Sofa-holic! How to Shop For the Right Sofa

With so many sofas in the market, how do you know which one will be perfect for your home? Since you aren’t likely to go sofa shopping every year, you’ll need to narrow down to a sofa that is comfortable, complements your home, and lasts long. After reading our article "Sofa? So good! How to pick the right sofa”, the next thing to do is walk into a furniture showroom, test the sofa yourself and get all your questions answered by the salesperson.

Listed below are a few tips to help you pick up the perfect sofa.

Test Run Your Sofa 

It may look very comfortable but to know for sure you’ll need to sit on it. Decide how much stuffing you want in your sofa – soft, the kind you can just sink into or firm, the kind that will give you maximum back support. Also think about the kind of style that will best suit your home – modern, transitional or classic.

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Take your time to test each sofa

Bringing a picture of your living room might help you decide.  Sit and stretch out on as many sofas as you can.Shortlist the sofas that are comfortable and look good. Make sure that you ask the salesperson about maintenance and warranty. If you need some more time to mull over it then take pictures off all the sofas you like so you can look at them at leisure and decide on the one for your living room.

 Fascinating Fabrics

Think about the kind of upholstery fabric or finish you want on your sofa – nylon, cotton, polyester, microfiber and leather are a few alternatives. If yardage or swatches are available in store, place them against the sofa to get an idea of the finished look. Get as much information about each fabric available in the store, including price, availability in the style of sofa you've picked and approximate delivery schedules for customization requests. Do keep in mind your lifestyle, family and pets when picking a fabric or finish.

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Pet friendly fabric upholstery on sofas

If you are unable to decide right away, ask the salesperson to provide you with a few fabric swatches and take a few days to decide which one you want.

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Examine and feel each fabric swatch 

Cool Customization

If you find a sofa that is really comfortable but don't care for the upholstery, remember to ask about reupholstering it. Ask the salesperson about customizing the sofa. Adding sectionals, making arms wider, changing the back cushion style, raising the back height, changing the style of legs and adding a pillow top bed are a few ways in which you can customize your sofa.

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Sofa with sectionals

Buying a sofa can be a lot of fun. It can also be an activity that the entire family is involved in because the entire family is going to use it! To ensure you make the right decision visit as many showrooms and sit on as many sofas as you can.

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