Wednesday, May 20, 2015



The options when it comes to choosing a sofa, seem to be infinite!
You may have a very solid idea of what you want in your head, but once you start browsing online, or walk into a shop, the array of sizes, shapes, colours and customisation alternatives can leave you overwhelmed.

Here, we give a very easy to follow, conclusive list of tips to help you choose the right sofa for your space.

Our intention is to save you time, money and the dreaded buyers remorse, so read on and get confident in your sofa purchase.

1. Size matters.  How much room do you want your sofa to fill?
The balance needs to be just right and if you are waiting to include other chairs, couches, coffee table etc...then a modular style sofa could work well with great functionality.

Have a small space to work with?  Then a smaller sofa is going to be the feature of the room, so we go for practicality in balance with good design.  We can help you with finding just the right shape and sized sofa for small space too.

2.  Position, Position, Position.  Where is the best position for your couch?
Look at your lifestyle habits in this room.  What is it that you do the most in the space?...i.e watch television? friends or business clients?

For the avid TV watcher, ensure the sofa faces that direction.  Love to entertain?..then arrange your sofa and any additional chairs around a central coffee table.  Love to read in comfort?  Then ensure your sofa is close to natural light where possible.

3.  Fabric...the best part!  Which upholstery materials should you use?  Gosh, this really is just so very important for a great aesthetic, yet functionality needs to be considered when choosing the fabric for your sofa.  A plush suede is just so divine, but not so practical if you have pets or little ones.

Leather is always in style, ages and wears well in general and can be quite easy to clean.

Here at Charcoal Interiors we offer a huge range of fabrics to choose from.

4. Styling You.  An essential is to choose a style that compliments your home.  Go with a shape and style that you feel an affinity with and go with your gut instinct.
Modern - Think sleek, clean lines.

Eclectic - If your tastes lean towards Eclecticism and a mix of colour and design then a modern couch with traditional accents could be the perfect way to express your inner bohemian leanings.

Traditional - If you are inclined towards the Traditional look, then think classic structure when it comes to your sofa.  Keep the fabrics to neutrals that will accommodate various colours and complementary pieces over the years...i.e soft furnishings, rugs etc...

5. Re-upholstery versus Custom Made.  If you have a special piece with good old bones we can arrange upholstery via our quality service.  
Half the fun is choosing from our huge range of fabrics and then seeing your beloved piece transform and garner a new lease of life.

Custom made sofas tick all the boxes and take the stress out of searching high and low for the elusive perfect sofa.  Your style, your fabric!  Ask us today about our custom made sofa service specialising in Australian Made sofas with comfort plus!

As a special offer to all our blog readers and regular clients we are offering this incredible sale price on our 'Sophia Sofa'.  Exclusively manufactured in Australia, and using the best quality European fabrics, this gorgeous 2 and a half seater has been price slashed to just $3,400! 

 This price includes the feature cushions crafted from revered Lizzo, one of Europes' most exalted fabric houses.
Please phone us on 07 38526002 or call in to the Showroom at 41 Brookes Street to view this beautiful sofa and make it yours today.

We are always here to help.  Our showroom is open every day but Sunday.
Check out our website for all the latest in our projects and keep up to date with what is happening in the world of Interior Design.

41 Brookes Street.  Fortitude Valley.  Brisbane. Queensland.