Do you know that the average person sits on their sofa for four hours every day? With such a big investment of time you should probably look into ways of buying a sofa that will be comfortable and long-lasting so that you can enjoy every minute of those four hours. Today, we are going to talk about buying a sofa in this sofa buying guide.
In this sofa buying guide, let’s talk about 5 important tips to look for when you’re investing in a new sofa or couch or Chesterfield, whatever you call it.
1. Fit and comfort of your sofa
When you’re spending anywhere between 15 to 30 percent of your living room furniture budget on a sofa, and yes that’s a good number to use when planning your budget, you’ll want to test it out.
If you’re going to be using your sofa for watching TV, then you’ll want to sit and curl up on the sofa. This might mean you should look for a sofa that is deeper, maybe with a low arm so you can lie down and rest your head on it.
if you’re looking for a more formal couch then you’ll want a sofa that supports your back has a shorter depth and keeps you in a more upright position. So, however you want to use your sofa test it out.
2. Start with the frame
For a good investment you’ll want to purchase a sofa with a strong and well-built frame. The upholstery and fabric may wear away but you can always reupholster the sofa, if the frame on the sofa is worth upholstering
Look for a manufacturer that uses kiln-dried hardwood. Preferably oak beech or ash. Stay sway from sofas that are made with plywood, particle board, plastic and/or metal. Look for feet that are attached to the frame with screws or dowels, not just simply glued in place. These are all signs of how long-lasting your sofa will be.
3. Fill and Cushions
A true test of a good sofa is the padding and filling. It’s what most people comment on as soon as they sit on a sofa. It’s either too soft or too hard. So your best bet is to choose something in between.
You’ll want support when you sit with a little give for comfort and most importantly you’ll want that cushion to spring back to its original position as well. Over time cushions that don’t spring back make the sofa looks old and used. A great combination is to have the seat cushions filled with a dense foam and the back cushions in a down fill. That means that you’ll have good comfortable support.
Remember that the down-filled cushions needs to be fluffed often like pretty much every time you get up from the sofa. So if you’re not a fan of fluffing look for foam filled cushions throughout.
4. Fabric type and Upholstery
Any sofa buying guide will not be complete without talking about fabric and upholstery used in the sofa. Aside from the actual look and style of the fabric on the sofa you’ll want to take a closer look at the fabric and its construction as well. Natural fabric fade over time and in sun light. So, look for synthetic or blended fabrics. Also a higher double rub count means the fabric is more durable, and therefore, will look better for longer.
Leather on couches are easier to clean. But the leather does stretch over time and may get marked up if you have pets and little ones. You’ll also want to look at how the fabric is applied to the sofa. Patterns should be evenly spaced and line up at the seams.
If you’ve got button tufting make sure the buttons are all firmly secured to the sofa.
5. Measurements of the sofa
Last, but definitely not least, you must measure before you even go out to look for a sofa. Measure the space for your sofa and definitely measure the width and height of every door, hallway and stairwell in to your roof. Take into account any light fixtures that might hang low as well. Once you have all of that noted on a piece of paper, measure the height within length of the sofa to make sure it will make it inside.
If things are looking a little tight, see if the feet on the sofa can be removed. That might give you a couple of extra inches. Also if things are really tight consider a modular sofa like a sectional instant.
We hope all the information in this sofa buying guide is very useful for you. So here’s your take away. The sofa is the most used piece of furniture in your home with the exception of your bed. And a good well-built sofa will cost you between 15 and 30 percent of your living room furniture budget. So take time and test out the sofa making sure you find it comfortable. Then take a closer look at the frame and the cushions as these make up the structure and support of your sofa. Look for fabrics that are high-performing and then measure, measure and measure.
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