Looking for furniture, especially sofas should be a fun exciting time. It's the focal point of the room, and gives you room to be creative. Instead, most people make it out to be a hassle when they're overly concerned about price, color, where to buy and when to buy. Those are valid points, but it's so much more fun to go to a furniture store or outlet and just feel free by all the exciting colors, shapes and sizes.
You make think that a furniture store or online shopping are the best ways to go about looking for furnitureâ€¦well you'd be wrong. Starting at a local antique store is the best way to find the perfect bargain sofa you're looking for. Antique stores have items from all around the country, when people moved to that area and sold stuff, people who were leaving that area and sold stuff, and if someone passed away and their loves sold their furniture (not that you'd want to know if that's how it got there). Antique stores have the best variety of sofas for the best price, and because antique stores are generally owned locally you can probably talk them down to a more than fair price if you find something you like. On good days, and even on not so good days, you can walk away with a couch for $300 or $500, not bad compared to department store prices.
After you tried the antique store and before you go to the department store, try yard sales. Don't put your nose in the air, you can find some great stuff at yard sales. Granted it may several long days and a couple weekends, but it will all be worth it when you find a $1000 couch for more than half off. Think about people who are having yard sales are just trying to get rid of stuff, they either need the money, are about to move or just doing some spring cleaning. A majority of the time they haven't used the couch in months maybe years, so you can once again, talk them down to a more than fair price if you find the right couch.
The next shop before you swipe your credit card at a department store, is to look online. A lot of people want to look and feel a couch before they buy it, so they are not so excited about buying one online, but here's a tip: if you find a sofa online, for example a red 86 inch microfiber couch, just go to a department store and make sure you like the microfiber touch and the length is okay. Also, a lot of times department stores run deals for their online stores. For instances Macy's occasionally runs a deal that if you buy online it's half and the shipping is freeâ€¦why not buy online? Nevertheless, if just instance on buying in store, at least wait until there's a holiday such as Memorial Day or Labor Day. Department stores and most stores for that matter normally run some pretty good one-day sales on a holiday.
Once you've purchased your great bargain sofa and gotten it home, you need to take care of it, depending on the fabric. If you purchased a microfiber or fabric sofa, just make sure you keep food and drinks away from it, to keep it looking nice; microfiber is more forgiving in you spill something than fabric. However, if you purchased a leather sofa, there's a little more care that goes into it. Most leather sofas come with a leather care kit, and it would be wise for you to actually use it. And rubbing natural oils, with the exception of mineral oils and petroleum, on your leather sofa will help it to keep its shine and looking new for years to come.