4 Tips for Buying a New Sofa

While it can be exciting to hunt down that perfect sofa, with so many options online and in-store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And considering the fact that couches are not an inexpensive item, it’s important to make sure your decision is well thought out. The following factors should be considered when shopping for a new couch.

Lifestyle Fit
It’s easy to be wooed by a gorgeous couch. That cream-colored sofa may look great at first, but if you’re a new parent, a proud pet owner or find yourself hosting large social gatherings several times a month, you may want to consider choosing a piece of furniture that is easy to clean. Those with young kids know that spills happen, party lovers understand what a splash of red wine can do to that taupe loveseat, and cat owners know the lure of leather. Make sure to find a piece of furniture that aligns with your lifestyle. Psst: Dark colors and patterns often hide spills with ease.

Size and Shape
Consider your space carefully when choosing furniture. That L-shaped sofa may be the piece of your dreams, but will it overwhelm your modest-sized living room? Will that small loveseat get lost in the center of your formal space? Make sure to measure and re-measure, especially if shopping online.

Comfort 
If you’re buying a sofa for a room you spend a ton of time in—say, your family den versus your formal living room—comfort should be key. Opt for buying in-store, where you can park yourself for an extended period of time before making a decision.

Versatility
Maybe you plan to move within the next two years, or frequently host overnight guests. Choose a functional piece of furniture that’s versatile. Say, a sofa that turns into a bed, or a medium-sized piece in a neutral color so it will fit in whatever home comes next.