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Whether it's reading or a cosy movie night, we spend a lot of our lives on our sofa. Don't rush into a decision and choose the couch carefully, after all it is a big investment and should last for years.

In the process, many questions can arise for which we do not have an immediate answer. How do I find the right couch? What do I need to consider? How high should I set my budget? Our guide answers all your questions and concerns about couches.




Summary

  • There are countless types of couch, from a living room landscape, a corner sofa to a multifunctional sofa with a sleeping function. The range of products has no limits.
  • Necessary criteria for a high-quality couch are the right frame, seating comfort, upholstery and cover.
  • If you have children or pets, you should choose an easy-care fabric.

The Best Couch: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria you should consider when buying a couch

To help you find the right couch for you and your home, we have put together some buying criteria. These will help you to make the right purchase decision.

To discover the right couch, you need to think in advance about what exactly you need and what suits you and your family best.

You can find the criteria for a good comparison here:

In the following, these are explained in more detail for you.

Couch types and additional functions

We have listed the most popular types of sofa here:

The classic 3-2-1 set is one of the most popular types, as it is suitable for both large and small rooms and also offers enough seating space. However, if you are looking for a space-saving alternative with an additional reclining option, an L-shaped corner couch is the right choice for you.

It offers enough reclining space for two people and can be perfectly adapted to the room. You have the choice of placing it directly against the wall or freestanding in the room.

For large families, on the other hand, a living room landscape is most suitable. The practical U-shape provides you with plenty of seating options for all your flatmates. However, you should note that this couch takes up a lot of space and is therefore not advantageous for smaller rooms. To make the room appear spacious despite the living area, you should place it directly against the wall.

If you are expecting guests from time to time but don't have a separate guest room, you should think about a multifunctional sofa. You'll have enough seating space during the day and a cosy place for your guest to sleep in the evening.

Frame

The frame is the skeleton of the couch on which all other components are built. Therefore, you should choose a stable and robust frame. A solid wooden frame is ideal. All connections should be neatly dowelled and screwed on. Before buying, you should lift the sofa so that you can roughly estimate how stable it is. The heavier the sofa, the more stable the frame.

Seat comfort

When it comes to seating comfort, you should pay attention to the seat height, width and depth.

You can orientate yourself on the following key figures:

Seat height: 43-45cm

Seat width: 55-60cm

Seat depth: 52-55cm

These specifications are of course variable and can be adapted to your wishes. Therefore, you should ask yourself the following questions before making a final decision: How will my future sofa be used? Based on your answers, you can finally decide whether you want a higher seat back or a longer depth, for example.

Couch upholstery

To ensure a long life expectancy, the interior of the couch must be carefully and neatly finished. There are two main types of upholstery. One is the spring core, which is known as the classic. The vertical arrangement of the springs creates a firm seat support and allows the sofa to react flexibly to loads.

The second type, foam upholstery, on the other hand, consists of breathable polyether foam. This is characterised by its ergonomic properties. Through prolonged use, there is a possibility that permanent seat cavities will form.

Most sofas combine both types of upholstery so that the good qualities of both are combined in one. It should be noted that each upholstery gets a little softer with use.

Couch cover

From natural fabrics such as leather and cotton to microfibre, there are countless covers to choose from. Natural fabrics are characterised by their ability to breathe, while microfibre is very easy to clean and insensitive to dirt. With (artificial) leather, you should ensure a thickness of >1mm to prevent the cover from wearing out quickly.

First and foremost, you should pay attention to the abrasion and light resistance of the cover. The more resistant the fabric, the less and slower wear and tear will occur. To prevent dark or colour-intensive sofas from staining clothing, you should enquire about colour fastness and abrasion resistance. You should ask your dealer about this.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about buying a couch answered in detail

The most important questions about your upcoming couch purchase are answered below.

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The couch is the centrepiece of the living room. The decision to buy should be made carefully, taking into account all the necessary criteria. (Image source: Sidekix Media/ unsplash)

This will give you a better insight into the subject.

What distinguishes a high-quality couch?

To recognise a high-quality couch, you should look for recognised quality seals, such as the Blue Angel or the Golden M. These give you a meaningful guarantee of quality. Secondly, you should avoid mass-produced items. These are rarely of high quality.

Pay attention to the place of manufacture. High-quality furniture usually comes from Germany. German companies focus on quality and not quantity.

What should be considered with children and pets?

Children and pets can cause the couch to get scratched or dirty more quickly. Therefore, a tear-resistant and easy-care cover should be used. A microfibre cover is recommended for this purpose. It is much easier to clean than other covers.

It is also scratch-resistant, so that the claws of dogs and cats cannot damage the cover. Pet hair and dirt can be brushed out easily and stains can be removed with a damp cloth

What is the price range of a couch?

The following overview provides an insight into the expected costs.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (300 - 500 €) Single sofa in fabric
Medium-priced (500 - 1000 €) Corner sofa, single sofa
High-priced (from 1000 €) Living room landscape, leather couch

What should be considered when cleaning and caring for a couch?

Before cleaning, you should read the care instructions for your set thoroughly. These give you an overview of how and which products you should use.

Basically, the most important aspect of cleaning is speed. The faster you clean stains and dirt, the better they can be removed. As soon as stains have dried, it becomes more and more difficult to get rid of them. You should never rub, but always dab with a clean cloth. This protects the cover and prevents stains from getting bigger.

To make sure that cleaning products do not damage the sofa, you can test them on an inconspicuous area before you start cleaning.

Conclusion

Finding the right couch can sometimes be really difficult and lead to despair. To save time and search effectively, you should follow our guide and go through it point by point when making your decision. Our list of buying criteria will make your buying process a lot easier and help you pay attention to the essentials.

If you have any concerns or questions, you can always ask your dealer for more information. They will answer specific questions about your sofa of choice. Now nothing should stand in the way of your purchase.

(Cover photo: Nathan Fertig/ Unsplash)

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