Do you sometimes look at your living room and wish a genie would wave a magic wand and make it more inviting? Have you collected many different styles of furniture that clash? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to walk into your living space and feel happy and relaxed? Creating a retreat that’s cozy and inviting doesn’t have to make you pull your hair out. It just takes a little creativity and know-how.
The first step in redesigning a living space is to figure out your own personal style. Look at the pieces of furniture, artwork, and colors that please you the most. Is there a theme? Perhaps there is a color that each piece has incorporated in it? Once you notice the things that speak to you the most, it’s time to begin.
Start With Large Furniture
Many decorators will suggest starting with the largest piece of furniture you’ll be putting in the living room. This, usually, will be a sofa. Not only is the size something to consider, but if you’re keeping an existing piece, you’ll want to determine if that sofa needs a bit of help. Perhaps the sofa is structurally sound but the upholstery is in need of a do-over. Maybe it’s sagging in places or the material is frayed. You’ve decided to keep the sofa, but how do you reupholster it?
Sofa Reupholstery Services
Fortunately, there are many companies you can contact for sofa reupholstery. Keep in mind your budget and fabric color preferences when contacting someone to reupholster your sofa, as the options are many. You’ll want to pick a fabric that is sturdy enough to withstand normal wear and tear and will not require an excessive amount of maintenance. If you are brave enough to attempt reupholstering the sofa yourself, there are many books and videos on how to change sofa upholstery. You will have to purchase tools, batting, and fabric. It’s a huge undertaking, and is not meant for the faint of heart. Having your sofa reupholstered by a reputable company will most likely save you money in the long run and you’ll be more satisfied with the outcome.
Sometimes the sofa in question just isn’t going to work in your new relaxed space. It’s too big, the style is too outdated, or the structure isn’t sound enough to repair. There are different options for you to consider when replacing a sofa. You can start your search at a furniture store and pick an off-the-floor model that suits your tastes. Maybe your tastes run a bit more toward the individual. Custom made furniture is always an option to explore. Check on-line, in the telephone book, or get references from friends to create a list of reputable custom furniture makers. Don’t forget to ask about delivery services for your new sofa. Many times the same store will provide pickup services for your old sofa, saving you the hassle of hauling it away.
After your sofa is refreshed, it’s time to arrange your space. Look at the space and picture the flow of traffic. Blocking access to a doorway isn’t a good idea. You’ll also want to create an arrangement of furniture that’s inviting for conversation. The furniture placement should encourage your guests to interact. Anchoring the seating area with an area rug creates a space within the space. Accent your space with coordinated curtains, appealing pillows, artwork and loved decorative pieces and you will have the retreat of your dreams.
The only thing left to do is sit back and relax on your super-comfortable sofa and feel the stress float away.