Second hand sofas can save you a lot of money. How it can also turn into a little bit of a design dilemma. You can find a lot of these items at thrift stores or an online ad but there are a few things that you should consider. It can cause a lot of problems so it might not end up being such a great deal after all.
The most important thing to consider is the silhouette. If it’s a very standard size and the arms are a basic shape than you might be able to just get a slipcover. You’ll really want to price this carefully because while fitted slipcovers can cost as much as a sofa. You also need to factor in the cost of renting a truck or getting your friends to help you move because thrift stores aren’t going to have delivery options the way it a regular furniture store work.
Consider the home that it came from. If you are shopping at a store you probably really won’t have the history of the piece. It’s really important to decide whether the risk of bringing in different bugs is worth it to you. It may also just have a little bit of cat hair or dander on it that you could be allergic to. Cleaning it up may or may not solve this problem. It’s a risk that you always take when you buy used furniture.
You’ll also really want to look for items that other people might not see the potential in. You don’t have to be an upholsterer to get a secondhand sofa. You really just have to do a few simple DIY projects. If there’s a stained couch cushion it could just be as simple as flipping it over. You might be able to clean up a microsuede sofa. Often times, you can even remove pen marks. If it’s a light colored sofa it might just be looking really dingy and dirty and awful. However, you can really salvage the fabric as long as there isn’t any tears or fading.