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4 key questions to ask yourself before buying a sofa
Make the choice a little easier
written on: 15-08-2019 14:30pm
Sofas are surprisingly expensive items of furniture, this is largely due to the fact that they are items we only buy once every ten or fifteen years. But the flipside of this is that it’s an important decision that has a lot riding on it. It can be a daunting choice, especially when there are so many products available, but to make things easier we’ve collaborated with Sofa Workshop have compiled a list of four easy questions to run through before even stepping foot in a shop.
1. How much do you use your sofa?
If it’s an item you spend a lot of time on, and are more likely to wear out, consider investing in one that has a guarantee. It’ll save you money in the long run and mean you won’t have to go through the faff of finding another one earlier than planned. Many sellers now have 10 or 25 year guarantees, but it’s always important to read the small print and work out which stores have the best compromise between quality materials and lenient guarantee.
2. Do you want a sofa that is low maintenance?
Some of us see the endless re-plumping of cushions as great opportunity for an at-home workout, whilst others see it as yet another chore. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, it’s worth exploring the different fillings available to ensure you find the best match for your lifestyle. Those with mobility issues might do best to choose high-density foam as it’s the easiest to get up from. But if you love that ‘sink in’ feeling of squishy cushions, fibre fillings are the best choice.
3. How do you sit on your sofa?
Do you tuck your feet underneath you or are you a sprawler? If you tend to lounge about on your sofa it’s better to go for a deeper seat which gives you all the space possible. Good luck if you’re a family comprised of both tuckers and sprawlers though….
4. Do you have children or pets as this may narrow down the types of fabrics you might want to consider?
We’re not saying kids and pets are disgustingly messy. But they certainly can be. Velvet isn’t the best option if your dog is likely to use it as a chew toy – as soft and enjoyable as it might be for said dog’s mouth. Cotton and linen are much safer choices for a family environment as they are much more durable. Synthetic microfibre is amazing, as it can be styled to mimic most fabrics whilst being stain resistant.
So there you have it. You’re now a little better equipped to venture out into the world of sofa buying. Good luck out there.