Sep 272012

Buying a used sofa can save you a good amount of money. A new sofa can easily cost you from $300 to over $2,000, depending on the model and material. Furnishing your living room with a set of new sofas can be quite expensive. If you’re considering used sofa instead, here are some tips that will help you make a better purchase.

1) Check for the sofa’s original value

When you see a preowned sofa that you’re interested in, try searching for the price of the same or similar model. This way, you’ll know how much you’re saving, and whether you’d be able to get a better discount. If you’re not able to find the exact model, try looking for other indicators to help you gauge a price -

a) Material of sofa
b) Type of sofa (1 seater, 2 seater, L-Shaped, etc)
c) Brand
d) Manufacturer
e) Country of Origin

2) Check its internal condition

Unlike hard bodied durable furniture like tables, upholstered furniture with soft parts (seats and paddings), don’t maintain their condition as well. When you’re inspecting the sofa, make sure that its cushions and paddings still provide adequate support, a good way to do this would be to sit on the sofa. Some sofas are so internally worn that when you sit on them, you sink in, and you’re able to feel the frame of the sofa underneath. In this case, we’d advise that you should not buy it, it’s bad for your back and posture.

3) Check for bed bugs

Furnitures with fabrics and/or nooks and crannies could be home for bed bugs. If you don’t do a proper inspection before bringing the item into your house, these insects will cause an infestation which is costly and difficult to get rid of fully. If possible, remove the sofa cushions to check the corners underneath. If they’re fixed to the sofa, cover your hand with a cloth or paper towel and reach into the sofa’s folds and crevices, see if there are any signs of bed bugs (feces, eggs, etc) on the cloth or towel.

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