One of the largest and most important pieces of furniture in the home, sofas help to anchor living rooms establishing the overall tone of the space. Sofas are where you watch your favorite TV shows, having intimate conversations, and rest your head for a mid-day nap. A high quality sofa is always a good investment, but purchasing a low quality sofa can turn everyday living into a nightmare. Though it can be tempting to go with a lower quality, cheap option when purchasing a sofa, there are many aspects to consider other than the price tag if you want your purchase to last and be comfortable for years to come. To help your shopping experience go smoothly, we’ve complied our best tips on buying a sofa and have broken down the most important components of a sofa to pay attention to. The more you know, you’ll know what to look for and what to avoid. Here’s the breakdown…
The Springs: Though they make no cosmetic difference, it’s important to consider the springs in your couch when shopping. Proper springs can make your couch resilient to wear and tear and have a huge effect on the overall comfort of your couch. The best springs are tightly spaced and tied to a woven-jute base. Eight-way hand tied springs are considered to be the best springs on the market, and are known for their superior quality.
Pro Tip: Always avoid couches with no springs at all, only mesh or webbing; these styles wont be as comfortable and can’t stand up to rigorous daily use.
The Frame: Just like a good foundation to a house, the quality and strength of your sofa’s frame is essential to the longevity of your purchase. Sofas with frames crafted of engineered woods made from medium density fiberboard or soft woods such as pine typically come with a lower price tag but these frames won’t stand up to daily use. These frames may wobble and warp after years of use, as opposed to frames made of strong hardwoods. Though more expensive, sofas with frames made of hardwoods such as kiln-dried oak, ash, or beech, will remain sturdy and strong for decades.
Pro Tip: An easy way to test the quality and sturdiness of your sofa is to lift one of the front legs off the ground a few inches. If the other leg has risen too, this means the frame is strong and won’t warp. If the other leg remains on the ground, this means the sofa’s frame is weak and will give too much overtime.
The Cushions: Cushions, obviously, are extremely important to the design of any sofa. However, it’s important to look beyond aesthetics and consider your cushion’s material as this will ultimately contribute to the overall comfort of your sofa. Cushions filled with low-density foam or polyester fiber are soft and comfortable when a couch is first purchased, however these materials will deteriorate rapidly overtime causing your sofa to lose its shape. High-resilient foam is a slightly more expensive option but is very comfortable. Cushions filled with the material will last for years down the road while still retaining their shape.
Pro Tip: Another comfortable and reasonably option is cushions filled with conventional foam that’s wrapped in polyester batting.
Featured Image: Moe’s Home Collection