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Couch-tastrophes: Things to Avoid When Buying a New Couch

Unveil the secrets to couch triumph! Avoid pitfalls + embrace perfection with our guide on dodging couch-tastrophes. We're here to help make the perfect choice.

What to avoid when buying a couch?

You're on the precipice of couch-shopping excitement, ready to transform your living space. But wait! Before you dive into the world of cushions and fabrics, let's steer clear of those dreaded "couch-tastrophes." From cramped corners to color clashes, we're here to arm you with the wisdom to avoid the pitfalls and make the perfect choice.

Picture this: a cozy haven where you sink into comfort, surrounded by impeccable style. But achieving couch nirvana involves dodging a few traps. Here's your ticket to a couch-buying triumph:

  • Size mismatch madness: Going big in a small space or squeezing a colossal couch into a compact room – size matters. Avoid this clash of dimensions by measuring your space and finding a couch that fits like a glove.
  • Fabric follies: Beware the allure of delicate fabrics in a bustling household. While that silk couch might look stunning, it might not survive the daily chaos. Opt for durable, stain-resistant fabrics that can weather life's spills.
  • Color catastrophes: That neon green couch may scream 'trendy,' but will it still sing your tune in a year? Bold colors can be exhausting over time. Stick to neutrals for your investment piece; accessorize with vibrant pillows and throws.
  • Flimsy frame trap: Don't let looks deceive you. A gorgeous exterior might conceal a flimsy frame that's prone to sagging. Invest wisely in a sturdy frame made from quality materials to ensure longevity.
  • Ignoring lifestyle dynamics: Your couch should cater to your lifestyle, not the other way around. If you're a Netflix binger, choose a couch built for lounging. If you entertain often, consider a sectional for ample seating.

Navigating the couch-buying maze isn't just about style; it's about avoiding the common mishaps that can haunt your living room dreams. So, by sidestepping size snafus, fabric fiascos, color clashes, frame flukes, and lifestyle mismatches, you're paving the path to couch success. So go forth, armed with knowledge and humor, and welcome a couch that's not just a piece of furniture.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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