1. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
You know when you’re on the hunt for a new mattress and you do the age-old bottom test? Well, the same theory applies to a sofa. The average sofa has a seat depth of at least 60cm, which gives plenty of room to manoeuvre if you have long legs, and allows you to tuck them under if you’re shorter. But seat depths do vary, so definitely try out different styles to ensure you get good back support. When it comes to seat height, most designs are between 45cm and 50cm high. There’s no right or wrong height, so again, try before you buy to make sure it suits the whole family. And finally, check the total width, excluding armrests, if you like to stretch out.
2. INVEST IN A GOOD FRAME
Spend as much as you can afford on a quality frame – it will see you through many years of lounging. A solid hardwood frame is a good option, but be wary of a particleboard or metal construction. Also, take note of the guarantee before you commit – always opt for manufacturers who offer at least a 15-year guarantee.
3. CHECK THE CUSHIONS
Remember that what’s inside a sofa is just as important as what’s used on the outside. When it comes to the sofa back and seat, feather-filled cushions are high on comfort but they will need regular plumping, while foam or fibre fillings may flatten out and lose their shape over time. The perfect solution? The team at Sofa.com recommend choosing a combination of feather and foam as ‘feathers give the squish while the foam provides structure’. Back cushions filled with feathers and seat cushions filled with foam or fibre works well.