5 Tips to Buying a New Sofa

There are few purchases more fun than buying a brand new sofa. There is also a fair amount of stress involved! You have to decide what colour to get, what fabric will best suit your lifestyle and where to put it in your home. Buying a sofa can be an intimidating task! It’s not just about choosing the right size and colour–it’s also about finding the right fit for your space and how much money you want to spend on it. But don’t worry—I’m here for you. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the best tips for finding the perfect living room furniture piece at a price that suits your budget. When you sit down each night after work, all of your worries will melt away as soon as you lay eyes on your new favourite spot in the house.


1. Planning your Space.

This will allow you to determine the size and shape of the sofa that will fit best in your living room or family room. You will also need to ensure there is enough ‘breathing space’ for all the pieces in the room. If you are happy with your current layout start measuring! If not, why not? Consider how you can best maximise your space according to your lifestyle requirements and current furniture pieces. This is where a space planning service can help!  Make sure to measure:

  • The height of the space
  • The depth of the space
  • The width of the area where your sofa will go
  • The depth (length) of any sofas that interest you and compare them with each other


2. Planning for Your Purchase

The first step in buying a sofa is to think about your lifestyle and what you need from your sofa. If you live alone and are looking for a comfy seat to relax after work, then it’s probably best to buy something small and practical that can fit in an apartment or studio apartment. For families that have pets or children, then it might be better to invest in something more durable so that it can withstand their antics.

Maybe you’re buying a sofa for entertaining guests, then consider investing in one or two sofas of different sizes (if space allows) or adding an ottoman that can double as a seat when guests come over. A modular sofa that has flexible layout options may suit you best.

Perhaps most importantly: think about how often will you will be using the sofa? How many people will be using the sofa? Where will they be using it? Will there be any movement involved like moving between rooms within one house or apartment complex (elevators)? Is there going to be someone sleeping on this piece of furniture regularly – for example is this sofa going to be used as a bed for guests?


3. It’s What’s Inside that Counts!

A sofa is one of the most expensive pieces of furniture in a home, but it’s also one of the most important. A sofa is usually your home’s focal point and sets the tone for an entire room. It can be both a statement piece and a great way to tie together different elements in your space. This is probably why sofas are often referred to as “the heart” or “the soul” of homes!

What’s inside is equally as important as what is on the outside! Feather filled sofas look soft and comfy but are actually very hard to maintain as they flatten and do not retain their shape. Foam filled sofas retain their shape but are also not as comfortable and are mostly used for cheaper sofas. My recommendation would be feather and fibre or feather and foam. It holds its shape and is extremely comfortable and low maintenance.

You should pay attention to the frame of your sofa – is it hardwood or metal, or is it made from a cheaper material such as pine? I believe that a good sofa should have a frame that is glued and screwed together (not just stapled) to give you some longevity.

No matter what style or size you choose, always keep comfort first—and I recommend getting someone else’s input on this too, because everyone has different preferences when it comes down to things like firmness levels!


4. Choosing your fabric.

Fabrics are one of my passions and I love this part of the process. But there are endless options out there and it can be quite daunting! If you already have a current aesthetic for your home that you are happy with, take some photos of the existing colours and fabrics and take them with you while shopping. This will help you find a piece that fits into the style of your home. It’s easy to be seduced by ‘on trend’ fabrics and colours! But if this purchase is a significant financial investment, it’s better to go with something more classic that will not date.

Keep in mind also how the fabric will wear over time and how you are using it in your space. Do you need a fabric that is washable or will you be happy having it professionally cleaned? A light coloured linen may look delightful but what happens when those little sticky fingers get all over it or your fur baby’s muddy paw prints?!

If you are more conservative with your fabric selection, you can add interest with some gorgeous scatter cushions. These can add ‘wow to your furniture and can be easily (and relatively inexpensively) changed when you tire of them. You could also invest in some custom made cushions in fabrics that you love to complement your new purchase.


5. Try Before You Buy

Shop around through reputable retailers. You can research sofas on their websites and narrow down your selections to create a list for when you visit their showrooms. Pay attention to the retailer’s return policies, the warranty period for your sofa and their customer service. Will they be able to help you if you have questions or concerns by email, phone or web chat? Do they have any guarantees on customer service response time? Compare their shipping costs and delivery service and take note of any lead times for the sofa you wish to order – lead times can be anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months!

No matter how beautiful your sofa looks, comfort is always the key! Your sofa might be the perfect shape and colour for your space but what good is it if no one wants to sit on it??


There are many considerations when purchasing a new sofa!

There are a lot of considerations when it comes to deciding which sofa will suit your needs. As with any big purchase, it’s important to shop around and compare prices. However, don’t let price alone determine which sofa is right for you. You should also consider the quality of the fabric, how comfortable it is and whether it will be durable enough for your lifestyle and living environment.

Before heading out shopping, take measurements so that you know exactly how much space is available in your room or designated seating area. This will help ensure that when it’s time to bring home your new piece of furniture everything fits together nicely. Without having any awkward gaps between pieces or unexpected extra space!

Another important thing to consider is how comfortable each one feels. This includes both sitting on them as well as touching their fabrics (this way if something doesn’t feel right then maybe try again!). If possible try out multiple options so that way there aren’t any surprises later on down the road when trying out different types/styles.

Space planning, fabric selection and bespoke furniture shopping are all part of my toolkit! So if you need some assistance with your new investment, get in touch with me today and let’s find the perfect sofa for you!


(image courtesy of Jardan)

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