took offence to it. It explained the smell that I had been blaming on Mr C for the past week/month/year.
- Removable covers or stain-guard protection. Our children have a habit of throwing every possible liquid over the sofa, it has also been covered in vomit and wee. Therefore, removable covers or stain-guard is a must!
- Our sofa is very angular. I am now lusting over sofas with curves. Ones that you can snuggle into. A sofa with a deep seat that you can easily curl up in. A rounder shaped sofa is also better for smaller spaces.
- Size. Bigger isn’t always better. At the moment our sofa dominates the room and as a result it feels a little cluttered. A two-seater sofa would be better for our room.
- Colour. The colour of our sofa doesn’t compliment the room. We need a lighter colour sofa for the space.
Choosing a new sofa is very important business and it is only right that we take our time to choose the perfect sofa. You don’t want to end up with a sofa that has meat platters stowed away under it.
I have pinned all of my dream sofas, you can find them below on my pinterest board.
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What would make your perfect sofa?