10 Best Sofas That Will Elevate Your Living Room
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10 Best Sofas That Will Elevate Your Living Room

By Prue Miller
Mon, Apr 17, 2023 4:57pmGrey Clock 5 min

Think of home, and think of…the couch. Family is important, sure, but a couch? That spells relax with a capital Lax. Sometimes outrageously expensive, sometimes surprisingly affordable. Check out are our top 10 sofas where you are sure to find the one that speaks your lounging language.

 

Atelier Sofa

The gorgeous, curvaceous Atelier from Coco Republic is coolly romantic in the way it wraps around you. Curves are so relaxing, and when they look this chic you’d expect to find it in an apartment on Haussman. The textures on offer are very on trend, and the optional pillows elevate the designer concept to true European elegance.

 

Barret Leather

BARRET Leather Sofa

Putting your feet up is never easier than with a little electrical assistance – take the Barret Leather sofa from Freedom Furniture. A strong piece from a design point of view, with leather stitched to perfection, and available in an amazing range of colours. It just needs a little extra space to lay on down.

 

Wilkes Modular

Wilkes Modular Sofa Group

For a home that salutes colour and energy, you could not miss trying out the Wilkes Modular by Herman Miller. A mid-century style that is at once light on its legs, while packing a huge post-modern punch. Walking in the door and seeing this in your apartment, well, you’d be so happy to be home.

 

Horizonte

Described as a ‘floating island with square lines’ the Horizonte from Marcio Kogan/Studio mk27 is a sophisticated take on lounge furniture. It really does appear to float, the idea extending to the sympatico customisation of a built-in coffee table extension. This is James Bond suave. You could see it fitting like a glove into an ultra-modern minimalist, or eccentric maximalist décor.

 

Jasper

The flagship design of the King Furniture line, the Jasper is perhaps the father of all modular design. In a range of sizes, the familiar timber armrest-tables look as clever as ever, and now they offer even more ‘add ons’ such as a wireless charging table. Cool. Very deep, very springy, they have lasted this long because they fit into every lifestyle from beach house to townhouse.

 

Finlay

Not everyone can afford the moon when it comes to sofas – but do not be discouraged. Fantastic Furniture has a really smart looking three seater with chaise that has ‘pulled in’ seat stitching, which adds interest, and a choice of timber or metal legs. Easy on the eye and the pocket, it is a non-precious, relaxed sofa solution.

 

Mateo

Rarely does one want to see something ageing – but the simple, dramatic lines of the leather Mateo sofa from Coco Republic are only going to look more beautiful in 10 years’ time. This is a confident design, with generous stuffing – especially on the arms – it would be a perfect one to fall asleep on while bingeing on Netflix. Pewter or Taupe colours – both richly rewarding.

 

Lexington

Lexington Leather Modular Lounge Option A 1

Ultra-modern is the best way to describe the angular, unique silhouette of the Lounge Life’s Lexington. One of the few sofas available that uses its mass to advantage, making a rather monumental statement. It has windswept arm rests too – perfect for lying back doing Wordle while the news is on. Combined with the adjustable headrests, this is multi-option sofa available in fabric or leather.

 

Lucia Cane

The cane detailing (which wraps around the entire piece) in the Castlery Lucia Cane sofa adds so much character that the piece just has to become a focal point in any room. The combination of the cane with the black detailing gives it an organic, breezy kind of vibe; with the potential to enhance an Asian themed  or beach house décor. If you’re looking for something different, yet stylish, it’s a definite go-to.

 

Getaway Sofa

Here’s a sofa that says family, friends, dogs and cats. In short, it says relax and have fun. From Aussie brand Koala, the five to seven seater looks at its absolute best in gum tree green, as the timber feature panels (which are actually storage drawers) and matching feet just work so well with the forest theme. Big robust fluffy cushions, and a huge ottoman on offer, this is the one for those who just love to plonk down and chill out.

 

How can you tell if a sofa is good quality?

In a word: framing. A good quality frame will ensure your sofa will not only provide comfort but will last for 10 years or more. While solid timber framing is standard, there is also steel framing available. Don’t be afraid to ask to lift the sofa to give you an idea of weight, which is an indication of the quality of the framing.

 

What is the average price for a good quality sofa?

Everyone’s budget is different and you can certainly get excellent value for money in the secondhand sofa market. For new sofas, expect to pay upwards of $4000 to $5000 for a good quality modular sofa and $2,000+ for a two or three-seater that is made to last.

 

What sofas are the most durable?

If you’re talking about upholstery, it’s leather all the way. Easy to wipe down and able to take the hard knocks, leather sofas tend to age better than fabric sofas, making them ideal for family environments. For framing, solid timber or steel frames last extremely well. When purchasing, talk to your retailer about reupholstery services when the time comes. It’s a good indication of whether they are prepared to stand behind their product over time.

