Here’s how to pick the perfect couch

Buying a couch for your home is a major investment so it’s best to take steps to avoid shopper’s regret.

Choosing and buying a sofa is one of the most important investments you’re likely to make for your living space ©123rf

You may already have a style and colour you want but once you walk into the store, the choices are endless. The couch will be one of the most used furniture pieces in your home, use these tips to help you pick out the perfect one!

1. Determine your budget

It is easy to get carried away when you’re shopping but since this is a big investment for your space, it’s best to pre-determine a budget. Setting a budget will help you narrow down your options and will prevent unnecessary splurging. Although price often determines the quality of products, we are sure you’ll find the perfect couch within your budget.

2. Decide what it’s used for

The first thing to think about before heading out is the use of the couch. Is this couch for a communal space? How many people use it on a daily basis? Do you have children or pets? Does it have to be a makeshift bed for guests? All these answers are going to help you decide on the right couch.

3. Measure the couch

Now that you know the function of the couch, it’s time to bring out the measuring tape. You will need to determine exactly how much of your room you want your couch to fill. This is especially crucial with small spaces as you don’t want to buy a couch that’s just a little too big to fit through your door or in your studio apartment. A furniture piece that is too big for your room can immediately make the space feel crowded and cluttered.

4. Pick a style

You should pick a style that complements the aesthetic of your space. You don’t want to purchase a bold and eccentric piece for your minimalistic themed home as the couch will surely stand out like a sore thumb.

5. Choose fabric and colour

The fabric and colour of your couch are a lot more important than you think. Each fabric and colour is going to look and feel different. This is especially important if you have kids or pets in your home. For instance, cotton, linen, and wool materials are susceptible to damage and stains so when you have children with markers or dogs with muddy paw prints, it’s best to get washable coverings, especially if they’re of a lighter shade.

6. Decide on fill

Comfort varies from person to person. Some may consider sofas that sink in comfortable while other prefer firmer seats. You can choose between foam, spring, plush, fibre, feather, and more. So, your best bet is to give them all a try before making your final decision.

Lastly, we suggest that instead of window shopping, go out and test out as many couches as you can before committing to one.

This article was originally published as Here’s How to Pick the Perfect Couch by written by Lydia Lohshini