Buying a new sofa is a big deal. Finding the right couch can be a lot like Goldilocks and three bears — not too hard, not too soft, just right.
Keep these tips in mind before making the big purchase.
Establish your style
First and foremost, you should figure out what kind of vibe you’re going for. What’s your esthetic? What existing furniture do you already have? The new addition should complement your existing pieces and style.
Do you spend a lot of time in your living area? Do you have kids? These are all questions to consider when selecting a new couch. If your style is more fancy, a more tailored couch may be the route for you, especially if it isn’t a room that you use constantly. If you have kids, you may want to opt for something a little more comfortable. Another important thing to keep in mind is height. If you’re taller, make sure you purchase a deeper sofa.
This one is important, especially if you’re going to look at it every day. Pick a sofa color that you can live with. If your living room is a high traffic area, pick a neutral color. It will show less wear and tear and if you decide to redo your living room in the future, it has a better chance of matching the new design. You can add pops of color with accent pillows.
How big is your space? Take measurements numerous times before buying that couch at West Elm. It’s better to double check your measurements than end up with a new couch sitting in your front lawn because it couldn’t fit through the doorway. You also don’t want the couch to overwhelm your living space. Pick something that is proportionate to the space.
Figure out how you will orient your couch. Certain shapes may fit better in certain angles. Spend time figuring out how you want your living space to flow before the new couch arrives.