We all have our unique ideas when it comes to our residential interior and living space. Some people enjoy basic living and others enjoy grandeur. Whichever way you choose there are always a few things to consider when making a purchasing decision on your furniture.
All sofas are not created equally. So the questions is: What are you looking for? This article will help you decide which elements are most important, whether you’re shopping on a budget or not.
What type of wood was used to make the frame?
The easiest way to establish the quality of your sofa’s frame is firstly the weight of the sofa. Manufacturers always try to save costs by using cheaper wood. This also means the cheaper the frame manufacturing process the weaker your entire sofa will be. A quality frame is something that will last a lifetime and will be able to withstand the hardest knocks you and your family can throw at it. Obviously a quality frame is something that will take more time to manufacture and the material cost is also higher. You can also ask your sales person a little more about their frame making process.
The frame is the base. If you know the sofa will not be used that often you can always settle for a lightweight basic frame, which will be a lot cheaper than other solutions. If you know that your family will be using the sofa daily I personally recommend a strong frame. Paying a little more will save you lots in the future.
Which type of seating was used on your sofa?
There are mainly two seating systems used when manufacturing sofas. These are webbing and spring seats. Webbing is basically a net of wide elastic belts, which form a web seating net on the frame of the sofa. These elastic bands are very comfortable and give you a nice soft weight absorption on your sofa. The only concern is these webbings are usually mainly elastic which becomes a little brittle as time passes. They also loose their elasticity and that is when your sofa looses it’s shape and comfort. Spring seats are more traditional and have been used a lot longer. Spring seats also don’t loose their flexibility as quickly as elastic belts. So, when purchasing keep in mind to ask if the seat is made using webbing or springs. Springs are much better quality and will last a lot longer.
Which Foam was used on your sofa?
As with all other elements there are different quality foams available as well. There are cheap foams which can’t handle too much weight and there is high quality memory foam that pushes back to it’s original shape. The density of the foam also plays on obvious role when selecting your sofa. We are all looking for that super comfortable seat while ensuring top quality and durability. High density foams are usually hard and not really comfortable. Low density foam is soft and very comfortable but not very durable. So, the ideal solution is always a layered foam seating taking advantage of both. The way it should be done is your memory foam at the bottom with a layer of medium/high density foam on top. This will give you a durable seat with a soft layer on top to make it more comfortable.
For backing pillows and fixed back seats you can settle for high/medium density foam only because this part of the sofa does not need to carry weight. Loose cushions can be filled with foam panels, foam pellets or fibre balls as done by some manufacturers. This will give you a very comfortable sinking feeling.
Just as the frame and seating plays a role in the quality of your sofa, so does the foam used. High quality foams are one of the most expensive parts of the manufacturing process.
Fabrics or Leather
The last item on the list is your choice of fabric or leather. Always make sure that you can at the very least wipe your fabric clean. Leathers are obviously a lot more durable than fabrics but also require a reasonable amount of maintenance. Always make sure that the fabrics used are of top quality and proper thickness to ensure longevity on your sofa.
With all these basic elements you should be a lot more empowered when making your purchasing decision next time.
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