What to remember when choosing a new family sofa | Modern Mummy

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

What to remember when choosing a new family sofa

Choosing a new sofa can be challenging when you consider the vast range of options available. When you have a family to think about, it can become even more difficult. There are certain things you have to consider and need to keep in mind while you're looking around. To help with this, we have teamed up with Robinson of England, who produce stunning handmade Chesterfield sofas and chairs. They’re going to share some of their top tips for families choosing a new sofa.

Research is always worthwhile 
When making any decision which is going to involve spending a significant sum of money, like large pieces of furniture such as a sofa, it’s vital to do as much research as possible. The more time you spend looking at the options available, the more informed you’re going to be about what’s out there and also what styles you like. Not only is it important that you choose a practical sofa, and we’ll talk more about this later, but you really want to find a sofa your family loves. The more time you can spend looking at the options available, the better the chances of finding something you love. 

Furthermore, with more research, you’ll get a better idea of prices and which styles you can and can’t afford. Obviously, when you have a family, there are a huge number of financial commitments, so it’s important to stick to your budget. However, with research, you can often find good deals on with different retailers and brands which may allow you to get the sofa you didn’t think you could afford! 

Go and see it in person if you can
While the current Coronavirus pandemic has forced most shops to close temporarily, they will reopen when this is all over. If you’re starting to think about a new family sofa now, spend this time to look at what’s available online. By doing this, you’ll build up an idea of what you want. When the furniture shops do reopen, it’s really worth going and seeing the sofas in person before you make any decision to buy one.

When looking at a sofa in person, you’ll notice a lot more things that you just wouldn’t see looking at it online. You also get to see the physical dimensions rather than just imagining it, or using a tape measure to give you a rough idea at home. Most importantly, you’ll be able to see how it feels to sit on and how comfortable the cushions are. This is the one area where buying furniture online is really problematic compared to shopping in stores.

Make sure the frame is good 
Buying a sofa for your family means you need to think about the other people who will be using it. For most of us, this means our kids. Going to look at a sofa in person will allow you to get a sense of how well it has been put together, and critically, how strong the frame is. We all know that kids love to jump around and play on the furniture and a sofa can take a lot of punishment from young kids and general family life. A good frame should ensure you’re able to enjoy your sofa for years without any issues.

Ask your kids opinion 
For all the research you as parents have done when choosing a new sofa, it is nice to get your kids view. As with any piece of furniture, the whole family will be using it should be something they, hopefully, all like. Your kids may also surprise you and point out a problem with a sofa that you hadn’t noticed or make a suggestion that changes what kind of sofa you’re looking for. Obviously, as adults, the final decision will come down to you but trying to find something the whole family likes can be a fun activity.

Think about the material 
Potentially the most important aspect of choosing a new family sofa is getting the material choice right. While leather may be your personal preference, for a busy family who may also have pets, it can be difficult to keep clean. For this reason, fabric may be the better option, particularly cushions which have loose covers. This allows you to remove them and get them cleaned if needed.

We hope the points raised above provide some help when choosing a new sofa for your family. While it can seem daunting with the range of sofa options available, you can discuss it as a family and hopefully find something you all like and can enjoy having in your home.

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