Choosing a new couch is tough. Getting rid of the old one, definitely has its bittersweet moments. You’re tired of saggy cushions, and the aches that come with spending any amount of time on the thing. Yet, when you look at it, you remember all the special moments, the memories that make up the stains removed and the cushions well-loved. Once you’ve processed the change and gone through the emotions you are ready to move on- new couch here we come! But where to start?
First things first - room design. Does your current couch fit your family’s needs? Is it the right configuration? Or was it something you bought when you were in an apartment but never splurged on once you moved into your new home? Now’s the time to get real and think over what you truly want. Ottoman’s can be nice. Do you want a sectional? Do you want a fold out option for guests? Make a list of your wants and desires, this will come in handy.
What kind of uses will your couch get? Do you have little kiddos? Do you like the look and feel of certain fabrics? Consider the needs of your family for this as well. And also seek out removable or washable couch covers if that’s something that you are interested in. It’s good to have some options and know what you are getting and what additionally is out there for your new couch in the way of accessories and such.
Look closely at what you are purchasing. Ask what the frame is made out of. A lot of furniture these days is not made as it once was. Particle board is also more common. Inquire about guarantees offered. When in doubt, ask, ask, ask.
Ask what the cushions are made out of. Often feathers need constant fluffing and the alternative, foam often weakens over time. Opt for something that has a mix of both, this will allow you to get good use out of this often bigger ticket item.
Get out there and sit one some stuff. Sample as much as you can. Feel fabrics, bring a tape measure (or many furniture stores have their own), take note of what you like and what you don’t and add those to your list.
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