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Sofa Buying Guide: How to Choose a Sofa

by Reyna Thomas

After a stressful day, there is nothing better than settling down on the couch to unwind and rejuvenate. For both you and your family, purchasing a sofa is an important choice to make. Your sofa will not only be where you spend a lot of time relaxing, but it will also influence how your living room and the entire house will appear and feel.

Finding the ideal sofa can be difficult with so many different styles available. So, to help you choose the best sofa for your house, we have created this sofa buying guide.


When choosing the ideal sofa for you, there are numerous factors to take into account. Consider what matters to you most when purchasing a couch before you start looking.

While some individuals may place the highest value on style, others may consider comfort to be the most essential sofa feature. Which sofa works best for you will also depend on your budget and the size of the room. You can begin your search once you've narrowed down your list of essential sofa elements.


You should decide what kind of sofa you want before looking at sofa styles. The two types of couches that are most common are sectionals and traditional sofas. The major factor to consider while choosing between a sectional and a sofa is the room's size and shape.

There are normally three seats on a traditional sofa. These sofas are a great choice for families or couples looking for a cozy couch with a stylish appearance. These sofas are a great choice for most places because they are rectangular and fit in most rooms.

Sofas having two or more linked parts are known as sectional sofas. Although they might not be as stylish as a regular sofa, these sofas are big and comfortable, making them perfect for families. However, because of their size and U- or L-shaped design, they could be challenging to fit into a lot of rooms.

happy family on sofa at home


Now that you are aware of the main sofa categories let's discuss how to pick a sofa that will match your needs. When selecting a new sofa, keep the following factors in mind:


Your personal style and taste should be the primary factors in choosing a new sofa. After all, you will be the one spending the most time on it! Consider what colors, materials, and patterns you are drawn to when making your decision.

Also, make sure to factor in your existing pieces of furniture or décor in the room where your new sofa will be placed. For example, if you have a coffee table made of dark wood, you might want to purchase a sofa with a similar finish.

couple picking out a sofa with saleswoman


When buying a new sofa, the shape and size of the room it’s in is essential to make sure that your new sofa will fit. So, be sure to measure the dimensions of the room and keep them in mind while shopping. You should also measure any doorways or staircases that could make it difficult to move the sofa into your home.

If you are considering a sectional couch, remember that they are usually larger than traditional sofas. Make sure you have enough space for the sectional before making your purchase.


The frame is another factor to consider while selecting a sofa. The sofa will likely endure longer if the frame is more sturdy. The most durable frame will be built of wood, especially if it is made of high-grade wood like maple, oak, cherry, pine, or cedar.

You might also think about how the sofa is built in addition to the material used for the frame. In what manner is the frame made? How is the frame connected to the legs? You should seek out construction that seems to be solid and structurally sound.

couple choosing new sofa


Next thing to consider on your sofa is the fabric. The upholstery is the part of the sofa that you will sit on and see. Not only should it be comfortable, but it should also be durable enough to withstand wear and tear.

Natural fibers like cotton, linen, wool, and leather are normally more durable than synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon. However, natural fibers can be more challenging to clean and might not be as resistant to stains.

If you have pets or small children, you might want to consider a sofa with removable covers that can be washed or dry-cleaned. Additionally, some furniture brands have specially designed fabrics made for households with children and pets you can look into.

Pro tip: Look for fabrics that are fade-resistant and easy to clean.

Couple at a furniture store choosing fabrics


The last thing to think about is the features you want in your sofa. To meet customers' needs and offer more customization options, some sofa manufacturers include goodies like cup holders, reclining seats, built-in mattresses, replaceable covers, built-in storage, and other amenities. You can even find USB ports for device charging. Sifting through the variety of options available might be made easier by knowing what you would appreciate the most in your sofa.

Time to Shop

Now that you have considered all of the different factors, it is time to purchase your new sofa! And Westco Home Furnishings has just what you need! Whether you are looking for a traditional, mid-century modern, or contemporary style, we have the perfect sofa for you! With this guide in mind and our help, you will be sure to find the right one for your home.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call. We would be more than happy to assist you in finding the perfect sofa for your space!