In the temple of design, the sofa is like the most sacred high altar. Beds and bookcases come and go, and you may have that flirty fling with the midcentury modern or rustic farmhouse look, but your sofa is a fixture that stands the test of time.
There's no doubt about it: The sofa is a serious investment. Lucky for us, Dwell made our apprehensions disappear with a super-thorough guide to purchasing your favorite piece of furniture. Our favorite tips, below.
With countless options and styles to choose, you first need to prioritize your needs. Are you just out of college and need a "Starter" sofa? A tufted, boxy Atwood sofa may be right up your alley. Or still hoarding that substantial tax return? A nude, narrow, Calvin Klein arm sofa from "The Upgrade" list might be perfect.
But beyond just the aesthetics, we all know the most important quality to look for: comfort. Foam-wrapped cushions with some down give support and eliminate the need for constant cushion fluffing. And since fabrics can change over decades, it's important to examine the frame and look for a hardwood exterior with all the springs joined together, so the weight is evenly distributed. Your tush will be spending a lot of quality time with it. So, it should feel really good.