When looking for the right sofa, there are a lot of factors to consider. There are also a lot of people out there ready to feed you false information in order to get you to buy their product. I am here to tell you some truths about sofa selection.
Every sofa can come in handy for a period of time. If you have a low budget and are in a bind, you might choose a sofa that will last you for the rest of the year until you are better off financially. Be sure though, that you are willing to buy the lesser sofa in order to meet your immediate needs. "Run of the mill" sofas will last you for at the most two years before the foam inside begins to sag and the fabric begins to fade. Is this worth even a cent of your money?
I would believe that you would agree that this is not a worthy investment. The four things to consider when choosing a sofa are:
Your budget really does matter when it comes to your purchase of a sofa. While I do not believe you should waste your money on a "run of the mill" sofa, I also know that there is a range of cost for good sofas. You can decide that you are ready to put as much money as possible into your sofa and you are guaranteed to have a good quality sofa, with the desired custom appearance, and the perfect size. If you want to save a little money, you can decide to sacrifice either quality, appearance, or size. Honestly, if you are getting a "deal" on a sofa, you can also be sure that you are getting a "steal" on one of those three items. One of these will be sacrificed for the sake of cost. There are no true deals out in the furniture world (unless you are buying estate sales, etc.).
In regards to quality, you must know that quality is a variable word. What means quality to one store, will mean absolute trash to another. You must know about your product in order to define quality for yourself. This is what to look for when choosing a sofa:
Fabric Selection -
Do they even tell you what type of fabric is on the piece of furniture? If so, is this type of fabric going to clean easily? Also, will it hold up after being sat in every day for 4 years?
Inside a Sofa -
What type of foam is used in the backing and in the seating? If there are springs in the cushions, are they eight way hand tied (this is the best)?
Where was the product manufactured? Do they truly care about the product they are making? Is the company out of the US? Do they have a reputation to uphold?
These are all very important factors to consider when determining the quality of your sofa.
Another part of the sofa selection process is determining your desired appearance for your sofa. You have to decide whether you have a specific look for your room that you would like to attain, and decide whether you want to pay the money to get that look. There are many custom furniture stores that will work with you to help you choose the fabric for your sofa. This of course increases the price of the sofa. There are also many furniture stores that have furniture that comes in only one fabric, so you might find the fabric you want, but not the style. Or you could find the perfect style sofa, and it is in a very drab fabric.
Finally, you must know what size of a sofa that you need before you start shopping. Salespeople will sell you a "perfect" sofa with "incredible quality" and "exactly" in your price range, and you get it back to your house and it looks like a giant compared to your other pieces or your room. Start by measuring the available floor space. Then always consider the other pieces of furniture in the room. If you have delicate existing furniture and you come home with a monster sofa, your whole room goes to pieces. Also, if you have very substantial pieces of furniture and you come home with a pretty delicate sofa, then the flow of the room is ruined. Be sure to decide on the size of your sofa.
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