How Do I Choose the Best Used Couch?

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  • Written By: Amanda R. Bell
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 11 January 2019
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When choosing a used couch, it is important to shop around for the best deal instead of quickly purchasing something that you may not love in the end. It can also be helpful to pay attention to the shape and condition of the couch rather than the finishes, as these can be changed. Inspecting the entire piece of furniture will help to ensure that you don’t run into any unexpected surprises. Factoring in the original surroundings will also be helpful in choosing a previously owned couch.

There are many places that sell used couches, and chances are one of them will have something that will work for your home. In order to get the best deal, check your local classifieds, internet listings, and garage sales when picking a used couch. Many towns and cities also have furniture stores that specialize in used furniture; for the most part, the items for sale are in decent condition and the store will likely have a used couch for a fraction of the cost in a large furniture store.


For many, it can be difficult to look past the first impression of a used couch, especially the color and fabric type. When buying a used couch, it is important to remember that many things can be changed. Choosing a couch based on its overall shape and comfort, rather than its looks, can help you to get a good deal. Slipcovers and even reupholstering can make the sofa match your style. When shopping, keep any refinishing work in mind for your budget; these things can increase the overall cost.

As with any previously owned furniture, it is important to thoroughly inspect the item before buying it. Before paying, look the couch over from top to bottom. Flip over cushions and pull out the bed if you’re looking at a sleeper sofa. This will help to give you a better idea of the overall condition of the used couch; it can also be helpful to check the sofa for any foul odors. Make sure to also check the seams and edges for signs of bed bugs or any other signs of infestation, as bringing a piece of furniture into your home with any insects could put your whole house at risk.

After you’ve inspected the couch itself, take a look around the area where it is stored. If you’re buying from a private seller, take note of whether or not there are pets in the house or if the owner smokes indoors. It is nearly impossible to rid a used couch of odors from pet urination or smoke. If you’re buying from a retailer, check to see if the showroom is clean and well-maintained, as this will give you a good idea of how they care for their merchandise.



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