By Adalheid Voigt. Traditional. At Wednesday, January 09th 2019, 01:16:37 AM.
Buying a couch online can feel like a leap of faith. To soothe your worries, start with this simple step: measure. There are a number of things to consider before purchasing your new couch, but the most important consideration is how the furniture will fit in your space. You´ll need to know a few different measurements: first, get the raw numbers for the length and width of the room in which your couch will reside. Yes, you might be able to squish an 84-inch couch into your space — but will your guests be squished, too? Ideally, there should be 36 inches between the wall and your furniture and 18 inches between your couch and the coffee table. This can also help you decide between a standard rectangular couch and a sectional. After all, nothing makes a cramped space feel tighter than an awkward sofa leg jutting across the floor.
Pin your samples on the wall and let yourself ponder for a day or two. Just like picking paint, this process takes time. Figure out what looks best in the morning — and which colors truly shine come sunset. Before committing to your perfect couch, look for a discount. Many stores offer 10–15% off just for signing up for their email newsletter — when you‘re buying an expensive product like a couch, those savings can be huge. Websites like Retail Me Not give an up-to-date overview of discounts, and Honey automatically applies the best discounts to your order.
That’s when reviews come in handy. Let previous buyers be your guide: did they find it too soft, too hard, or too flimsy? Pay attention to their critiques. But also pay attention to how the store responds. Flukes do happen, especially with online sales — sometimes couches come off the assembly line with a flawed coil spring or too much stuffing. Companies that respond admirably (say, by replacing the customer’s couch) are likely still worthy of your time.