Buying a piece of furniture is considered an investment. When buying a sofa, a homeowner needs to check on a few things in a sofa before buying.
The fact that we spend most of our time on a sofa whether it’s lounging, chatting with friends, or during family movie nights, shows how important a sofa is, thus the need to take the time to find a high-quality sofa.
The following are points to note before buying any type of sofa
1. Is The Sofa Comfy?
When it comes to determining how comfortable a sofa is, you need to put the whole family in the picture. If you have people with short and tall legs in your home, then you need to choose a sofa that allows each of them to maneuver or stretch comfortably.
To determine how comfortable a sofa is, check the back support, seat depth, and height. It is best if you try it out before buying the sofa to make sure the whole family is comfortable.
The best thing today, sofas are being designed in different styles. From sectionals and recliners to sofas with a chaise lounge, you will definitely find a sofa that the whole family will be comfortable lounging on.
2. The Cushioning
The filling in any sofa cushion will have a direct or indirect impact on your comfort. To my understanding and experience, a cushion with feather filling is comfortable but may require regular patting to adjust its stuffing.
On the other hand, foam-filled cushions (most with premium foam) may not be durable as they may flatten and become shapeless.
Therefore, a combination of feather and foam filling guarantees you maximum comfort and durability. With this, you won’t have to worry about changing or getting rid of your cushion any time soon.
3. Frame Material
Hardwood and metal are the most common materials used to construct the frame of a sofa. If you want a durable frame material, you should settle for a sofa with hardwood frame construction.
A high-quality hardwood frame makes the sofa suitable for home use as it is sturdy enough to withstand different weights.
You also have to rethink if the sofa you intend to buy has no warranty. Invest in a sofa that has a warranty, even if it’s one year. It will come in handy.
4. Sofa Dimensions
Measuring the dimension of the sofa will save you from buying a sofa that doesn’t fit in your house. The main things to note carefully are the depth, height, and width of the sofa.
You need to measure the space in your house where the sofa will sit then compare it with the sofa’s dimension. This will save you from buying a sofa that doesn’t fit in your living room. And that is a mistake most homeowners make.
Although most sofas come preassembled nowadays, doing due diligence on its size is important. A sofa may fit perfectly in your house but may end up blocking some of the entryways.
If you are working on maximizing your floor space, you need to make sure you buy a sofa that creates space for other furniture. Sectional sofas or loveseats are great for small spaces.
You may think that it can be hard to find a sofa that fits perfectly in your house, but don’t forget you can talk to a professional to customize a sofa that will work well in your space.
5. Upholstery Fabric
Sofas are upholstered in different materials of leather, velvet, or fabric. Depending on the type of upholstery you go for, you need to choose a color that will complement your house design and match the existing interior décor.
Although leather upholstery may be inconveniencing during cold weather, a leather sofa is a great option if you are looking for a type of sofa that doesn’t require high care and maintenance, just simple regular wiping off the dust is recommended.
Unlike leather, the fabric upholstery is scratch-resistant, warm, and suitable for both cold and warm weather conditions.
On the other hand, velvet couches are luxurious and tactile but expensive and may not be suitable for regular use as they are delicate, thus require proper care.
If you keep pets, fabric upholstery that is scratch-resistant and easy to clean is a great idea. Plus, sofa covers would be a great option if you choose a sofa with a bright color as they can be easily tossed into the machine when dirty.
Sofas in darker shades like grey sofas or black sofas would be a great option as they are less susceptible to dirt and are stain-resistant. But if you are going for white sofas or blue couches which attract dirt easily, you will have to clean them regularly.
This sofa buying guide will definitely enable you to buy a sofa that will see you through many years of comfort. Many homeowners blindly buy a sofa and end up regretting it, but with the right sofa buying guide, it is difficult to make such a mistake.
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