Hide-a-bed is the name of a trademarked brand of hideaway beds first introduced in the 1940s. It doubles as a sofa until you remove its cushions to find the spring-loaded folded metal frame and mattress beneath. By pulling on the frame or the handle, the mattress swings up and out and then folds open to become a full-sized bed. Newer hideaway beds include multiple mattress options in twin, full or queen sizes and use standard, air or foam mattresses to make the sleep experience more comfortable.
A sofa is one of the most expensive pieces of a home’s decor; it needs to be beautiful but also functional. Choosing between a covering of leather or fabric can be a daunting task, but if you make a list of the activities that take place on and around the sofa, and choose the covering based on this list, your sofa should last for many years. Leather and fabric each have their own advantages and disadvantages; knowing these will help you make the right choice.
Orange can be a tricky color to decorate with, especially when the color is concentrated in a large piece of furniture, such as a sofa. The style of the sofa and your decor, along with the intensity of the orange color, will determine the best way to decorate around it, as will your view of the color. For example, if your sofa is an early 1960s piece, you may decide to decorate your living room in a 1960s retro look.
Intrepid interior designers aren’t fazed by a banana-yellow sofa or a divan that looks divine in lush lemon. But it takes some decor chops as well as chutzpah to pull off a yellow sofa — you have to match the wall paint to it somehow to show the showpiece to advantage. Look to color theory for some help to make an impulse purchase or a flight of fancy look intentional.
Don’t shop at no-name discount furniture stores that seem to advertise a going-out-of-business or clearance sale forever. Look for reputable dealers who have been in business for a while or with a name you recognize. Furnishings from the discounts stores won’t last as long as a quality piece from an estate sale or consignment store, even brand new. Look out for the deals that offer zero percent down or a buy-now, pay-later scam, because in the end, that poorly made sofa won’t be that cheap.
Cloth sofa fabric can be woven of 100 percent natural fibers or a blend of man-made with natural fibers that are added for strength or durability. The colors, weight, patterns, and prints available in cloth fabrics are seemingly limitless. Cleaning of cloth sofas is dependent on the fibers in the fabric. Steam cleaning is the most common method and is often done without chemical cleaners. Man-made, or a fabric that is predominantly man-made, will feel cool to the skin initially and stay cooler for a longer time than man-made only fiber fabric.
Measure the body width of each sectional piece from the floor in front, across the seat cushion, up the back and ending at the floor behind the piece. Measure the body length of each sectional piece from the outer edge of one side to the outer edge of the opposite side. Add 12 inches to each measurement and write the values on a piece of paper.
A sectional sofa is a larger sofa that will separate into several smaller sections or combine to provide a curved seating area. Sectionals often include a built-in chaise lounge. The sectional type of sofa is ideal for a larger family and will provide comfortable seating for television viewing for seven to eight people. It is best to use a sectional in a large room because it will make a small room look crowded.