Interior design tips: The hunt for the dream sofa

Buying a new sofa is one of the most important investments in any home. There are many questions in the hunt for the dream sofa: Classic leather or trendy 3-seater with divan? Which material is best, and in my view, the most important question is….which COLOUR????

Here are some tips to help you choose your sofa to snuggle up in…

My favorite sofa Asperö – with the same name as a favorite island in Göteborg :)

1. Comfort
If for you your sofa isn’t just something nice to look at, it is important that you and the rest of the family are comfortable in it. How is the couch used at home?? Do you mostly lay down or sit leaning back on the couch? This should definitely be tested before you buy. Just like when it comes to choosing beds, don’t be shy in the shop. Off with the shoes and just settle back as you usually do at home :)

soffa stor

2. The upholstery…
…is an important factor. Depending on the family, different levels of durability are required. If you have small children and pets – your own, or other’s who often come to visit – it is especially important that the couch is durable. Fabric upholstery should ideally be both washable and reversible.

Polyester, polyurethane and other synthetic materials are highly durable. Cotton is durable but fades with time in strong sunlight. It should therefore be impregnated in oreder to retain its dirt repellent surface. Leather, aniline and semi-aniline leather becomes often more beautiful with the years, but requires some maintenance. Ask QUESTIONS about everything in the shop – the employees are there for you and your sofa needs.

3. What size?
A couch or sofa often dominates the living room. If you have a small living room, slim models will suit better. The new couch doesn’t need to be placed in the same location as the old one, or – as so often in Swedish homes – along the wall. Test different furniture arrangements in your head, on paper or online. Consider also other fittings and the light in the room. Should a sofa blend in or stand out …. only you have the answer.

soffa tyg

A black sofa in a dark corner is rarely a good idea, but if you’re really in love with the idea, you can of course adjust the lighting. However, be careful not to impulse buy the hot red couch you thought looked so fine in the store. After a month it may end up being a psychosis overdose of colour … (trust me, I know ;) Rather, go with the light colored sofa and use pillows as accent colors instead.


A light cosy sofa with lots of cute pillows….mmmm I LIKE:)

5. Design it yourself
Almost all sofas have different types of upholstery to choose from. Today, many different furniture companies have module sofas that you can design based upon your own taste. Besides shape, you can combine upholstery, armrests, back cushions, legs and even accessories like neck cushions and footstools.


6. The details
When the dream sofa is purchased only the details remain. Should you have round or square coffee table? An armchair and footstool? Personally I think small round tables are best suited to large divans/corner sofas and square fit better with standard sofa shapes. What looks really hot is a lovely footstool: You can use it as a coffee table and also for tired after-work legs :)

All of the wonderful sofas above come from soffadirekt.se


A super online sofa shop is soffadirekt.se They have all models of sofas you can imagine and great quality at great prices. Right now, they have reduced prices on several stylish models, including my personal favourite ‘Asperö’. Soffadirekt say…

“Many years of experience and professionalism are behind our success. With a broad knowledge of craftsmanship, all under our roof, we can create the right sofas of good quality.”

They also have interior designers to help you with the model and size of sofa, fabric and colour to suit your needs. Something that can be very important if you are stuck in the what-is-the-perfect-sofa-decision anxiety :)

I hope I’ve helped you in pursuit of your dream sofa, and that Santa comes with a big hard package this year :)

Have a great day, sweeties!



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