YOU can tell a lot about a person by the lounge they own. Structured two-seater settees point to happy couples, low-slung lounges from Ikea indicate student accommodation and modular lounges practically scream family living.
Whichever lounge you choose, it’s worth taking the time to look at the options because, let’s face it, you’ll spend a lot of time there.
Depending on your budget, a new lounge is also a significant investment, so it pays to get it right the first time.
GETTING LAYOUT RIGHT
Domayne Design interior designer Adrianna Doueihy says planning the layout of your space is key to choosing the right lounge.
“The placement and proportion of the lounge compared to the overall space is essential in making a sofa look good,” Adrianna says.
“Be aware of the dimensions of the lounge you wish to purchase. Consider the height of the space as well so you don’t obstruct views.”
Before you decide, Adrianna says you should think about what other pieces of furniture will be in the room.
“Select a lounge that matches or complements the other pieces — flow and continuity will help create an effortless space,” she says.
“You want to come home to a relaxing, soothing interior.”
When selecting a colour for a lounge, there are a lot of factors to consider including the style of your space and your lifestyle.
“To make a space appear larger, a decorator will select lighter colours,”Adriana says. “Colour psychology also plays a major role in the colour selection.”
Neutrals like grey are popular right now.
Dare Gallery general manager Patrick Doyle says when shopping for a sofa you should measure your room and think about access, especially if it’s an apartment.
“As more people move to apartment living, choosing the right-sized lounge is critical,” he says. “A large lounge in a small space can reduce the pleasure of owning it as it can make the living space look small.
“Making sure the sofa will fit into the home is essential — small entry ways, tight corners and stairwells can make things difficult.”
Whether it’s a single seater for a small apartment or a large modular lounge that can be arranged in a variety of layouts, there are many styles to consider.
Patrick says modular or corner lounges maximise space and seating room.
“Combined with a chaise section to lounge back and relax with the feet up and you have a great space to wind down,” he says.
“Families require more room so modular or corner lounges will often be appropriate.”
Adrianna says looking online or through magazines for inspiration is great but visiting
a store is important to get an understanding of how a sofa will feel.
“Seat cushions are manufactured in either a foam infill which gives a firm feel, feather where you can completely sink into the comfort of the lounge, and foam with a feather wrap which allows the soft feel of a feather seat, however the foam supports the structure of the cushion, so you don’t have to keep fluffing it to maintain its neat appearance.”
LOUNGES THAT LAST
King Living resident trends expert Triana Odone says if you want a sofa to last a lifetime, you should ensure it has a solid foundation.
“Sofa frames can be made from a range of materials, so ask to see how the internal frame is structured and whether quality materials have been used,” she says.
“Steel frames are a stronger and more durable choice which can withstand rigorous use over time.”
King Living’s steel frame uses high-grade steel and comes with a 25-year warranty.
“Take into consideration the quality of materials, so ask the retailer about the materials they use and if fabrics are tested for durability,” Triana says.
“Good quality materials will last much longer, are easier to maintain and won’t stretch and sag over time.
“If selecting a leather sofa, ask the retailer whether they use durable, full-hide leathers as opposed to thinner ‘split’ leathers.”
Triana says high-resilience cushioning and memory foam are beneficial, as cushions often hide inferior foams and fillings that will deteriorate over time, while the addition of a pocket-spring structure can provide long-lasting support.