8 tips for buying your new sofa in 2016
Published 08/01/2016 | 12:33
Next to buying a house or a car, buying a sofa is one of the biggest and most important purchases you can make. So there’s a lot to consider. Here are 8 tips for buying your new sofa in 2016.
It’s not as easy as you think and you want to be sure you get a sofa that you’re happy with. A high-quality, comfortable, well-worn sofa is as much part of your family as you pets and when you get it right, it will be something that brings you happiness every day.
Know your dimensions
If you’ve ever been on Daft.ie or been hunting for a house to rent you’ve seen how a poor choice of sofa can absolutely ruin a room. A huge leather corner sofa that dominates a room can kill the look of a room. The space around a key piece of furniture is just as important as the furniture itself and you should consider whether you want to have the option of moving the sofa at a later date as well. You should think about the orientation of the sofa, will it face the TV or fireplace, as well whether or not it will block a radiator of light from the window. You want the right appropriately sized sofa for you room as well for your needs. Get the measuring tape out, take as many measurements as you can and right them down.
Know what you need
Is the sofa going in a main room or a secondary living space? Will you be entertaining a lot or is it just for the family? It’s also important to remember that a quality sofa is an investment for the long term, so what you want and need right now can change within the space of a few years. A reclining sofa is great for the easy-going lifestyle that goes with not having kids, but what happens in 10 years’ time with an expanding family? Older people need comfort, but not so much that they find it difficult to get out of the sofa.
Take plenty of photos of the space for which you’re buying the sofa and bring them along when you’re shopping. There’s a lot more to buying a sofa than we realise so it makes sense to ask an expert. If you were buying a car, you’d have an expert look at it so you should do the same with your sofa. An expert can see things that may escape your eye and help you get the right furniture for you.
Get the right covering
You don’t want white if you’ve got young children in the house or if you’re in the habit of eating or drinking wine on the sofa. Leather is durable and easy to maintain, but it can feel very warm in the summer months and cats can make a meal of leather very quickly. Floral patterns may match the curtains right now, but what happens if you move home? Very distinct styles can date in time so a neutral colour and style might have more longevity in it.
Look for a guarantee
A sofa is a big investment and you want to be sure that you have a structural warranty on your purchase. Harvey Norman guarantee the structure of your sofa for ten years which gives you peace of mind.
Sofa bed or sofa?
A sofa bed may seem like something you need, but in reality, how often would you use it? A good solid, comfortable sofa that you can lie on comfortably can be just as good as a fold out sofa bed for sleeping on. You use a sofa for sitting on a lot more than you do for sleeping on, so how you feel in the seat should be your primary concern.
Look under the hood
You should have no qualms about asking to see underneath a sofa for the joinery and any metal part to be sure of the quality of the workmanship. How a sofa is put together is very important in how comfortable it will be and remain in the future. A sofa expert would be happy to talk you through the building of a sofa and if possible show you the pertinent details.
Take it for a spin
It goes without saying that to get a real feeling for how comfortable a sofa is, you need to try it. Don’t be afraid to take your shoes off and plonk yourself down in the showroom, for as long as it takes for you to decide. Don’t worry if other shoppers are starring, they’re just jealous.