5 Important Factors to Consider When Buying a Sofa

5 Important Factors to Consider When Buying a Sofa

Sofas are some of the most expensive furniture pieces you’ll buy, but that doesn’t mean you should rush into buying one without doing your research first. Choosing the right sofa can add comfort and style to your living room, but if you choose poorly, it could end up not fitting in your space or looking terrible with the rest of your decor. To help make sure you choose wisely, consider these five important factors before buying a sofa.

Before making your purchase

1. Size Before buying your sofa, take some time and measure all of your rooms so you know exactly how much space you have for your new furniture. This can help you figure out which size sofa will fit best in each room. 

2. Look for a Comfortable Seating Firm, but not too firm; supportive, and deep enough to provide lumbar support without feeling like you're sinking into it—that's what we're looking for with a good quality seat cushion. 

3. Check Out Fabric Choices The type of material used to cover furniture is also important when buying furniture because different fabrics come with varying qualities and prices. Padded fabric isn't just an aesthetic choice; it's meant as added comfort and protection from spills (among other things). 

Size and Shape

Size is obviously important. Do you have enough space in your living room? If not, that loveseat won’t be of much use. You also want to think about shape. If your couch or loveseat faces directly against a wall and there are two on either side of a fireplace, it might make sense to opt for a long sofa that can span both sides of the room rather than one with arms (and thus corners) sticking out at each end.

Fabric Types

Depending on your budget and style, you have a variety of fabric options. Popular materials include microfiber, cotton blends, leathers, and suede. You should also keep in mind that even though many couches are labeled pillow-top, they don't all have pillows. Pillow-top simply refers to extra padding sewn into a sofa's top layer of fabric; there are other styles that feature cushioning or layers of down or foam inside their cushions instead. Just be sure you know what is included with your purchase before you buy!

Upholstery Material

If you have pets or children in your home, it's best to avoid fabrics like silk and velvet, which can snag on fur and sticky fingers. Opt for durable materials like microfiber and leather, instead. Also, consider whether it’s easy to clean—you don’t want pet hair getting into your couch cushions! Do note that fabric can affect how firm your sofa is. So if you prefer a softer or firmer sofa, make sure to take upholstery material into account when shopping. It’s also worth noting that low-to-the-ground furniture is typically easier to get out of than high armchairs, so keep that in mind too if you have mobility issues.

Comfortable Cushions

The first thing you’ll want to consider is whether or not your future sofa will have cushions that are comfortable. You can save money by purchasing an inexpensive sofa, but if it has uncomfortable cushions, then you’ll want to replace them. A good rule of thumb is that your coach should be as comfortable as (or more comfortable than) your bed. Don’t forget about how firm you like your pillows and how soft you like your mattress! For example, many people prefer softer pillows and firmer mattresses than others. If possible, try out different sofas with similar cushioning in order to decide which type feels best for you. It also helps if they have removable or washable covers so they can be cleaned easily over time.

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