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How to choose the best sofas for sale
Written By Sharon Marshall on August 11th, 2012
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If you’re looking at sofas for sale, it’s important to get your priorities straight before you head to the stores. Mary Carol Garrity (Scripps Howard News Service) writes in a recent HeraldTribune.com article:
“When you think about it, a lot of life happens on your sofa. This all-important piece of furniture needs to fit you, your home and your lifestyle. To ensure you get a sofa that’s just right, avoid … common mistakes.”
One point that she makes is how you should always sit on the sofa you are intending to buy as if you were in your own home.
This may sound like reasonable advice, but we do not wholeheartedly agree that you’ve got to ‘be there’ to make a successful sofa purchase. Being in the business of online sofas for sale, it would be easy to make the assumption that we are more than a little bias here, but we think our personal experience is worth writing about…
Our most expensive sofa purchase turned out to be the most uncomfortable in the long term. It looked great in the shop, it matched the other furniture brilliantly (purchased from the same shop) and it was extremely comfortable. However, when it was delivered, in truth it wasn’t as much of a ‘wow’ in our lounge as it was in the store, where lighting, wall colour and all the other details had been created to make this a showpiece item. But we eventually changed the wall colour, put up suitable pictures and added cushions, etc, choosing colours that would help to blend the sofa into the room – and this worked very well… but comfort was another matter.
I often wonder if stores pay people to sit/sleep on their sofas, from the minute the store closes to when it opens the next day, so they get to a ‘lived-in’ comfort level point sooner, because what arrives at your house might look like the same sofa, but you may well have to ‘wear it in’ like a new pair of shoes before it’s anywhere near as comfortable to sit on as the demonstration item you initially fell in love with. What is more, the ‘wearing in’ process can delay discovering your spot on the new sofa – and therefore bonding with it – as you have to spend equal amounts of time on each seat to avoid an uneven result!
That sofa never did live up to our high expectations, but we had a surprisingly positive experience when we decided to ‘take a chance’ and look at sofas for sale online.
We bought a sofa bed from a well-known high street retailer. As time was too short for a visit round the various showrooms, we went online straight away with all our dimensions, etc. We found a sofa that was the perfect shape and size, and had the ‘look’ we were seeking – and we even learned about how comfortable it was from reviews from satisfied customers who had experienced our proposed sofa in their own home!
Though it can be great fun to wander around a furniture showroom and talk to knowledgeable sales people, this experience proved to us that the ‘in store’ method is by no means essential when it comes to buying a sofa you will love to live with. Surprisingly to us at the time, looking at sofas for sale online offered an opportunity to focus our minds on what would be a perfect fit for our home, and reduced the possibility of us being caught off guard by the ‘wow’ of the showroom and making an impulse purchase we could regret later.