Buying a Sofa: The Golden Rules!

by FOKaL on February 5, 2013

Buying a Sofa: The Golden Rules!

From settling down for your favorite TV show to recovering from a winter bug or diving into a new computer game, the sofa plays a quiet but vital role in the everyday life of you and your family. There’s a reason the phrase ‘having a sofa day’ has become popular shorthand for a well-deserved afternoon of rest and relaxation. We generally like our sofas to last for a long time too, so it makes sense to take all the right steps to ensure a new purchase represents the right choice for our home. Here are a few handy hints to help you find the perfect piece to meet all your relaxation needs, no matter if it’s one of many fabric sofas, or a special Chesterfield.

Your first consideration should be space. Are you buying an individual sofa or a three-piece suite? If you’re furnishing a larger living room you might want extra seating to ensure everyone has enough space – particularly when you have guests. If it’s for a secondary room like a study, conservatory or bedroom, a smaller standalone might suffice.

Before you start shopping around, measure the space you have to work with. Where will your new sofa sit? If you’re replacing an existing piece, do you want the same size, or might you benefit from one that’s slightly larger or smaller? By going in knowing the measurements you’re looking for, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and stress.

If you have limited space but need to accommodate more people, consider alternatives. Two smaller two seater sofas might be a better fit than one large piece. Lay down some newspaper around the area the sofa would take up to give yourself a better idea of the space you have to work with.

If you live in a flat, or if you’re placing the sofa in an upstairs room, stairs can be a major hassle – as can tight doorway spaces. Ask your retailer for advice on this – they may offer a measurement service or be able to recommend a moving company that specializes. Don’t try to do it yourself if you’re not confident that you know what you’re doing; you could injure yourself or damage the sofa.

Material should also be a key consideration.

Tightly woven fabrics like wool and chenille will wear well and are very comfortable – ideal for a sturdy living room suite. Leather on the other hand is very elegant and refined and will really give a room character, but might be better suited to a sitting room or a study. Think about the potential damage that can be done by the claws of unruly pets too.

Last, but definitely not least, make sure your new sofa is comfortable to sit on! For ultimate relaxation, a sofa with lower arms is generally easier to lie down on with the help of some cushions, while if you prefer an upright seated position or need a bit of support for a bad back or posture problems, choose a higher, firmer seat.

Ultimately, the golden rule of sofa-shopping is to keep an open mind. Don’t be afraid to try out numerous styles and stores before you make your final decision. In addition to furniture stores, don’t forget to look around specialist and pay weekly retailers such, as BrightHouse, who might be able to offer you a more convenient payment plan so you don’t have to compromise on quality.

A little bit of effort and forward planning and you should have no trouble finding just the right piece for your home!

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