Finding the right sofa for your living room is a little bit like dating. It can be a lot of work to find the one, but once you do, you get to enjoy a lifetime of happiness together.
The “perfect sofa” might look different for everyone, but we can probably all agree that it should be comfortable, fit in your living room, reflect your style, and hopefully last a few years (if not more).
Enjoying your perfect sofa is the easy part. Finding it takes work.
While you probably have a good sense of what you’re looking for in a sofa, you might need a little help uncovering how much you should spend on one.
Sofas can be expensive, there’s no denying that. For some people it might make sense to invest in a quality piece that will last years. For others, buying something that works for right now is a better option. But where do you fall on the spectrum?
Because we’d rather you spend your time focusing on your real dating life (or with your family, pursuing that new hobby, or doing any other activity that brings you joy), we created a sofa buying guide to help you easily understand how much you should spend on a sofa.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Sofa
Question 1: How much do you want to spend on a sofa?
It can be hard to wrap your head around how much you should spend on a sofa if you’re not even sure how much the average sofa costs. A good place to start is to get familiar with some average price ranges for sofas.
Numbers to know:
- $1000 or less: The sub-thousand dollar range is what we’d consider an inexpensive sofa.
- $1000 – $2000: A mid-range priced sofa generally falls in between one to two thousand dollars.
- $2000 or more: Anything above two grand, we would consider to be an expensive sofa.
The Bottom Line: Survey the sofa landscape to help you get a sense of how much you might want to spend.
Question 2: How Nomadic are You?
Sofas are large, bulky, and not the easiest pieces of furniture to move. One that works perfectly in your current home, might not fit through the doorway at your next.
- I move a lot or will be moving soon: If you plan to only live where you are for under a year, consider skimping on an inexpensive sofa that you won’t have to worry about lugging to a new location.
- I’m relatively settled: Around five years? Maybe a slightly higher-quality option is the best fit for you. You want something that will last you that half decade or so, but won’t be missed if you can’t bring it with you.
- I’m in it for the long haul: Finally, if you are relatively settled in your current home, it makes more sense to invest in a high quality sofa that will last.
The Bottom Line: Your overall timeline is important to consider before making a big-ticket purchase that isn’t easy to transport with you.
Question 3: Are You into Trends?
A trendy sofa looks great right now, but you might find you’re sick of it after a short time.
- I love trends: If you can’t say no to a sofa with a bold color or statement pattern, consider opting for a lower-cost option rather than investing in a more expensive one. Unlike decorative accents, you can’t as easily move a sofa from room to room when you get tired of it. Don’t sink your money into something you’ll be sick of in a year.
- Trends don’t phase me: If you’re looking for a sofa that can transcend your current tastes, consider investing in a high-quality option. This can be a sofa with a neutral fabric, a quality leather option, or a even a sofa with a versatile shape, such as a chaise that can switch sides.
The Bottom Line: If you want to splurge on a quality sofa, it’s important to find one that works for both now and later.
Question 4: Do You Have Kids or Pets?
Although we love kids and we love pets, it’s a fact that they are the culprits behind a lot of our furniture’s wear and tear.
- Don’t stress: One way around this is to choose a budget-friendly sofa that you don’t mind replacing as it gets worn out.
- Call for reinforcements: The alternative is to invest in a higher quality option. Opt for a sofa that’s durable and can take whatever your kids/pets throw at it. Consider choosing a stain resistant fabric. Quality leather is also great for pets. You want something that won’t stain or rip easily and doesn’t attract fur like a magnet.
The Bottom Line: You know your kids and pets the best, so factor them into the picture when deciding what sofa makes sense for your family.
Question 5: How Much Time Will You Spend on Your Sofa?
If you use it a lot, don’t make yourself miserable with something that’s uncomfortable.
- My sofa is just for looks: If you’re always on the go and rarely spend time on your sofa, no need to invest in a high-quality, ultra-comfy option. Something inexpensive but stylish can suffice.
- My sofa is my other half: If you’re a self-proclaimed couch potato, don’t skimp on a cheap sofa that makes you uncomfortable. You can find plenty of inexpensive sofas that are also comfortable and of high quality.
The Bottom Line: Invest in quality and comfort for the things you use daily, like your mattress and sofa.
Ready to find your perfect sofa?
Read our guide to buying this living room staple online to make shopping for a sofa as comfortable as lounging on one.
Or, if you want some insurance before splurging on a sofa, try on some options in your home before you make the investment. Modsy can help show you how real sofas will look in your actual home using our virtual design tools. Then, shop directly from your design plans and take advantage of our insider rewards program to save!