When shopping for a sofa, there are several things to consider.
- What features are non-negotiable? Do you want something modular? A fold-out? Extra-soft cushions for Netflix marathons?
- How easy is it too together? Will you need help?
- How much room do you have? And, how big do you want your couch to be?
- How well does it go with your interior?
Your answers to these questions are a good starting for your sofa search. , you also want to consider comfort, motion transfer (i.e., do you spill your drink when someone plops down next to you?), springiness, and build quality. These are characteristics that you can’t really assess firsthand when shopping online. They’re even hard to gauge in furniture showrooms sometimes.
Instead, the best way to tell if a sofa fits your needs is to try it in your home. That’s why many of the best sofa-in-a-box companies have taken a cue from the bed-in-a-box industry by offering trial periods. These trials are much more conservative than what you might get from a bed company, but they do give you the opportunity to see if a couch is for you before committing — two weeks should be enough time.
If you are physically unable to a sofa together or simply don’t want to, many companies offer a “white glove” delivery service. Usually, for an additional cost, the couch maker (or a contractor they hire) will bring the sofa into your home, assemble it, it rights where you want it, and remove the packaging.