Few pieces of furniture receive as much use as your sofa, yet shopping for one can make you feel like Goldilocks. This one’s too big, this one’s too small, this one’s too plush…and the list goes on. When gearing up for a new sofa, run through this checklist so you can narrow down the list of potential purchases and fall in love faster.
For pure comfort and performance, nothing beats a down and feather sofa. Down mixed with fiber is a cheaper option, as are feather-only fillings, but these can flatten and clump, notes Good Housekeeping. If you’re allergic or opposed to down, there are many foam sofas that are comfortable and durable. Try a HR (high resilient) or memory foam. Low-density foam can quickly lose its shape, while high-density foam may feel too stiff for your comfort.
Expect to spend about $700 to $2,000 for a sofa, reports The Nest. If you’re in the market for a designer sofa, you can spend up to $10,000 quite easily. While it’s useful to know averages, determine your budget before you begin shopping to avoid falling for sofas that you can’t afford. To stretch your budget, shop over holiday weekends, take advantage of seasonal sales or inquire about floor models. Keep in mind the amount of money you’ll spend for sofa extras, like throw pillows or decorative blankets.