Sofas are often one of the most expensive pieces of furniture that we have in our homes. They’re also one of the most used pieces of furniture.
This means that after a while, a sofa starts to look tired, or it becomes uncomfortable, or it may even break. Time to buy a new one, but how much should you spend on a quality sofa?
The answer to this question is going to vary between individuals and lifestyles. To know how much to spend, you first need to think about your space, how often you’ll use the sofa, and how you want it to feel and look.
Sofas come in a dazzling array of styles, materials, fabrics, and shapes. So, first, it’s useful – if not essential – to consider your priorities.
To give you an idea of how much you should spend on a quality sofa, we’ll break it down:
How Big is Your Space?
The sofa you get has to fit your space, so measure up thoroughly and know the dimensions you’re working with. You should measure the space you have, including the ceiling height, and also the doorways and hallways so there is a way to transport your sofa into your preferred space.
What you would want is to have your sofa to be in the same scale as your other furniture and the room as a whole. Also don’t forget to leave enough room to have space for movement around the furniture you place in the same room.
All of this will allow you to understand how big a sofa you can get for your home. And you’ll appreciate how much space you really have for the sofa of your dreams.
Who is the Sofa For?
The type of material you want for your sofa is going to have an impact on the cost. If you have kids and/or pets, you would want to pick a sofa that can withstand heavy use. It should also be easy to clean. Sofas with removable and washable covers are ideal.
The type of fabric is also important depending on what you are looking for. Microfiber sofas are made of synthetic fibers and are relatively inexpensive and easy to clean. They are durable and stain resistant. Velvet sofas are soft to the touch, comfortable, and extremely durable, but would cost you more. A leather sofa is sophisticated, durable, resistant to stains, and wears beautifully, but is also more expensive.
How Often Will You Sit on Your Sofa?
Some people don’t spend much time at home. If you work a hectic job, are away often, or just don’t spend much time sitting down, you probably don’t need a sofa that’s designed solely for comfort. You may be more interested in one that’s been designed for practicality or occasional use.
Those who practically live on their sofas, however, are likely to be more interested in reclining sofas or L-shaped options.
How Important Are Trends to You?
Design and style matter a lot to some people and not at all to others. If you want to buy a stylish or trendy sofa, expect to pay more for it.
If you’re looking for a more timeless or generic style of sofa that will blend into any decor, then it’s likely you will pay significantly less.
With the above in mind, you can now appreciate the factors that raise or lower the price of a quality sofa.
Expect to pay more for:
- Trendy or designer-style sofas
- Large, L-shaped, modular designs, or curved sofas
- Reclining sofas
- Tough fabrics, removable covers, or leather
Expect to pay less for:
- Neutral shades and standard designs
- Smaller models
- Non-removable covers and synthetic fabrics
- Sofas without extra comfort cushions
As a rough guide, here are some ballpark figures that will determine the quality of your sofa:
- $1,000 or less: This is considered a cheap or budget sofa. It will typically be of lower quality and have a neutral or generic design.
- $1,000 – $2,000: This should be a mid-range sofa option that will be robust, made with high-quality workmanship and sturdy fabrics but without fancy additional features
- $2,000: Anything over 2k is considered a high-quality sofa. Here you’ll find all your trendy and designer brands and additional features such as reclining options, unusual shapes, and luxury fabrics.
You Can a Get High-Quality Sofa for Less
Never, ever pay full price for a sofa. Unless you’re ordering a custom piece, the sofa you want will, at some point, appear in a sale or carry a big discount.
There are a lot of great deals on furniture. It’s just a question of knowing where to look and getting your timing right.
- January and February are the winter sale months
- July and August are the summer sale months
- Look online for deals, discounts, and coupons on sofas
- Keep an eye on major retailer sales, such as Amazon Prime Day or Wayfair’s Way Day.
- Compare prices often for your sofa between different retailers
- Set up alerts for flash sales and discounts
- Major holidays such as Labor Day and Presidents day can provide opportunities for deep discounts
- Don’t forget Black Friday
By factoring in the sales and discounts, your dream sofa may be way more affordable than you initially think.
Aim for a great-quality sofa that’s just above your budget and wait for the price to drop. You’ll be sitting in comfort in no time!