5 STEPS TO BUYING YOUR MOST LOVED COUCH
Your couch is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home. You not only want something that looks great but that also fits in with the way you live, is loved by the whole family and that is going to last a good time.
If you are looking to buy a new couch be sure to follow these 5 simple steps to ensure that next time you curl up to watch a movie or stretch out to finally finish that book, you are 100% happy where you are.
CHOOSE THE TYPE OF SOFA YOU WANT
Couches come in all shapes and sizes. The one you end up choosing will depend on the space you have, how many people you need to seat and how you plan to use your sofa from day to day. In short, it needs to fit in with your life.
Broadly, there are four types of couch to consider.
The standard couch usually comes in a 2, 3 or 4-seater option with seating being in a linear row.
The corner couch is an L-shaped couch that either comes as a full corner with an armrest on either end or an open corner unit with an armrest on one end and an open seat on the other.
The modular or sectional sofa is made so you can configure it to suit your space and needs more exactly. Some modular come as one unit with pieces that can be reconfigured whereas others can be bought as separate pieces giving you more freedom to choose how big you want your couch, and which pieces you need for your space. You can then add more pieces as you need them later.
Sofa beds can be transformed into an additional sleep space for overnight guests without taking up too much space in your living room, home office or in smaller apartments.
PICK YOUR STYLE
Once you know what size and kind of sofa you need, you can start to think about what you want it to look like in your home. You will no doubt have a particular style preference or need to choose something that fits in with the rest of your home décor and style.
There are many different looks to choose from and you can often find these in a variety of beautiful colours and fabrications too.
Here are some of the more popular styles you may find:
Mid Century Modern type couches tend to have a cleaner, more minimalist aesthetic and structure, usually lower to the floor with plain legs.
A Chesterfield style is a classic design with quilted or tufted upholstery and high arms.
A Tuxedo style tends to be straighter and box-like in looks with tufting along the back and the arms.
FIND THE RIGHT FIT
With online shopping becoming more popular and convenient, we want to be sure we are getting what we expect when we buy that dream couch without seeing it first.
First you want to be sure that you buy a couch that actually fits your space, and that will fit through your doorways when it is delivered. It is absolutely essential that you measure your space and your entryways before clicking purchase.
Once you have these measurements, check the dimensions of the couch you want to see if it matches up or if it will be too big or small.
The measurements you want of your couch are:
- Arm height
When checking if your couch will fit inside your home measure doors, stairways and any corners or obstacles that could cause a problem at delivery.
FACTOR IN LIFESTYLE
We all use couches differently. Some of us love to spend entire weekends cosied up with a blanket binge watching the new season of our favourite series. Others prefer to keep their couch pristine and ready to welcome guests. And then for some the couch is where the whole family, including pets, congregate every evening for some together time.
If you plan to spend plenty of hours on your couch, look for something soft and comfy over super stylish and perhaps more upright.
If there are kids and pets vying for space on your couch, you will want to choose a harder wearing fabrication like our FibreGuard fabric options.
FOCUS ON QUALITY
Other than your bed, your couch is probably the most used piece of furniture in your home so you really want to choose one that will be durable and comfy for years to come.
There are two parts to your couch that you need to consider in terms of quality, the frame and the upholstery.
Choose a couch with a warranty on both frame and upholstery that you feel comfortable with.
Harder wearing fabrics are your velvets, FibreGuard fabrics and full grain leathers.