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5 Things To Do Before You Go Sofa Shopping

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but the sofa defines the style of the sitting room. When it comes to sofa shopping these days, we're no strangers to creating Pinterest boards, or saving images on Instagram for some style inspiration. By the time we visit a furniture store, we often have a fair idea of what we’re looking for.

Here at the 1933 Furniture Company, it's our job to steer people in the right direction, help narrow down choices, and advise on the differences and benefits of each. The more information we have, the more we can help you choose the right sofa for your home, family and lifestyle. As we mentioned in our first blog post, we're not trying to sell you what we have, we're trying to help you buy what you want. With some forward planning and measuring, here are 5 things to do before you go sofa shopping.

5 thnigs to do before you go sofa shopping

1. Who is the sofa for, and how will the room be used?

Probably the first and most simple question we ask people when they come in looking for a sofa is: who is the sofa for, and how will the room be used? How many people need to be seated at any one time? Whether you have a small or large family, pets or children, elderly or disabled people. Knowing who the room is for, and how many people will be using it, is a great place to start. And as today’s lifestyle requires our living spaces to be multi-functional. Knowing how the space will be used throughout the week will help determine the configuration and style of seating that would best suit your needs and home. These are all things to consider, so you can get an idea of how much space you need, as well as seating requirements.

tan corner saddler chaise sofa in a customers home

This image was taken by one of our customer's who purchased the Saddler Sofa by Alexander & James from us.

2. Take a video/photos of your room

Take pictures and a short video clip of your room. Not only will it really help give us a sense of your space. But it’s also a good reminder to refer back to as you walk around a showroom and see what furniture will work well in the room, and where etc. Make sure you do a full 360 of the room, and make a note of what the entrance of the room is like, and access.

a picture of an empty living room

3. What are the room dimensions?

The dimensions of the room are one of the most important pieces of information to have prepared when it comes to buying a new sofa! What is the total room size? Make sure you take measurements, twice - just to be sure! If you already know what kind of sofa, or even the dimensions of the sofa you want. Then take some masking tape or newspaper and map out the size and shape of the furniture on the floor, and then take another photo. Walk around the room and see what it would be like, how the space would flow. This will immediately give you an idea of what will and won’t work.

4. What is the configuration of your room?

Take some time to think about the configuration of the room. Is it open-plan or a traditional room setting? In more traditional rooms, the sofas are usually up against the wall. Whereas in open-plan spaces, the furniture creates and defines the living area. Lending itself better to modular sofas, and allowing you to be more creative. Do you have French doors? What direction is the room facing? South facing rooms with lots of light could lead to your furniture fading over time. Also, take note and measurement of where the doors, windows, radiators, TV, fireplace and plug sockets are, as this could determine where the sofa is positioned. 

5. Bring Samples, Swatches and Inspiration

Finally, we always encourage you to bring some samples of your flooring, fabric, wallpaper, paint, and colour schemes. This helps coordinate the sofa and tie the whole room together, to create a finished look that compliments your home, and other things you may have already picked out. Any Pinterest boards, or inspiration from Instagram will help guide us in the style direction you want to take for your home. But have an open mind, so you’re not limiting yourself, or the potential of your space. Just because it’s not what you originally had in mind. If you see something you fall in love with, and it works for your space and lifestyle - don’t be afraid to go for it!

inspiration colour palette moodboard

Image Source: Alexander & James


We hope you found this post helpful. For more sofa tips, make sure you check out what to consider before buying a leather or fabric sofa. Until next time, happy furniture shopping! And as always, we look forward to seeing you in our furniture store in Navan, Co. Meath - where we currently have our winter sale on, and have just updated our Natuzzi gallery. 

The 1933 team!

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