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Buying a Sofa Guide: Don’t feel Guilty, buy the right one

What sofa to buy is an often underrated question. There are many decisions that need to be made, mainly based on how you intend to use the sofa, what is your personal preference and what sofa style would best suit your décor. You can reasonably expect your new sofa to last for years so let’s take a look into the possible styles and shapes, usage, quality and budget.

Firstly, you need to think about when and how you use your sofa. If you intend to use this sofa every day, it needs to be hardwearing and comfortable. If it’s for a spare bedroom or a guest suite, then durability is not so vital. Do you like to sit back or do you prefer to sit more upright? Deep seating will suit a taller person, whilst shallow seating will help someone with a bad back or knees to get up more easily.

Having considered what you’re going to use it for and who will use it, think about where you intend to put your sofa. Think about the space available in your room. You don’t want to impede foot traffic through the room or make people have to walk around the furniture. It’s very important to ensure that you measure you available space before you go shopping, otherwise you risk trying to squeeze a large sectional unit into a tiny area!


The fabric that your new sofa is made from, along with the color and pattern choice, is very important. To keep your sofa looking good as new, choose a fabric that is long-lasting and durable. Microfiber, cord and leather are hardwearing choices and would suit well if your sofa is to be used every day or by children. You should bear in mind that textured surfaces and patterns such as chenille or damask show wear less than smooth fabrics.

Natural colors tend to suit any environment, but be wary of choosing white because it will show up marks and dirt. Bright colors may be fashionable today, but what about in five years time? And choosing something to fit with your color scheme is great, but what happens if you paint your walls?

More luxurious and high maintenance options such as silk or suede are best reserved for areas that are used less frequently or for families where there are no young children.

Depending on your choices for the previous factors, the decision about quality and budget may already be made. However, it’s worth considering that a well-made sofa could last you twice as long as a more budget model and so any savings made may be cancelled out by having to replace a cheaper one at an earlier stage. The basic rule of thumb is to make sure to buy the best quality that you can afford, as you’ll live with your purchase for a long time. A sofa should last around ten years, so take the time to make the right decision

Guilty Tips:

  • Think about how you will use your sofa before decide on style, color or fabric
  • Microfiber, cord and leather are durable and last about twice as long but will cost more
  • Colors are important, take into account how you will continue to use it in the future

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Buying a Mattress, Tip Part 1

Mattresses, there are hundreds of options and most of us usually settle for whatever is at a good price. While being price conscience is important, this is the single piece of furniture that you will use more in your lifetime than any other, certain estimates place it as much as a third of your life on a mattress. The right process is to understand what options are available and make an informed decision based on your specific needs and then to find the best possible price for it.

In this series of blog posts we’ll try to explain the main features of most mattresses and the technology behind them with the anticipated outcomes of each so that you can better choose the right mattress for you. There’s a ton of advertising done on mattresses with many claims by companies so lets go over what’s important when picking your new favorite mattress.

Doctors’ opinions are important– if you have any health conditions or visit a physical therapist, ask for their recommendation. While doctors are not sleep experts by any means, they know your medical conditions and can make suggestions as to the potential problems that can arise from specific mattress types and materials.

Bad back doesn’t mean firm mattressJust because you may have a bad back and conventional wisdom dictates that a firm mattress is the way to go, there is a big difference between support and firmness. For any back problems, you should go for a mattress with firm support but a comfortable feel (based on your preference). Pillow tops are an important consideration here so make sure you go through a process to find the right mattress that fits your need.

Pillow tops may not be the top choicePillow tops have become a sensation between euro-pillow tops and many others but there are cases in which pillow tops are not necessary. Very lightweight people for example don’t need a thick pillow top on their mattress since they require a minimum threshold for compress the foam enough to get the to the mattress. Choose a pillow top that makes sense for you, if you feel that you have always had a problem with a non-pillow top mattress not providing enough support, try one with a smaller pillow top and move your way up.


That’s it for this week, we’ll add more features to consider next week and as always, here are some Guilty Tips:

Guilty Tips:

  • Before considering price, choose the mattress type and comfort level that is right for you
  • Consult a doctor if you have health concerns or have had health problems in the past
  • Don’t get a mattress because of rumors, choose based on comfort
  • Consider all option and blur out marketing terms like pillow tops until you know its what you need

You can view our full collection of mattresses by visiting FurnitureGuilt Mattresses 
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How to pick the color of your furniture

How to pick the color of your furniture

This blog post is the first in a series of blog posts by FurnitureGuilt ( that will educate consumers on high-level furniture topics such as design and placement as well as specific information such as the difference between bonded leather and full grain leather. Our goal is to educate consumers so they are better informed when making decisions and as always Furniture Love is a Guilty Pleasure.

Choosing furniture color is one of the most difficult tasks since it usually happens either before you decide on the furniture that you want to buy and it influences your purchase or after you have picked the style and your victim to whatever is available. Either way it is usually a limiting factor of some sort. Why you may ask? Usually its because most of us are terrified of anything other than neutral colors. Walls are usually left contractor white or off white and furniture colors are usually neutral with only limited coordination. The exact opposite of that extreme also exists when we decorate without a plan and end up with too many competing colors and styles.


It is important to remember that furniture sets the character of the room so there are two scenarios; the first is some variation of a redesign or move in and the second is when you are replacing furniture.

If you fall in the move or redesign you have full opportunity to explore the gamut and choose exactly the kind of furniture that you want and opt for something that may be brighter colored such as variations of green, blue, orange and red. By exploring the color options, you can decorate accent furniture and furniture accessories with considerably more options. If your replacing furniture, it may be a bit tougher to explore color options but you should still try to explore the extremes of the neutral colors with variations of greys, beige and the very versatile two-tone option.

 Guilty Tips:

  • When choosing colors, consider other colors in your home
  • If your redecorating, use variations of brighter colors whenever possible
  • Consider two-tone furniture for change of style while staying neutral
  • Get throw cushions and blankets to add personality and color variations
  • Be prepared with furniture and color options before you buy, it will save you time in the store or when shopping online