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Buying a Sofa Bed

Learn what features are important when selecting a new sofa bed so you get the perfect furniture for your interior decorating plan.

One of the biggest and most important pieces of furniture in your home is your couch or your sofa. Selecting a sofa is not a task that should be taken lights and requires a little bit of research and shopping before the purchase is made. Use the following guide to help you select a couch for your home.

Fabric Selection

There are numerous types of sofa fabrics available and they come in a variety of colors and patterns Personally I prefer the touch and feel of leather. Each feature of the fabric should be analyzed before making your choice. Fabrics will wear over time, whereas leather may last longer, but leather is more expensive and can be cut or torn by pets, children or carelessness. Microfiber is excellent for pet owners, but not perfect for everyone or every situation. In addition to selecting the right type of material, take samples of the fabric home to make sure the color and pattern match your other décor. A sample on the showroom floor can look very different than it will in your home.

Shape and Size

Most importantly, your couch needs to be the right size for your room and small enough that it will fit inside your doors and perhaps around corners. Make some careful measurements before you begin shopping. In addition to the size of your sofa, there are shape considerations. There are a variety of shapes, but arm shape is of major concern when determining a style choice. The four main arm types are English traditional, roll arm, straight or square, and no arm at all. Consider the arm shape and the overall feel and style of the sofa and how that will match your decorating scheme.


Sofa bed construction affects the comfort level and the durability of the piece of furniture. Look for solid construction with hard woods such as maple, poplar, beach or oak. Tied coils are a stronger and more comfortable option than wire springs. But most of the comfort is tied in to the cushions so take the time to try out the furniture and feel free to try out your favorite position rather than sitting upright. If you purchase cushions made solely of foam they’ll hold their shape rather well but the comfort is just average. A down stuffed cushion is as comfortable as they come, but they hold their shape very poorly and need a lot of fluffing. Look for a combination to get the best of both worlds.

Couch shopping can easily get overwhelming and it’s easy to simply fall in love with the fabric color or pattern without investigating the construction or size and shape. Make sure you make a point to look at every aspect of a sofa before you make your decision as you want it to complement your décor, last a long time, and be invitingly comfortable.

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