Expensive and high-quality repairs made by a subpatronage of designers require appropriate furniture. An elite sofa can become one of the key objects of the entire interior.
Features, advantages and disadvantages
A sofa is considered to be elite if it is made of quality materials, has a unique design, is produced by a famous brand. Often such furniture is very expensive and at a cost may not be inferior to a freshly made repair.
Elite pays off the disadvantage associated with the price, because it is assumed that the sofa from the eminent manufacturer is of high quality. It is durable, it will stand for more than a dozen years thanks to a reliable frame, the upholstery will not lose color, will not be erased. For a lot of money, the buyer receives durable furniture, and sometimes developed on an individual project.
The choice of even a sofa in the premium cabin should be treated responsibly. An expensive piece of furniture is taken in order not to change it after five years, so it should not disappoint. Such a sofa can be a worthy replenishment, which is not a pity to spend a lot of money.
In the catalogs of elite furniture, there are many models that can strike with an unusual design or an interesting pattern on the upholstery.
One of the classifications affects the number of seats. There are both compact double-triple sofas, and rather bulky designs for five or more people.
Another classification concerns the possibility of transforming furniture. Thus, two categories can be distinguished: classic sofas, couches and folding models. The first are a single structure, the parts of which are not moved apart. The second category is more extensive and, in turn, is divided depending on the transformation mechanisms.
In total there are three different types:
- Folding out. These include models such as "click-gag", "book". The mechanism in such sofas is quite simple - one part must be raised to characteristic clicks, after which parts of the structure should be leveled. Such furniture is compact in assembled form, but during installation it is necessary to consider the spare distance necessary for unfolding from other objects and the wall.
- Retractable. This view involves rolling the seat and lowering the backrest to the vacated seats. Another option is to roll out a rising platform. This category includes the mechanisms “Eurobook”, “Dolphin”, “Pantograph”, “Puma”, “Konrad”. Among their advantages is the resulting large berth. However, when placing the sofa should take into account a fairly wide roll-out part, in front of which should not be anything.
- Unfolding. These are the so-called sofas - folding beds. Ordinary seats are folded like a scroll, and in their place there is a clamshell with a mattress. French and American models are the simplest of them. More complex and expensive - Italian.
Also, sofas can be divided into different types depending on the upholstery - soft or hard, and additional functionality. So some models include linen boxes and compartments. There are models with or without pillows, without armrests, completely straight or with them.
There are no specific rules that would classify certain sofas in specific categories. The choice of model is determined by the taste of the owners and the goals that they assign to the future sofa. A decision should be made about the required functionality and characteristics. So, the same sofa can become part of the nursery and the kitchen.
For the home, you should choose comfortable, soft sofas and fit into the design. They perform an important function - rest during the day, and sometimes a night's sleep, so the criterion of comfort is very important. Moreover, the design and mechanisms may be different, and their choice depends on the preferences of the owners of the apartment or the features of the room.
Sofas for the street and the veranda are most often simple in design. They do not fold out and are a place for sitting. Their design is mainly simplified, designed in natural shades to fit into the environment. It should be remembered that on the street the furniture is subjected to many tests - changes in temperature and humidity, exposure to sunlight, proximity to insects, which not all materials can withstand.
The sofa for the living room can be either folding or not. It all depends on how often guests stay overnight and whether the size of the room allows them to accommodate unassembled furniture.
For daily sleep, first of all, transforming models are suitable, because they significantly increase the size of the berth. However, some overall sofas and assembled are quite suitable to sleep on them every day.
Kitchen sofas must be resistant to odors and fats. Foldable models are allowed or not. Often angular options are chosen in the kitchen in order to save space.
Furniture for the nursery should be comfortable, safe and easy to clean. Sofas with built-in drawers in which you can store bedding or toys become a profitable solution.
Elite sofas differ from others in that in their production they use mainly natural materials and upholstery. Frames are made of hardwood treated in a special way to increase their service life. Different fabrics are used as upholstery, their choice depends on the tastes and design of the room.
Leather sofas, due to the spectacular appearance, are suitable for both office and home. For elite sofas, natural material is most often used, but artificial high-quality analogues are also possible. The material is processed with different technologies, getting a matte, varnished, wrinkled, embossed, aged texture. Basically, this material does not tolerate competition with textiles, so they can not be combined with rugs and covers. As a decor, only pillows are possible.
Suede is also leather, but treated in a special way to obtain a velvety soft surface. She is more finicky and requires special care.
Velvet and velor look especially luxurious. These are fleecy materials that can be embossed and patterned. Silk is used mainly for elite sofas. It has a decent cost, but also high aesthetic and practical qualities - it is a smooth, comfortable at any temperature, hypoallergenic material.
For sofas in the style of empire, baroque, classic tapestry is used . Its peculiarity lies in the woven pattern, which represents patterns and paintings.
Jacquard in the manufacture of sofas is used everywhere. The elite segment also affected this material, as it is wear-resistant and durable, it undergoes various processing, applying color, and patterns.
There is no single accepted size standard; in general, it depends only on the design of the sofa and the intent of the manufacturer. The choice should depend on the purpose for which the furniture is purchased. To sleep on the couch, the length of its own or folding part should be from 150 to 190 cm, depending on the height of the person. For comfort, a width of 140 cm is enough.
Corner models are the most bulky and large, as they have a non-folding part - the Ottoman. This should be taken into account and ensure that the furniture does not block access to the cabinet or door. The total length of the corner sofa can be from 150 cm, for example, in the nursery or in the kitchen, up to 210 cm and, more rarely, even more.
For direct sofas, an average value of about 150-170 cm is most often relevant. There are also small products - 120 - 130 cm, but folding in width - up to 200 cm. On such sofas you need to sleep perpendicular to the back. There are simple, compact models for one person - couches and ottomans.
The following forms for sofas are possible: straight, angular, round and semicircular.
Direct sofas are the most common, as they are easier to fit into the rest of any interior. A similar model can be placed both against the wall and in the middle of the room, dividing it into zones.
Corner sofas fit perfectly into the atmosphere of a small room, because they significantly save space. Moreover, it is not necessary to place them directly in the corner.
Round sofas are not the most popular, but stylish option. They are quite difficult to fit into an already finished interior, but when creating it from scratch, such furniture can be made the center of the composition.
The semicircular sofas are large enough to make the shape they form noticeable. Most often, these are models that are intended only for sitting, that is, they do not understand.
The production of luxury furniture is carried out by factories in many countries. Sofas from Italy, Germany, Spain are especially famous. In Russia and the CIS countries, there are also companies involved in expensive, designer furniture.
When choosing a premium sofa, you should consider the features of the interior. So, the skin will be appropriate in a minimalistic modern style, but for refined classics or French luxury, it’s more suitable, for example, a tapestry.
High-quality sofas, for example, Italian, should be looked for in salons, large furniture centers, official and trusted stores, or in catalogs of brands or designers. Fakes are not as common as in the fashion industry, but many informal stores have underground production and make copies, not the original.