Does this sofa make me look fat?

Recently I was shopping with a friend at the Boston Design Center. She sat on a very petit sofa and being her funny self asked, “Does this sofa make me look fat?” We had a good laugh, but It really got me thinking about what is most important when sofa shopping.  Here are my top three:

#1. Scale – Small room, small scale furniture, large room large scale furniture. Also the ceiling height should be considered. You can have larger scale pieces in a smaller room if your ceiling is high. Also, if you are placing your sofa in front of a window, the window sill height is important, because you must also consider the view from the outside in.

#2.  Quality – Please do not buy a sofa that does not have springs. This is the foundation of the sofa, without springs you just have foam, and foam will compress and lose it’s supportiveness in a very short time frame.

#3.  Versalitality – Although it’s always tempting to make a statement with a great pattern or a wild color, neutrals are your best options for sofas. You can always punch things up with pillows and accent pieces that can be easily changed.

Follow these guidelines and your sofa will always make you and your rooms look great!

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