Buying a couch is a big deal. It’s what you, your family and your pets sit on for a long time. So make sure you get the right one that will last and withstand the abuse your bodies will put to it for all of those sports games and family movies. So use these Shop RTO buying a couch tip before heading to the furniture store.
First thing to ask is who’s going to use it and for what. Some couches sit in a formal living room that is used two to three times a year when guests are over. Others are the focal point of relaxation and family time. For this article, let’s focus on the ones that get used a lot.
Those that are used throughout the day then the obvious question is it’s durability. So you need to check that factor out from the get go.
Pick the couch up at the corner. At about six inches off the ground the corresponding leg should lift up as well. In other words not sagging thus staying on the ground. Then shake it to see if or how much it wobbles. That will give a big indicator of it’s structural integrity.
Find out what type of wood is it made of. You want solid wood like oak, ash or beech. Stay away from pine, particle board and plastic. See how the legs are attached to the couch. The legs being a part of the frame is the best. The next is attached with screws and glue. But, if it’s glue only then not good.
Check the cushions to see how durable they are. Well, actually, to see how comfortable they are is the first obvious. But, it’s durability will test it’s comfort over time. The denser the cushions, the more durable thus longer lasting. Cheaper furniture will have polyeurothane foam. Higher quality will have poly-down or spring-down cushions. Make sure to ask. And when you sit on them when testing, bounce your butt up and down on them as a good test.
You also need to figure out how many will be using it. That will help determine size. Size will also be determined on where you want to fit it or can. You want a somewhat neutral color in case you keep it for a decade thus through several fashion cycles. Change the pillows throughout the years to keep up with the design times.
Other factors include quality of the fabric. Cotton and linen are good just make sure there aren’t any loose threads that can get caught or tangled. Synthetic fibers can be good as they are durable and have some stain resistance. Remember to feel the fabric with your hand and push down. How’s it going to feel sitting on it in shorts? That’s an important factor.
Take these tips to your furniture store when shopping for that couch you plan to spend hours on for the next decade or so.
Just another Shop RTO home furniture tip.