As sofas come in new, so can you find fairly used or second-hand ones that would serve your need in the living room. Used sofas, though not brand new, are equally quality products and largely depends on years of use before putting it up for sale. You can yet find good sofas that you can re-do at no high expense and will just meet your style as if new.
Here are some guiding principles to lead your path:
Decide what you actually need
As it is tempting to just want to catch-on a cheap buy, it is required you check-up by asking yourself if you really need a used sofa at the time. This must be an initial guiding caution; else you’d have bought one before realizing it was not necessary in the first place.
Be mindful of your budget
The next thing to determine how ready you were is to how much would you be willing to commit on a used sofa. Have in mind the cost for a redo and be a little calculative before dashing out.
Look out for your brand
Now that you are done with the two above and now on the field, one good observation that you’ll need to look out for is the make or brand. A product of good origin can still be trusted to still be of quality even though used. If you can’t link your prospective buy to any known good product, it might be a higher risk in the long run.
You would be a lot safer if you test out how good the cushion of the sofa you intend buying when you find one. You can sit on it to see if it is something you can go with and that would not cost you many fixes. If the cushion is still firm, then it is probably a good buy but if it sinks deep and fails to rise when expected, you can think otherwise, the decision is left for you to make.