How to Choose the Perfect Couch

A couch is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home. Not only does it serve as a place for your home’s residents and guests to relax, it also influences the entire appearance of your living room or family room. As such, it is important to choose carefully when determining the style, material, and type of couch you want in your home. To help you find the best piece to suit your unique tastes and preferences, consult this guide on how to choose the perfect couch.

Break out the measuring tape

Before even starting to look at couches, you should take the measurements of your room. After measuring, determine the maximum sofa dimensions that will fit in and suit the room. Don’t forget to budget for at least two or three feet of space between the couch and any furniture or side walls to prevent your space from feeling cramped. Likewise a couch that’s too small will throw off the proportions of the room. Measuring first will help you avoid purchasing a great couch only to find that it’s too big or too small for your room.

Test it out

Purchasing a couch before testing it out is very risky. Everyone has different opinions on the ideal firmness, seat depth, height, and width of a couch. As such, you’ll never truly know if a couch will be comfortable to you without trying it out for yourself. When testing out your couch, take your time and try sitting in a variety of positions to get a good feel for how suitable it is.

Take your lifestyle into consideration

Your lifestyle will have a large impact on which fabric is right for you. For example, those who have pets or children should look for couches made with more durable, stain-resistant fabrics such as microfiber or leather. While you might like the appearance of a velvet or suede couch, it could start to look weathered quickly due to accidental spills from your children or scratches from your pet’s nails. Always take your lifestyle into consideration when it choosing the best long-term sofa option for your home.

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