Your Sofa Buying Guide: How to Find your Dream Sofa

Your sofa is more than just a piece of furniture – it's a central hub where cherished memories of daily life are created. Whether you're cosying up with your children or pets, hosting family gatherings or simply taking a nap after a long day, your sofa will be there for you. That's why it's important to choose carefully and pick a sofa that you'll love for years to come. And don't worry, Caseys is here to help make the process easy and enjoyable! When shopping for a new sofa, take the time to think about what's important to you! There are factors you’ll need to consider like the feel of the material (cosy velvet or classic cotton), the colour that speaks to you, whether you want to make a bold statement or blend in with your decor and the size that will fit just right in your living space.

Measuring Match: Ensure the Sofa Fits in the Room

  • The first thing to be measured is your home’s door frames and any narrow hallways that your sofa will travel through to get to its desired spot. This is key to ensuring the sofa can fit through the door to get into your home. 
  • Before you bring your new sofa home, double check the measurements of the room it's going in. To see if it'll fit just right, pick the spot where you'd like to place it and use a tape measure to outline its size on the floor. You can even use small items to show where the corners of the sofa would be.
  • Consider the other furniture in the room, like your coffee table to ensure the size of your new couch is proportionate and suits the room.
  • And don't forget, it's a good idea to keep leather sofas away from radiators by at least 30cm to keep the heat from damaging the leather. And make sure you have enough space for recliners and sofa beds to fully open up.
  • If the room you’re planning the sofa to go in is on the larger size you should consider a larger, grand sofa like a 4 seater, corner sofa or a 3 seater sofa.  However, you can still have the functionality of a sofa in a smaller room by choosing a 2 seater or a snuggler sofa.

What to Look for When Buying a Sofa
Leather or Fabric

When picking out a sofa, linen, leather, velvet, plush and cotton are some of the most common options to choose from. Deciding on the right fabric can make all the difference in bringing life to your room or keeping it cohesive. Just remember to think about how it will look with other materials in the room like curtains, carpets, lampshades and cushions. 

And don't forget about durability - especially if you'll be using the sofa a lot in your sitting room. Consider a tough material like leather for added longevity.

Make a Statement or Blend In

Don’t mix up colourful with trendy, the right colour couch can be a timeless piece. Choosing the right shade can give your room a touch of classic charm, while still allowing you to incorporate traditional decor pieces. Adding a colourful touch to your space can bring new energy, just make sure to balance the right amount of contrast and colour so it doesn't overpower the room.

If you're in a rental and can't paint the walls, a colourful sofa is a fun way to show off your unique style!

Invest in a Strong Frame

When buying a sofa, the frame is a key element.  It's the foundation that gives your couch stability and helps it stand the test of time. By choosing a strong and reliable frame, you can relax and enjoy your sofa for years to come. Don't let the importance of the frame slip by – ensure your sofa stays comfy for as long as you need it to.

Investigate The Couch Cushions 

It's true, just like with people, it's what's on the inside that counts! When choosing your sofa, don't forget to make sure the cushions are comfortable too. After all, it's great to have a pretty sofa, but if it's not comfy enough to nap, what's the point?

If you like feather-filled cushions - our Acton Sofas are our beautiful statement pieces available in a choice of colours. Or if you're looking for foam cushions our Newmarket Sofas contain extra comfort with fibre-wrapped foam-filled cushions

Different Types of Sofas Available 

Corner Sofas 

Corner sofas are the perfect addition to any home, offering plenty of seating space for everyone to enjoy. Not only that, but their stylish design is sure to make a statement in any room they occupy. By investing in a corner sofa, you'll be bringing both comfort and a touch of sophistication to your living space. By investing in the right corner sofa you are making a lifetime investment for style and comfort!

Recliner Sofas

If you want the ultimate in comfort, a recliner sofa might just be the perfect choice for you! These sofas not only have comfy cushions, but they also have a built-in footrest that you can stretch out on and a headrest that tilts back so you can relax almost flat. And the best part? When you're done, just push the recliner back into place and it won't take up any extra room in your living space.

Snuggler Sofas

If you love to curl up with a good book or just relax after a long day, a snuggler sofa is a perfect choice for you. It's like a big, cosy armchair that gives you plenty of room to lounge. Plus, it's perfect for small apartments or rooms and adds a touch of elegance to larger bedrooms or spare rooms. Get ready to snuggle up in style.

Sofa Beds

Sofa beds are a fantastic addition to any home! They're not only comfy and stylish, but also super practical. With the ability to easily switch from a sofa to a bed, they're the perfect solution for homes without a spare room. You can invite guests over and provide them with a cosy bed to sleep in, without sacrificing any of your valuable living space. And once your guests leave, your room transforms back into its original form. Investing in a sofa bed is a smart decision for any home, giving you comfort, style and practicality all in one!

Common Mistakes When Buying a Sofa

  1. Failing to Measure Accurately 

Make sure to measure the space it will live in first. This way, you can be sure it fits comfortably and doesn't take up too much room, leaving your living room feeling cramped. All you need to measure is the width, depth and height of the area. Then, you can play around with how the sofa will look in your living room and make sure it adds to the overall look and it’s not too big or too small for the room. 

  1. Not Fitting the Sofa into the Space’s Aesthetic 

To make the process easier, think about what you want in terms of comfort and style. Also, think about how the sofa will look in the room and consider other statement pieces. 

If you want your sofa to blend in, consider a neutral colour like cream, brown, or beige. But if you want to make a statement, choose a patterned or brightly coloured sofa! No matter what you choose, you can always add some extra flair with cosy pillows, stylish throws, and eye-catching curtains.

  1. Not Investing in a Timeless, High-Quality Piece 

Investing in a top-notch sofa is a wise choice! Not only will it provide a comfortable place to sit and relax, but it'll also last you a long time. With high-quality upholstery, you can be sure that your sofa will keep its shape, comfort level, and colour for years to come. Plus, you'll be saving money in the long run since you won't have to replace it as often. Win-win. 

  1. Choosing the Wrong Sofa Style 

To make your living space look even more stunning, it's best to pick a sofa that goes well with all the other furniture in the room. Instead of going for a sofa that takes up too much space and makes it hard to put other important pieces of furniture in place, why not choose one that fits in nicely with the overall design? For example, a corner sofa might seem like a great idea, but make sure it won't take up too much room and block the flow of movement in your room. By thinking about these things, you can choose a sofa that will keep you comfy and make your room look amazing. 

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