One of the most important decisions to make is to determine where the sofa will go. Also consider being able to rearrange your furniture, which a lot of people like to do if they have parties or just like to change things up throughout the year. If you will keep the sofa in your living room or family room that gets a lot of traffic, you don’t want it to be in the way. If you buy a sofa online, read the measurements carefully, and measure the room space you plan to use it in. A traditional sofa is about 6 feet long. Long sofas, which usually seat up to four people, can be 7 to 8 feet long.
Settees or love-seats are smaller sofas and great options for smaller areas. They can also be a nice complement to larger sofas, offering additional seating. If you have enough space and need the seating, consider buying a traditional three-seat sofa and a love-seat.
A sectional sofa can be a great option to provide extra seating if you have a spacious floor plan. Some sectionals are two parts that can be rearranged, while others may come as one piece. These work well if you have a large family or regularly have guests in your home. The L-shaped or U-shaped design might limit where you can place a sectional, but it might be the only seating you will need in the room.
If you want to go versatile, consider a sofa bed. These are perfect for a kid’s sleepover, as you can pull out a double or queen bed. These sofas are going to be heavy, and because the bed pulls out, you need to make sure you have enough room. You may have to move some other furniture around to be able to pull out the bed. Still, this is a great way to add another bed to your home while maximizing space. Look for a sofa bed sale online that may be listed as “sleeper sofa” or “convertible sofa.”
Another aspect to consider is the style and material. Do you like a lot of pillows? If so, make sure your sofa has room for and will complement the pillows. Popular upholstery material includes leather, microfiber and linen. Leather may be more expensive, but is also easier to clean. Cotton and polyester are two other materials you will likely find when shopping online. Foam or down-filled cushions make for a softer sofa, but pocketed coils often provide more support. Again, this will be determined by your taste, preference and how you plan to use the sofa.