Fashion Meets Function: How to Find the Right Sofa For Your Lifestyle

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Sofa shopping can be a painful experience. I know this firsthand. Finding a sofa with the right combination of comfort, price, size, style, fabric selection, and durability isn’t easy. Since moving back to America a few months ago, we’ve been searching for just the right look for our new place. Our last apartment in Copenhagen, which was very small, didn’t provide us many options. We needed something that could be taken apart and transported through the nooks and crannies of our old home. This time around, with a larger home, we have had a more difficult time finding a sofa and complimentary loveseat to fill the space.

What I realize is that when selecting the perfect sofa for your home, it’s important to remember that the sofa should fit your personality and your lifestyle.

As a result, I have divided the search for a sofa into a two categories: sofas with personality and sofas for practicality.

1. Statement sofas: Patterns and Colors

Statement sofas can have two categories: patterned and colored. When selecting the right pattern for you and your space, think about the scale of the pattern, the colors, and the durability. Oftentimes, patterns are printed on a finer fabric. These fabrics are not meant to last too long. Patterned sofas are used on sofas with very little fuss. Meaning, they are not tufted and don’t have a lot of pillows to keep the design focus on the pattern. This type of sofa is meant for someone who is not afraid to stand out.

Printed Sofas
Images: (Top Left) Joss and Main; (Top Right) Pinterest; (Bottom Left) Pinterest, (Bottom Right) Pinterest

Colored sofas are a bold statement, especially if upholstered in a fun color. The colors you see here are the focal points in each room. If selecting a fun color for your sofa, you’ll want to complete the room with objects that are not as busy. A bright colorful couch says, “fun, sit on me!” and is ideal for the social lite who loves guests.

Colored Sofas
Images: (Top Left) Pinterest; (Top Right) Pinterest; (Center Top) Pinterest; (Center Bottom) Serena and Lily; (Bottom Left) Pinterest, (Bottom Right) Pinterest

2. Practical sofas

Practical sofas come in many forms to cater to different lifestyles. These sofas are built to fit budgets, be durable, space saving, comfortable, and/or kid friendly.

Practical Sofa
Images: (Top Left) Etsy, (Top Right) Pinterest; (Bottom Left) Pinterest; (Bottom Right) Wisteria

The vintage Danish sofa below is the perfect style for the mid-century room, but it’s also a very durable fabric and perfect for hiding stains.

The Barcelona seating in the photo, top right, works well for a room attempting to maximize space.

The Swedish Gustavian sofa with the black and white upholstery is ideal for families with kids because it has durable wood frames. Plus, if the fabric wears out, you can simply replace the cushions or reupholster. Lastly, the white sofa is perfect for all seasons. It’s the right sofa for anyone who wants low maintenance with it’s classic design that only requires finishing off with fun throw pillows.

What are your favorite sofa choices?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.