“Designer Notebook”: More on Selecting the Perfect Sofa!

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

Hope you aren’t totally overwhelmed at the thought of finding the perfect sofa!  I have a few more thoughts on this process that I would like to share with you.  The first of these “great sofa debates” is ….loose back cushions or a tight back.  I believe that this is really a very personal preference.  The formality or informality of a sofa depends so much on the fabric.  I suppose a loose back sofa tends to be a bit more informal,  especially for family rooms where one often wants to sink down, curl up and read or use the ipad.  Tight backs  can be more formal, especially if they are tufted.  Yet there is nothing more beautiful and lived in that an old tufted leather Chesterfield sofa.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofaPhoto Credit: 1stdibs.com

 That is true casual elegance in my opinion!  I recommend tight seats and backs if an older client has trouble getting up and down off a sofa.  I will warn that loose back cushions are a bit harder to maintain and keep looking tidy, especially with young children!  I personally love tailored seats and tight back sofas.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

I tell clients that getting the correct depth in a sofa is really one of the most important points to consider when selecting your sofa.  This is often related to the back being loose or tight.  The right depth means your feet can lightly touch the floor.  This is often a difficult point when one member of a couple is really tall and the other is really short!  At this point, I try to help them strike a nice balance.  The construction of both seat and back cushions really has a great bearing on the “fit” of the sofa.  Do you prefer firm or soft cushions!

At Kathryn Greeley Designs, we purchase most all of our upholstery from either Hickory Chair or we private label our pieces with our wonderful industry partner, The Charles Stewart Company in Hickory, NC .  When we are working with a design client, we review in detail this chart on cushion construction!

The majority of the sofas we sell are either Spring Down or Ultra Plush seat cushion construction.  We most always use a Blend Down for our back cushions on a loose back sofa.

In addition to loose cushions  or tight back and  the cushion construction , clients often can’t decide on a skirted sofa or one with exposed legs.  I feel that this consideration should certainly be made as part of the design style and concept for the particular room.  My best advice for clients is to have a mix of both skirted  and exposed let pieces in a room.

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

Kathryn Greeley Designs

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

Kathryn Greeley Designs

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofaKathryn Greeley Designs

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

 And details such as trims  can certainly add a great design detail!

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

Photo Credit: Hickory Chair

Always select a frame that is made of  solid wood that is  kiln-dried.  These frames will not warp over time.  And the gold standard for sofa construction is definitely hand-tied eight-way coils.  They offer even support because they are tied together from front to back, side to side and diagonally eight times and then nailed directly onto the frame.  As you might imagine, this process is labor intensive, but a sign of true quality.

I hope that this information is helpful and inspiring and will save you from the horror of sofa buying!

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

Designer Notebook by kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer and author presents finding your perfect sofa

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One Response to “Designer Notebook”: More on Selecting the Perfect Sofa!

  1. franki says:

    A sofa bible!! franki

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