Tips for Buying a Sofa That Will Survive Mr. Man

I live with a contractor who brings home a ton of dust, dirt and weird pocket mess. Oh, the things my eyes have seen! Just to give you an idea of what I mean, here’s a quick story. After picking up dinner a few weeks ago, I got home and found Mr. Man fast asleep with one of the cushions crushed under his head, WWE style, being used as a pillow. At his sprawled feet, there was a mug which he had karate kicked across the cushion with dark hot chocolate spilled across the seat dripping down the sides onto the floor. Do you remember when cartoon characters would blow steam out their heads or ears? Let’s just say, I felt like that times 100.

When you’re looking for a sofa that you will love, friends will compliment and will survive your rugged guy or guys, you need to find one that’s durable, looks great and most of all is comfortable. Here are a few tips for finding the perfect sofa that will stand up to large amounts of testosterone.

Choose a forgiving colour. Not all men are messy and spill food (cough, cough), but a physically active man tends to bring home sweat, dirt, and grime. That mess combined with the occasional beer spill will drive anyone who likes a clean, stylish space crazy. Dark fabrics on a sofa will hide any beer spills, ketchup stains or sins you aren’t able to remove with a strong cleaner, soda or holy water.

Above: LRG Sofa, All Modern

Opt for leather when possible. Leather can be your best friend. It’s a wipeable surface and it only looks better with age. Plus it comes in a wide range of colours, so you’ll be able to find a colour that fits your space. If you choose a more traditional or elegant sofa style, leather will give it the perfect hit of masculinity and durability.

Above: Salem Leather Sofa, EQ3

Deep and cushiony makes for comfort. My crush is always taking afternoon naps and it’s never in our bed (sigh). When you’re looking for comfort, deep seating, and thick cushions will ensure your sofa is perfect for naps and movie watching.

Above: Basketweave Linen Tassa Sectional, Anthropologie

Adjustable sofas with storage wins major points. With all those movie and game night gadgets to store, you should find a sofa with storage. It will make it easy to find and hide the important stuff from people, especially little people, who will mess up his precious settings. Also, a sofa that includes a recliner or adjustable headrest will make his TV watching experience after a long day very relaxing and he’ll love you for it.

Above: J&M Angela Premium Leather Sectional, Get.Furniture

No removable cushions. Cushions that aren’t removable will stop him from using them like pillows and preserve their shape of your sofa for a long time. It will also prevent the inevitable sock, change or in my case screws and nails from slipping into the gaps. Your fingers will thank you at clean up time.

Hopefully some of these tips help you on you next sofa hunt. Happy shopping and may you find the sofa of your his the both of your dreams.

Above: J&Slub Velvet Orianna Sofa, Anthropologie

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