Things to Consider When Buying That New Sofa

Shopping for furniture can be fun and exciting. But with so many options online and in-store, it's easy to get overwhelmed. The following factors should be considered when shopping for a large centerpiece item, like a sofa.

Lifestyle fit. It's easy to be wooed by a gorgeous couch. That cream-colored sofa may look great at first, but if you're a new parent, a proud pet owner, or find yourself hosting large social gatherings several times a month, you may want to consider choosing a piece of furniture that is easy to clean. Those with young kids know that spills happen, party lovers understand what a splash of red wine can do to that taupe loveseat, and cat owners know the lure of leather. Make sure to find a piece of furniture that aligns with your lifestyle. Psst: Dark colors and patterns often hide spills with ease.

Size and shape. Consider your space carefully when choosing furniture. That L shaped sofa may be the piece of your dreams, but will it overwhelm your modest-sized living room? Will that small loveseat get lost in the center of your formal space? Make sure to measure and re-measure, especially if shopping online.

Comfort. If you're buying a sofa for a room you spend a ton of time in-say, your family den versus your formal living room-comfort should be key. Opt for choosing a piece of furniture in-store, where you can park yourself for an extended period of time before making a decision.

Versatility. Maybe you plan to move within the next two years, or frequently host overnight guests. Choose a functional piece of furniture that's versatile. Say, a sofa that turns into a bed, or a medium sized piece in a neutral color so it will fit in whatever home comes next. 

By Zoe Eisenberg. Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. c2018. All rights reserved.

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