The cost of a sofa can vary a lot. There are new sofas on the market that cost as little as £150 and others that can cost as much as £3000. As you can imagine, the quality varies a lot between the two. When choosing your budget, you should consider your needs. This guide explains a few price ranges and what you can expect to get for your money.
You can find many new sofas for sale for under £500 online. These are typically flat-pack sofas that are fairly low quality, usually consisting of a plywood frame and no sag springs. If you’re sitting on them every day, expect to only get a couple years out of them before they break.
Such sofas can be a good option for a first home if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to take out a massive loan. When it comes to sofas that don’t get a lot of usage, they could also be a good cheap option.
You can find better quality sofas for sale for under £500 by shopping second-hand. Just make sure to always thoroughly inspect the condition when buying a used sofa - it’s sometimes safer to buy from a second-hand store than to buy privately, because a sofa is certain to have been thoroughly cleaned before being put on sale.
£500 to £1000?
Sofas over £500 are usually a bit more durable. The materials may still be cheap, but they’re usually bolted together more securely. The types of sofas you see in sofa store showrooms typically start at this price. If you’re lucky, you could get as much as 5 years out of one of these sofas.
Sometimes sofas costing over £1000 can be discounted to £900 or £800 for a limited time. January is a great time to find these deals, although you can usually find such sales throughout the year.
£1000 to £2000?
This is the average price of a new sofa. Anything within this price range is likely to be well-constructed using good quality fabrics and fillings with sag springs. Such sofas typically last over 10 years.
It’s within this price range that you can expect to find larger sofas like corner sofas as well as classic popular designs like chesterfields. If you’re buying a sofa-bed, you should also look within this price range (you can buy sofa-beds for less, but they’re typically not very practical for sleeping on).
Most people can’t afford to buy these sofas outright. Fortunately, most sofa retailers will allow you to buy using finance, sometimes without having to pay any interest - just be sure that you’re likely to be approved and that you can afford the monthly repayments.
Once you reach beyond £2000, you’re into luxury sofa territory (although you can buy some luxury sofas for less). These sofas tend to have a much higher level of craftsmanship, only using the best quality materials.
Very large corner sofas capable of seating 8+ people typically cost over £2000. These sofas can often be fully personalized to contain all the mod cons such as recliners and adjustable headrests. If you’re looking for a sofa that can fit very specific dimensions, you generally will have to spend over £2000.
Not everyone can justify buying a sofa at this price tag. Unless you’ve got a lot of savings, you’ll almost certainly have to buy on finance. Such sofas typically are a good investment though - because they’re so well-crafted, they can last for decades if well-maintained.