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How to Choose the Right Sofa

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Buying a sofa is a huge decision. Unlike other purchases, sofas often materialize in the flurry of furnishing a new home as if by magic, leaving one to wonder how it was chosen. It’s a result of the desire to nest; to acquire that one thing where we can sit comfortably and think about all the other things we need to acquire.

This is why it’s helpful to have a go-to tip sheet for the moment before the snap decision, if in fact things turn out that way. If you only have a few minutes to spare, this sofa guide is the one for you:

Colors and Fabrics: Think Lifestyle, Not Specifics

Sofas and sofa beds should fit your lifestyle. If you have kids and/or pets, getting a white or light-colored sofa is a guaranteed ticket to Frustration Village, by way of Aggravation Boulevard. Tough fabrics in dark shades and patterns work great for families, while lighter colors and patterns will survive longer in places without pets and the pitter-patter of dirty feet.

When it comes to upholstery, both leather and fabric have their strengths and weaknesses. It’s easy to assume that leather isn’t much of a family-friendly option, and if your dog has big, unclipped toenails you might be right, but it’s durable and cleans up well. On the other hand, fabric upholstery is usually easier to repair and has a lower entry price, which makes it an attractive option.

Couch Surfers

Is most of your family out of town, and if so do they come to visit often? Are you single with lots of friends? These are good indicators that a sofa bed may be the hot ticket.

When family or friends need a place to crash for the holidays, or anytime, a great sofa that transforms into a pullout bed is going to come in really handy. Futons work great for kids rooms and game rooms, while plush sofa beds are well-suited for living rooms and basement dens.

Size Matters

Make sure your couch fits the space. Sectional sofas complement large spaces with high ceilings. For dens and lounges, the classic three-cushion sofa or sofa bed is a tried-and-true go-to, especially if it’s got a built-in recliner for game days and post-work snoozing. But, if you’re short on space, loveseats come in lots of fun styles these days.

Follow these simple tips and even the quickest sofa-selection snap decision will result in a big score.

The Chelsea Home "Shannen" sofa bed is made in the USA, comes in two upholstery options and features a queen-size innerspring mattress. 

SOFAB's "Angel" two-cushion sofa is made in the USA with a solid-wood frame and assembles in minutes with no tools. 

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