When buying a 2 seater sofa it is important to get a number of factors right, looking good is not enough. Also remember just because it is a cheap settee doesn’t mean it will stand the test of time.
Many people neglect this over style and looks, but as it is a piece of furniture that gets a lot of use, ask your self is it comfortable to sit on for long periods of time.
You should look for a sofa that will blend in with the decoration of the room it will be placed in. If you have a new house with a bare room, you could go wild and buy something a bit different and fit the room around the sofa colour. Remember that colours do go in and out of fashion, so buying in pink or lime green may seem like a good idea but in a few years time will you want that? Neutral colours are going to be a longer term bet although you choice may be more limited.
Many settees come in leather which has become very popular over the last few years, as it looks good, cleans easily and comes in a range of styles and colours. 2 seater settees come in many different fabrics, so you need to have a idea of the feel of fabric you would like to purchase. Also remember that fabric can be washed, so find out if the cushions have removable washable covers.
Choice of Cushions
Are you looking to buy a sofa with attached cushions or loose. Attached are very rigid and keep their structure longer. Loose cushions are great as you can use them as pillows, but tend to loose their shape over time. Which do you find more comfortable?
The number of cushions can also be a consideration. Some 2 seater sofas have one single cushion and some have the traditional two seat cushions. What are the cushions filled with’ Foam may be strong but uncomfortable, other fillings may mean you need to plump the pillows and they loose shape.
You need to have an idea of what arm shape you would like, many think that the arm shape can make or break a sofa. A modern clean straight line, a traditional rolled arm, a curved arm or no arms.
The bottom of a sofa can also vary with a material skirting, that hides the legs and extends to the floor or near to the floor. Bare legs gives a sofa an elegant look and can come in many styles, but it means that you will need to clean under that sofa often as you can get a clear view underneath it!
Does it have a tall or low back, are the seat cushion wide or thin. Do you want a corner sofa, an L shape sofa or a traditional shape?