Sofas or a couch might be one of the biggest purchases you make when furnishing your home. There are good reasons for this. Your sofa is often a focal point in your living room. Positioned so you can watch television, play music or even play video games, it’s a place where you and your family members might spend a lot of time.
What to Think About Before You Start Looking For a Sofa?
Begin with Your Budget: Interior designer Annie Elliot is quoted as saying that you should expect to spend around a thousand dollars on a good quality, new sofa. Anything less than that, and you are probably not going to get a piece of furniture that will last. It has been observed, however, that after $3,000, the improvement in quality is slight.
Sit on a Lot of Showroom Furniture: Even if you plan to purchase your couch online, test showroom sofas to see how they fit or feel. Make notes about the brands that you like and the ones that you do not.
Think About How Many People Will Sit on the Sofa: Is this a couch just for you? Is it for you and your life partner? Is it going to be for a large family of children? Should I allow room for pets? These are all considerations when buying a sofa.
Get Fabric Samples: If you are shopping online, fabric samples are extremely important because you cannot assess the feel of a fabric from a picture. Will it be comfortable? Will it feel scratchy? Is it colorfast? Some interior designers are now recommending that you get indoor/outdoor fabric because if something will hold up to your patio, then it should survive your living room.
Write Down the Upholstery Choices That You Like: Whether it is because it feels good on your skin or because it is tough and you think it will wear well, make notes.
What to Measure When Shopping for a Sofa?
Measure Yourself: A comfortable sofa should be deep enough that you can sit back in it, and perhaps even pull your feet up into it. But it should not be so deep that when you are sitting in it normally, you have no back support. You should be able to sit upright and have your feet flat on the floor, without having your knees pushed unnaturally toward your chin. Tall and short couples might need to develop some sort of compromise on sofa size.
For sizing the couch to you, measure from the back of your hips to the inside of your knee. That is the depth of the couch. Measure from the inside of the back of your knee to the floor. That is the ideal height of the seat.
Measure Your Doorways, Hallways, Stairways: To get the couch into your home, measure the width, height and cross-section of any door your couch will need to go through. Nothing is more disappointing than having picked out the perfect couch, only to not be able to get it into the house. Consider alternative means of bringing it in, if necessary.