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    1.Make a plan for the room, and make sure your couch choice fits in.


    You're not buying a couch for use in isolation, after all. You need to make sure it fits in its intended room, when it comes both to size and to layout. Measure the couch and make sure it'll fit, of course, but also consider the style and vibe of the room. If it's a large, dark unit in an otherwise light room, will it be overwhelming or feel out place? If it's much smaller than what you have now, will it make the room feel empty or leave you lacking seating options?
    -Try sketching out a floor plan or even moving furniture around to get an idea of how it'll fit; you can mark the size of the couch on the floor with masking tape if you really want to know exactly where it'll go.

    2.Try it out for comfort.   

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    This is an obvious one, but give it a whirl to see whether you actually like sitting in it, before you even get into testing the build and potential longevity. Different couches have different softness (see the steps below, on filling and springs), and factors like seat depth and armrest height make a difference, too. The best way to test is just to sit, and see how you feel.

    3.Check the filling.

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    Polyurethane foam is the most common filler because it is easy maintenance and costs less. Other high-density foams are budget friendly, but down/feather combos are the ultimate choice. Polyester flattens quickly, but costs less than the other fillings. Poly fiber blends cost even less but clump and get lumpy. A great blend is down mixed with HR foam. It is reasonably priced and very comfy.
    4.Check the springs.

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    Most sofas or couches have springs, but some are just made of webbing or mesh slings. Springs make for a sturdy and comfortable couch. There are two types of springs: sinuous or hand-tied. Sinuous (also called serpentine) springs are cheaper but can easily damage the framework if they are too heavy or sag if they are too light. Hand-tied springs are more expensive but don't sag or damage the framework. Some experts feel that there isn't much of a difference between the two. To test the springs, feel them through the upholstery. They should be tight and close together, but not feel like they are poking through the fabric.

    5.Check the sturdiness of the frame.

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    When you see a couch you like, check the framework. You can ask an associate for help if you need it. If the frame is made of soft wood like pine, it will cost less but it could also warp and wobble. If it is made of plastic or metal, the frame could crack or chip. A kiln-dried hard wood like beech, ash, or oak cost more but are less likely to get damaged. The legs of the couch should be attached to the frame by screws and pegs, not just glue alone. Sometimes the legs are part of the frame, but either way your frame is going to be sturdy.
    -The frame should be attached by strong materials and not just quick-fix solutions (such as glue, staples, or nails). Wooden dowels, wooden blocks, metal screws, and metal brackets should be the main joints on your sofa. Glue, staples, and nails are okay for extra reinforcement but should not be the main joinery on a good sofa. You should also ask the salesperson for manufacturer information on the joints.

    6. Check the fabric or the leather.

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    How a couch looks is one thing, but the strength of the fabric is a whole different story. Cotton and linen upholstery is reasonably priced and easy to clean. Microfiber blends can act like cotton and are stain resistant. Leather looks nice and lasts a long time, but is extremely expensive. Natural blends with polyester can snag and wear out overtime. Silk gives the couch a sleek look but is very hard to care for. Pick out the style and looks you like that will also be durable and worth the price.