Buying a sofa is a major investment. If you’re going to spend the money on one, you want to be able to enjoy it, not only as a functional piece of furniture but also the way that it looks in your home. There is nothing worse than that feeling of buyer’s regret that sweeps over you after you realize that the brand new furniture which you bought, and which set you back a pretty penny, just doesn’t look very good in your home. A good salesperson will be able to help you choose the right piece for your needs, but they won’t know what it’s like to actually be in your home and what the surrounding styles and colors in your home are.

As well as choosing a sofa that looks the part, you will also want to make sure that the sofa you choose is well made, a quality build finished with the best materials available. Striking the right balance between form and function depends entirely upon the individual. Some people couldn’t care less what their sofa looks like as long as it is comfortable to sit on for extended periods. Here is a guide to choosing the right sofa and ensuring that you go home satisfied, and remained satisfied, with your sofa purchase.

Take Your Time

The key to making the right purchasing decision is not to rush into it. Take your time when viewing and trying out sofas, consult with your spouse or housemates, and be sure to quiz the salesperson until you are certain that you have seen everything you need to in order to make the right decision. When you sit on a sofa, don’t simply sit down and then stand right up again, instead make sure that you sit on it long enough to really get a feel for it.

Something as simple as choosing the right sofa for your home truly can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Here  are some tips to help ensure you get a great one for your home.

Test Different Styles

Test as many different styles as you can so that you can get a feel for all the different varieties that are out there. Be sure to try them out in the same way that you use your sofa at home, sit on them in your preferred positions and try sitting in the middle as well as at the edges. Consider both the height and depth of the seat, if you can’t seem to get comfortable then try another style of sofa with a different shape and size. Have a look at this collection of sofas and living room furniture to see what different styles are available.

Test Different Fills

Different people have a different idea as to what constitutes comfortable, some like a sofa that they sink deep into, others prefer something more firm and solid. Try all the different fills available to work out which kind you prefer.

Test Different Materials

There is a plethora of different fabrics that each has its own distinct texture and feel. It’s not just fabrics either, among the other materials available, leather is popular. When testing different fabrics, be sure to leave them in contact with your skin so you can get an idea for how they will feel when you sit on them for a prolonged period.

Choosing the right sofa isn’t always easy, but it isn’t a choice you should rush into quickly. Take your time and be sure to try out all the available options before you commit.