A sofa is probably the single most important and long term home purchase you can make. It will generally move from the living room to the basement as it ages. It is a definite investment, one that should be made wisely and with the understanding that you get what you pay for. Here are some tips to help you make a better purchase decision.

Things To Consider




A contemporary sofa will offer cleaner lines, less flourishes and have upholstery that is going to be more understated. If you want to stick with a more traditional feeling, then go with a sofa with arms that are rolled with a contoured back along with skirting.

Take into consideration the proportion of the room where it will go and decide precisely which sofa would be better as far as the length, height, and depth. It’s always good to do a type of blueprint in the room using masking or painter’s tape. 

Pay special attention to the arms. Most people rest their head on the arms when they read or watch TV. You don’t want to be crouched up when you’re trying to take a nap. There should be plenty of space for you to stretch out comfortably.

Quality Check



Polyurethane foam is generally the core of what most cushions consist of. The more dense the likelier it is to last longer. With good furniture, this core has wrapping made from Dacron batting.

Double-dowel joints fitted with corner blocks which have been glued as well as screwed make for the most durable sofas. Legs that are a part of the frame as opposed to being merely attached indicate quality.


A quality sofa is going to feel heavy and solid. You are going to need to flounce around on the sofa in order to test for sturdiness. If it can be lifted in the corner and shaken only to feel light or wobbly, it’s not the right sofa. Frames that are going to hold the test of time would be those that are made from hardwoods as well as alternatives such as higher grade hardwood plywood. Springs in an eight-way, hand-tied configuration are symbolic of a piece of fine quality furniture. Those with springs in a sinuous S-form are close as far as comfort. A less expensive choice which can serve as an alternate would be drop-in coils.