5 Things to Consider When Buying Custom-made Sofas
Buying a sofa is like falling in love.
Usually its love at first sight – the style is just right, the pattern is exotic and the potential for a long and happy relationship is there. Then, of course, you decide to move in together. Suddenly there are a few irks to consider – the fit isn’t quite right, the fabric doesn’t match the existing décor and for some reason it’s just not meeting your style expectations. It’s not long before you realise your sofa is emotionally draining and costly to maintain, leading to an inevitable break up.
So, before you take home the first thing that sets your heart aflutter, you need to consider having your sofa custom-made. And before spending the time and effort on a designer sofa, there are a few things you need to know to help you choose your sofa wisely and be certain it’s the right one for you.
It’s important to purchase furniture that works for you and meets the needs of your lifestyle. If it’s a family room sofa that you’ll be using for lounging, it’s likely you’ll want a deeper sofa. If the sofa will be used as part of a more occasional sitting area that won’t necessarily be used as your main lounging area, consider a smaller sofa.
This seems obvious, but it’s easy to get caught up in the moment when you fall for the look of a piece of furniture and forget to consider whether the scale and shape of the frame will physically make sense (or even fit through your hallway/door). However, one of the greatest things about designing your own custom sofa is the ability to make it fit perfectly within your space. Block out dimensions (depth, length, height and width) with measuring tape before deciding on a design.
We tend to focus a lot on the aesthetics of a sofa. After all, who doesn’t want a sofa that looks beautiful? But comfort is equally important. There are many levels of comfort, depending on the purpose of your sofa. For instance, if you want an extra-deep sofa for ease of cuddling and binge watching, make sure it’s not so deep that you can’t comfortably sit forward for enjoying snacks or drinks off the coffee table.
The cost of a sofa can get quite high when it comes to bespoke pieces involving custom sizing and upholstery options. So, what’s the rule when it comes to splashing the cash? If it’s your forever sofa, buy the best you can afford. The quality and craftsmanship is mostly in the detail that you can’t even see, from the frame to the webbing and the stitching. See your sofa as an investment piece. Whatever the price, remember to look for quality indicators such as fabric, double-needle stitching, alignment and frame.
Whether for looks, function or maybe both, what really makes a space feel pulled together are the accessories. A sofa is no different. With your imagination as the only limit you can design custom cushions, ottomans or even side chairs that will fit perfectly within your style and space.
Pillows and throws are other ways to comfy up your living room. Patterns are lovely to layer on top, even with modern interiors.
Looking for quality custom designed furniture? DDL’s décor specialists can make you the sofa of your dreams. Whatever the style, shape or function – we take your needs and turn it into interior design solutions. Visit our showroom in Kramerville, Sandton for inspiration.
For more information on our full-service décor and design services, or to schedule a private consultation, call us on 011 262 5225. Visit our website at www.ddl.za.com to view some of our products, or send an email to email@example.com.