(Closed) Buying couches? What do you look for?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I bought my couch based on the way it looked and that it was leather.

It’s not the comfiest couch out there, but I figure I shouldn’t be laying around either and I hate people sleeping on the couch. lol

Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I sat down on every couch in the store and picked the most comfortable one within my budget.

I didn’t want leather because I live in Florida and I hate sticking to the leather (ick!) so I only looked at the cloth and microsuede couches.

Post # 5
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

We went in looking for a reasonably-priced couch in microfiber, with clean lines, and in a neutral color. We ended up with a grey, microfiber, L-shaped couch that we love. There’s a bracket that holds the two pieces together (awesome), velcro to hold the seat cushions on, and zippers on the bottom of the back cushions to open and fluff the stuffing if needed. 

Post # 6
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Our couch is the first piece of “real” furniture my Fiance and I bought together! We were told to make sure the cushions of the couch are finished on the top and bottom, so that you can flip the cushions once one side starts to wear, effectively “doubling” the life span of your couch. Some couches have the cushions attached or unfinished on the bottoms so they can’t be reversed.

Post # 7
9888 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

First of all take the room size into consideration.  Decide on a color palette and whether you want a pattern or solid.  Take into consideration things like the fact that leather couches last longer than fabric couches.  Durability is important since usually couches get a lot of use.  Decide if you want a sectional or not, a sleeper or not.

Then, go to a few furniture stores with your wish list and start sitting and lying down on couches.  I adore my couch, I chose a taupe down-filled Italian leather one that’s divine and very comfy.

Happy couch hunting!

Post # 8
46611 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Neutral color so you can change your decor. Much cheaper to paint and buy new cushions  than to change the sofa.

Don’t buy a sofa and matching loveseat and chairs. Individual pieces look much better.

Fabric that is easy to clean and very durable.

Clean and simple lines that go with any style of decorating.

Hardwood frame- softwoods can warp and wobble in less than 5 years.

Ask about the joints- you want dowels,corner blocks or metal screws and brackets. If they just use staples , nails or glue, it’s not going to last.

Feel the springs through the fabric or look underneath through the dustcloth. “8 way hand tied springs” used to be the goal but they are expensive. Even higher end sofas have serpentine springs today, but check to see that they are placed close together and firm. Sofas with just webbing or mesh are not supportive and will sag.

Check the filling or padding. Down is great but very expensive and even it is not good on its’ own. Two good options that are comfortable and reasonably priced: HR foam in a layer of down and conventional foam wrapped in polyester batting.


Post # 11
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I always look for one with two seat cushions instead of three, because I find couches with three they dont stay in place as nicely. 

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