The sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture in the home. It’s where we rest after a long day at work, it’s where we relax with friends and family, it is, in its own way, an extension of the family itself.
Perhaps that’s why choosing a new sofa after a redesign, or because your old sofa just isn’t as comfortable as it once was can be so difficult. So many different things have to be factored in, from colour, to size, to style, to trends and even versatility when you are choosing a new sofa for your home.
Which style should you go for?
While traditional leather sofa styles that you find at retailers like Tesco, have endured and aged as a style extremely well over the decades, there is a new trend becoming popular with consumers and designers, and that is to be more eco-friendly. This means there are lots of new, exciting pieces that re-purpose older materials, or old fashioned styles. This isn’t just a fad, it’s stylish and extremely good for the environment too.
What is upcycling?
With designers becoming more aware of the environment, and materials becoming harder to source, the trend for creating new furniture out of older items has increased dramatically. Known within the industry as ‘upcycling’, this practice not only reduces waste, it breathes new life into neglected pieces of furniture.
Where can you find upcycled sofas?
If you’re looking to buy a piece like this for your home, avoid large, brand name furniture stores, as these will only stock brand new sofas from big name brands in the industry. If you’re really interested in upcycled furniture, look for smaller less well-known designers and stores, you will find that some of them aren’t that far from your home if you look hard enough! Look at sites like Craigslist and other sites that list local items for sale.
How do you choose the right sofa for you?
When it comes to choosing a sofa, upcycling has no clear rules, so go with what looks good, what will go in your home and most importantly, what feels good. There’s no point spending lots of time and money trying to find the perfect sofa only to find that it’s not comfortable to use! Because of upcycling’s nature, anything goes, so you can try a sofa that has an eye-catching cover, made of clashing colors and textures, a sofa that’s made out of an old bath, a leather sofa what’s been painted a completely different color than it was originally, go for the sofa that you’ve always dreamed of having!
If all else fails…
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always commission a local designer to make something for you, if indeed, they offer that kind of service. You can give them your old sofa, let them see your home and give them a clear brief about what you want. If you do this, you’re supporting a local company, strengthening the economy and you’ll have a sofa to die for.
Upcycling is a great way to update your sofa, so why stick with tried and tested favourites when you could have something totally unique?