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Your Ultimate Sofa/Couch Buying Guide

Your Ultimate Sofa Couch Buying Guide

Choosing a new couch for your home or apartment can be a big decision. You want something comfortable, attractive, and durable while staying within your desired price range. That’s not too much to ask, right?

However, if you have spent any time at all trying to find and buy the perfect couch or sofa, you probably know how challenging it can be to find an option that meets all those requirements. If you are like many homeowners, you might be tempted to settle for a couch that is simply acceptable just to get the process over with.

While finding the right couch can be challenging, putting in the necessary time and effort is worth it to acquire a comfortable, attractive sofa that will serve your needs for years to come. Our friendly team at Nixxit is here to help with a full guide to purchasing a new sofa or couch.

Types of Couches

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Furniture manufacturers categorize couches into dozens of classifications. Knowing which type of couch you are looking for can help you narrow down your search significantly. Here are a few popular types of couches that you may encounter during your search:


A traditional couch is likely what you picture when you think of the word “couch.” Traditional sofas have three square or rectangular seats, three back cushions, and two arms.


A sectional is an oversized couch consisting of two or more pieces that typically meet at a right angle. Sectionals offer more seating than traditional couches and are ideal for families or larger residences.


A loveseat is a small couch that typically has two seats instead of three. If you do not have much space for a sofa in your living room, you might consider a loveseat instead.


A sleeper sofa includes a hidden internal compartment that contains a metal bed frame and thin mattress, allowing you to convert the sofa into a bed. If you don’t have a designated guest bedroom in your house or apartment, you may want to consider a sleeper sofa to create a comfortable location for guests to spend the night.


A chaise couch or chaise lounge is an upholstered sofa that seats one person. This type of couch has one seat that extends forward, creating enough room for one person to sit upright and stretch out their legs. If you enjoy lounging with your legs supported, a chaise might be perfect for you.


A futon is a couch that you can convert into a guest bed by folding the back down to create a flat mattress. Futons are ideal for multi-functional spaces or small residences that do not have enough room for a guest bed.

Recliner Sofa

A recliner sofa is a couch that reclines and folds out a footrest when you lower the back. Recliner sofas are often more comfortable than traditional couches and provide you and your guests with ample room to stretch out their legs.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Sofa For Your Home

Now that you have an idea of what type of sofa to look for, it’s time to begin the search process. Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect couch for your home:

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Make a Checklist

Do you have an idea of what you want your couch to look like or how you want it to feel? Maybe you’re looking for a mid-century modern sofa in a vibrant color palette. Perhaps you love the soft, pillowing feeling of a comfy sectional. Before you begin your couch search process, make a list of all the features you would like your new sofa to have.

As you make your list, consider factors such as the:

  •       Size: Size is one of the first factors to consider when choosing a sofa for your space. Be sure to check each couch’s dimensions to understand whether it will fit into your desired area or not. You’ll also want to consider how you’ll get it to and into your home.
  •       Color: Think about what color palette will look the most cohesive with the rest of your room.
  •       Material: Consider your desired couch material. Is it leather, acrylic, linen, velvet, or something more unique?
  •       Design: Think about what style you would like the room to convey when choosing a couch. Are you going for a contemporary look or a more Scandinavian feeling?
  •       Durability: Finally, consider how durable you need your couch to be. If you have young kids, you may need a sofa with thicker upholstery than if it’s just you and another adult using the couch each day.

Creating this checklist can give you a better idea of your wants and needs during your couch search process.

Choose a Price Range

A good rule of thumb to remember when buying any furniture is that the price often reflects the quality. Sure, you can probably find an attractive couch online in the $300 to $400 price range. But chances are, this couch will only hold up for a year or two, leaving you in the same buying position a few years down the line.

Instead, we recommend looking for sofas on the higher end of your budget. These couches may be more of an initial investment, but they will last longer, making them more affordable than needing to purchase a new couch every few years.

Test It Out

Buying a sofa online can be challenging because you cannot see it in person and test it out before purchasing it. If at all possible, we recommend browsing the couches in an actual store and testing them out before purchasing one. You may find that a sofa that looks comfortable is actually too boxy or springy for your needs.

Get Rid Of Your Old Couch With Nixxit Junk Removal

Once you settle on the perfect sofa for your space, you have one final step to complete: calling a furniture removal service to haul away your old couch.

We recommend removing your old couch from your space before bringing in the new sofa. Getting your existing sofa out of the way will leave you with plenty of room to assemble and position your new couch in your living room and begin using it right away.

At Nixxit Junk Removal, we provide eco-friendly junk removal services for homeowners and renters like you. As a leading local, woman-owned business, we have extensive experience handling every step of the junk removal process and can take the weight of disposing of your old couch off your shoulders.

We provide junk removal services to the entire California Bay Area. Learn more about our service areas and furniture removal areas today, then contact us at 855-682-5142 to schedule your couch removal service.

Are you moving out of an apartment? If so, check out our guide to clearing out your apartment.

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nixxitjunk · Apr 26