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12 Tips To Keep In Mind When You’re Considering Buying a Modern Recliner Sofa

Girls sitting on a modern recliner sofa

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If you’re considering buying a new recliner sofa, there are several factors you’ll need to consider. But before you start looking, there are a few things to think about so you can ensure your modern recliner sofa purchase will last and be an investment you will enjoy for years to come.

1. What is the size of your living room?

Before buying any new sofa, make sure you plan how it will fit. You don’t want to end up with a couch that’s too big, leaving too much open space, or one that’s too small, leaving your living room looking sparse. A small sectional sofa with recliners will be perfect for your living room if you have less space.

2. What is the style of your home?

You may already have a color scheme going in your kitchen and dining room, but do you have one in your living rooms as well? Be sure to consider how colors will work together throughout the house when choosing something new. You may love a modern look for where you eat and cook, but if you want a more rustic look for the living room, buying a sofa that doesn’t match can look awkward.

3. Do you have children or pets?

If you have children or dogs who like to run around with no designated “sofa area,” it will be important to find something that can stand up to the wear and tear of an active household. You should also consider how easy it will be to clean. Microfiber is a good choice because it’s durable, offers easy cleaning, and looks great with other styles.

4. Do you want storage space?

It’s nice to have places to store books, DVDs, or similar items when they aren’t in use. Many sectional sofas with recliners can be folded to offer storage for remotes or other small items when not being used.

5. How much time do you spend sitting on your sofa daily?

If you are shorter than 5’2″, a larger seat depth might be best in your modern recliner sofa. If you are taller than 5’8″, then a narrow seat depth will work best.

6. What is your budget?

Make sure to set a budget so you don’t overspend on something that doesn’t fit the bill.

 Family sitting together on a modern recliner sofa

7. Do you need matching furniture?

It can be nice to have furniture that matches your interior, but buying all new stuff at once is unnecessary. The utility should always be a priority while buying a new piece of furniture.

8. How comfortable do you want your seating?

Everyone wants something different regarding how comfortable their seating should be, whether they prefer plush or firm seats or love deep recliners or would rather just have a simple bench.

9. What color scheme do you want in your living room?

If you think you love the look of something today but realize later that it doesn’t work with the rest of your décor, then it may be time to return it and start looking at other options.

10. How often do you plan on using your sofa?

The chances are high that if you only use the sofa once or twice for guests for a special occasion or holiday, then there is no need to spend top dollar on one right now. 

However, if weekends mean family movie night with everyone piled onto your new end table before bedtime most nights of the week, consider buying something more durable and comfortable.

11. Is it better to buy a sofa that is one or two pieces?

It depends on how much space you have, the amount of storage space you need, and how much time you expect to spend using your new sofa. Two-piece sets are generally for smaller spaces because they take up less room, while sofas with chaise lounges require more floor space but offer more seating room. 

Sofa beds are great because they provide sleep options, which can come in super handy when guests visit. Additionally, if you have kids or pets who might not always stay where they’re supposed to be sitting—or if you just need extra bedding during allergy season—a fold-out will help ensure everyone finds a place to lay their head.

12. Will the shape of the new sofa affect its comfort?

You don’t want to get something that will force you to sit in an uncomfortable position, whether that means sinking into deep cushions or trying to avoid hard edges. If it is possible, try out different styles in person before purchasing anything online. 

There are tons of great deals (just make sure to measure your door frames when shopping for two-piece sets) where you can see what each piece feels like with a quick test run around the store.