A sofa is a major investment, which is why it’s the most stressful piece of furniture to buy. You want to find one that fits your style preferences, ticks all the right comfort boxes, and is made from the good stuff as you may have to live with it for decades.
If you’re on the hunt for a new sofa, here are our top tips for finding the right one for you.
1. Check the padding:
The frame and all the corners of the couch should be well padded. To check this, run your hand over the corners to make sure you can’t feel the edges of the frame through the upholstery. If you can, the couch will not be very comfortable to sit/lie on and will wear quite quickly.
2. Find comfortable cushions:
When it comes to the ultimate in comfort, cushions are key. Cushions should be firm, fit snugly within the sofa frame, and regain their shape after you press down and let go. Cushions filled with polyurethane foam are the most common and affordable type, and while they’re comfortable, they’re not very durable and will flatten over time. Pure feather or down-filled styles are soft and tempting but need to be fluffed frequently. Experts recommend opting for durability and comfort, and high-resilient (HR) foam wrapped in down-and-feathers give you this.
3. Check the fit:
When you’re sofa shopping, always have your space in mind. You want to make sure the style you like is going to fit. Take the measurements and sketch out the footprint of the sofa on the floor with painter’s tape to see how it looks in your home. By doing this, you’re able to see (a) if there is enough room to comfortably walk around it, (b) if there’s space for end tables and/or foot pouffes, and (c) if it fits with the other furniture. Also, measure the height, width, and diagonal opening of all doorways in your house and have them with you as you shop – the last thing you want is to return the perfect sofa because it couldn’t fit through the doorway.
4. Think about depth:
Do you want a sofa you can slouch into when binging Netflix or would you prefer one you can sit upright in while gossiping with your friends over coffee? You need to decide exactly what you want from your sofa and find options that fit, for example, 18 inches deep is ideal for simply sitting but if you want something to sink into after a long day, 33 inches deep is the one for you.
5. Go for quality upholstery:
Just like tailored clothing, you want to make sure the upholstery on your sofa is in top condition. Patterns and other decorative details should match at the seams, and buttons should be sewn on securely. Perfect upholstery doesn’t play a huge role in comfort, but it has a massive impact on visual appeal.
6. Try it out:
Furniture shopping is best done in store, where you can test out a sofa in person. If ordering online is your only option, make sure to read the returns policy carefully.