The couch is one of the most fashionable furniture objects and is the star element of a living room. A couch is an important investment and because you get one quite rarely, you have to make sure that you buy the perfect model, which you will like and will delight you for as many years as possible.
Choosing the right couch for your home style, needs and budget is not so easy. The options are extremely varied and we often lose sight of the qualities we originally wanted from it and end up buying the wrong model, in terms of design and comfort.
Each model has advantages and disadvantages. It is important to test the sofa before buying it, to sit on it, and to feel its rigidity and material in order to make the most suitable and comfortable choice for you. In other words, document yourself online, but then go to stores and test the models that interest you.
Apart from color and shape, there are other important things to keep in mind and most are not seen at first, but they reflect in the final price. A good sofa means supporting the body in different positions, from sitting to lying down, means firmness and strength over time given by the support layers and its structure, and means comfort through upholstery and pillows.
Then, for the aesthetic, and visual part, the shape, seams, aspect, and volume of the arms, the design of the legs, and the texture and color of the upholstery matter, and all these are reflected in the price.
How much does a couch cost?
The cost of a couch can start around $500-$700 and can go up to $5,000 and more.
The average price most people should expect to pay for a couch is set between $800 and $2,000. A couch priced under $1,000 is considered an inexpensive and mass-produced item, and likely will not include insurance or delivery fees. A couch priced between $2,000-$3,000 is a “high-end” product, and for a price above $5,000 you get a custom-made item. As most often happens, quality is reflected in the price.
Couches are classified depending on their price:
- $1,000 and under – This price is for cheap and simple couches that are mass-produced and has limited or no customization options; the couch lacks comfort; the tailoring work is poor; it is neither long-lasting nor suitable for a busy living room.
- $1,000 – $2,000 – These couches are better quality and take longer before breaking down; might or might not be sectional; have some more quality features; choices are allowed as well as customization.
- $2,000 – $3,000 – This type of couch has more durability, is strong, comfortable, and unique, and has appealing designs; construction materials are expensive and of high quality.
- $3,000 and more – This is the price you get for a classic couch. Such a couch is more durable, well-constructed, and offers numerous configurations to match the buyer’s needs.
- $5,000 and more – This category is for luxurious couches. Usually, they are unique items depending on customers’ tastes and preferences.
Here is a list of different couches and their price:
- The Uppland by IKEA – $449.00
- World Market Brynn Feather-Filled Sofa – $1,200
- Sven Couch – Tan – From $1,699
- Sixpenny Neva Sofa – From $2,399
- Hem Palo Modular Two-Seater Sofa – From $2,899
- 3Crate & Barrel Byrdie Tufted Sofa With Wood Legs – $3,399
- Bubble 2 Curved Sofa – $7,325
- Design Within Reach Emmy Sofa – $5,276
Factors that affect the cost of a couch
The mission to find the perfect couch can be quite complicated, given the large number of models available on the market. To simplify this mission it is important to know that there are many factors that can affect the cost of a couch, so you should set your priorities according to your budget and needs.
The size of a couch
The most important thing you should start with is the size of the sofa, according to the size of the space you have and the number of people who will use it simultaneously. This is one of the price key features of a couch, as larger ones will cost more than a two seats couch.
Another important step is the decision about the materials from which the new sofa is made, both in the case of the frame and in the case of upholstery. Don’t limit your budget very much, just make sure you choose a durable sofa over time.
The most resistant and expensive are the models of high-quality sofas with metal or solid wood structures and less chipboard. Wood and iron withstand better over time and withstand bigger weights without deforming. But here too there are 2 problems that you have to take into account: for those with a solid hardwood structure, it must be strong wood like walnut or beech, and not of resinous essence or plywood; and in those with a metal skeleton, the couch will be durable, but the materials will considerably make it heavier.
Upholstery is very important in terms of the comfort and service life of a couch. The choice of natural leather, ecological leather, or textile material, will be guided by the taste of each, by the practical aspects, but also by each budget. You should consider what materials are there for the sofa model you have decided on and whether the model has a zip cover, as these tend to be more expensive.
The materials used in the manufacture and construction of the seat are very important and influence the longevity and comfort of the couch. As soon as it deforms, the sofa should be changed, as it no longer offers a comfortable and healthy position to your body.
The most popular couches are those with springs as they have a good price-quality ratio, but also those with pillows and sponge seats. The couches with pillows and a memory foam seat are considered more comfortable because they take the shape of the body and reduce the pressure points in the body but are much more expensive, and at the same time give thermal discomfort.
- Polyester velvet is around $1,700
- Linen blend weave is around $1,800
- 100% cotton is around $1,900
- non-reclining couches – at least $3,000, while the leather couches cost $5,000+
Producer – There are many furniture producers around the USA so you should do your own research before buying a new couch.
Location – Depending on your geographical location and the cost of living in your area, the price will differ but also the producers. You won’t find too many producers or stores with luxury couches in a rural area, as that’s more frequent in metropolitan areas where wealthier people live.
When buying a new couch, it is not always as simple as you think. If you don’t want a standard couch, then, depending on your budget, you can improve your acquisition by adding some additional features that will generate some additional costs. These may include massage functions, reclining features, lumbar support, etc.
Reclining mechanisms can cost you from $50 to $200 and may include, according to your needs, extended leg rest, upgraded reclining handles, or wall reclining.
You can also upgrade your reclining mechanism to a power system with the help of a remote. This additional feature can cost you from $200 to $1,000.
If you want to add some pillows or to upgrade the pillows can cost you anywhere from $50 to $400.
Adding some wood finish can cost you between $75 and $300.
Another couch upgrade you can make that will add to your bill depends on what type of density you want the seat cushion to have. Adding a high-density foam or memory foam will cost you from $15 to $400.
Some retailers include the delivery cost in the final price, but that depends mainly on the price of the couch. When buying a $1,000 or under couch don’t expect to have the delivery cost included. So, for standard delivery, you will pay around $60-$70, while for white glove delivery, you’ll pay starting from $100 to $150 or more.
There are many furniture stores that offer couch warranties like 1 year on fabric, 5 years on cushions, electric parts or recliners, and 8 years on frames. At the same time, when buying a cheap couch you won’t get any type of warranty, and most often you’ll have to pay extra for one. Remember, the longer the warranty, the safest your choice is.
Buying a couch is a long-time investment for most of us. If you don’t have the budget to buy something qualitative there are many retailers who offer the option for financing for a piece of furniture. In this case, you can buy a good couch and pay for it in time.
First of all, you have to establish a budget in which to fit, and after that, you will look for a model. You have to keep in mind that depending on the price range, you will choose the quality of the sofa and the materials used in its manufacture. The lower the price point, the technology used, the materials used (frame, materials, etc.) are rudimentary and the quality of the couch decreases.