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The Crucial Items You Must Consider Before Buying a Sofa

Ever heard every couch has a story?

Never heard mine give one.

But then its coz I didn't have one, Until I did then I heard our story, my story and it wasn't entertaining.

It was disturbing with no happy ending, merely me back in the market sooner than I expected.

It went something like this.

The Crucial Items You Must Consider Before Buying a Sofa

I bought a new "posh" couch, the design and color of my dream but then ignored every other not so common furniture chit-chat.

And I paid with tears and a broken wallet, turns out ignorance was bliss but definitely no defense.

Then I got a duck -egg - blue synthetic microfiber beauty with a frame and support system to kill for.

And yeah we still living out our days happier than ever.

Frequently I find myself drooling at the mare longevity of this piece of art.

I guess its what I got when I put a little more thought into what I needed.

You will want a sofa you can sink and curl up in, heartwarming, a centerpiece that cuddles your guests...

...but beyond the optics, what's in the bare bones ??

Looking to Buy a Sofa ??

Here is what you need to know.

Measure Your Spaces

Measuring can definitely be the most unappealing part of decorating or redecorating a space.

Especially if you are not into the whole DIY wave.

However, the process creates a visual concept of how everything will sit.

With any space, the fitting can be basic but then you have to think functionality.

You equally have to consider the logistics of getting the sofa into your space.

This begins with measuring your entryways.

How to Mesure Your Entryways

  1. Use a tape measure to mete door access, stairways & hallways. Pay attention clearance and maneuverability of the sofa and the carrier.
  2. Measure the height and length of the doorways paying particular attention to any fixture that might limit movement. Fixtures might not be necessarily through the doorway but anything in the vicinity of your path that can substantially limit movement.
  3. Measure the diagonal space in corner areas, make sure the sofa will go thought either straight or at an angel.
  4. While there is a need to use a lift, consider the weight,height and size specs of the elevator.

Measure Your Space

  1. Focus on the size and shape of your space. You might have a large space but the shape of which is overly limiting. You don't want to feel boxed in.
  2. Leave ample walking between your sofa and other furniture. Ideally, leave between 36-48 Inches from the sofa to furniture.
  3. Allow 18Inches your sofa and coffee table, this way there is enough leg room but not too distance to reach items from the tabletop.
  4. Mesure the height and length of your area, then measure the ideal height the back of your seat will stay against. Or generally, the perfect height that compares to the sofa outside height. That make sure your sofa doesn't restrict access to any wall fixtures.
  5. Mark, you floor with strings and try moving within the spaces. This will test the usability of your sofa beforehand.

Now Lets Mesure the Sofa

Measure the weight and the diagonal depth of your couch. The measures should be less than the entry spaces and floor room the sofa will occupy.

It's important to compare the diagonal length with that of corner area.

Be sure the sofa will go through at the least at an angle.


It is very probable you will get a nice sofa, one that fits your shape and style.

Question is, what is the useful life?

Sturdiness is paramount, and the stakes are high.

That gorgeous sofa is the most used piece of your living room and takes a serious beating.

Between the kids playing and you relaxing, the sofa comes second only to the bed.

There are parts of the seat that takes the bulk and that is where the rubber meets the road.

The Frame

Frequently a timber frame is the skeleton of your sofa and responsible for the shape and design.

Kiln-dried hardwood preferably oak or ash from Europe is the hallmark of quality.

Construction technique with two inch thick pieces of hardwood dowel and dovetail joints strengthened with glue and screwed corner block that's perfect.

Kiln-dried hardwood has 90-95% of the moisture extracted to reduce warping and bowing risks.

Softwood like pine and plywood will reduce the price and quality in equal measures.


Traditional but still an industry trend, look for coil springs supported by metal or fabric screwed together and tied in eight different spots by hand.

The eight-way hand- tied traditional coil spring system keeps the suspension to your seat level with a comfortable bounce.

This suspension is least likely to sag to be sure of the design lift your cushion and try to feel the separate springs through the fabric.


