A sofa is generally the center piece in your living room and invites the most scrutiny. It is the piece of furniture where you will entertain visitors, so evidently, a lot of care must go into buying the right sofa for your home. Traditionally, sofas were made either in fabric or leather. In spite of that, recent trends have made microfiber one of the most popular fabrics for the sofa upholstery. This light weight synthetic fiber feels great and looks incredible. Some say that it beats even leather in terms of the “warmth” of its comfort. Before you go on a shopping spree for your sofa, there are a few things you should remember. That is:



Ideally, a 3 seater sofa gives the most in terms of comfort and area. Two seaters can get cramped and are more suited to single men or women than families. 



The “feel” of the sofa will depend a lot on the upholstery. Not just the pattern of the fabric/leather/microfiber, but the material is important too. Try out a number of options before you settle on one, as the upholstery is decisive to determining the style of the sofa. 



Too many people end up purchasing too big sofas for their rooms, making the room look smaller and cramped. A few go in the opposite direction and purchase tin sofas for big rooms, giving the impression of emptiness. Others purchase furniture that ends up blocking doors and windows. Consequently, give careful thought to the dimensions of your room before you decide on a sofa. Plan ahead where you will preserve the sofa and make sure that the position does not block any doors. If possible, try placing some “dummy” furniture in the planned position (use a few unoccupied suitcases or bags) to get a feel for the dimensions of the room.