4 things you need to consider before buying a new couch

November 6, 2014

A sofa can make or break the feeling of an entire living room, so it's important to follow a few steps when selecting the ideal sofa for your home.

4 things you need to consider before buying a new couch

1. Consider the filling

The filling of a couch is a very important factor when considering comfort.

  • Most couches have polyurethane as their filling, so if you opt for this, you'll need to consider that a couch with higher density polyurethane will be firmer.
  • Those who want extreme comfort should look for down cushions. When choosing down, however, it's important to get a sofa with quality cushions that won't allow feathers to poke through.

2. Research upholstery

Too many people simply look at a sofa's colour, decide the upholstery is nice and hurry to buy it. This can prove to be a big mistake.

  • Not every upholstery material is right for every person.
  • Suede, for instance, feels amazing but for those with young children or pets, suede can quickly turn into a bad decision because it's difficult to clean. If a pet has an accident or child spills a drink, the fabric could be ruined.

Take the time to research potential materials; it can save you a lot of money later on.

3. Finding the right fit

Buying a sofa on impulse rarely works out because of how much space these pieces take up in a room.

  • It's important to consider how large a couch is, especially if you want coffee tables, chairs or loveseats in the room. Breaking out the measuring tape can go a long way in this situation.

4. Make sure it's sleep-worthy

People may cringe at the idea of someone sleeping all night on their brand new couch, but one day it may be the only bed you have to offer a surprise guest.

  • When you buy a couch, make sure it's comfortable enough to spend the night on. After all, how great is it to fall asleep while watching a movie only to wake up without any pain?

When it comes to sofas, a little extra legwork goes a long way. Selecting the ideal sofa for your home has more long-term consequences than you may anticipate, so do your homework and you'll thank yourself later.

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