How to buy a sofa
*This is a sponsored collaboration with DFS
Buying a sofa is one of the biggest purchases you will make for your home. It is also one of the more expensive pieces of furniture you will buy. It can be a bit of a minefield when it comes to choosing the perfect sofa to fit your space and lifestyle. I have teamed up with DFS for today’s post as I am upgrading my old second-hand sofas and getting some new sofas that will better suit my living room space. As I have never purchased a sofa before I didn’t know where to start. I also didn’t want to make an expensive mistake as I know some people can get the measurements wrong. As you guys know I am a huge fan of upcycling furniture for my home. I have a set of second-hand couches in my living room for the past five years. I want to upgrade them as they are too large for my living room. I want to get new sofas that will better fit my space. So, the lovely Lisa, a sofa expert in the DFS store in Blanchardstown kindly let me pick her brains and answered all my sofa buying questions. Below I have some tips for picking the perfect sofa, so whether you are a sofa buying newbie or you want to upgrade then I hope you will find these tips useful.
The first step for me was picking a sofa that fits my lifestyle. I want a sofa that is built for comfort. I want something I can snuggle into in the evening but that will also make a statement with my style of decor. I also want something that is pet-friendly and relatively easy to keep clean. You need to think of your lifestyle when picking your sofa. A gorgeous white sofa might look amazing but is it practical for your lifestyle? There are so many different fabrics and styles on the market as well and a lot of the sofas can be modified to your needs.
The Perfect Fit
For me, this was the most important part of buying a sofa. You know the phrase, “Measure twice cut once”. Well, it’s the same for picking furniture. You need to be realistic with your space and measure correctly. As I have a three and a two-seater in my room that are too big I was conscious of not making that same mistake of having too big sofas again. When measuring out your room you also need to take into consideration your windows and radiators. Will the sofa block a window? Will you be able to open the doors? Also, make sure to add extra space if the sofa is going to sit in front of a radiator.
I have a small living room so, I chose from the Joules Cambridge range. I liked that it has lower arms rests, it also has petite legs that gave it some height. A little tip for making a room look bigger is to get a sofa that you can see under. It gives the illusion of a larger space. There was a huge range of sofas at DFS, so many shapes and sizes to choose from. Initially, I really loved the Joules Windsor collection, however, when I measured out my room and compared the measurements to the Windsor collection it just wasn’t practical for my small space. So, even though you might fall in love with a piece in the shop, make sure you go home and measure as it might not be the best fit for your space. You also need to make sure you can get the piece into your home, so, when placing your order if you have any restrictions you must let the team instore know so they don’t have any surprises come delivery day. Measuring might seem a little overwhelming, but you can use the DFS app to help you, you can also bring your measurements instore where the team will be happy to help you find a sofa to fit your needs. All the measurements for each sofa can be found on the DFS website.
As you can see, one of my existing sofas is too wide for the space that it is in. Instead, I have chosen to go for a slightly smaller cuddler option. I used the guide from the website to measure it against my existing sofa. The cuddler will sit much neater into this space leaving some breathing room beside the armrests and around the sofa and door.
Fabric, Fillings and Style
This is where you get to get creative and pick a sofa in a style and fabric that will suit both your lifestyle and your decor. I have always loved fabric sofas, probably because, growing up we had fabric sofas with lots of cushions and throws. I loved the cosy and warm feeling that I get from a fabric sofa. I was amazed at all the different fabrics available when picking a sofa. Your sofa can make a statement in your room, it can be a focal point and it can also be a talking point in your home. I went for something bold. I chose to mix my sofas and I picked the two-seater Cambridge in pink and the Cambridge cuddler in grey. I also got the Cambridge mini floral footstool which doubles up as storage so perfect for storing your crafting that you might do whilst watching the TV. I wanted to add a pop of colour to my living room. The Cambridge also has a fun floral print which can be easily flipped if you fancy a change from the floral. I chose the velvet fabric for my sofas, I loved the luxurious feel of this fabric and I can just imagine coming home from work, taking off my shoes and curling up with Blondie for a cosy cat nap. This fabric is also easy to remove pet hair, a quick hoover and it will remove any pet hair. Something I didn’t realise was that you could pick your filling. Whether you like your sofa to be squishy and soft or firm and supportive you can choose from foam to soft fibre fillings. I personally love to sink into a soft and squishy sofa so I went for the soft fibre filling.
How long will it take to arrive?
Now, I will hold my hands up and admit that I thought your sofa would arrive asap. I didn’t realise that you had to wait which is quite common for first-time sofa buyers. If you are in the process of buying a home or renting, then do take that into consideration when ordering your sofas. Also, a popular time for people upgrading their sofas is for family events, so if you want a new sofa for communions season or if there is an upcoming wedding and you want to impress the in-laws then make sure you leave enough time to order. Each sofa will have a different lead time depending on which one you pick. The sofas I have chosen have a 6-week wait but I can track their progress online which is really exciting. This also gives me time to arrange my old sofas to be collected and make space for my new ones. Most of the sofas are handmade in one of the DFS factories. DFS are the only UK retailer to be awarded the Kitemark for upholstered furniture, this means each product by DFS goes above and beyond standard levels of quality and can be trusted to meet the highest levels of safety and reliability.
A fun fact! Did you know those cute animated characters in the DFS adverts on tv are actually based on real people who work in the DFS factories? They were created by the talented Aardman studios the people behind Wallace and Gromit. Now, I wonder can we get them to make an animation of Blondie!
I hope you found today’s post informative and it has given you some clarity and tips for your sofa shopping experience. I will be back in a few weeks and I will be sharing my new sofas in my living room. I will show you how I have styled them up in my living room. It looks like they will be here around Halloween time so just in time for the clocks changing so, I can get cosy on my new couches in time for Winter. You can also check out my Youtube video below where I chatted to Lisa in DFS in Blanchardstown. Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you enjoy it.
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