Following these top 5 tips for selecting the perfect sofa can save you from experiencing buyer's remorse regarding size, shape, color, style, and price.
Top 5 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Sofa
Tip 1: Measure Your Space
It's incredibly important to measure the space you have available in your living room, but don't forget to measure doorways staircases, and any other potential obstacles that could get in the way when delivering your perfect sofa. If it won't fit through the door, it can't possibly be the perfect one for your home. Don't forget to measure your current coffee table unless you plan to purchase a new one. The same goes for end tables. The coffee table should be about the same height as the seats and the end tables about as tall as the arm rests for easiest access.
Also keep in mind that you don't want your sofa to dwarf all of the furniture in the room, so if your living room is small, you may want to consider a small sectional sofa that you can shift until it fits your needs.
Tip 2: Look at Your Décor
First, decide if your sofa is going to be the centerpiece for a total room makeover or if it needs to fit right in with your current furniture. If your current apartment is done up in cottage chic style and you don't have the funds to create a whole new room, now is not the time to invest in a plush brown leather sofa with Old World flair.
As much as you love a particular sofa in the store, if it doesn't fit with your current décor, you may end up resenting your purchase later. If you see yourself shifting into a different type of interior decorating style within the next few years, try to find a sofa that will bridge the gap rather than one that is the epitome of a completely opposite style and will stick out like a sore thumb in your living room until you can purchase new furniture, rugs, and possibly even paint.
Tip 3: Name Your Price
Don't step foot into a furniture store without figuring out how much you can spend on a sofa. If you do, salespeople, and potential perfect-but too expensive-pieces will woo you into purchasing something you can't afford, and will regret buying later. Decide how much you can afford for your payments to be every month. If you're paying cash, double check your numbers before you set out.
Tip 4: Test Seating
Have a seat. Pretend you're in your own living room when you sit on that model couch in the showroom. If you're shopping online, live vicariously through others' reviews. Did they say it's too firm? Too soft? Uncomfortable all around? Awkward for tall people? Does the recliner portion (if there is one) fail to work sometimes or break frequently, or is it placed in a not-so-convenient spot on the side? These are the types of things it's best to know before you buy your sofa so you're not disappointed later.
Tip 5: The Extras
If you have kids or pets, you may want to go for one of the extras they throw in, such as stain-resistant treatment on the fabric or cushion fixes for life. If your kid's toy stabs a hole in your leather cushion, is there an insurance plan that will ensure that the company repairs it?
You probably won't have to ask these questions if you're purchasing from a live salesperson because they generally like to up sell as much as possible. However, if the person you are working with does fail to mention any extras that will protect the sofa or at least repair it when it does get damaged, ask. If you're single or a couple with no kids or pets and you tend to keep your food and drinks in the kitchen or dining area, you may be able to skip this step.
A Final Word
The 5 tips for selecting the perfect sofa will help you set the parameters for your big furniture purchase whether you're shopping for a whole new set or just the sofa. Write notes down about what you want and need and take the list with you so you won't make an emotional purchase based on how much you love a sofa in the store. It will also help you keep your measurements in mind so you'll know ahead of time whether the sofa will fit in your living room or through the door.