 

What are the best quality sofas to buy?

This is totally subjective and will depend on what you value, and how much you can budget for. Perhaps the easiest way to seek high quality is to ask about warranties. Look for sofas that have at least a 10-year warranty. In terms of coverings, genuine leather and natural fabrics such as linen and cotton offer a superior look and feel.

 

What should you look for when choosing a sofa?

Beyond choosing the right framing and fabrics for your sofa, shape and being fit for purpose is everything. If you have a family living space to fill, a modular sofa where everyone can spread out is ideal. For smaller apartment spaces, a pair of two-seater sofas might be a better option. Make sure you measure carefully, including the entranceways, before you buy.

 

 

 

 



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Anger Does a Lot More Damage to Your Body Than You Realise

We all get mad now and then. But too much anger can cause problems.

By SUMATHI REDDY
Fri, May 24, 2024 3 min

Anger is bad for your health in more ways than you think.

Getting angry doesn’t just hurt our mental health , it’s also damaging to our hearts, brains and gastrointestinal systems, according to doctors and recent research. Of course, it’s a normal emotion that everyone feels—few of us stay serene when a driver cuts us off or a boss makes us stay late. But getting mad too often or for too long can cause problems.

There are ways to keep your anger from doing too much damage. Techniques like meditation can help, as can learning to express your anger in healthier ways.

One recent study looked at anger’s effects on the heart. It found that anger can raise the risk of heart attacks because it impairs the functioning of blood vessels, according to a May study in the Journal of the American Heart Association .

Researchers examined the impact of three different emotions on the heart: anger, anxiety and sadness. One participant group did a task that made them angry, another did a task that made them anxious, while a third did an exercise designed to induce sadness.

The scientists then tested the functioning of the blood vessels in each participant, using a blood pressure cuff to squeeze and release the blood flow in the arm. Those in the angry group had worse blood flow than those in the others; their blood vessels didn’t dilate as much.

“We speculate over time if you’re getting these chronic insults to your arteries because you get angry a lot, that will leave you at risk for having heart disease ,” says Dr. Daichi Shimbo, a professor of medicine at Columbia University and lead author of the study.

Your gastrointestinal system

Doctors are also gaining a better understanding of how anger affects your GI system.

When someone becomes angry, the body produces numerous proteins and hormones that increase inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can raise your risk of many diseases.

The body’s sympathetic nervous system—or “fight or flight” system—is also activated, which shunts blood away from the gut to major muscles, says Stephen Lupe, director of behavioural medicine at the Cleveland Clinic’s department of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. This slows down movement in the GI tract, which can lead to problems like constipation.

In addition, the space in between cells in the lining of the intestines opens up, which allows more food and waste to go in those gaps, creating more inflammation that can fuel symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating or constipation.

Your brain

Anger can harm our cognitive functioning, says Joyce Tam, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. It involves the nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex, the front area of our brain that can affect attention, cognitive control and our ability to regulate emotions.

Anger can trigger the body to release stress hormones into the bloodstream. High levels of stress hormones can damage nerve cells in the brain’s prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus, says Tam.

Damage in the prefrontal cortex can affect decision-making, attention and executive function, she adds.

The hippocampus, meanwhile, is the main part of the brain used in memory. So when neurons are damaged, that can disrupt the ability to learn and retain information, says Tam.

What you can do about it

First, figure out if you’re angry too much or too often. There’s no hard and fast rule. But you may have cause for concern if you’re angry for more days than not, or for large portions of the day, says Antonia Seligowski, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who studies the brain-heart connection.

Getting mad briefly is different than experiencing chronic anger, she says.

“If you have an angry conversation every now and again or you get upset every now and again, that’s within the normal human experience,” she says. “When a negative emotion is prolonged, when you’re really having a lot more of it and maybe more intensely, that’s where it’s bad for your health.”

Try mental-health exercises. Her group is looking at whether mental-health treatments, like certain types of talk therapy or breathing exercises, may also be able to improve some of the physical problems caused by anger.

Other doctors recommend anger-management strategies. Hypnosis, meditation and mindfulness can help, says the Cleveland Clinic’s Lupe. So too can changing the way you respond to anger.

Slow down your reactions. Try to notice how you feel and slow down your response, and then learn to express it. You also want to make sure you’re not suppressing the feeling, as that can backfire and exacerbate the emotion.

Instead of yelling at a family member when you’re angry or slamming something down, say, “I am angry because X, Y and Z, and therefore I don’t feel like eating with you or I need a hug or support,” suggests Lupe.

“Slow the process down,” he says.

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