7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Couch
Home experts reveal what to look for—and what to avoid—when hunting for the perfect sofa.
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How Do I Choose the Right Size?
You've measured the heights and widths of every doorway, hallway and staircase in your building. Twice. The couch will definitely get in the house. Now, to determine the perfect dimensions, consider the size of your space. You'll know your couch is the right size if there's at least 1.5 feet—2 feet, if the table isn't regularly used—separating the couch and the coffee table, Schwartz says. Have a small living room? Try a 72- to 76-inch-long couch or a love seat that seats two people. A large and overstuffed sectional can provide plenty of space for family gatherings and book club meetings. If you plan on drinking coffee, reading the newspaper or catching up on work, you'll want a model where your feet remain on the ground and your back is firmly supported.