Spring is here, the sun is shining once again, but unfortunately it’s highlighting just how shabby your sofa has become.

It’s easy to forget about your sofa. It sits happily in a corner of your living room and, for many years, you sit happily on it – often alongside a partner, some kids and a couple of pets. Then one day you notice that something is different. Your sofa is looking a little tired.  The springs have sprung for the last time. The fabric has become so shiny you can see your face in it. You find some coins down the back of your sofa and they are no longer legal tender.


You have to face up to the truth – it’s time to get a new sofa. But where to start?

Choosing a new sofa can be a daunting task, after all, there’s a lot of choice out there and you will be living with your new sofa for some years. As well as selecting the right sofa or sofa suite combination for the size of your room and household, you also need to think about colours, fabrics and style.

The trick is to see buying a new sofa as an opportunity rather than a chore. Here’s why:

Room for manoeuvre
A new sofa will give you the opportunity to change the layout of your room. A sofa suite will allow you to alter your seating arrangements, for example, if your kids are growing into teenagers, you may want to swap your old three-seater sofa for a smaller two-seater sofa and two armchair combination. Modular or corner sofas can help you make the best use of your available space, or if you’re an empty nester, you may prefer to switch to a three-seater sofa with two large cushions, giving you space to spread out.

A fresh start
Buying a new sofa may inspire you to update your décor. A sofa can be a great focal point for your living room or it can work as the accent colour to complement your chosen colour scheme. A neutral brown or cream sofa can be brightened up with colourful scatter cushions. Equally a bright-red leather sofa can look stunning in a living room decorated in neutral contemporary shades of grey.

Comfort and joy
The comfort factor of a new sofa is not to be underestimated. We tend to put up with things for years and then wish we’d changed them sooner. With advances in technology, you’ll find modern sofas can offer a lot more support, especially if you remember sitting on your current sofa to watch the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

Sticky fingers
If you’re thinking about practicality, especially if you have younger children with permanently sticky fingers, many fabric sofas nowadays have washable covers that you can detach and pop in the washing machine. Leather sofas have become more affordable and if you shop around you can find a hardwearing and easy-to-clean leather sofa that is practical while adding a touch of luxury to your living room.

A change is as good as a rest
If you often have visitors over, you might want to consider adding a sofa bed to your sofa suite. If you’re on the go all day or your feet have seen many years of service, a recliner sofa can offer the ultimate in relaxation.

If you’re still not convinced it’s time to put your old saggy sofa out of its misery, consider this: we spend an average of four hours a day watching TV, so you might as well be sitting comfortably!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment. You can contact Peter Millikin either through his Google+ account or via his websites.

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