Welcome Home: Sofa First

When furnishing and decorating your new home in Mexico, it may be difficult to know where to start.  I discussed this last week with a good friend of mine who also has years of successful design experience.  He and his partner just purchased a condo in one of the new developments in the Romantic Zone.  This is the second condo they have bought here and fully furnished with us.  “If you try to do it yourself, It’s like being on the worlds most stressful scavenger hunt,” he told me over coffee as we looked at our catalogs of sofas.  “Working with people who know where to find furniture in Mexico in the style I like and can help guide me is a no brainer.”  It reminded me why I started SOLutions Mexico in the first place.  I wanted to help make furnishing a new home in Mexico easier for others.

Both my friend and I know that the best place to start when decorating your home is the living room, specifically your sofa or sectional.  This is generally the most significant piece in the common area, so it sets the visual look of the space.  Sofa manufacturers have on average about two hundred fabric and leather cover options.  Although that seems a lot, it will save you countless hours of wasted time and stress when you select the cover first. With the cover as your guide, it will be incredibly easier to choose the paint color for walls and complementary furniture pieces.

Although looks are important, it’s also important to consider how you will use your sofa.  Are you planning to use it primarily for relaxing, reading or watching TV, or will it be used only occasionally when guests pop over for a visit?  If you enjoy stretching and laying out to binge watch your favorite show, consider a sofa with a rolled, upholstered arm.  Make sure to measure the length of the couch so that you will be comfortable when you spread out.

Who will be using the sofa the most?  Is one person in your home taller than the other?  Fit the couch to the person who will be using it the most rather than trying to fit a one size fits all.  Sofa frames do not generally work for every height of each person.  For someone on the shorter side, consider a bolster cushion to make up for the depth of the seat cushion.

I highly recommend the new performance fabrics available.  These are perfect for our humid, oceanfront homes.  Each thread in a performance fabric is coated with a repellant spray before weaved together.  The material is then resprayed.  The result?   Spill a glass of red wine on your sofa and the liquid rolls right off without any stain!  No more sweat and suntan lotion stains!

The price of a sofa with the right construction, the right interior materials, and the right cover will run about MXN 10,000 to MXN 15,000 depending on style and cover choice.  Considering that a well-made sofa will last you 20 plus years in this climate, not a bad deal!

Need help furnishing your condo?  Email me at sa.novak@solutionsmexico.com

Sheryl Novak
Sheryl Novak is an expat Canadian who has owned a home in Mexico for over ten years. She is the owner of SOLutions Mexico – the online furniture store for your home in Mexico and The Furniture Store by SOLutions Mexico, a brick and mortar show store in Bucerias. She is considered the expert on sourcing all styles of furniture for all sizes of budgets, in Mexico.