If you’re thinking about purchasing a new sofa in the near future, you’re likely to be aware that they are not exactly cheap. And if like most people, you’ve had your old one for quite a few years, you are also likely to be aware that the one that you purchase is likely to be a fixture in your home for quite some time.
Sofa shopping is therefore not an aspect of interior decoration that should ever be rushed.
Both patience and time is required if you want to compliment, rather than dampen, your home’s existing appearance. Should you be on the look out for a new sofa, here are eight common mistakes that you should do your best to avoid.
Purchasing What’s “In”
A long term view is one that’s important to take when it comes to purchasing a new sofa. Unless you happen to be made of money, you’ll be wanting something that you will still enjoy looking at a few years from now. It’s therefore important to avoid short term fads. Such a sofa might look nice now, but you’ll hate it within a few years.
Failing to Measure
A surprisingly common mistake when it comes to purchasing a new sofa is forgetting to get the measuring tape out. It doesn’t matter how much you love a particular piece of furniture if you are not going to be able to get it through your door/up the stairs. Measure all appropriate spaces and take those measurements with you when heading to the store. You might think it won’t happen to you, but it happens, a lot.
Forgetting About the Cat
If you have messy pets, or equally messy children, don’t forget about them when making your choice. Cream sofas always look attractive in store but they rarely stay that way in homes with wild occupants. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can keep peoples feet off of it either. Or that you can designate your new sofa as an animal free zone. If you’ve got animals or children, you need to think about durability.
Not Considering Scale
Another common mistake when it comes to purchasing a new sofa is forgetting about the small matter of scale. You don’t want to purchase a sofa that’s going to be too large for the room that you will be putting it in. Such sofas can end up attracting far too much attention and can therefore easily throw off any interior decoration vibe you currently have going.
Forgetting About Color Coordination
It’s easy to forget about color coordination when you fall in love with a piece of furniture in store. Unfortunately however, just because something looks amazing in store, that does not mean that it’s not going to clash with everything that you already own. This is a particularly important fact to remember when dealing with strong colors.
Buying Without Trying
There are many types of furniture that can be purchased online. In fact, it’s often online retailers that have both the best selection and the lowest prices. But when it comes to sofas, you really need do need to stick to brick and mortar retailers.
The reason for this is simple, everyone has their own opinions regarding what makes a sofa comfortable. And it’s therefore essential that you try before you buy. And don’t be embarrassed to really stretch out in store either, it’s what clever consumers do.
Spending More Than You Planned
Some people end up spending more than they had planned when they go sofa shopping. This is because most furniture stores aren’t exactly transparent when it comes to final prices. Price tags rarely if ever include the delivery charge. And if you plan on purchasing something on credit, you might be surprised to learn just how much that credit will cost you. Therefore never hand over a penny until you know exactly what the final price is going to be.
Making an Impulse Purchase
Finally, in case this article hasn’t already made it clear, never purchase a new sofa on impulse. It is a surprisingly common mistake, especially among those who are expecting guests in the near future. Furniture stores don’t exactly help the problem either with their one weekend only promotions. Don’t be fooled, no guest is worth purchasing sub par furniture for and no sofa promotion is ever one weekend only. Take your time. Don’t buy on impulse.
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