Arguably, buying a sofa is one of the biggest interior decisions you can make. They can be pricey so you want to make sure you get it right first time. My tips for choosing the right sofa for your home are pretty much common sense but they can act as a reminder if you are searching for your perfect couch.
Have An Idea Of What You Want Before You Shop
Don’t go into DFS completely blind, have a browse of Pinterest/Instagram before you head into store. What kind of sofas do you typically pin? Will it go with your living room? Is it practical? It’s better to consider these things before you get caught up in looking at swatches and being sweet talked by salespeople.
Play It Safe
This goes against my every design belief but when it comes to sofas it can pay to play it safe. That doesn’t mean you have to buy a boring sofa, just stick to something that suits your existing interior style. Remember you can always use cushions to add personality, that way you can adapt your seating to your current style.
You might think you want a massive sofa to spread out on but when you can’t get your couch through the front door or it looks imposing in your living room you will regret not measuring up. Make sure you plan your living room layout prior to buying a sofa and ensure that you have the space for the sofa and that you can change your layout if required.
Pick A Hardwearing Fabric
I can’t tell you how much pizza cheese, ice cream and other delicious morsels that have made their way onto my sofa. We all start off saying we will never eat/drink/get down and dirty on our sofas but if you’re anything like me those rules will last about a week which is why it may be wise to stay away from fabrics that stain easy (if not you may need to invest in some extra strong scotch guard). Most sofa companies will send out fabric samples so you can check that your sofa will withstand your lifestyle.
Try Before You Buy
With such a large purchase it is important not to make any rash decisions, if you can, try your sofa for comfortability before you commit. Even the online companies like Made.com and Loaf have showrooms in London, believe me it will be worth the trip if it saves you from making a wrong decision.
Once you’ve decided on a sofa, try a cheeky little barter. If you’ve got the balls, a sofa is one of those things you can definitely get discount on.Try for 10% off, or some cushions thrown in to the deal, what’s the worst that could happen? As a Brit I have always been terrified to barter but to the rewards of asking for a cheeky discount can often be high.
Are you planning on getting a new sofa soon, any tips for choosing the right sofa for you home? Any good sofa websites I may not have heard of?