How To Choose A Sofa
Date: 28-01-2015 Time: 00:00:00 Category: How To
A Barkers Furniture Guide on how to choose the right sofa for you. Buying a sofa is a big and costly decision so here is our handy guide for how to choose the best quality sofa. Remember you get what you pay for.
A sturdy frame means a longer lasting sofa. The best frames to buy are hardwood frame, they are expensive but they are very durable and long lasting. Plywood is next best; it's affordable, strong and durable. Don't even go there if it is a soft wood, metal or plastic frame. They are cheap, warp easily and not strong at all. How the frame is made is also important. The best is connected joints, where wooden dowel, corner dock, metal screws and metal brackets are used. Avoid any frames that just use glue, staples and nails, these too are weak.
Good springs make your sofa comfy and last longer. The most expensive but by far the best is hand-tied springs. They are comfortable and long lasting. Serpentine springs are the most common and most affordable for value. They are supportive but they sag overtime. If it has no springs and just has a web mesh it will be uncomfy and flimsy. Check for squeaks and creaks as they are a sign of incorrectly placed springs. See what metals they use also, the heavier the better
Filling makes a big difference, choose wisely. There are two expensive but good quality options. High resilient foam is comfortable and long lasting, goose/duck feathers are sumptuous and high maintenance. For value without breaking the bank, Polyurethane foam is easy to care for and there is a lot of choice in firmness. A down-poly blend is another cheaper option with a luxurious feel but it will flatten quicker. Polyester fibre is cheap and flattens quickly, avoid at all costs.
Now the fun part, leather vs fabric. Choose what you love. Fabric is affordable, has lots of choice of colours and patterns and it warm on the skin. Leather is pricey but is durable, easy to clean and cool to touch. Another option is faux leather, it's affordable, warm to touch and looks like leather.
How To Choose A Sofa
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