To get the most for your money, you need to know two things: when the good stuff is worth paying extra for and when the economy choice is plenty good enough.
Save or spend: Spend
“The sofa is the anchor of your living room,” says interior designer Thom Filicia. That alone may make it worth a splurge.
But also: Above $2,000 you tend to get something sturdier. “The biggest thing to consider is the frame,” says Jennifer Litwin, author of “Best Furniture Buying Tips Ever!”
Look for a down-foam mix in the cushions. “The best couches feature eight-way hand-tied coils too,” says Litwin.
Ask the salesperson whether the store has a cutaway. But also just lift it – a solidly constructed sofa shouldn’t be easy to pick up.