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When purchasing a new sofa there’s a million thoughts and questions floating around in our heads. We decided to sit down and put together a list of the top five things to consider when purchasing a new sofa.

The difference between a good and bad sofa can have a huge impact on comfort, room aesthetic, and time spent cleaning to name a few. It’s important to determine exactly what you want out of your new sofa before buying one. A good sofa can be one of your best investments as long as you’re mindful with your purchase.

Consider its Purpose

What will the sofa be primarily used for?  Not all sofas are created equally – a typical living room sofa isn’t usually the best option for an outdoor patio. Will your family be enjoying the sofa daily for classic living room activities like watching TV or will it be a centerpiece in a formal living room that’s reserved for special occasions? Will your new sofa be able to handle your toddler’s juice spills and dog’s mud tracks? Think about who will be using your sofa and how it’ll be used.

Size & Style

Measure, measure, measure! The last thing you want is to spend hundreds of dollars on a sofa only for it to take up your entire living room or worse, not make it into your living room because it can’t fit through the doorway. Measure the entire room, especially the wall that the sofa will rest against. A low profile tight back sofa is perfect for small spaces, while a sectional may work better in larger areas (unless you can find a smaller scaled one). A Lawson sofa is popular for its versatility and comfort, and it can be used in both a casual and formal setting.

Material

If you want to ensure that your sofa looks pristine (or close to it) for as long as possible, consider its fabric. Microfibers are a great option for heavily used areas, especially if you have children. They are minimal yet elegant, and are easy to clean. If you intend to keep your sofa for as long as possible opt for textured fabrics. Compared to smoother materials, textured fabrics show less wear and tear and sometimes conceal stains easier. Leather is a good option if you are looking for longevity, while high maintenance fabrics, such as silk, are a better choice for areas that are used less frequently. If your sofa will be near a window, go for a synthetic fabric as natural materials may fade in sunlight.

Prioritize a Durable Frame

A sturdy frame is just as important as its upholstery. You don’t only want your sofa to look its best, but also withstand the test of time. Hardwood, like kiln-dried oak or engineered wood is the most durable and long lasting option. Pine and other kinds of softer wood are popular affordable options, but risk warping or cracking after a few years.

Filling & Joinery

Filling: Whether you’re aiming for comfort or structure, sometimes it’s best to choose a filling that combines both. While feather-filled cushions provide the most comfort, they will need regular plumping, while foam or fiber fillings may warp, flatten and eventually lost their shape. A good combination is back cushions filled with feathers and seat cushions filled with foam or fiber.

Joinery: The way the sofa frame is joined at the corners is an important detail that should not be overlooked. A badly joined sofa can be wobbly and ultimately collapse. Quality joints to look for are wooden corner blocks, corner blocks glued and screwed, wooden dowels, double wooden dowels, or metal screws with brackets. While a sofa may be reinforced with nails, staples, or glue, they should never serve as the sofa’s main construction.

Hopefully these tips help you find the perfect sofa that fits your needs. Happy sofa hunting!

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