Choosing a new sofa is a really big decision, and with the January sales not too far away, many of you may be starting to think about treating yourself. When choosing a new sofa, there are some really important things you need to remember. To help you with the process we have asked Robinson of England, who produce bespoke Chesterfield sofas and chairs, to give us some tips and things to keep in mind.
Don’t overestimate how much space you have
One of the hardest parts of choosing a sofa is working out exactly how much space you have in your home and how big you can go with the new sofa. The reason this is so difficult is that it can be tough to judge how big a sofa is in a showroom. To avoid this, you should take detailed measurements and work out exactly how much space you have for the sofa at home. Doing this before you even go to the showrooms will help you eliminate certain options. If you don’t check the measurements before buying you could have several problems. The first is that you may be charged extra for specialist delivery contractors just to get the sofa in your home is the companies regular drivers are unable to deliver it. The second is that you may get the sofa into the living room but realise you now have significantly less space than before and the room feels cramped and hard to live in. It is always wise when buying from a showroom to take the sofa measurements home with you and plan it out so you have a better idea of how it will impact the space of your room.
Budget and finance options
Remembering your budget is essential when buying anything, but especially something like a sofa which can be thousands of pounds. Depending on where you’re buying the sofa, there might be room to negotiate or ask them to price match, but this isn’t always the case. A new sofa should be something you enjoy for years to come, so you don’t want to feel guilty each time you sit on it because you spent more than you wanted to out of impulse. Some stores offer finance on sofas and other furniture so if that is something you’d be open to it’s always worth asking. Overall though, if you see a sofa that is out of your budget and there is nothing you can do about it, move on, you will find something else you like as there are so many options available.
The pros and cons of each material and how it fits with your needs
Different people will have different needs from their sofa, and as a result, this may rule out certain materials. Keeping this in mind as you look at options is really important. Always ask the sales consultant about the maintenance needs of the material, and if it’s more than you’re willing to do, look for another option. Also, if you decide to go for leather, you must remember than the colour can change over time and will wear differently to fabrics.
A new sofa should be something to get excited about and enjoy. By keeping these three key areas in mind when looking around, you’ll be able to quickly eliminate sofas that aren’t right for you and you’ll be able to find once which you’ll love for years. Happy shopping!