Finding an excellent-quality sofa can be a feat. You need to think about different styles and types, not to mention a near endless list of manufacturers.
However, making a few essential considerations beforehand can make the whole process easier.
A strong frame makes a long-lasting sofa. Pine and other soft woods are low-cost but prone to warping or wobbling in five years. More expensive hardwood, like ash or kiln-dried oak, is more durable. Avoid frames constructed with plastic, metal or particleboard as these could warp and crack. Legs should be part of the frame’s design, or at least screwed or doweled to the frame, rather than stuck with some glue.
A strong frame can be held together using many different fasteners, like wooden or double wooden dowels, or metal screws and brackets. For extra strength, nails or staples may also be usedThe use of staples or nails can also add strength.
Sofas normally have sinuous or serpentine springs, as they are sometimes called, which are basically bunches of snaking wires. They’re offer quite good support, but sometimes, they can push down on the frame, or, if the manufacturer used a metal that isn’t hard enough, it can actually sag after a while. You will likely find eight-way hand-tied springs in pricey sofas. You have to feel those strings right through the upholstery, making sure they’re solid and tight enough enough together. Avoid sofas with no springs as they are most likely unstable and uncomfortable.
Polyurethane foam is an inexpensive, low-maintenance cushion filling. The denser, heavy-duty variants are tougher to touch, while softer, less dense types are prone to rapid quality decline when used on a regular basis. High-resilient (HR) foam, while more expensive, provides more comfort and lasts much longer. Another affordable option is polyester fiber, but the problem is it flattens quite quickly. The combo is tastily plump, pricey (about twice as expensive as foam), and demanding in terms of maintenance. A down-polyfiber combo is inexpensive, but it flattens in no time.
Sofas for daily use should be made of tough fabric. ). Also great is synthetic microfiber, which can copy almost any fabric and is stain-proof. Cotton and linen can be made stain-resistant, they’re harder to clean and are less durable. Blends of natural and synthetic fiber combos usually pill after a year of use. Wool and leather are attractive and durable but high-priced. Silk is exquisite but fragile. Textiles that have woven patterns are more durable than those whose patters are printed.
Clearly, if you’re shopping for a sofa, you have tons of options available today. The best way to begin is to look for reputable manufacturers and check out their offerings.