The exterior is by far what is appealing about a sofa and how well they blend with the interiors of your home.

However it is paramount you be keen on the quality that sits underneath the fabric though.

Coz It ok to have a beautiful sofa at home but if the comfort or the usability is lacking you quickly realize beauty is secondary to quality.

Same way a sofa's support system is a lot like in a mattress. Sofa filling is akin to pillow filling.

The options are pretty much the same.

You mostly have to decide between fiber, down, feathers and foam.

Foam is most common in sofas and comes in different densities; high density is firm and durable but can be stiff to an extent it becomes uncomfortable.

High resilient foam is toughened to resist wear and sagging.

For more official setting high-density foam filling is ideal. Not too stiff but just enough for an upright posture.

Feathers are the other alternative when softness and pricing are key.

Feathers are less expensive and a little more softner ideal for a relaxing sofa with a casual style.

Feathers are from chicken and duck while down, which is a little more expensive is from geese underbellies.

Feathers and down are prone to getting wet and lumpy.

Batting or fluffing regularly will keep your feathers and down set in the right place.

Feathers also have a high chance of spilling, using foam on the inside and feather on the outside will gather the gains of both materials.

Polyester is the budget option of all filler material.

Its available in several options with each cutting a unique niche.

Ply-a soft polyester is limp while cluster polyester is the most durable.

Soft polyester is smooth and bounce while faux down polyester mimics down finishes.

Faux down polyester is the cheaper down alternative especially for users allergic to feather and real down.

Shape, Size, and Design

When it comes to sofa design it's about purpose, feel and want.

Mostly its what texture, pattern, and color you need to recreate your space.

Most sofa designs are inspired by an era of popularity. There are traditional, classic, transitional and modern styles.

The modern sofa has a very recent and trendy feel.

Transitionals are timeless, traveling through time with no sign of relenting.

A classic design like the legendary Chesterfield has an old, royal vibe to it.

Traditional gives the subtle laid-back vintage feel.

Sofa design is often a factor of three section.

The back, arm, and legs.

The curvature or lack thereof in any of this areas create a distinct sight to the sofa which ultimately gives it appropriate styling.

Size and designs are also determined by use.

Sectional sofas are ideal for bigger families while recliners are perfect for home theaters.

Chaise lounge and sofa beds are good for relaxing when looking to put your feet up.

For a home office, a button chesterfield is serious enough and has a straight back for a perfect upright posture.

In fact, a Chesterfield was perfectly designed as a gentleman's seat with reduced wrinkling risks on an 18th Century tailor-made suit.

Corner sits are ideal for families especially when there is plenty of room or you are looking to accentuate a specific corner space.

Tuxedo sofas are anchors in lounge spaces without overpowering the surrounding. They are meticulous, proportional and exquisite.

Fabric Material and Color

When it comes to making a choice on the upholstery fabric color is tantamount.

I mean this is the only part that the beauty is allowed to take standout.

Blending your couch with the interiors of the house: whether as accents or centerpieces, comes in handy.

Away from the aesthetics though consider the durability of the fabric.

It's better to compromise on the type of fabric to get both a nice color and better quality.

When there are kids you will want to get tough material like the bonded leather kind that can take a beating.

Then choose froam the available fabric the color that best blends with your decor.

Existing decor sets the stage for the add-on, choose a fabric that best blends into your existing style.

Some fabric might not sit well with your theme, always consult experts or online tools to be sure what goes where.

Pinterest is awesome for photo ideas, Houzz is perfect for good decoration stories and Adobe color cc is a good start for color palettes and schemes.

If you need your sofa to blend, it's easier if it's in harmony with expansive decors like walls and curtains.

Walls and curtains most often capture the dominant color in your living space, it's very common for these colors to be warm and cheerful.

For the sofa use the same color but a different shade.

But It's not to say sofas cant work with the secondary color in your palette.

Keen attention to this sofa basics might just save you a few bucks, with perfect ease.