Making the decision to purchase new furniture, particularly sofas, can be exciting. It can also be a challenge when there are so many choices available. Trying to figure out which style to select, what color would be best, and which fabric will be the most comfortable and durable over the years can paralyze some shopper's into not making a decision at all. There are many factors to consider, and by following these easy steps, you will see your decision-making process go much smoother.
First, examine your available budget. If you know exactly how much money you have in the bank to invest in your new sofa, you will effectively narrow down your choices tremendously. If you're shopping online to get an idea, you can filter your selections based on that price range. Once you hit the showroom floor, let the sales person know what you can spend so you won't waste your time looking at pieces you cannot afford. If you decide to finance your option, make sure you know what you're getting into with monthly payments and interest rates.
Next, measure your available space. There's no need to look at those giant sofas that are so comfortable and inviting if they won't fit in your family room. The only loophole to this is with a sectional. Many sectional sofas can be disassembled allowing greater flexibility with placement of the pieces. Also, some sectionals come with a chaise lounge, so it's important to factor in that part of the sofa that will extend outward into potential walking space.
Third, choose a style. Determine whether or not you want a modern or contemporary look, something that says 'antique', or a sleek, geometric design. Unless you have a specific color theme, you might wish to stay with more neutral tones and hues. Another thing to consider is whether or not you have children or pets. If so, look into purchasing a sofa made of fabric that either hides stains well or is easy to clean.
Fourth, test for comfort and durability. There's no reason to buy a sofa if it isn't comfortable to you or your family members. All too often, it's so tempting to decide on a couch simply because it is elegant, beautiful, and within your price range. If the cushions are so uncomfortable that you will be unable to enjoy extended periods of relaxation, there's a good chance you will quickly regret your decision. Where quality and durability are concerned, sofa frames made of metal, particleboard, and plastic tend to not last as long as those made of wood. Don't be afraid to examine this feature before purchasing.
Lastly, read the reviews on sofas. Many brand names, and even off brands, have reviews posted by purchasers, and they are readily available on different websites. This way, you can get a good idea of many factors from quality to comfort, all the way to the durability of the fabric. Consider reading the reviews before you begin looking and even after you've decided on a particular sofa for your home.