Sofa Storage

Modern day small apartments like a studio flat or having a large family, could leave you with limited living and storage space.   Purchasing a sofa with storage could be the perfect solution as a multiuse solution.

Before you think about the types of sofa storage out there, you need to know the amount of storage that you will need. 

As there are several types of sofas with storage, we put together this simple guide to help you decide the right option for you.

Types of sofa bed storage

Sofa beds – Modern sofa beds are usually bought for and used as something to sit on, a storage unit and a bed, this is very useful for a number of reasons, there are several types available: 

Folding Sofa – This type of sofa comes with or without a storage box, that is usually placed under the sofa as well as a magazine rack under the headrest.

Multifunctional Sofa – These sofas are very popular nowadays and can convert into a single or a double bed.  They also double up as a storage unit, with shelves, drawers, and space under the mattress to store blankets etc.

Daybed – Another type of sofa bed that unfolds the mattress from the sofa or chair very easily.  They also come with a customised mattress such as memory foam or an open spring type mattress. These types of sofas can come with built-in storage for spare bedding or shelving that is practical for books or to use as a display for your objects.

Lounge sofa – Although some contemporary lounge sofas cannot convert into a bed, they have the advantage of being very good storage spaces.  Items can either be kept underneath a lift up seat or between the floor and sofa.  Some also come with an in-built shelving unit.  These are good for small areas such as a conservatory, or beneath a window but they can also be used in a living room.

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Sofa Beds

In the event that you have friends and family that want a sleepover, or you have limited space such as a studio flat you may want to purchase a sofa bed. Buying a sofa bed is the perfect solution to use as a sofa during the day and then convert it into a bed to sleep on at night.

As there are several options to purchasing a sofa bed, we have put together this simple guide to help.

Types of sofa beds

Fold out – Unfolds the mattress from the sofa or chair into a bed generally within two movements. These beds are great for regular daily use as the mattress can be customised to suit your choice such as memory foam or an open spring mattress.

Clic Clac – Similar to a folding sofa bed and very easy to operate. To open it, the lower front panel of the sofa is pulled, unfolding the A shaped frame into a flat platform. A cantilever mechanism is used to place it back into a seating position.

Lift and Pull – A lift and pull sofa bed is one of the oldest types of mechanisms and is usually used in a futon sofa bed. To convert it into a bed simply lift the sofa seat upwards, until the locking mechanism is released, then pull down the seat to create a flat bed.

A-frame – An A-frame sofa bed is opened by pulling front panel of the lower part of the sofa forwards, this in turn unfolds the A shaped frame into a flat bed. This also uses a cantilever mechanism to convert the bed back into a sofa.

Corner sofa bed – A corner sofa bed has an additional section underneath the sofa, which snaps up to align with the sofa seat to create a bed. Some people with limited space will opt for this type of sofa bed, as it comes with an additional storage space within the ottoman base.

Finally, before purchasing the bed, always measure the size that you will need, is it for an adult size or a child? A chair bed is a good size for one guest, but you will need to purchase a double sofa bed from around 52-60 inches wide and roughly 72 inches long to fit more than one person.

Repairing Your Sofa

Step One: Determine the cause

Do you buy a new sofa or try to fix your existing one? If you are attempting the latter, you will need to do an initial inspection to find out the cause of concern and whether it is cost effective to fix it. Asking yourself questions such as, where the sofa is sagging, is it in the cushions or the base of the sofa? Is it lumpy or is there a gaping hole in the middle of it?

Step Two: Seat Cushions

Before you start messing around with the sofa, check whether the seat cushions are not the problem. If the cushions are too soft, you may just need to add more filling, or you can simply replace them with new ones.

Step Two: Check the frame

Turn over the sofa so you get a good view underneath and check it for broken, rotted, or bended wood or broken springs if it has them.  If you have to remove a large part of the upholstery, you may decide at this point to just throw it out, as this will also need to be replaced along with the wood.

If you still want to fix it, measure the size of it, before removing the old wood and replacing it with hardwood and screws.

Take a picture or a video of the broken base, so you have something to show people if you need to explain something, or when buying tools or equipment.  

Step Four: Reupholstering

Once you have repaired your sofa, you will want to ensure whether the existing upholstery can still be used, repaired or whether the whole thing will need replacing.  Will you choose the same type of fabric or go with a new one?  Before you invest in a new fabric you need to ensure that it will withstand your lifestyle.

Before deciding on whether to repair your sofa, seek expert advice to save you time and money and to gain invaluable advice to support your efforts.

Pets & Sofas

Pets and sofas are not usually separated. If you have a family pet, you know how difficult it can be to keep them off the sofa.  Sometimes we encourage them to cuddle up to us if we are settling down to watch the tv.

Having a pet does not mean you cannot keep your sofa looking and smelling good for longer. Here are some tips on cleaning and maintaining your sofa without banning your pet from enjoying quality time with you.

Scratching

Cats and puppies love scratching the sofa and other furniture surfaces to stretch out, as well as to spread their nails to help them remove the outer nail sheaths. Cats also love to let other cats know whose territory it is and so scratch to leave their scent markers.

Trimming their claws and placing scratching posts next to furniture that they love to scratch, can help to retrain them, and will help you to save your sofa from harm. Offer them rewards until they learn to use an alternative scratching post instead.

Fabric

As Leather is durable and easily wiped clean with a damp cloth, it can be a good choice of fabric for a sofa, especially if you own a pet. Hairs and odours will not become trapped between the material and sofas are less likely to hold onto smelly pet odours.

Crypton is another good choice for pet owners as they are also durable and rough, and come with the added bonus of being stain and odour resistant.  It also protects against moisture, bacteria and can also be easily wiped clean.

Covers

Covering your sofa with a throw, blanket or other protective covering can help you to protect your sofa from claws, fur and other dirt that can be transferred by pets.  They can also help you transform your area with a fresh, new look.

Corner Sofas

Corner sofas are growing in popularity, for a number of reasons, some people to fill a corner in a room, other people buy them to save space so they can also fit in larger pieces of furniture, such as a dining room and chairs.

Corner sofas can be adjusted at a right angle so it can be customised at different sofa lengths on each side to fit the room and the space available, for example, you could have a chaise lounge sofa on one end with seats on the other, or you could have two seats on either side, or seats and a recliner. If you are having it made to order, you can adjust the sofa to best suit your space and your imagination.

Some people opt to buy a corner sofa with storage, to accommodate family and friends when they are entertaining, without the need to have an additional big sofa, they will not use on a daily basis.

Obviously, a corner sofa is not ideal for all families, you should consider buying one based on your individual lifestyle. If you have a big family, the obvious choice would be to buy a regular sofa as it will fit your situation. If you are single and occasionally have friends or family visit you, a corner sofa would be ideal.

Since buying a sofa can be expensive and a time-consuming task, you are not likely to want to do it again for several years. When you commit to buying a sofa, you should have given it careful thought and consideration and choose a fabric that can be easily cleaned.  You can use throws and cushions on the sofa to suit the rooms new colour scheme, if you redecorate it at any point.

Always consider what you intend to do with the sofa before you buy it, is it for a short period, i.e for a celebration.  If you regularly like to move the furniture around to freshen up the look of a room, bear in mind it may only fit in certain corners only, as you may have radiators or doors preventing you from relocating it into another area.