Array
Tips and Guides

The 5 Fs of Choosing the Right Sofa

Buying the perfect sofa for your space goes beyond what looks pretty and nice

Shares
Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

When you visit home stores, you see different sofas that seem to invite you to drop your bag and sit. However, when it comes to buying the best piece for your space, it isn't enough that you buy what's nice to look at or the one with an interesting material.

You need to consider different factors before making a purchase. Interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag, principal designer at Design 1528 suggests checking the 5 "Fs" when buying a sofa:

Fabric

When looking for a good-quality sofa, Ayet suggests checking it meticulously. “What material is it made of? What quality is the suede? Or what leather grade it is? How do you clean it? Tapos siyempre kung saang country made yung sofa. European and U.S. brands are good.” Do not hesitate to ask the store attendands about these things.

Foam

Next, you need to inspect the foam if it’s made from high-quality materials. Ask questions like: “Does the foam have a warranty? How thick is the foam? Does the foam bounce back to its original shape and form?”

Framing

Ayet recommends choosing a sofa with frame made from solid wood, as this is made to last. “Sometimes, they also reinforce it with steel or metal springs,” she says. 

Three-seater Sofa, price available upon request, Calligaris.

Finish

For the sofa’s arms and legs: “Does the chrome finish look sophisticated? Does it come in satin or matte finish?

Features

This usually affects the price of the sofa that you intend to buy. Depending on your needs, you may opt for a piece with a special feature like a massage mechanism or a new technology that improves the fabric and framing of the sofa. As long as you have budget to spare, feel free to choose the piece that you can enjoy for a long period of time. Consider it as a reward and don't settle for anything less.

Levo-B Sofa Bed in Dark Gray, P28,800, 5Corners.

This snippet originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the realliving.com.ph editors. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.


More on Realliving.com.ph

6 Types of Sofa for Your Space

Reader Question: Where Can I Buy A Sofa Bed?

6 Styling Tips for Rented Spaces

Shares

Latest Stories

These High-End Villages Have Tripled Average Land Prices in the Last 6 Years

Do you live in one?

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

Your P2,000 Budget Can Afford A Mini Makeover

Turn sad corners and uninspired nooks into spaces that wow

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

You'll Love These Pieces That Combine Style and Function

An elegant blend of design and style, these picks make a great addition to any room.

All The Breathtaking Design Details At The ASEAN Summit

In photos: Pinoy design and Asian elements took center stage, from the arrival area to the closing ceremonies

This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!

These Photos Will Inspire You to Display Your Favorite Bags

Showcase your precious totes and purses while keeping your home clutter-free

Home Improvement Projects That Don't Add Value To Your Property

Are the repairs you're working on doing more harm than good?

Decorate Your Home for Christmas for Less Than P1,500

A trip to the bookstore is in order

Have Your Audrey Hepburn Moment With An Actual Breakfast At Tiffany’s

The luxury jeweler has just opened a cafe at their flagship store in New York, and it is so swell!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!