A new sofa came to live at StoneGable this week. It’s almost embarrassing to say that in the last 3 years we’ve gotten 4 new sofas! One for the living room, one for our sitting room, one was a prize for being Lamps Plus Blog Of The Year and this one. Three are slipcovered and one has a very tough wearing natural fabric. I’ve learned a whole lot about buying sofas over the years… mostly learning by my mistakes. Here are a few good-to-know tips when you are looking for a sofa!
I’m pretty partial to the Pottery Barn “COMFORT” sofa. This is NOT a sponsored post. It’s just what I like!
We have 2 at StoneGable and my kids all have the Comfort sofa too. We replaced a really great sofa in the family room because it “sat low” and I am tall with long legs and knee problems. I could not sit and get up comfortably. Being comfortable is so important!
So the original family room sofa is going into my daughter’s family room.
Since I have been buying so many sofas lately I thought I’d share what I learned with you!
Here are a few tips when looking for a sofa…
1. MEASURE YOUR ROOM AND YOUR SOFA
For years, I bought big hunkin’ sofas and tried to cram them into the space in my room. I thought it was important to get the most seating. I was forgetting we also needed to move around our room easily without bumping into the sofa. Live and… oh yes, learn!
Sofas vary in size. Make sure you buy one that fits you room! Take into consideration the arm length, seat depth, back height and overall dimensions of a sofa! We downsized our sofa by 6 inches and the new sofa fit the room a whole lot better!
2. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO SPEND
You can get a sofa for $300.00 or $30,000.00! You really get what you pay for in a sofa! Now that I have said that… you don’t need to buy the very best. Let me explain. Twenty seven years ago I bought 2 sofas that cost $6,000.00 a piece. And that was 27 years ago!!! I was young and have no idea what I was thinking. It took us years to save for them!!!! I did get them on sale… even so, they were still very very expensive. They were gorgeous for the day and NEVER wore out.
BUT… I wanted to get rid of them after 7 years. I was tired of them and the styles changed. Because I had spent so much money for them I kept them for 23 years!!!! 23 years with 18 century yellow floral brushed cotton sofas. Oh, yea!
I will never do that again! I want to get about 7 years out of a sofa and use it hard. So, I now will pay for 7 years worth of sofa that will hold up for about 7 years. This was a hard lesson to learn! And one I so happily pass on to you!
One other thing. Buy on sale. Sofas are big investments. We got our sofa during an annual sofa sale for 30 % off! SCORE!
3. LOOK FOR GOOD CONSTRUCTION
Kiln dried woods like oak will guarantee a sturdy sofa. A sturdy sofa is a very good thing. Your sofa is your most used piece of furniture! There are also springs and slings and 8 way ties… but your eyes will glaze over if we go into all that! Just know that if you buy from a reputable company they will be able to tell you all that. Buy the most solid sofa you can afford for how long you would like it to last!
4. CHOOSE A STYLE THAT FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE AND ROOM
Do you want a modern sofa? How about traditional? Rolled arms or box? Skirt or none? Box cushions, knife cushions, attached or loose? There are hundreds of styles and types of sofas. That’s good news for you, the consumer! Do a little sofa perusing on the web to find your perfect style!
My sofa has rolled arms and boy do they make a comfy place to rest my head!
5. KNOW YOUR STUFFING
There are several different materials sofa’s are filled with. Let’s talk about the most popular types. Polyurethane is a low cost and easy to care for filling, but it has a tendency to flatten over the years. High resiliency (HR) filling is a little harder, but wears better. Goose down is luxurious, but clumps. My best advice it to go with a HR wrapped in down. The best of both!
6. BUY THE RIGHT FABRIC AND PATTERN
Be smart and sharp when choosing sofa fabric and pattern! Unless your sofa will only get very light use, stick to durable fabrics that clean up easily! A sofa with an easy-to-clean tough fabric is a sofa you can love… and it will love you back by giving you years of easy care and great looks!
Give slipcovers a try. They are very popular right now and no wonder! I can throw these slipcovers in the washer and dryer. I chose a “performance” fabric in ivory from Pottery Barn and I can completely dry these slipcovers before putting them on my sofa frame. Most slipcovers need to be stretched and put on damp.
Another great thing about this fabric is that stains can be blotted up… and this sofa is ivory! Just another reason to love it!
Choose a fabric you love and works with the rest of the room. Most custom made sofas are not returnable!
SG Tip: Here’s the formula… durable fabric + easy to clean + great color and/or pattern= a wonderful sofa.
Here are a few other things to be aware of and know…
- Ask for lots of swatches. Ask for a larger piece of fabric, an arm protector or even a cushion to take home to see if the fabric will work with your decor
- Know how to care for your sofa. Manufacturers can usually provide this
- Wait for sales… always!!!
- Know your warranty. Keep it in a safe place and don’t forget where you put it!
- Read the delivery fine print. Some furniture will be brought in and set up for you… some leave it at the curb. My sweet daughter just had a bathroom vanity delivered yesterday in a downpour and it was left at the curb. And no hubby around! Lesson learned!
I hope this helps you have a well informed and fun sofa shopping opportunity! Go… Look… Conquer!
Please leave a comment and tell us your best sofa buying tip!!!!
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