Buying a Sofa

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Your Handy Guide

Home theatre systems, flat screen and 3D televisions, fireplaces: all are designed to encourage us to stay home for our entertainment. But what’s the use of all these state-of-the-art modern systems if you can’t settle down in comfort!

Here’s a handy guide to what to look out for when buying a sofa:

The first consideration will be your anticipated usage for your sofa. Are you purely concerned with comfort, or are looks and style equally important to you? Many sofas look impressively elegant in the showroom, but can be a huge disappointment when you finally settle down to watch a movie.

Next, take a look at the space available in your home. Is your room an odd shape? Will you need a corner sofa, or will a standard two or three seater be a better option? Do you have space for extra armchairs to complement your new sofa?

Sofas come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes: standard, basic oval, circular, L-shaped, etc.  The best advice is to visit your local showroom and test the sofas that catch your eye.

Once you’ve made up your mind on the basic shape, size and style of sofa, you’ll need to think about materials, colours and patterns. Many sofas can be delivered in a wide variety of coverings to suit your taste and décor. So, if the sofa in the showroom is perfect for your home, but you’re not happy with the material, don’t despair. Materials can be changed, and even a simple throw-over can transform that ugly, but comfortable sofa you’ve set your heart on.

Good quality covering materials and cushion fillings will also enhance the durability of your sofa. If you go for foam filled cushions, remember that high density foam will last longer than low density.

In the end, the best advice is to buy the best quality sofa that your budget allows.

And if you thought that you have to visit your local showroom and test the sofas that catch your eye – think again. More and more people are buying furniture, sofas included, on online shopping sites like bidorbuy.

In any case, take good care of your sofa and you’ll get years of comfort in return. Enjoy!


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