Know your needs
For a start, write down a list of the things you don’t like about your current sofa - making notes on what different features you would prefer.
This is where you should start - think about your family’s needs and personal style.
Grab a measuring tape, pencil and a piece of paper, then sketch out a plan of the room in which your new lounge suite will reside. When deciding on the optimal size, consider how you would move around the space as well as how many people would need to be seated.
Remember to take the drawing and measuring tape with you when shopping.
There are a number of substandard brands out there that simply do not last and look tired quickly. It’s important to invest in a quality couch so you’re not faced with the dilemma of having to replace it again in 5 years time.
Know where it was made and the materials used. Buy from a reputable supplier. Think lifetime value.
Work out your budget before you go shopping. You don't want to spend more than what you need to.
A lounge suite is a big investment, you get what you pay for. As such, it is best to pay a little bit more from the onset, to guarantee a lounge suite that is comfortable and will look good for years to come.
There are many styles of lounge suite available from more traditional suites to ultra contemporary. If you choose your couch based on the style of your existing furniture, you will create a cohesive style that works with what you have - and so won’t end up needing to replace things that no longer go with your suite.
Ensure everyone in the family (at least those making the purchasing decision) are happy with the level of comfort for its intended use.
TV watching vs socialising are different activities, so try to find a lounge suite that is comfortable to sit in as well as lounge in.
This will be determined in part by the size of your lounge area, however an extremely large couch may not be as versatile if you move or downsize in the future.
If you have a really large lounge, you can still create a cosy space without needing to purchase a lot of oversized furniture. This will help ensure greater flexibility if you move or downsize.
It’s sensible to stay fairly neutral in colour. Create visual interest with a textured fabric that you love and that works with your existing style and lifestyle. Choose a fabric that won’t pull and look tired quickly.
Accessorise with cushions that you love, and that can be changed without huge expense when changing the mood of your interiors. Choose darker couches for rooms with a lot of light, or lighter couches in darker rooms to help them feel lighter and more open.