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6 things you should know when choosing the perfect sofa for your rental UpCycling

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to know where to start when choosing the perfect sofa for your rental home – here are 6 tips that could help!

What you need to know before buying a sofa for your rental

* This contribution was sponsored by Sofa Workshop.

If you ever have rented a furnished property, You will know that the furniture included, like the sofa, can sometimes be a hit and miss stylistically. It makes sense. When landlords make purchases, they may think primarily of durability and practicality, which often means that the sofa you land on may not look good or be the most comfortable one you can sit on. In these situations, it is worth asking them if it is possible to store the sofa in the warehouse and replace it with something that looks a little less tired.

As I said, it is worth asking.

There are always comfortable sofa covers when they say no!

And heads up – probably they can say no. So if you have a choice, choose an unfurnished property. Living in an unfurnished house offers so much more flexibility in decorating your rental.

You can freely choose important parts like a sofa. One that fits your style and can be used for years, no matter how many properties you move to in the future.

Picture with the corner of the Eden sofa

But sometimes it can be a little difficult to figure out where to start when it comes to choosing the perfect sofa for you (and your family). Given the amount of investment you will be making, it is certainly not a purchase that needs to be made lightly or in a hurry. You don’t want to waste time and money on a product that just isn’t right for you.

Here are some tips that can help you make a decision.

1. Think of it as an investment.

The assumption is that because you rent, you shouldn’t be wasting money and should just be saving. I do not agree (of course). While I do not advocate expensive renovations that change the physical interior or exterior of a home, I believe that money should always be spent on things that you can take with you. So wRegardless of your budget, you’re trying to find something that is of good quality and that makes you happy.

Yellow side view of Eden sofa with wall-to-wall bookcases

2. Try it out!

It goes without saying, but you don’t know if a sofa will work for you unless you try it out first. Seat depths vary, so it’s important to do a lazy and sitting practice run before you decide. If you shop online, do your research! Read reviews, compare dimensions with real-life furniture, and order fabric samples to get an idea of ​​what your sofa will look like in your rental.

 Blick on the Eden sofa from a side angle in the living room

My EDEN sofa from the turmeric velvet sofa workshop.

Full view of the Eden sofa in the middle of the living room

3. Correct size!

There is nothing worse than buying furniture that doesn’t fit your home. Before you do anything, measure … three times! Take out the tape measure and make sure you know the maximum sofa dimensions (taking into account the height, depth and width) that fit your space. Think about how it gets through the door on the day of delivery, how it relates to the size of your room and in which different positions it could be placed. If you buy a sofa that is too big, it will look tight and much smaller than it actually is.

 View of the Eden sofa next to the bookshelves from wall to wall

Things to consider:

Will it be the main stop to the exhibition or will it be surrounded by many other supporting furniture? Is it placed on a wall (may hide an unattractive wall feature that often goes with renting), or floats away from the wall – like mine, as seen in the pictures.

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Table behind the sofa

It is of course not set in stone. Playing around with the furniture layout is great fun when designing a room in your home!

4. The shape is important

I would recommend choosing a compact legged sofa when renting a small room to create the illusion of more space and high back options for larger rooms with high ceilings. It also needs to be a sofa that you can easily move or disassemble if needed (especially if you have a 6-month contract and move often).

Larger corner sofas are great if you’re looking Divide parts of your living space into zones for daily activities or if you have a large family and regularly entertain large groups of people. However, keep in mind that your next home may not be able to accommodate the left or right corner brackets of a corner sofa, and you may need to buy a new sofa to do so.

Eden sofa in the middle of the room with monochrome carpet and dark brown coffee table

5. Be brave with color and style

When deciding on colors and style, it really depends on what suits your home and your personality. Decide on your gut feeling and want something that not only feels good, but also complements the rest of the room. And since you will most likely be limited to the things you can do with it Walls of your rental home (i.e. painting, hanging art), now is the time to be brave and maximize color input through furniture like a sofa.

Don’t be afraid of an option with a unique print. You want your sofa to make a statement and stand out against magnolia or beige walls. But it is also important not to follow trends. You want a sofa that you love and think you will still love it in more than 5 years. I chose a yellow Eden sofa for my rented house, because it’s my favorite color and I know that will probably never change! Ha

View of an armrest of the Eden sofa

Things to consider:

If your home is very modern and elegant, choose a sofa with clean lines and dramatic colors. If your living space is more of an eclectic mix of colors and designs, a sofa that combines multiple styles would work. If traditional, choose a classically structured sofa made of a durable and neutral fabric

And don’t forget, even if you opt for a more neutral color and style, you can spice it up at any time with a few scatter cushions in different sizes, colors and textures.

 Eden sofa in the center of the room with a monochrome rug and dark brown coffee table

6 How practical is the material?

You will use your sofa every day for the foreseeable future. So think about your daily use before buying. If you have children or pets, you may choose a fabric that is easy to spot and harder to wear like leather or darker cotton. Velvet is stylish and trendy right now, but requires a little more care than other fabrics – Read this post for all my top tips for velvet care! . Apart from that I have a child and 2 cats and a velvet sofa and so far so good!

There you have it! These are my top tips for choosing the perfect sofa for your rental home. I hope these tips are useful if you choose a sofa that stays stylish and keeps you comfortable for years to come.

*** This post was sponsored by Sofa workshop. This sofa was given to me 3 years ago. I only work with brands that I LOVE and think you will LOVE too! All ideas, photos and opinions are 100% my own.

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