Shopping for a new couch can be more difficult than you might initially think. You are probably looking for a couch that is attractive and comfortable, but there are other factors you may want to consider before you part with several hundred dollars of your hard earned money.
If you have pets, children, or a bad habit of jumping on your couch, you will want to make sure you choose a couch with fabric that is suitable for your living situation. It’s easy to clean spills off of a leather couch, but they can get scratched or punctured by pets (or children acting like pets). Microfiber is a popular fabric choice for couches, and it is considered family-friendly and easy to clean. Some people are turned off by microfiber couches because they show imprints of hands, butts, or anything else you feel like putting on the couch. Of course you can just smooth the fabric out when you get up, but some of us don’t care to see how big our butt-print is every time we stand up.
If you need a couch that is within a certain size range it is important that you don’t just “eyeball it” at the furniture store. A couch that looks about the same size as yours in a furniture store may be significantly larger once it is in your home. Remember that your living room is smaller than the furniture store (if it’s not you probably pay someone else to do your couch shopping anyway), and even if you are good at estimating you are likely to be wrong in this situation.
When deciding on a color or pattern for your new couch, it’s important to consider your financial and living situation. If you think you might want to change the style of your room before you can afford to buy another couch, stick with a color or pattern that can easily be worked into different room styles. A neutral color that complements the style of the room is a good choice. A bright red couch might be hard to work into another theme if you decide it’s time for a change. If you have children or pets, you might consider purchasing a couch in a color that will be less likely to show stains.
If you have children or wood floors, a couch that sits close to the floor or has a ruffle along the bottom may be a wise choice. This may not be the first factor you consider when shopping for a new couch, but the hundredth time you have to fish a toy out from underneath the couch you may wish you had made a different choice. Dust collects very quickly on wood floors; if your couch sits very high off of the floor you will need to clean under the couch fairly often.
When shopping for a new couch, it is easy to fall in love with an attractive couch and ignore the subtle features that may make a big difference once you get it home. Thinking about all of the small details ahead of time will ensure you come home with a couch you can enjoy for years.
Personal experienceKnow what you need before you go shopping for a new couch.Don’t overlook small details that may turn into a big deal later when you are couch shopping.