Most Important Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for a Couch

To help you make your decision a little easier, here’s a breakdown of the considerations you should include before choosing a sofa brand to buy from.

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Sofa Type

From standard three-seater sofas to small-space modular sofas, sectionals and sleepers, there’s a wide range of options for any home. If you’re unsure which type is best for you? Is it for a big family or will you be entertaining a lot? Do you want to be able to lay down or put your feet up? Do you want to be able to convert it to a bed for guests? Use these factors to decide what type of sofa you want before you start shopping.

Sofa Style

Another factor is the style of the sofa. For some this isn’t as much of an issue, while others are extremely particular about their style preferences. For the latter, start with the type of upholstery you want. Would you rather have a leather sofa or fabric options like microfiber? Some brands specialize in offering hundreds of color options and will send fabric swatches to help you make your choice.

In terms of “style,” anyone buys a sofa should also consider the overall decor and aesthetic appeal of a sofa in relation to the rest of your furniture. Sofas tend to be big-ticket purchases, and they’re also the most prominent pieces of furniture in your living room. So, consider whether you want something that’s more sleek and minimal, a sofa that’s plush and focused on comfort, or something that evokes an older, classic style such as a Chesterfield or Tuxedo-arm.


If you’re shopping with a particular budget in mind, it’s important to consider price points for various furniture brands. This will help save on the heartache of finding a couch you love, only to see the price tag and realize you can’t afford it. A quality sofa can run you anywhere between $700 from affordable furniture brands to upwards of $3,000 for a custom design.

Tips Before You Buy

Hopefully by now you’ve decided what type of sofa you’d like to buy, which style you prefer, and what price point you’d like to stay in. Furthermore, you now have the information to narrow down your search to a few trusted brands. However, if you’re still on the fence, here are some additional tips to help you make the best decision.

Visit Furniture Company Showrooms

First, if there is a particular brand you like, you can visit the department store or showroom to test it out before you buy. Ashley Furniture is a great example of a company with numerous department stores and a wide variety of brands to try in person. If it turns out not to be what you thought, there will be many other similar sofas you can try out and a similar one you like.

Find Online Retailers with Free Returns

If the brand you like is not available in furniture stores, be sure to find a company that offers free returns and a generous return window so that you can arrange one if you’re not satisfied with the sofa after it’s delivered.

Use Brands That Offer Delivery Service

If you’re nervous about having to carry or assemble a new sofa on your own, be sure to use a company that offers white glove delivery service. Many offer this service that includes delivery to your home and in-home setup.

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