Once you have settled on the desired size of your sofa, narrow your search down to a general style. On that topic, Anderssen & Voll note: “The best place to begin the search is to consider which features and functions the sofa should serve—do you need it to be a sculptural, architectural element, a timeless yet elegant piece or perhaps a large and welcoming design?”, and continue: “… narrowed down, the sofa should be aesthetically pleasing, in line with your personal style while having the formal features and functions that you need within the given space."
Having chosen the aesthetic direction for your sofa, the choice of upholstery comes in handy—should it be upholstered in a classic and colorful textile version or in an elegant, timeless leather version? Speaking on the selecting of upholstery, Anderssen & Voll says: “Just like choosing the right sofa style, you should consider where the sofa will be used before choosing its upholstery. A woolen upholstery is a robust and durable textile while adding warmth and coziness to the design. Leather does not wear out, but ages well and develops a patina with wear and tear, giving the sofa a unique and timeless look. Narrowed down, what should influence the choice of upholstery is a combination of taste, lifestyle and use of space.”