Consider This Before Buying a Sofa

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Sofa Studio

Are you shopping for your new living room suite or looking for an apartment sofa to fit in just the right space? There are a few things to consider as you begin your search. Obviously, the first thing you think of is style.

Which style of furniture inspires you – traditional, contemporary, or a more versatile transitional look? If you’re not sure, take a look in your closet which reveals a lot about who you are by the clothes you wear. My closet is a mixture of designer deals that I found at department stores and shabby chic shirts and jackets from little boutiques or catalogs. If you can’t quite define your style, that’s OK too. As you are looking for your apartment sofa for your studio or living room, you will start to realize what inspires you.

One of the MOST important things to consider when looking for furniture is – Will it FIT on the elevator, up my stairs, around the corner and through the door? I can not tell you how many times I have heard stories of someone buying a sofa and having it delivered, only to realize that when they got it home, it simply would not fit. You won’t have that problem with Simplicity Sofas, as they are shipped in three boxes and assemble in 15 minutes with no tools required.

Consider quality and warranties. Is the frame made of solid hardwoods or particle board? Do the frames have a lifetime warranty?

Also consider design options. Can the pieces be slipcovered? How many coordinating fabrics are available from which to choose? Does the company offer pet-proof fabrics? Can they offer complimentary design advice?

We pride ourselves in offering advice on furniture construction, room planning and color coordination. Please leave us a comment or question you may have and we will be happy to answer it. Chances are, there are a lot of people wondering the same thing as you. We’re here to help! Check back often as we update this section with furniture tips and articles to help educate you about your furniture purchases and caring for your furniture.


22 Responses to “Consider This Before Buying a Sofa”
  1. Candice says:

    I love your Adam collection. I am trying to decide which colors to use as I live in a small space and want to have everything coordinate and have as much seating as possible. How do I know if it will fit? Please help.

  2. admin says:

    Hi Candice! I have a lot of people who are intimidated by color choices for their small sofas or living room sets. I use to be one of them. But check out what I said in the above article, “Look at your closet. What colors inspire you?”

    I bet if you look around your space you will find colors you are drawn to. Simplicity Sofas offers you choices! Click here and order some fabric swatches and see what colors you gravitate to.

    Or contact me through the “Contact Us” page and we can share pictures, emails and ideas offline and get as much seating as possible into your space through some online space planning tools we can share. You can contact me through the “Contact Us” link, and I will get back to you quickly. I look forward to helping you!

  3. Corlelne says:

    Do you have sofa beds?

  4. admin says:

    Hi Corlelne
    All of our full-size sofas can easily be transformed into sleeper sofas, using the EnduraEase air sleep system, a 20-inch thick double mattress, sleep system that is much more comfortable than your typical 3 inch foam mattress found on most sleeper sofas.

    Please click here for lots of information. Make sure when you purchase one of our full-size sofas, you select the EnduraEase option. If you have any questions about the product, let me know! Thanks for asking.

  5. Can you tell me about the cushions? I would specifically like to know about the feel (soft,hard,medium) and also what does the does the down blend (how soft) do to the feel of the cushions?

  6. admin says:

    The standard cushion is “firm” but a softer cushion can be ordered at no charge if desired. Concerning the down-blend cushions, most people who order the down-blend prefer softer cushions and that is the standard way this cushion is shipped.

    However if you want firm cushions, we can do “firm” down-blend cushions for you. Are you leaning more towards firm or soft? Perhaps, I can hep you to narrow it down to a cushion if I knew that.

  7. Lori says:

    What does “pet proof” mean in your fabric line?

  8. admin says:


    Our pet-proof fabrics are pre-treated for you to be extremely stain-resistant and also waterproof. The liquid will just bead up and roll right off. This fabric allows for very easy cleaning. Let me know if you have additional questions about this fabric.

  9. Claudia Phillips says:

    How does your per-proof fabric handle pet hair? Does it act like a magnet collecting massive amounts of pet hair, or does it repel pet hair?

