Post # 1
Ok, I have a question. I’ve never actually gone out and purchased my own couch before. I’ve used some of my parents in the past (when they upgraded theirs) or I lived with people who already had their own so I never had any need to buy.
Well now I am going to buy my own couch…but I don’t know even know what types of things you look for when buying couches.
What do you look at/for to make sure you are getting decent quality?
Post # 3
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
- 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
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
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
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
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 # 9
@peonies327: I wouldn’t have thought of that!
@julies1949: Thanks! All this helps!
I would usually ask my mom to go shopping with me because she’s pretty knowledgeable about home stuff, but I didn’t want to make her drive up today if I decide to go after work to look around!
Post # 10
And I should add, I am interested in a neutral fabric couch. But not a set, no sectionals, and no sleeper. At least…no sleeper until I know I will be somewhere for awhile or until we get a house. I had one in college and it was the biggest PAIN to move everywhere!
Post # 11
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.
Post # 12
Anyone know a good price point for a decent (fabric) couch? What would your budget be for a regular sofa (fabric, no sectional, no sleeper, no set)??