How wonderful would it be to have a gorgeous bespoke sofa for your bedroom? More than just a decadent daydream, actually, the idea is worth some serious thought.
One thing you will find in common with any well regarded hotel or holiday accommodation is the seating – firstly, whether there is any, and secondly, that standard makes the difference. Quality seating changes how much you enjoy a room. Just like the impact of furnishings at a luxury hotel, incorporating a sofa in a bedroom provides comfort, appeal and improves opinions of the host. Even a lumpy, unappealing chair may be better than none, though it may feel more make-do than relaxing haven.
Whether it’s your master suite or your guest bedroom, if there is the smallest possibility of including the perfect sofa, you will be glad you gave it the extra consideration – as will your guests.
Audience and purpose
Who is likely to use this sofa? ‘Me. Guests. Obviously,’ you say. But if in practice your fluffy ragdoll cat is likely to be the main user (and resident) of this particularly comfortable spot, then you may need to consider a wipe-clean option, at least on one side of a cushions. Hypoallergenic microfibre is also an excellent and surprising choice for busy family homes. If stains are inevitable but fabric a must, consider a pattern or texture with plenty of fine detail for camouflage. Patchworks, for instance, are ideal for busy homes.
Comfort, practicality and style need not be compromised when going bespoke. Bedroom sofas often have a lot of work to do, however. Perhaps your sofa will have to double up as an occasional spare bed, a nursing chair, or reading space. Will you, or your guests sit there while putting on shoes, socks and tights, for instance? In that case, you will need good core support for the job: a particularly plush sofa will make such tasks difficult, if not impossible, for some guests. Pregnant or elderly relatives may also need the assistance of height and solid arms in order to get back up from the sofa.
Size and fit
If space is at a premium, adapt your sofa subtly with slightly less padding and finer detail in the fabric to retain that sense of elegance and luxury. Low back styles are often much more compact, it essence, while many high back styles boast a streamlined appeal that is perfect for smaller spaces. The addition of a footstool and plush cushions will encourage lounging and relaxation even on the most compact of sofas.
Be sure to measure the doorways, halls and stairways your new sofa must pass through to get to the correct room, and keep these dimensions in mind while choosing your new sofa. A good measuring guide may assist you in this. Modular designs, removable legs and low backs are all useful features if getting your new sofa into its designated spot is likely to be a problem. One wonderful aspect of having your very own bespoke sofa made to specification is that access is less of a problem.
Samples are available from all good bespoke furniture builders and you’re welcome to order some free fabric samples from many websites, including James & Rose. Take the opportunity to check these against the rest of your decor, test how clean they might stay in your home environment, and even place them in the location you plan to put the sofa for a while, particularly if location happens to receive a lot of sunlight, which may naturally fade some fabrics over time.
Simple one-to-one help is rare these days but many of the best bespoke furniture builders don’t have a customer service department or call centres. Take the time to research those smaller sofa specialists and check the contact details – these usually include a telephone number and email address that get through directly to the people making the sofas, rather than a customer service team or a call centre. There’s a wealth of friendly, informal advice forthcoming from these gifted craftsmen and women that can get you those perfect results.