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A guide to purchasing a couch for your home

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A guide to purchasing a couch for your home

The right couch can make a huge difference in a living room. It’s the comfortable place to sit and relax at the end of the day. Friends and family gather around it as often as they do the kitchen table and it plays a key part to the heart of the home. So, obviously, there are some important factors to consider when choosing the right couch for you.

Size

When working with a bare, empty room, it can be hard to visualize what size couch you can fit. For some, they overestimate and purchase a couch that is way too big and ends up making the room feel too small. Others may go in the opposite direction and end up with one that doesn’t use the space correctly. So before you go to the furniture store, make sure to take measurements first. You can even create a template out of craft paper to help figure out the layout you desire in your living room. It’s much easier to reposition a piece of paper around the room than a heavy couch. Plus, you can always take that template with you when you’re shopping.

Type

Of course, choosing a couch also relies on how you’re going to use it and the type of couch can help you figure that out. For instance, a vintage chesterfield won’t work in a family room where kids are jumping up and down while they watch TV. But, such a piece will be at home in a vintage office. A traditional couch that seats two or three people works well for living rooms and entertainment rooms. They offer great comfort for relaxing with a book or movie. However, a heavily padded traditional sofa can seem too big in a small room. In that case, a sleeker contemporary couch is best. A sectional is a versatile choice, as it can be split up in different spots around the room as needed. Most are shaped like an “L,” but can also be circular in design.

For those with a family room in a basement, a sleeper or convertible couch can provide space for overnight guests. The difference between the two is that a sleeper has a frame and mattress that pulls out, while a convertible uses the couch cushions for the mattress. The latter tends to be more popular because they are easy to use and not as heavy. For those with limited space, a quaint loveseat can provide space for sitting. Of course, many living rooms may have both a matching couch and loveseat.

Upholstery

Without upholstery, a couch is just a bunch of cushions attached to a wooden or metal frame. This can add to the style of the room, while also serving a purpose. Leather is a popular choice for many people because it’s durable, easy to clean and fashionable. However, it can get sticky when it’s hot and hard to repair if something pierces it. That’s why some people may choose a synthetic alternative that is less expensive, but still holds up and looks great.

Some natural fabrics can be quite delicate, like linen and silk, so they’re best for homes without children or pets. Wool is durable, but rare and expensive for couches. As for synthetic materials, microfiber is a good choice because it’s soft, durable, easy to clean and affordable. If you’re all about having a cotton upholstered couch, you can have it treated to resist staining.

Once you consider all of that, make sure you test out the couch before you buy it. Don’t just sit on it, but pick it up too. A quality couch is supposed to be heavy. Check the frame, the springs and the cushions. Make sure it’s comfortable not just for your body, but for your peace of mind.

By Meagan Dieroff

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