Nowadays with the convenience of online shopping, it feels like choosing the right sofa is harder than ever. With limitless possibilities, finding the right one that suits your lifestyle may be a daunting task so we've compiled a list of a few tips that we've gathered over the years to help you make a smarter buying decision.
UNDERSTAND THE BASICS
FIND YOUR MEASUREMENTS
The first step before buying any new furniture piece is measuring both your space, the piece itself and the doorways/hallways you intend on fitting your piece through. Trust us when we say that this is the most common reason for people return items. If you live in a smaller space, aim for apartment style sofas, sofa beds or love seats while on the other hand, if you live in a bigger space, sectional sofas might be a better option for you.
DETERMINE A STYLE
With so many different styles available, you would be surprised on how many possible options there are out there. Regardless of the quality of your sofa, you wont be satisfied if you don't love the way it looks especially when paired to the decor you currently have. Attempt to narrow down your styles between the ones that complement the current decor of your space.
When it comes to investing in a timeless piece that is meant to last, the key is choosing the right fabric. Although style is just as important, you want to ensure that your new sofa is both as functional as it is beautiful. Look at your habits, if you tend to eat while you sit on your sofa. Look for commercial grade fabrics that offer stain resistance or you can also opt for our Shelter fabric protection. If you have kids, synthetic fibres such as polyester and acrylic are great options for long term abuse while more natural fabrics such as cotton and linen are more breathable although they tend to be less durable. Often being more durable in the long term that fabric sofas, leather sofas can also be a very attractive option but it should be known that they also tend to be more pricey.
AIM FOR QUALITY
With the convenience of online shopping. It's easier than ever to purchase a sofa without ever actually seeing it. That being said, the worst time to find out that you hate a new sofa is after it has been delivered. With sofas being the most used piece in any home aside from your mattress, you want to ensure that your investment doesn't go to waste. Some things that you should look out for when determining the quality of a sofa is the cushions, frame, and springs.
VERIFY LEAD TIME & DELIVERY
Something that people often realized when purchasing a new sofa is the long shipping time as well as the expensive shipping cost. Understanding how your delivery can save you any hassle later on.
INVEST IN QUALITY FILLINGS
A sofa’s filling can say a lot about its comfort. While polyurethane foam is one of the more common fillings in sofas, determining the right one can be hard. Foam that is too dense may feel hard while foam that is too soft can deteriorate quickly with regular use. Aim for that sweet spot in the middle. Feathers are ideal for those who value softness in their couches although they don’t dry well if wet.
INVEST IN QUALITY FRAMES
Being some of the more pricey options, hardwood constructed frames such as kiln dried oak, beech or ash wood provide a durable foundation that will last a lifetime if treated correctly. Softer wood types like pine is a popular affordable option, but it may warp or buckle after a few years. Any sofa frames made of particleboard, plastic, or metal is to be avoided, as it will likely warp or crack and is generally uncomfortable.