A sofa is the single most commonly purchased big ticket furniture item and truly fits the old adage you get what you pay for . The sofa is the heart of the living room; It is where you cuddle with your sweetheart during a movie, take a nap when you aren’t feeling well and unwind after a long day.
It is important that you view your sofa as a true investment in your future. While a poorly constructed sofa will show signs of wear in mere months, a well-made sofa can last you 20 years or more, so you better choose something that you can picture becoming a part of your family.
Here are the things you need to look for when purchasing a sofa.
Shopping for sofa furniture image by dpstyles™ via Flickr.
Comfort and Design
In an ideal world, you should find a sofa that looks both pleasing and is comfortable. Are you going to be spending the majority of your time looking at your sofa or sitting, relaxing and sleeping on it? Luckily, if you look outsie the walls of a single retail store there are so many different designs of sofas out there you should be able to find something that fits your design aesthetic. When testing out a sofa for comfort, pay special attention to the depth of the cushion and the height of the arms and back. If your body is too big for it you will be sprawled over the arms in an awkward position, and if you’re too small it will be uncomfortable to sit in an upright position.
Just like a home will not stand very long without a sturdy foundation, a sofa will not wear well without a solid frame. When you buy sofas from trade sources you invariably get the best quality at the highest value.
Even if the frame is made out of solid wood, it won’t last long if the joints are not put together well. Houzz.com points out that the best joints are double-doweled, use corner blocks, and are glued and screwed together. Joints that just use glue or staples will not last very long.
Well-Made Spring System
The most common type of springs are called sinuous springs. These are basically zig-zag springs that go across the frame of the sofa right underneath the cushions. While these spring systems can be good if they use a thick metal, they are also more prone to sagging. The best spring system is an eight-way hand-tied system, but you can expect to pay quite a bit more for it.
Next up, and the most important to your comfort level, is the cushions that you choose. You want to look for cushions that have a high-density foam core so they will not break down too fast. Feather cushions are the most expensive, but they also require a lot of fluffing. The best option for comfort and durability would be a high-density foam core with down wrapping.
The final component to the perfect sofa is the fabric. Since this is the only feature of the sofa you will actually see, it is arguably the most important. HMD clients benefit from the ability to choose from among thousands of custom fabrics that make the most of your budget and are perfect for your lifestyle.