Seven tips for buy­ing your per­fect sofa

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - REAL ESTATE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency Fal­lisater­rific

time to think about buy­ing a sofa. That’s be­cause the fall is when fur­ni­ture stores bring in their new in­ven­tory. This means you have the best of both worlds: the new­est styles are in and so are sales. How do you pick the best sofa? It’s an in­vest­ment, so con­sider these buy­ing guide­lines to help you find the right one for your home. 1. Mea­sure twice

Al­ways have a di­a­gram of your room, and be sure to take mea­sure­ments. Know­ing the size of your room in ad­vance will help you make the cor­rect choice at the out­set. Plus, most fur­ni­ture stores can help ad­vise you on the right size sofa for your room. 2. Take pic­tures

What we see in our mind doesn’t al­ways stack up when we ar­rive at the fur­ni­ture store. Bring photos of your room so that you can re­mem­ber im­por­tant de­tails, such as door­ways and other fur­nish­ings you have in the room. It’s a help­ful re­minder, too, of the colors of the other fur­nish­ings. 3. Bring swatches

If you have an arm cover from one of your chairs, bring that with you. This way you’ll be cer­tain that the shade of colors in your sofa will co­or­di­nate with your other fur­nish­ings. It’s also help­ful for se­lect­ing a type of up­hol­stery. You wouldn’t want nubby tweed or damask on ev­ery­thing. 4. Hire a de­signer

Many fur­ni­ture chains or your lo­cal fur­ni­ture stores can be a great re­source. Re­mem­ber, they’re the ones that put to­gether those liv­ing room set­tings in the store that are so invit­ing. If the store has a de­signer on staff, ask for in­put. Even if there’s a small fee, it could pre­vent you from mak­ing a big mis­take. 5. Check for cor­rect siz­ing

Don’t be shy at the fur­ni­ture store. Sit on the sofa in the spot you nor­mally sit in. If your feet come up off the floor, or if the pitch leans too far back, it might not be the sofa for you. Make sure it’s one you feel com­fort­able on.

This is the only way you’ll truly know if this sofa is a good fit or not. 6. Try it out like you’re at home

If you have the fam­ily along, have everyone pile on to test it out. This is the only real true way to tell if it will work for your home and your fam­ily. Con­sider things like wear and tear, stains and if your fam­ily needs a spot for a furry fam­ily mem­ber. Have everyone sit like they nor­mally do to tell if this sofa is a good fit. Think about whether or not you fre­quently sleep on the sofa. If you do, you’ll want to make sure you can make the sofa fit your needs for the nights you spend out of bed. 7. Think long term

Get­ting a qual­ity sofa that will last you is im­por­tant. Few things are more frus­trat­ing than a sofa that falls apart quickly. Look for kiln-dried hard­wood, such as maple, and sturdy cush­ions that don’t slip. Think, too, about the color and pat­tern of the sofa. Be sure that both are some­thing you can live with in the long run.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

© 2016 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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