Whether you call it a sofa or a settee, there’s some things you probably agree on:
1. It should be comfortable.
2. It should look good.
3. You’ll want it sited in your living room- probably facing the television screen, so you can relax on it and be entertained.
4. It should be leather.
“What?!!” I hear you say. Well, yes, a sofa can be made from all manner of materials, such as cloth and plastic (faux leather) but if you want your sofa to look timeless, classic, stylish, and inviting to the eye and the posterior, go hell for leather!
Sofas can come in a variety of shapes and sizes: Two seaters, L-Shaped, Futons, with foot-rests attached chez lounges and with pull-out beds for visitors. But with a leather covering, the sofa will be warm in winter, cool in summer, and be easy to clean with just a wipe. Spillages can be easily soaked away with a cloth and with a leather spray the sheen of your sofa can be quickly and easily maintained.
There is a company that specialises in leather sofas; sofa.com. They offer a range of hand-crafted leather sofas. Such sofas are also readily available from many shops and online retailers. The colours can be traditional such as earth-brown, maroon, burgundy or ever-popular black. But these days they can also come in more vibrant colours such a bright reds and azure blues. White is also a popular colour for leather sofas, but be careful because pet hairs can be a problem, and unless quickly soaked away, could be susceptible to staining from food and drink such as red wine or Indian take aways.
However a leather sofa can stand up to levels of use that many cloth and fibre sofas cannot, and with proper care and treatment can last for decades. One of the concerns that some people have is that the sofa will lose its pristine day-of-delivery look over time. However one of the great things about a leather sofa is that it is like a living friend in your sitting room. It matures with age. Folds, wrinkles and creases merely add to its character. Rather like old Levi jeans change hands second-hand for more than they cost new, the charm and beauty of a “lived-in” sofa just has to be recognised and appreciated. So much so that a sofa.com high-quality leather sofa is likely to become a central focus and a conversation piece in any home. It is more than a piece of furniture, it is a friend!
Once you have selected your centre-piece sofa, you can then decide if you want matching arm chairs, poufs, recliners and cushions. Depending on the size of your living room, you may want to compliment your sofa by flanking it with armchairs. It is also important to make sure that your sofa doesn’t get lost among other items of furniture in your room. Don’t crowd it out by having it too close to dining tables, occasional tables, and welsh-dressers. A sofa needs room to breathe around it to give it that central role and to make people entering the room want to go over and relax and recline in its stylish embrace.