How to pick the perfect sofa

Whether you are moving into a new place or are ready to update the major pieces in your décor, there's one piece that most living and family rooms cannot do without: a sofa. Sherry Lusardi with Morris Home Furnishings in Dayton, Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, has plenty to say about locating this essential piece.

Her tips:

  1. Take into account the size and scale of the room, counting ceiling height.
  2. A good "formula" for how deep a sofa should be is a combined seat/depth of 40 to 44 inches. If the sofa is 16 inches at the seat and 24 inches deep, the measurements added together are 40 inches. Or consider a 24-inch-tall seat height with a 20-inch depth for a total of 44 inches. How long are your legs? Low seats can be challenging to rise from.
  3. In terms of style, sofas with traditional flair have rolled arms, while contemporary styles often have angular, squared-off sleek lines. Think about your window and floor treatments, lighting fixtures, artwork and other accessories.
  4. Solids in neutral colors are great, as they create calm in order to allow other items in the room to "pop." Pillows are a great way to introduce trendy color and pattern.
  5. Leather is timeless in design, can wear well and be easy to clean.
  6. Children and pets deserve consideration. A pristine white sofa may not be your best choice. Think through how your family lives. Slipcovers are great and can be cleaned readily.
  7. A sofa's legs convey a great deal of the personality of the piece. Skirting often hides the legs, but that's another opportunity to add a contrasting color or trim, or to allow other pieces with legs to stand out. Dark skirting helps hide scuff marks.
  8. Don't forget, your new sofa has to be able to get into your home and into the room in which it will stay. Measure doorways and stairwells again and again.

Get even more home decor tips from the experts at Morris Home Furnishings.

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