Home' Abode : November 23 Contents THE HERALD
Domayne has an Australian-made
Options range that allows you to cus-
tomise your lounge, picking the shape of
the arms, the style of the back, the colour
and design of the feet as well as the seat
cushion comfort, plus allowing you to
select your own fabric.
For seat comfort you can select a foam,
pocket spring or a feather-wrapped foam
A two-seater sells from around $1399.
Information from Domayne, Kotara.
YOU CAN SELECT:
Arms - rolled, barrel or club.
Cushions - box, scatter, pillow.
Legs - narrow block, metal foot,
Your couch is such an important part of
your daily life that when it's time to get a
new one, it's like adding a new member
to your family. And just like family members,
couches have definite personalities.
Here are some tips for picking the perfect
one for your home:
Size it up: Interior designers like to argue
about whether it's more important for a
couch to fit the scale of your room or the
contours of your body. You need one that
does both, because in the long run, you won't
be happy with a couch that isn't the perfect
proportion for your room or your posterior.
To make sure your couch suits the space,
before you shop, measure your room and
make note of the size and scale of additional
furniture you will need to work around.
Then, as you shop, forget your inhibitions
and flop down on the sofas just like you
would at home. Your body will tell you in a
flash if the couch is a fit.
Pick the right parts: Just like people,
couches have backs, arms, seats and legs. And
if you're like most customers, you will have
a strong preference on each facet of your
First, pick a back that suits your taste and
touch. If you want a formal, tailored look,
check out a tight back design, where the
back is upholstered and has no removable
cushions. If you want a couch that's more
comfortable and casual, you might prefer a
loose-back style that's covered with cushions
Next, consider the arms. The most common
style is a rolled arm that curves outward - an
ideal pick for those who like to nap on the
couch. If you're looking for a more modern
look, however, you might prefer a crisp,
square arm. As important as arm shape is arm
height. How high do you want your couch's
arm to come?
Third, decide whether you'd like your
couch to have a cushioned, bench or tight
seat. Cushioned seats consist of separate
cushions that fit snugly together, and they
are a great option if you want to remove the
covers for laundering. A bench seat is one
large cushion that spans the entire length
of the couch. Tight seats are built into the
frame of the couch and cannot be removed.
They are usually firmer and more formal in
Finally, look at the couch's legs. Do you
want a straight, modern leg, or a more tradi-
tional look, like curved legs on castors? Or
would you rather cover the legs with a skirt
featuring kick, inverted, button or box pleats?
Superb style: If you're overwhelmed by the
dizzying selection of couch styles, start by
checking some popular favourites.
The English or Club sofa is a popular pick
for the living room. This timeless style fea-
tures slightly rounded arms set back from the
rolled back. You can dress this couch up or
down simply by changing your accent pillows.
If you like sofas with high arms, the Knole
style may be just right for you. This mainstay
of the English country look has a straight,
high back and angled arms. Traditional
models feature finials wrapped in cords at the
juncture of the back and arms.
For a formal library, consider a Chesterfield.
Usually upholstered in leather, Chesterfields
feature tufted backs, high rolled arms and
Homemakers can't get enough of the
traditional Bridgewater sofa, with its low,
rolled arms and cushioned back and seat.
Unassuming and ageless, this beloved style
fits most people's lifestyles and bodies.
Check out the Camelback style, with its
tight, arching back and high-rolled arms, for
a charming look that harkens back to the
The Lawson, with its low, square back and
either square or rolled arms, is very boxy and
hip - an ideal choice for a contemporary or
FurnitureCouched in perfection
A couch is an important piece of furniture in a
home, and Mary Carol Garrity has some tips on
finding the perfect one for you.
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