Mistakes To Avoid While Buying a Sofa

Buying a sofa can be a daunting affair, especially as it can take a lot of time, energy and research. We want to make things easier for you, so here is our definitive list of things to look out for when it comes to choosing the right sofa for your home.

Match your sofa to your lifestyle

You’ll get the best use of your sofa if you ensure it goes hand in hand with your life. For example, if you have pets that are allowed on the furniture avoid silk or delicate fabrics which will scratch easily and opt for sturdy linen or cotton textiles.

Measure the dimensions of your sofa

Our favourite technique is to cut out on kraft paper the actual size of the sofa and lay it out on your living space floor. This way you’ll see exactly how much space it will take up and how else you’ll style the rest of the pieces around it, for example with ottomans, rugs and side tables.




Miss Feet stool by Munn

Riviera ottoman by Oxleys

Mellow stool by Munna

Jeane stool by Munna

Katakana ottoman by Dare Studio

Dew pouffe by Moroso


Buying the entire sofa set

Just because there is an option of buying the sofa and the side seater doesn’t mean you have to buy it all. In fact, most of our customers opt for the main sofa and style it with antique pieces or find something completely different in our side seaters section.




Quality matters

You’re going to be seeing, and sitting on your sofa for a long time so it’s important not to skim on quality. Here, at The Longest Stay, we choose our brand carefully and ensure our pieces are of the highest standards. Peruse our entire sofa collection and as always, we’re here to help.


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Trust your design style and your choice

It’s easy to begin gathering everyone’s opinions and ideas when buying a big piece of furniture like a sofa. Trust your own instinct on this one, and aid your decision with a mood board. Create one on Pinterest and you’ll get clarity on what it is you love and find the right sofa for you.


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Choose your sofa, then paint your walls

It’s a common mistake to think you might need to paint your walls and then match them to your sofa. We recommend the opposite; you can buy paint in every colour under the sun. In fact, you can have paint mixed in any imaginable colour you might want. Choose your sofa first, then take a fabric sample to the paint store with you. That way, you can be sure your colours match perfectly.

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As always, we’re here to help. Send us a DM via Instagram @thelongeststay if you have any questions about styling your home or any of our products.