Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to say goodbye to your lovingly worn-in sofa to make room for a living room upgrade! The sofa is the center to your living space and a quality product can last years if you make the right purchase. Fireside Furniture are experts in couch comfort and we’ve put together a checklist that will ensure you take home a sofa that fits your every need. You are well on your way to sofa bliss.
1) Measure Twice, Buy Once
Before you fall in love with the perfect sofa, make sure you are looking at styles in an appropriate size. Be realistic. If you have a small space, don’t be tempted by an overstuffed sectional and stick with a 3-seater or loveseat. If you have a large living area, consider a sectional of a collection of pieces to better fill the space and offer enough seats to comfortably entertain. Do you live in a small apartment? Don’t limit yourself to bargain, discount stores. Quality, sturdy sofas come in a variety of sizes!
Bring your living room dimensions to our trained staff who can help you determine which sofa will be the best fit. Don’t forget to measure doors and corridors as well so your new sofa can safely be delivered to its new home.
2) What’s your Style?
The sofa is the center of your living room. It gets the most attention and use. You are upgrading to a quality piece of furniture that will last years so be sure to choose and style that fits your personality. Traditional sofas are more stately and elegant while a rustic or transitional sofa can be cozy and welcoming. Choose a neutral color for a timeless piece or a bold fabric or pattern to make a statement.
Pick a style that blends with other pieces in your home or pieces you eventually wish to have in your home. The sofa can be distinct from the other furniture, but you’ll still want it to harmonize and not feel out of place. Do you need multiple pieces? Try mixing and matching fabrics and sizes or adding a unique chair.
3) Quality is Key!
You’ve decided to upgrade to a high-quality piece of furniture. Don’t be fooled by inferior materials. A solid, hard wood frame is sturdier and will not warp like particle board or plastic. Be sure the frame is held together with blocks, brackets, or dowels. Nails, screws, or glue can not withstand much use and will break down quickly.
Firm does not always mean stronger! Foam should be strong but not too dense that it lacks give. Resist the urge to purchase a sofa that is soft out of the factory. They will deteriorate and sag quickly. Opt for foam core wrapped in batting or a hybrid of down and feathers. This will offer long-lasting comfort and durability. Cushions can come attached or detached for easier cleaning, turning, and fluffing.
Sofas come in every imaginable fabric. A fabric with a tight weave like linen or cotton will hide stains, dirt, and small tears. Leather and microfiber are your most durable and tear resistant. Velvet is luxurious but not as practical for an active household.