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Top 5 considerations when buying a sofa


Plaza Sofa


Much like buying a car or mattress, buying a sofa is a big commitment and one that your home life will centre around for years to come. 

With so many colours, sizes and designs to choose from, the search to find the right sofa can be overwhelming. 

If you want to look at buying a sofa, you may be wondering:  

  • How do you pick a sofa for your space? 
  • Is comfort more important than style? 
  • What style of sofa is best for your lifestyle?  
  • What happens if you move and have a different room layout?
  • Which sofa is better, leather or fabric? 

KING has been designing and manufacturing sofas for five decades, and in that time, we have helped thousands of customers through their sofa-buying process.  

In this article, we will help you understand all the things you need to consider as you're trying to find the right sofa for you. 


Consider the size of your space 

Fleur SofaFleur 3 Seater in Amalfi Blush and Fleur Lounge Chair in Hamilton Summer Spice. 


To choose the right sofa, you first need to measure your room. This is because nothing makes a room look smaller than filling it with undersized or oversized furniture.  

It is important to choose a sofa that will comfortably fill the space and flow with the layout of your room.  

And, don’t feel that all your sofa needs to sit flush against the wall. Bringing it slightly forward off the wall will create the illusion of space and make the room look bigger.   

If your space is on the smaller side, consider a sofa with slimmer profile arms to make the most of the seating. For example, the slender arms on Fleur and Zaza are a deliberate design choice made to maximise seating space. 

Another way to maximise seating is to choose a modular sofa with a chaise element. Sofas like Delta or Jasper can be configured into multiple arrangements. Adding a chaise allows you to have options for lounging and extra seating for entertaining. 


Don't compromise on comfort

Kato SofaIdeal for lounging, you can customise the Kato to include a double chaise. 


Second to your mattress, your sofa is one of the most used pieces of furniture in your home. It's the place where you relax and unwind, watch movies with the kids and take the occasional nap. 

What this means is that you should never compromise on comfort.  

When it comes to comfort, it is important to find out what’s underneath the upholstery. From the quality of the frame to the grade of the cushioning, internal materials and construction methods play a key role in determining the comfort of your sofa.   

Every KING sofa is built on a frame of high-grade steel that is precision cut for accuracy and welded for additional strength. The Postureflex® Seating System, similar to that used by leading European car manufacturers, works together with the steel frame to provide the ultimate support for your body and maintains the true lines of the furniture for many years. 

Another consideration is cushioning. KING uses an advanced memory foam that provides the same downy-soft feel of feather-filled cushions and springs back into shape after use, while King Ultradown® and feather overlay creates a cocoon of deep luxury. 

While exterior aesthetics visually separate one sofa from another, it is what’s under the upholstery that will lead to the most significant divide in quality, longevity, and comfort.  

But, prioritising comfort doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. 


Buy to suit a timeless style

Australia's multi award-winning sofaConcerto in Olsen Natural. 


A sofa is more than just a place to sit. It is often the centrepiece in your room and an essential piece of furniture that sets the tone for the rest of the space.  

When it comes to deciding on style it is important to remember trends change, but your sofa is likely to last many years.  

Buying a sofa with a timeless design will outlast trends and work well with different interiors. Plaza’s elegant silhouette works well in both traditional and contemporary spaces.  

At the same time, many designers love the simplicity of both Delta and Concerto because they adapt easily to different interiors. 


Consider flexible design 

Delta Delta II can be reconfigured into a luxurious guest bed. 


You may ask yourself, “will this sofa work for my lifestyle in the future?”  

The short answer is, you won't be able to tell. But, there is a solution. Modular designs easily reconfigure to suit your space and your lifestyle - futureproofing decision making. 

Fully modular designs like Delta and Jasper  have arms, back and platforms that can be arranged into an endless combination of settings, including a luxurious guest bed.  

You can also customise your comfort with a range of accessories that integrate seamlessly with Smart Pockets, including side tables with optional wireless charging, a LED reading light and speaker brackets.


Will it be a fabric or leather sofa?

JasperJasper in Prestige Saddle. 


Choosing the cover and finish for your sofa is one of the final considerations in your sofa buying journey. 

The best place to start is to think about how your sofa is going to be used. Buying for a busy family space with children and pets is very different from buying for a formal living space or a media room. 

Identify a range of coverings that are fit for purpose and consider if you want to go with leather or fabric. Fabrics are graded from light- domestic to heavy-commercial, with the latter being the most durable. The King Leather Collectionspans over six ranges in more than forty signature colours, so you can be sure to find one that works with your lifestyle. 

It's also essential to think about how the cover will sit on the design. Consider how the texture and pattern will complement the lines of the sofa. 

Once you have narrowed down your options, it’s time to order swatches. Once you have them in the room, you can work through a process of elimination, choosing the colours and texture that most appeal to you. 

The KING design team lean toward a neutral palette for sofa covers as these classic colours tend to stand the test of time. But, don’t be afraid to go with a bold choice if it works for you.  

And remember, every KING sofa features tailored removable covers for easy updates, so changing the look of your KING sofa is easy and affordable compared to reupholstering. 


Last words on buying the right sofa 

Bellaire in Whiteley Crystal and Prestige. 


From relaxing after a long day of work to watching a movie with the kids, much of your home life centres around the sofa. Not only is the sofa a key piece of furniture in your home, but it is also an investment and one that you may live with for the next few decades.      

There is no denying there are a plethora of things to consider before you make any purchase decisions. Taking the above information into consideration will help you on your sofa search, but the final step and deciding factor will be testing the sofa for yourself.  

You will know when you have found the right sofa when you sit on it. 

Now, how to style your Sofa?  

Now armed with all the information you need to know for buying a sofa, the next step will be to consider what finish to go for, whether you want a leather sofa or fabric finish 

And, once you've made the final decision and your new sofa is on its way, how will you style it and work it into your living space? 

Read Neale Whitaker's styling tips on how to create your signature living space.