  10. admin says:

    We all love our pets even though they shed.

    I have pet-proof fabric in my living room, 3 different fabrics by the way, the sofa has a slight texture and heavily textured loose back pillows, the chairs are not textured. This room is located on the sunny side of the house and the warmest, so that is where kitty lived the most and dog loves the best. I do not need to care of my pet-proof products hardly at all. I do not brush my animals either – – as much as I should.

    I have a textured cotton-poly downstairs in my den/basement with loose back pillows.
    I have to say that I DO need to hand-vac the downstairs fabric when all I have to do is simply soft wipe the pet-proof fabric upstairs. It’s a lot easier to take care of; pets or kids; of which I have both.

    So when you use the word “repel” I would say that if your animal sheds, the pet-proof fabric would be the best way to go!!

    Let us know if we ca help you pick fabrics to make your life easier, too.

  11. hilary says:

    Dumb question, but exactly at what points are the measurements made for depth, height, and width? We are looking for something that would go in the center of the room and want to maximize “bum” space rather than arms, backs and so on. So, for example, is the depth from the front of the front to the back of the back (so to speak) or just the sitable (?) bum space.

    (Guess I need a sofa glossary)


  12. admin says:

    When you are measuring an apartment sofa or ANY sofa the height measures from the top of the back of the sofa to the floor. The width would be from the outermost side of the left arm to the outermost side of the right arm. The depth is measured from the front of the seat cushion to the sofa back.

    Please let me know if this did not answer your question or if you have any others. We’re here to help!

  13. Susan says:

    I’ve been in the market for a small-space sofa. But I’m also particular about seat height. I’m petite and it would be wonderful to find an everyday sofa where my feet can reach the ground. Which of your styles sits the lowest to the floor?

  14. admin says:

    All seat heights are supposed to be a standard 19 inches in height. If you order the sofa with the soft cushions, it would enable someone to sink deeper into the seat and would feel as though the cushion is a couple of inches lower. Hope this helps. Give us a call if you need any additional advice at all.

  15. Constance Rogers says:

    If you order Fabric Protection, is it the same as if you ordered the Pet Proof Fabric? If not, should you still add the Fabric Protection even when ordering Pet Proof Fabrics? Thanks for your time.

  16. admin says:

    Thanks for asking! If you order the pet-proof fabric, you DO NOT NEED to add the Fabric Protection. We would just credit you back if you did anyway!

    We would suggest fabric protection on any of the cottons, if your budget allows, (particularly if you have pets or children). Let us know if you have any other questions.

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    We look forward to your questions and comments.

  17. C. Ordonez says:

    The website mentions a sofa comes in three boxes. How much do each of the boxes weigh?

  18. admin says:

    Thanks for your inquiry regarding Simplicity Sofas!
    The big box weighs about 80 lbs. The second is 45 lbs. The third is 35 lbs.

    Please let us know if you have another questions or if we may be of further assistance in helping you with your project!

  19. C.C. says:

    I’m really impressed that your furniture is made from solid oak. Could you tell me how padded the arms of the loveseats are? I like the Brandon model, which is your “boxiest.” But are the arms still soft enough to rest your head against or to sit on (something you’re not supposed to do on any furniture, I know – but we all do it from time to time)?

  20. admin says:

    The arms on all of our styles are fully padded. They are comfortable to rest your head upon and they are strong enough to sit on! The solid oak frames come with a lifetime guarantee, too.

    Let us know if you have any other questions about the Simplicity Sofa product.

  21. Yos says:

    So I see your sofas are ready to assemble.
    Are they ready to be diassembled and reassembled, if I need to move?

  22. admin says:

    Great question! Yes they are! That is the genius behind the patent for Simplicity Sofas. Assembly in less than 15 minutes, no tools required. If you are a home-stager, then the product is perfect to move from one home to another, quickly and easily.

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