The sofa: a prime spot for a cuddle with the kids, somewhere to park yourself when you get home from work, or a place to just sit and enjoy a gossip and a glass of wine with a friend. Finding the perfect one to join your family can be a tough job, though, with comfort, style and quality all on the checklist. If you’re shopping for a sofa in Singapore, here are some recommendations from readers, with tips on how they picked their perfect piece.
Jen and Chris Blumfield, and son Henry, Australian
We were replacing the sofa we had bought three years ago when we first moved to Hong Kong. Apartments there are generally a lot smaller, and we wanted a new sofa that would fit the space we now call home in Singapore. We also wanted a couch that we could ship back to Australia with us one day, so we were looking for something with longevity, durability and, of course, comfort, but without the $15,000 price tag! With a young and growing family, it was also important that the material was going to grow and last with us.
I found Gallery 278 through an online blog. They were fantastic; they let me take home fabric samples and even drew the sofa size options to our floor plan, so I could understand the space we would have in our current apartment and how the couch would fit. They also understood my needs and requirements with a young boy, to ensure the fabric would clean easily and not fade.
We ended up purchasing a three-seater L-shaped sofa that was custom made in our choice of length and fabric, and we couldn’t be happier! My advice would be to do your research. Online blogs were a great starting point but ultimately, as I visited different showrooms, customer service helped make my decision – particularly when navigating a new city with children.
Hima Bindu Rudraraju and Shankar Burra, Indian
We have lived in Singapore for a little over ten years, and were replacing an older sofa. We were looking for a simple design, with clean lines, wide arms, and firm, higher seating to cater to our parents’ needs when they visit us. This design was largely in line with our earlier sofa, which we had for the past six years and needed to replace owing to some damage. We were also looking for easy-to-maintain fabric and, bearing in mind our bright living room, something that doesn’t fade.
We came across Kuhl Home when we were searching online for sofas available in Singapore. When we visited their store, we were very happy with the wide range of designs available, and the exceedingly knowledgeable and helpful staff, who went out of their way to help find a sofa model that met all our requirements.
We ended up picking the Bolia Scandinavia two-seater and two-and-a-half seater sofas in grey and navy blue respectively. The sizes are just perfect for our living room and they fit in well with the rest of our furniture.
My tip is to be clear in your requirements and what kind of designs could fit well in your home, taking into consideration the rest of the furniture, colours and design aesthetics. The Kuhl Home team are very knowledgeable about available options and can provide good design input to help you find a great piece of furniture.
Samia and Charly Lupart, and sons Noa and Oscar, French
I wanted to change our old sofa as it wasn’t very comfortable and it was also worn out by the sun after only two years of use. I was specifically looking for something that was comfortable, good quality, and with a nice design and colour. It also needed to be modular, as we move frequently, and the fabric needed to be child- and sun-proof, meaning it would be easy to clean and resist discoloration.
I already knew of Gautier from back home and I know the quality of their furniture. They are particularly well known for their kids’ bedroom furniture, their mezzanine bed being a hallmark. I was very happy to see their products here in Singapore and I was pleased to be able to purchase our sofa from there.
Andrew from Gautier was easy to deal with; he replied to all our technical questions and once the order was placed he kept us updated and was always available if we had more questions.
We ended up buying a sofa, as well as a mezzanine bed, lamp and carpet. The sofa really brings comfort into our living room, and we use it much more compared to the old one. I love the way it works with my “Big Moon Big Blue” picture, and the framing by Yellowkorner.
The rest of the items are in Oscar’s bedroom, and we’re really pleased with them. The mezzanine bed has a desk under it that he loves to use, and it also makes more space in his bedroom.
Yu Junkey, Singaporean
I was looking for a new sofa for my flat, and needed something with clean lines and a good-looking back, as it would be the first piece of furniture I or any visitors would see when they enter my home. I wanted the sofa to look light, without chunky wooden legs. Most importantly, it had to be comfortable, including feather filling for the cushions, so I could lounge and enjoy a book or movie. Overall, it had to be classic and timeless.
My interior designer recommended I check out Mountain Teak. The service staff were never pushy, and they were readily available with information about all their pieces. They were very patient, showing me the various options and customisations for the sofa. I ended up choosing a Wendelbo Edge V1 in grey to go with the overall black, grey and white colour scheme of my house. I also bought two wooden stumps, which serve as my bedside tables.
I would say never rush to furnish your home. Furniture is very personal and one should take the time to shop, touch and see which pieces speak to you. I also believe in investing in quality and timeless pieces that can last a long time, so you see less wastage.
Joanne Yoong, Singaporean
We were replacing a sofa, which was about ten years old and had had a leg broken by children repeatedly jumping on it! We were looking for a comfortable, family friendly piece that would accommodate two adults and two children, and would survive two lively toddlers.
We have bought several pieces from Originals before, including our dining set, and we love the customer service, which is always warm and personal but also incredibly efficient! This time round we bought the L-shaped Jasper sofa in cream; we loved it the moment we tried it. It isn’t yet in its permanent setup as we are going to rearrange our living room around it, so we are looking for some other coordinating pieces. In the meantime, though, it is the heart of our living room and our family nights.
To find the right furniture, you should go to the shop itself rather than just the website as they have so many lovely choices that might work unexpectedly. We went in looking for one thing (basically a copy of our old sofa), and ended up getting something totally different that we love but would not have thought of before!
Lilian and Gavin Pinto, and daughter Kasie, Singaporean
We had been living in rental apartments and were quite comfortable with our IKEA sofa, however with our new home we decided to get a unique statement piece that reflected our personality. We were looking for a piece that was long and comfortable enough for three adults to sit on. In addition, it needed to be a light colour to give the living room a sense of space, and some detail to add personality.
Taylor B came recommended to us by our designer, Alicia. We loved the large warehouse with such a range of furniture, and Ann from Taylor B was there to help us and spent almost the entire day helping us choose the perfect piece.
We ended up buying this current sofa because it ticked all the boxes, and it’s very comfortable. We love the studs at the side, and it’s a little “antiquey” yet still modern in look.
Having the measurements of the living room really helped as this allowed us to consider the length and depth of the couch for our space. You need reasonable walking room around the furniture so as not to knock into the corners.
If you’re looking to buy a sofa, make sure you sit on any piece that you’re thinking of buying; if it’s not comfortable, don’t buy it. The Taylor B team let us sit on every single sofa and chair, which made our decision so much easier.
Rachna and Gautam Agarwal, and daughter Anaya, Indian
After 18 years of living in furnished properties, we had bought a home and were looking to furnish it ourselves from A to Z. I’m rather particular about colour schemes and styling and I ended up finding WTP during my online research. What I saw from their website really appealed, and when I met Naazli she understood what we wanted.
Having previously lived in apartments, we’d been reliant on the size of furniture we could transport in the lifts. I’d always wanted a Chesterfield sofa, but never been able to have one, until now. I met with Naazli three or four times and she was very patient and sweet, and understood what I envisioned. Not only did we get a Chesterfield, but she also gave us plenty of armchair and stool options; the whole look is lovely and classy. Our home is neutral in tones, including beige and grey, and our furniture fits perfectly with this.
Although I do have all the pieces I need for my home right now, there is a foyer table that I’ve seen at WTP that’s now one of my favourites; I just haven’t bought it quite yet!
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