Buying a sofa is an important decision that we should not take lightly, thinks that we have plenty of life in it, we use it to read, watch TV, sleep, look at the ceiling, lazing or eating among many other things.
The sofa is a shelter and if you choose a bad sofa you may repent, so, for that does not happen we will tell you some of the most common mistakes we made when going to buy a sofa.
Do not measure the sofa and the space in which it will be placed
One of the most frequent mistakes is that the sofa comes home and seems too large for the space to which it was destined or what is worse that does not fit.
This error is common because when we see the sofa in the store may seem smaller than it actually is. Keep in mind that the showrooms are very large and have very high ceilings so the perception of the size of some things may vary.
Measure the space that you have destined for your sofa, both the length and the width and mark the area in which it will be placed with carabiner tape to know with more certainty the space that will occupy.
If it is a sofa bed or sofa with removable footrest you also have to measure the space it occupies when it is deployed and look at whether when opening the backrest moves or its fixed, this is an important detail because if you have it supported in the wall you have to move it whenever you open it.
Misunderstanding when choosing sofa fabric
Another important point to consider, if you choose an inappropriate fabric or material for your sofa you will regret it.
Choose the type of cloth thinking in the use of the sofa and where it will be placed. If the sofa is for the living room surely uses it a lot and you have to choose a sofa that you can pull out easily and an easily washable fabric, especially if you have children or pets.
Choose a breathable fabric and materials such as viscoelastic or HR polyurethane foam. Resistant and durable materials that deform little.
Another important thing is the color of the sofa fabric. A light colored sofa gives greater luminosity to the room as it reflect the light but have the disadvantage that it get dirty more often.
Experts recommend choosing a neutral colored sofa and give it colorful with cushions, bedspreads and throws. But if you have fallen in love with that sofa full of color do not hesitate, it is your home and you can decorate it as you like
Buy a sofa because it is cheap without regard to quality
The budget can be an important factor but you always have to think that if we buy a sofa of poor quality it can happen that in a short time it has lost its shape or are broken by the use and in less time than we expected we have to be thinking of buying a new sofa.
Some data that can guarantee you that a sofa is of good quality:
- The frame of the sofa is of pine wood without knots or metallic (steel or aluminum)
- The skeleton of the sofa is assembled not stapled
- A system of girths or zig-zag springs to hold the cushions
- The legs are attached to the structure of the sofa, the screwed often end up causing problems.
Do not try the sofa
You have to try the sofa before you buy it, if you like to take naps on the sofa with your head on the armrest check that it is comfortable, if you are too tall sit down to check that you can support your head well and that the bottom of the sofa does not fit short and your feet are hanging.
A sofa is a piece of furniture that we use a lot of it is important to choose a model that fits perfectly to our needs and those of all members of the family.
Do not take into account the height of the legs of the sofa
If you buy a sofa without legs or low legs take into account that it will be a little more difficult to clean the area under the sofa and surely you will have to move it every time you want to pass the vacuum cleaner.
Placing the sofa in an inappropriate place when there are children
This point is important if you have young children. Never place a sofa near the windows, especially if you do not have security features and live in an apartment. And whenever you can try that the sofa – especially if the support is not very high – supported on a wall to prevent falls.