What to Look for When Buying Your New Sofa

What to Look for When Buying Your New Sofa

Whether you’re moving, renovating or simply updating a tired settee, there’s something vaguely exciting about going sofa shopping. But what should you be looking for?

Sure, there’s probably been many an hour spent looking through aspirational Pinterest boards envisaging your dream couch but when your less-than-large living room doesn’t stand up in any way to the online mood boards, it can be a challenge to know exactly what you should be taking into consideration.

At Designer Sofas 4 U, we know that choosing a new sofa is a huge task and it’s one that’s to be taken seriously. After all, as a sofa is a huge investment it’s a decision you’re likely to be stuck with for years.

Check the Dimensions

First and foremost, do not buy anything without checking the dimensions. Once you’ve got the dimensions of the couch, be sure to measure up your living space too – you don’t want to purchase a stunning new corner suite only to discover it blocks your fireplace!

When measuring your living space, ensure you also determine how you’re going to get it in. Will it fit through your front door? Can it go round the back? If it’s not even going to make it in through the doorway, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and choose something else.

Check to see if the sofa is made with a one-piece construction or as a split base. Split base sofas can be delivered in individual pieces whereas one-piece constructions come as one so will need to fit through whole.

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Choose a Style to Fit Your Life

Think about exactly what you’ll need it for. If you’ve got small children or pets, leather couches may work better as they’re easy to clean and relatively easy to care for.

Leather Chesterfield sofas, for example, have a long life span and are great for busy households whereas fabric sofas come in a wider range of colours and patterns and offer plenty of warmth for the colder months.

If you’ve got always got family staying over or coming to visit, then consider a sofa bed as it’s highly flexible and can be just as comfortable as a standard sofa. Be aware that due to their construction, sofa beds will feel firmer when sat on them.

What to look for when buying a sofa


Match it with Your Décor

Next, be sure to take a look around your living room to determine exactly what style you want to go for. If your brand new room décor has taken on a classic, elegant feel then think about timeless shapes such as Chesterfields or cabriole shapes.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something a little more contemporary your best bet is to go for Lawson-style, an American casual design, or Tuxedo sofas.

Once you’ve chosen and inspected your style, it’s all about accenting and accessorising. Be sure to check if your chosen retailer does matching armchairs, footstools or ottomans. Look out for complementary cushions and throws to emphasise the look and don’t forget about the lead-time!

Finally, choose a retailer who handcrafts your chosen sofa to the highest standards – with many people spending up to thousands of pounds on new settee’s, it’s wise to choose a store which has vast experience in manufacture and upholstering and someone who will make your chosen from scratch.

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