Buying a new sofa can be a significant investment, so it’s crucial that you make the right choice. The sofa is, for many of us, the focal point of the room we spend the most time in the living room. Because of this, there are some key factors to consider when buying a new sofa, and to help you through the process here are some of the most important things to keep in mind.
Remember, do your research
This may sound obvious, but buying a sofa should not be a spur of the moment activity. There are so many factors to consider before buying and, with such a large variety of sofas available, it is crucial to look into as many options as possible to get started. By looking at different styles from different manufacturers, you will begin to get a feel for what you like and what you don’t. Also, with more and more retailers only stocking specific models or styles online, it is crucial to try and see as many options as possible in person. Not only does this give you a chance to physically try and sit on the sofas, to discover how comfortable they are, but it helps you to get a better sense of the dimensions.
Understand your size requirements
When buying a sofa, you must purchase the correct size for your needs. While you may only have two people living in your house, that doesn’t mean that you will only ever need a two-seater sofa. However, you mustn’t overestimate the size of sofa that your living room can take. Not only will a very large sofa dominate a smaller room, but it may physically not fit. Furthermore, many suppliers and manufacturers state that it is your responsibility to ensure the sofa you order can be delivered into your house. If it does not fit through the door, you could find yourself paying extra for doors or even windows to be removed, and this can result in high additional costs.
Remember your budget
By researching before you buy, you will gain a better understanding of what styles and sizes are within your budget. This will automatically eliminate some options from consideration and help you find the right sofa. However, it is always worth comparing the prices of sofas between different stores to see if the same sofa is cheaper somewhere else. This may also give you some leverage to ask a particular store to price match to another. However, this may not be possible due to store policy, so always ask to check. Some stores may also offer finance options depending on the price of the sofa, so if this is something you are open to, it may increase the range of sofas you can afford. Going way over your budget, however, is never advisable, and while you may love a particular model, this is still a purchase that should be made with your head, not your heart.
Keep in mind your fabric needs
The type of fabric you choose for a sofa is really important. This is hopefully going to be a piece of furniture you live with for a long time, so having something you are going to enjoy sitting on for years to come is essential. Choosing between leather and fabric may not be an option depending on the style. One example of this is the beautiful Chesterfield sofa. This classic English design traditionally comes only in leather, so finding a fabric version could be difficult. Other sofas, however, will have the option to choose so making sure the material is not just trendy now, but something you will enjoy further down the line should be a key part of your decision.
Making sure it fits with your room
No matter what sofa you choose, you will need to keep in mind the room it is going in. Will the design work with other furniture you have in the room or the general colour scheme? While having a statement sofa can be a great look, you will want it to blend well with the room as a whole. Take time after looking at the sofas in-store or online to try and work out how and where it would fit in your room.
Overall buying a new sofa should be an enjoyable event. This is a piece of furniture that you will hopefully enjoy for years to come, so being happy with the decision you make is important. By following these steps, you should be able to find a sofa you love that works for your needs.
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