In a previous post, I mentioned that you might want to consider buying a new sofa as part of sprucing up your living room this spring. And I've also mentioned what happened the first days of buying ours (which we otherwise love) and how we coped with it in another post. In case you’re thinking of going through with it here are a few things to consider before you make a significant investment.
A sofa is a long-term investment, so think back to when you bought your last sofa. Was it between seven to fifteen years ago or even worse did you inherit it like I did mine? If so, it is past time to shop around for a new one. Before I set off to furniture stores near me, I would make a list of things to bare in mind while I search. My ideal budget, what size I’d like, whether I could use a sofa-bed, and how I’d like my new sofa to look.
Your sofa will be the focus point of the living room, so it needs to match the existing furniture regarding colour, design, and shape. A neutral-coloured sofa will go with anything, so cream, tan or even white sofas are popular with buyers. Unfortunately, stains on these sofas are not easy to remove. Black sofas also fit into most colour schemes, and they hide stains for a long time. However, if you’re a person who loves colour, then don’t shy away from using it to make a statement. Experiment with colour and interior design a little and go for a bolder and brighter sofa. Your creativity is your limit. And whatever your chosen colour, make sure you go for a durable textile that will last for years.
It’s all well and good wanting a big sofa so you can take an afternoon nap on it, but if it won’t fit in your living room, then it’s not a sound investment. Before you go shopping, take measurements and write them down for reference. If you have a specific spot picked out for the new furniture, then you can use your old sofa as a size guide, but if you want to be more flexible, then you should have measurements of the whole room.
Sofa designs have got a little more creative over the years. Now you can have a sectional huddled in the corner, to give you more space in the living room. Or, if you have frequent overnight visitors, you can invest in a sofa bed.
Before buying, you should test the springs and feel the fillings. More durable, high-density fillings can feel hard, but the softer fillings will deteriorate more quickly with each use. The springs in the upholstery should be close together and firm. Sofas with no springs are uncomfortable and flimsy. When testing out the seats, keep an ear open for creaks and squeaks, which will indicate that the springs are incorrectly placed or hitting the frame.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a space that you love. You’ll be spending a lot of time on your sofa, so make sure you love it just as much.
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