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How To buy a Sofa

No matter what size home you have or what style decor you favor, sooner or later we all need to buy a sofa  It’s the great equalizer.

And while buying a sofa seems like an easy task, there are actually quite a few things you need to consider before you pull out your credit card.
To help you on your sofa-buying journey, we’ve put together a step-by-step game plan that will guide you along the way.

Figure Out Your Budget

Before you start any of your prep work, you need to get clear about what your budget is. Even if you don’t have much to spend, there are lots of options out there, so don’t feel bad if you’re not a lottery winner.
Remember that a good sofa is definitely an investment. However, if you plan to have it (and use it!) for many years to come, it helps to soften the blow of outlaying a big chunk of change.


Next, you’ll need to measure your space. I find it’s helpful to use some masking tape and actually tape out the footprint of the sofa you’re envisioning on the floor. If you already have a sofa there that you need to replace, measure your existing sofa and take note of any additional space you might have to add to the length or width. If your sofa is going up against a wall, it’s helpful to measure the wall.
Take note of any irregularities you might need to deal with, such as a narrow door, a narrow staircase or other potential obstacles.

Get Inspired

This next step is the really fun part. Spend time online looking around and getting inspired. Click around HGTV.comPinterest and your favorite design blogs to grab some pics of sofas and room setups that you like. You could even make a dedicated Pinterest board for all of your sofa pics.
If you’re deciding on a sofa with a spouse, significant other or even a roommate, make sure you set up a system that lets everyone feel a part of the process. If you’re taking the Pinterest board route, make sure you invite the other person to your sofa board so you can both pin together.

Decide What You’re Looking For

Now it’s time to start making some decisions. As you think through what might work best in your space, here are a few questions to ask yourself:
  • How many people do you want to seat?
  • Do you have pets? Kids?
  • What types of materials do you like?
  • What type of setup will work best for your home?
  • Do you need a sofa with a pull-out bed?
  • Will a sectional or L-shaped sofa work for your space?
  • What style sofa do you like best?
  • Will you be mostly sitting on the sofa, or do you plan to lay down and take naps, too?
After you answer these questions and feel a bit more clear on which direction you’d like to go in, start looking around online and researching all of your options.
Try to narrow down your choices to your top three favorites.
Here are some of my favorite sources for sofas onlin

Watch Out for Discounts + Sales

As you look around online, take note of some of your favorite Sofa styles, keep an eye out for any sales! Liquidation stores always have the best price and they have access to many vendors that can design different styles.

This article was  made by www.hgtv.com.


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