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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Sofa for Your Living Room

Every five years, on average, it is time for the family to invest in a brand new sofa or suite. It usually happens when they redecorate a room and the old furniture starts to look very sorry for itself in comparison to the new surroundings.

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Selecting the correct sofa for the family is a risky business. Get it wrong, and you could find yourself sitting uncomfortably for the next five years, or having to admit that the money was wasted and buy another one.

If the time has rolled around for you to invest your hard earned cash, here’s how to go about it. Follow this advice and the chances of a successful purchase increase exponentially.

Made to Measure?

Your new sofa doesn’t have to be exactly the same size as your old one. If you are changing other pieces of furniture, there may be a reduced, or increased space for you to use. Measure the room carefully, draw a plan, and calculate the optimum size for your new sofa. New sofas come in all shapes and sizes, so your measurements are not set in stone at this stage, but they are a useful guide when you begin shopping.

Think about how comfortable the old sofa was. Did you find your feet dangling and unable to reach the floor or was the sofa the perfect height? Hopefully, the height was ideal, so you can take that measurement and check new items to make sure they are not too big for you.

Material of Choice

Think about what material to cover the sofa in to suit your home and family best. If you own some pesky pets that will not keep their paws off your furniture, it is probably not a good idea to buy a fabric covered sofa. Yes, the salesman will try his best to convince you that nothing can stain his miracle fabric; it’s all lies.

For a room with pets and children, a wipe-clean covering is the best option. Leather is obviously the most durable solution, but good quality hide is also very expensive, which may prove to be a problem. Manufacturers have invented some incredible imitation leather products that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, but are only half as expensive. They are easily tough enough to take the rigors of family life for the next five years.


Now that you have an idea of the size and material choice for your sofa, hit the high street. You will find cheap items online, but you only get what you pay for. Browse the shops, take measurements, and sit on every sofa until you find the perfect one.

Now comes the time to test out your negotiating skills. Try to convince the salesman that they should sell the sofa to you for less than the ticket price because you have seen a similar one elsewhere. At the very least, convince them to give you free delivery as a courtesy for your custom.

With knowledge gained from detailed preparation, there is little doubt that your sofa shopping exercise will be a success. For the next five years or so your rear ends will be sitting comfortably  because you had the wisdom to cover all of the basics. That is money well spent.

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