Shopping for a new sofa fills some people with dread. The thought of having to make a choice out of the many different options available can be worrying. But shopping for a new sofa doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Yes, there is the pressure to get the right sofa since you will be living with it for (hopefully) years to come, but there is also the enjoyment you can get from searching.
When you look out for these five things, you can be sure that you are picking the perfect piece of furniture to enhance your living room – and your life – for the future. Here are our ideas to ensure your sofa shopping experience is a positive one.
- A Natural Fit
Your sofa needs to fit who you are physically. The seat should be comfortable for your height and the back should suit your own back. The depth of the seat, in particular, is an important consideration when thinking about how taller or shorter people will be comfortable. If you are buying a sofa bed, make sure the bed is long enough. You also need to ensure that the sofa is long enough if you often use it to lie down while watching TV or reading.
- A Quality Frame
It is easier to replace some tired upholstery than it is to change the frame of a sofa. Therefore, the frame should be one of the most important considerations you make when shopping for a sofa. A good quality sofa has a strong frame made from quality wood. Check the guarantee for the frame to see how long it is expected to last. You won’t regret spending a bit more money on a better frame for your new sofa.
- Lovely Cushions
Whatever sofa you are looking at, whether it is a Chesterfield sofa with its distinctive buttoned back, or a more casual style, you should be looking closely at the cushions. And, more importantly, feeling them. Cushions should easily keep their shape when pressed and then let go. This means that the cushions will remain comfortable even after a lot of use.
- Solid Springs
Look for a sofa that offers a lot of support through the use of well-made springs. Good quality sofas have springs that don’t sag, even after many years. You probably won’t be able to see the springs, but you should ask about them when you are looking for a new sofa.
- A Quality Finish
Check that the sofa is well-padded and that all the corners of the frame are covered with padding so there are no edges that can make the upholstery wear out more quickly. The quality of the finish is also important so that the sofa continues to keep its good looks in the future.
Once you have checked out the sofa from all these angles, think about how it actually looks in your living room. A practical, hard wearing sofa is fine, but you ideally need a sofa that also looks great – one that you are happy to show off to your friends and family.