Tips for buying a second-hand lounge


Your lounge is one of the most important pieces of furniture you can buy. Let’s face it, your lounge is where you err… well, where you lounge about. So it needs to be comfy. It needs to be that special place you can flop into at the end of a long day and unwind.

Which means it’s important to find exactly the right couch for you. But the right one doesn’t have to be expensive. If you’re looking to purchase a second hand lounge, sofa or couch, here are some things you need to think about when buying a couch second-hand.

Size matters – It sounds obvious, but it’s so important to know your measurements in advance. There’s nothing worse than taking home a brand new couch, only to find it doesn’t quite fit where you envisaged. Consider how it needs to fit alongside your existing furniture and how much free space you’ll need to move around.

Try before you buy – Sit on it, lie on it and make sure you’re comfortable with the feel of your new sofa. Sharp springs and sinking seats do not make for comfortable lounging, so don’t forget to look under the cushions and check for structural issues.

Follow your nose – There are some clingy odours that never seem to want to leave, with cigarette smoke and pet smell being the biggest offenders. So, if a couch doesn’t smell quite right when you inspect it, think twice before taking it home with you, unless you’re prepared for some serious airing out.

Colour me happy – The colour or pattern of the couch you choose is very much an individual choice. But don’t forget to think about how it’s going to look against your walls, carpet, curtains and other furniture. If you can bring fabric swatches with you, or even photos of your existing furniture, it will help you decide whether your new find is going to fit. The last thing you want is to turn your comfy new couch into a living room eyesore.

Don’t judge a lounge by its cover – Sometimes a lounge may have a shabby exterior, but a quick reupholster can make it look like new. The key is to look for a sturdy frame that’s going to go the distance; hard woods tend to last longer than pine, for example. (Handy tip: a build-it-yourself couch probably isn’t going to be worth reupholstering.)

When you’re looking to buy a second-hand couch, make sure you take the time to inspect it in person. And when you’re ready to take it home with you, don’t forget to bring plastic sheets to wrap it in and rope to tie it down to your ute or trailer.

There are thousands of second-hand lounges, sofas, and all kinds of living room furniture on Gumtree, so have a browse through the listings and find one that’s right for you.

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