5 Things to Keep in Mind When Searching for a New Sofa

Sofas, Couches or Corner Lounges - How To Choose Best For Your Home

Sofa shopping is stressful. I mean, bouncing from store to store testing couches sounds fun. But it gets overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

There are just so many options!

But don’t worry. I have the guide for you.

When buying a new sofa for your apartment, there are many factors to consider. Even though it may seem like getting a sofa is no big deal, it plays a significant role in your apartment! 

Similar to when you commit to a bed, a sofa is just as important. After all, you’re going to watch TV, socialize with friends, and hang out with your family on it. The right couch can truly change your life.

So, let’s get down to it. Here are 5 crucial questions to ask yourself when searching for a new sofa.

1. What Size Should My Couch Be? 

When laying out your apartment, size means everything. It’s vital to make sure the sofa will fit comfortably in the room. If it’s too big, you won’t have room for anything else!

So, you should start by measuring your apartment. If you don’t have a tape measure, ask your landlord about it.

Ideally, your couch should fit comfortably into your living room. You should have space on each side for end tables, and enough distance from the TV that you don’t feel like you’re inside of it.

If it’s too big for the space, your apartment will feel cluttered and claustrophobic. But if it’s too small, your sofa will get swallowed up by the space.

Take these factors into consideration, and you’ll be able to find a couch that fits your home perfectly.

2. Will I Be Able to Move It into My Apartment?

Don’t make the mistake of buying a sofa that’s too big for your doorways. Trust me, I’ve seen it happen.

Before picking out a sofa, measure all of your entryways and hallways. This includes your apartment door, the building door, and every hall that the couch will pass through on its journey to your living room.

If it’s too bulky, you’re going to be vastly disappointed when it doesn’t fit through the doorway. You must be able to move your sofa into the apartment if you want to sit on it!

If you have a balcony, you may be able to hoist the sofa up into your place. However, you should hire a professional moving company if you take this approach. The last thing you want to do is throw out your back for a new sofa!

3. How Would I Like to Decorate My Living Room? 

Everyone has different decorating tastes. You must take your personal style into consideration before investing in a sofa.

Some people are minimalists. Some people prefer traditional design. Certain folks like to maintain the same theme throughout their entire home, while others want a different look in every room.

It’s up to you!

But, you should have a good idea of your decorating style before you commit to a couch. Otherwise, you might buy something that clashes with the rest of your decor.

4. How Comfortable Do I Want My Sofa to Be? 

No matter which style of sofa you choose, it should be comfortable.

But, comfort means something different to everyone. Some folks prefer a firm couch to support their back. Others want a deep, plush sofa that they can sink into after a long day.

There are many types of sofas from love seats to recliners with consoles. Maybe you can’t wait to watch your favorite TV show while kicking your legs out. If that sounds like you, then a reclining sofa might just be the ticket to bliss. 

Of course, cushions also have a lot to do with comfort. When shopping for a sofa, sit down on a variety of sofas so you can compare satisfaction. Look for one that offers the type of support you’re seeking.

When you find a sofa you love, ask the dealer how the cushions will hold up. Ideally, you should purchase a sofa that’s going to stay comfortable and resist wear for as long as possible. The last thing you want is to have to buy another one in five years!

5. Do I Need to Accommodate Guests? 

Do you plan on having guests over once in a while? If so, it’s wise to invest in a sofa that can accommodate guests. You want a place for your family and friends to sit, right?

Whether you’re watching baseball together or reliving old memories through home video, it’s nice to have enough space for everyone who enters your home. So, think about buying a sectional couch, or at least one that sits six people.

If your family likes to visit or you host out-of-town guests every once in a while, get yourself a sofa bed. They’re a great way to turn your living room into a guest room (and perfect for escaping the noise if your significant other snores!)

And if you’re worried about space, don’t worry. There are options.

Did you know that there’s such a thing as a storage sofa? If you’re short on space, these pieces offer storage space underneath. They’ll help you keep your apartment organized and allow you to host guests.

No one said that finding the perfect sofa for your apartment would be a walk in the park. Still, if you keep these five things in mind, you should have no issues finding a sofa that fits your needs.

In order to find the perfect couch,  do your research ahead of time. Take as many measurements as possible, and ask every question you can think of before committing.

I know that your sofa search might feel overwhelming now. But soon enough, you’ll be relaxing in the living room of your dreams!

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Located in the downtown core of Tukwila, Marvelle at South Center sits in the heart of the Tukwila Urban Center and transit-oriented development area. The urban location offers residents convenient access to nearby restaurants, shopping malls, and medical facilities.


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