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A Guide To Living Room Furniture: Choosing The Best Sofa

Posted by NashCo Furniture on Jan 30th 2019

In most living rooms today, the couch or sofa is the centerpiece that serves as the foundation for the design and aesthetic feel of the entire room, making your decision of which sofa to buy a crucial one.

You also will spend a considerable amount of time on your couch (but hopefully not too much), so it’s also equally important to weigh comfort and reliability when determining the best couches. With that in mind, we’ve put together some of the dos and don’ts of buying a sofa to help make the process less overwhelming for you and also ensure that you make a more informed choice on this investment into your home.

When it comes to where to buy sofas or other living room furniture, the choice is much easier. Here at NashCo, our furniture warehouse in Nashville, we offer a great variety of affordable living room furniture to choose from, including couches and sofas from some of the most trusted brands in furniture today. Stop in today to find the perfect sofa for your living room. In the meantime, read our do’s and don’t for going about choosing your ideal furniture piece so that you are happy with your purchase for years to come.

DO think about what you’ll use the sofa for.

Different homeowners use their sofas in different manners, meaning when you go about choosing a style of sofa, determining what yours will be used for in your home will make certain options better than others. Is it going to be a spot for watching Netflix primarily? Or will you be using it more to read or take afternoon naps? Also, do you plan on having visitors over frequently for get-togethers in your living room? A larger, comfy couch is better for when you’re planning on sitting or lying on it for long periods of time, but a more formal and sleek style of sofa, like a leather couch, might be better for entertaining so that your guests don’t get sucked into the cushions.

DON’T skimp on quality — go for something that will last.

While just about any sofa is going to call for a considerable investment, you’re investing in one of the most important and frequently utilized items in your home, so don’t skimp on quality just to save a few bucks. You can also find affordable furniture today that doesn’t lack in quality and reliability, especially in our furniture warehouse in Nashville.

The average quality sofa should last for about 10 years, whereas a more high-quality one can last up to 25 years when properly taken care of. So even if you feel like you are dishing out a great deal for your sofa, remember that it is a long-term investment that you will be counting on for years to come, so it’s worth it to ensure yours is top notch. Overall, choose the best quality sofa within your budget so you can rest easy and not fret about replacing it for the foreseeable future.

DON’T buy until you try.

Shopping online has become popular for purchasing just about any item today, including living room furniture. While this may be convenient and help you find the best furniture deals, it can result in purchasing a sofa that doesn’t fit your needs as you might have hoped, which can be frustrating. This is why we highly recommend testing out your potential new living room sofa in the store prior to purchasing.

DO test it out while in the store.

Sure, you can use browsing furniture online as a way to get a gist of the ideal sofa you are looking for, but feeling it out for yourself is the only way to be sure it’s truly the couch for you. When you do stop in the furniture warehouse to take one for a test drive, sit on it in a variety of the positions that you will typically when you relax at home. Kick your feet up, lay down, and see how comfortable it is when you are in your natural positions. Just try to avoid taking a nap if possible.

DO check the back of the sofa to see if it’s hollow.

One thing many people don’t realize is this handy trick to quickly get an idea of the quality of a sofa. By running your hand along the back of the sofa, you can feel to see if it is hollow. A hollow back is a clear sign that couch was poorly constructed, so you’ll want to steer clear of it. Instead, opt for a sofa that features a solid or padded back to ensure you purchase a sturdy sofa that will last much longer.

DO choose a fabric that is appropriate for your home.

Sofas come in a wide variety of different fabrics and color options, so it’s a good idea to take into consideration the current look of you living room to pick a sofa style that will match best. This goes beyond just aesthetics, though, as the material of your couch also has a lot of practical factors to it. For instance, households with children or pets should choose something that is more durable, easy to clean, and hides spills, hair, or dirt more easily. It’s also a good idea to go with a fabric, pattern, or style that won’t look outdated in the future, so avoid going for the “flavor-of-the-week” for your sofa design.

DON’T forget to measure out the width, depth, and height of the sofa.

Sofas aren’t notorious for being far from portable or easy to move, so it’s important that you do some measuring when determining what size sofa to buy for your living room. You’ll want to measure the area you’ll be putting it in, how big your door is, and don’t forget those stairs either if you will have to go up or down a flight while moving it in. The last thing you want to happen is to realize that the sofa of your dreams that you took time choosing an invested greatly into is too big to fit in your house. So after performing all the above measurements in your home, also measure the depth, width, height, and height of the seats and arms of your potential new sofa to make sure it fits the bill (and the doorway).

DO some research on different styles of sofas before you make your choice.

With so many different styles of living room couches available on the market today, it’s worthwhile to do some thorough research on what all of your options are. By narrowing your search down to a specific category, this will cut down the time you spend looking for a couch that meets your criteria. Do you want a couch with tall arms? That’s a Tuxedo sofa. How about medium arms? That’s known as a Lawson. One with low arms is referred to as a Bridgewater, while one with no arms is called a Slipper. Outside of traditional sofas, there are also loveseats, sectionals, sleeper sofas, and many more to consider when deciding which best fits the look of your living room and your personal needs.

A sofa can be a focal point of your living room where you relax, spend quality time with friends and family, and make memories, but it can also be a costly investment. We hope you’ve found this guide to choosing the right sofa for you and your home to be informative as you begin your quest for the perfect couch. We also hope that when you’re going about your research for finding the best sofa that you browse our collection online or stop in our furniture warehouse in Nashville to get the best living room furniture for less.