How to Find a Comfortable Sofa

Finding a comfortable sofa is much more important than choosing a sofa based on looks alone. A sofa may look ultra cool and match your interior perfectly but if it is uncomfortable to sit on you may have wasted your money and regret your choice. The way sofas are manufactured and the materials and components used varies greatly amongst different models, some have ultra soft and deep seats that you sink into whilst others have firmer seat cushions. Some people prefer fabric sofas compared to leather sofas, what it really comes down to is personal choice. Here are a few tips which should help you find your perfect comfy sofa.

Try before you buy sofas

Its not always possible to try before you buy especially if you buy sofas online or from a catalogue. It is impossible to gauge the comfort of a sofa by looking at a picture alone. Many online retailers will also have a presence on the high street or offer some kind of try before you buy service, if the opportunity is there always take it, this can save the hassle of returning an uncomfortable suite.

Choose the right type of seat cushion / suspension

There are various different types of seat suspension, all offering different levels of comfort and support. The most basic seat set up is foam filled on a wooden base, these do not offer the level of support and comfort that can be found in sprung units and are known to sag over time as the foam compresses. Seats that incorporate a sprung base beneath a layer of foam have a better ability to spring back to their original shape and also offer better support. The best type of suspension system is pocket sprung. A series of springs housed in individual cloth pockets sit beneath a layer of usually a high density foam. Pocket springs are very supportive and also durable, pocket springs are usually associated with comfortable sofas.

Try a lumbar support

Lumbar supports are great for both comfort and an increased level of support for the lower back. A lumbar support is a moulded bump to the base of the back cushion that follows the contours of the back in line with the natural curvature of the spine. Lumbar supports are great for people with back problems and may prove to be a more comfortable sofa than one that has a flat back cushion.

Add scatter cushions

Scatter cushions are a cheap and easy way to help make a comfy sofa, positioning a cushion on your lower back can act as a lumbar support or placing one under your arm or head can help support your body and increase your level o0f comfort.

Shop around for your sofa and try as many different models as possible to ensure  you find the best sofa to suit you, ultimately what you are looking for is a comfortable sofa that also looks the part.


How to Buy Sofas Online

Many shoppers are wondering how to buy sofas online. With the popularity of internet shopping on the increase and competition between online sellers also on the rise there are great bargains to be had. With emerging technology and better designed websites it has never been easier to purchase sofas on the web, however there are a few drawbacks. The main disadvantage is that in most cases you cannot see or try out the sofas beforehand, it can be difficult to appreciate the true colour and tone of a leather sofa from an image alone and also ascertain the comfort and feel of a sofa through descriptions and text only.

There are however a few steps that you can take before committing to buy that will increase the chances of selecting the right sofa for you, in terms of style, colour and comfort. With a little planning and time taken at the early stages of the buying process you can hopefully avoid any of the pitfalls when you choose to buy sofas online.

Information is Key

Try and gather as much information as possible whether it be information that is on a website or by communicating with a salesperson either on the phone, via email or an online chat facility. Always  take into account dimensions, build components such as frame and seat type as well as colour options. Many sellers of leather sofas will provide swatch samples upon request, these are crucial if you are trying to match your new sofas with other items of furniture you already own or are planning to buy.

Shop around

It is much easier to compare different models if you are buying sofas online, instead of travelling from shop to shop it is easy to have two or more websites open and have all of the information to hand making comparisons between different sofas easy and quick. Many websites also offer special offers including price match, with the market for selling leather sofas online so competitive you can in most cases negotiate a better deal, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount, if it means the seller will get the sale rather than a competitor they will in a lot of cases be willing to oblige.

Check the seller’s returns policy

However much research and time you spend making sure you purchase the right leather suite you can never guarantee 100% that the leather suite will be exactly what you are looking for. Always make yourself familiar with the sellers returns policy, if in the instance you want to return your new leather sofas you do not want to discover there are massive hidden charges for restocking and collecting the suite, although most companies will have some fees that apply to returning goods the difference in price can vary hugely from seller to seller.

Try on the high street and buy sofas online

The perfect situation when buying online is to try the sofas on the high street and then buy sofas online, although many of the larger high street stores will stock exclusive sofa collections many sellers who buy from UK wholesalers will sell the same stock in their shops that can be found elsewhere online. If you are lucky enough to find the exact sofas on the web for cheaper you will have the best of both worlds, you will have had the opportunity to try the sofas out before committing to buy and get the better price associated with when you buy sofas online.