The staple piece for traditional American living rooms and game rooms is the sofa. It’s where families meet for discussions, to watch cartoons and cheer on their favorite hometown teams to victory. Unfortunately, sofas are also one of the most expensive pieces of furniture, so picking one isn’t just an easy decision. There are many things to consider before even heading to the store, like a budget and how much room you have for one. To help you pick out the right sofa, we’ve come up with a short list that covers nearly all the aspects of a new sofa.
- Size - This is definitely the first and most import thing to consider when purchasing a sofa. Not only do you want to measure the area in which you’ll be putting it, but also the hallways, stairs and door frames to guarantee you can get it there. Another great way to understand the amount of space it will eventually take up is to cut out a paper outline of the sofa. You can then move it around and see the possible places it can be positioned.
- Color - If you’re an indecisive person, then this is a decision you should sleep on, maybe a couple nights just to be sure. If you want to go with a calming feel to your room, try a sofa that is similar or matching to the room or curtains. If you have more of a bold personality, consider using the sofa as a statement piece that will catch any viewer's attention. And remember although the color may seem permanent, you can always have a couch upholstered.
- Feel - This factor is one that you may overlook at first, but then quickly realize how important it is. Avoid buying a sofa online, as even the most descriptive words will not give you the true feeling. If you’re looking for a long lasting, supportive couch then a traditional foam cushions is what you’ll want. On the other hand if you prefer a softer, more relaxing couch go for one that is feather, as it will give you that sinking feeling you’re looking for after a hard day’s work.
- Design - One of the last things to consider is the basic design of the sofa. If you’re looking for a couch that fits a large number of people on it, choose one that has three cushions. When there’s only two it forces the third to have to sit on the crack of the cushions, and no one likes the feeling of sinking in between the cushions. Also consider how high off the ground you want the couch. For rooms with ceilings lower than 8 feet, choose a sofa that sits closer to the ground. Also, consider the leg or no leg look for your sofa. If you’re the type that likes lots of end tables, using a skirt to cover up the legs will make the room seem less cluttered.
Do you have any other factors that you take into consideration when choosing a sofa? Let us know in the comments below! You can also find the sofas pictured above in a store near you or online as well.