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Uncle Albert’s Sofa, Chairs and Recliners

Are you looking to buy a sofa, chair or recliner? Read more below to find out things you should consider when you are looking to buy.


Make sure you're buying a sofa that complements the style of your decor. If your interior is traditional, look for a sofa with rolled arms, a contoured back, skirting or tufted cushions. Contemporary sofas tend to have cleaner lines, fewer flourishes and understated upholstery.


Consider the proportions of the room and determine what height, length and depth of sofa would look best in the space. If you're uncertain, mock up a footprint on the floor using masking tape or blue painter's tape. (If that's not enough, consider "building" a sofa out of empty boxes, then living with it for a day to see if the size feels right.) Allow at least three feet of circulation space on each side that traffic must pass.

If you plan on spending a lot of time lying on the sofa, figure out the length you need to do that comfortably, and buy a sofa that has at least that much space between the arms.

A common furniture shopping mistake is buying a sofa and discovering that it won't fit through the door or into the elevator. Make sure you measure all the openings the sofa has to fit through, and check to see whether the legs are removable.

Number of Cushions

How many people do you want to seat? It's a fact of life: Nobody likes sitting on the crack. Therefore, if you're buying a sofa with two cushions, it will probably only get used by two people, unless each cushion is very long. A three-cushion sofa is more likely to seat three people, while a sofa with a single cushion will fit as many people as can squeeze onto it.

Tight Back vs. Pillow Back

Sofas generally come with two types of backs: a tight back, in which the upholstery is tailored to the contours of the sofa's back, and a pillow back, which features removable cushions or pillows along the rear. Pillow-back sofas are generally considered more comfortable and inviting, but there's a downside: Unless you're extraordinarily diligent with your fluffing, the cushions will usually look slightly askew. If you're the kind of person who is driven to distraction by something like that, you might want to consider the alternative.


When it comes to sofas, one size does not fit all. The depth of the seat and the angle of the back will influence how comfortable you feel. How do you know what depth is right for you? Let experience be your guide. If there's a sofa or chair that you find particularly comfortable, measure the distance from the inside of your knee to the spot where your lower back hits the back of the sofa, then buy a sofa that has similar dimensions.


If you've got kids or pets, remember that microfibres will usually hide stains and wear far better than blends. Leather is highly durable and easy to care for, but make sure you like the piece, because it will last a long time.

Avoid letting a fabulous fabric tempt you into buying a sofa that's otherwise not right for you, "Try to imagine the sofa naked". That way, you won't end up with a frame you don't like once the fabric wears out.

Get Help

Don't be afraid to ask for help. Tell the furniture salespeople the size of your room, what you're looking for and how much you want to spend. It's their job to make sure you end up buying the sofa that makes you happy. Our Furniture Girls can help you out!

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