Your couch is one of the most important pieces of furniture you can buy. It needs to be that special place you can flop into at the end of a long day and unwind. It is important to find exactly the right couch for you. What do you need to think about when buying a couch second-hand?
Size matters. It’s important to know your measurements in advance. There’s nothing worse than taking home a brand new couch, only to find it doesn’t quite fit where you were picturing it. Consider how it needs to fit alongside your existing furniture and how much free space you’ll need to move around. Also, if you have a staircase with a bend in it between the door and where you hope to place it, measure the space to make sure you can physically get it into the right room!
Try before you buy. Don’t be shy when it comes to making sure it is comfy! Sit on it, lie on it and make sure you’re comfortable with the feel of your new sofa. Sharp springs and sinking seats do not make for comfortable lounging, so don’t forget to look under the cushions and check for structural issues (or deal breaker cleanliness issues).
Follow your nose. There are some clingy odours that never seem to want to leave. If a couch doesn’t smell quite right when you inspect it, think twice before taking it home with you, unless you’re prepared for some serious airing out.
Picture the entire room. The colour or pattern of the couch you choose is very much an individual choice. Think about how it’s going to look against your walls, carpet, curtains and other furniture. If you can bring fabric swatches with you, or even photos of your existing furniture, it will help you decide whether your new find is going to look right in your existing room. The last thing you want is to turn your comfy new couch into a living room eyesore.
Don’t judge a couch by its cover. Sometimes a lounge may have a shabby exterior, but a quick reupholster can make it look like new. The key is to look for a sturdy frame that’s going to go the distance; hard woods tend to last longer than pine, for example. (Handy tip: a build-it-yourself couch probably isn’t going to be worth reupholstering.)
Don’t forget to bring plastic sheets and lots of rope to transport it home. Moving a couch can be an ordeal, so make sure you are properly prepared.
There are thousands of second-hand lounges, sofas, and all kinds of living room furniture on Kijiji, so have a browse through the listings and find one that’s right for you.