One question that comes up more often than not is, Can you put a normal sofa in a conservatory?
The simple answer is Yes, you can. You do not need to purchase a new sofa for your conservatory if you already have one in your living room. However, before you go starting to move your sofa from your lounge into your conservatory there are a number of things you MUST consider.
To make things easier we’ll break it into two different sections. Firstly we’ll look at the reasons why you might want to use your sofa in the conservatory and then we’ll look at the reasons why you should look at buying specific conservatory furniture instead.
Reasons why you may want to use a normal sofa in a conservatory
Conservatories are a great way to extend your living space. They’re a popular addition to family homes as they can be used as a living room extension, dining room extension, or simply as an extra lounge space.
With this in mind, it’s often the case that people decorate their conservatory and detest the idea of getting rid of their sofa and replacing it with something new.
If you’re thinking about adding a normal sofa to your conservatory, then we have five reasons why you should do so:
- You don’t need to buy a new one for the conservatory if you already have one elsewhere in your house.
- It’s usually possible for you to find a perfect fit, even if the dimensions of your conservatory are slightly different from those of your living room.
- A normal sofa is easy to complement the decor and style of the conservatory and the rest of your house better than furniture designed specifically for conservatories.
- You’ll be able to create more seating without having to spend too much money on new furniture.
- Sofas can be more comfortable than some conservatory furniture.
Reasons why should not use a normal sofa in your conservatory
You may not want to use a normal sofa in your conservatory as it may not fit correctly.
There are many reasons for this. For example, if it’s too long or too wide, you won’t be able to fit it in the space without making any changes. If the sofa has arms, you’ll likely need to take them off first, and if it doesn’t have arms, then you’ll need to consider getting a shorter one so that it will fit better into the room.
The key is finding a size and style that will work best with your conservatory.
If you’re thinking about adding a normal sofa to your conservatory, then we have five reasons why you should NOT:
- Conservatories are known for being bright and as such any furniture inside the conservatory needs to be able to withstand direct sunlight. Conservatory furniture is designed to deal with bright light however normal sofas will fade in bright sunlight.
- With the high temperature comes high humidity. Cane, rattan, and wicker furniture deal with high humidity whereas normal sofas are likely to attract mold in high humidity.
- Cane, wicker and rattan are long-lasting materials and should outlive a normal sofa.
- Sofas are more difficult to clean and conservatory furniture which can be wiped down with a damp cloth.
- Your sofa may not fit and sometimes look too bulky in smaller conservatories.
If you have an existing sofa that you want to use in your conservatory then do it by all means.
As long as your sofa fits, it’s not too big and doesn’t block windows and doors then go ahead. After all, it’s your conservatory so enjoy it.
If however, you’re worried about the direct sunlight causing your sofa to fade and possible mold issues, you may wish to think about alternatives.
Special conservatory furniture does come in all styles and shapes. Cane, wicker, and rattan, chairs, and sofas are extremely popular and relatively inexpensive when you realise how long they last.