After a busy day, there is nothing quite like sitting on a comfortable sofa seat for some calm time. If you are like many, after your bed, your sofa is the place you spend most time relaxing on, which is why it is important to get it right when you are purchasing a new one.
Whether it is a classic or contemporary sofa with a leather or fabric finish, you may already have an idea of what makes the perfect sofa for you. But to get the best sit for your buck, we recommend you to take a look at these tips.
Check the frame
A sofa seat that features a sturdy frame will last you years to come. Although sofas that come with frames made from soft wood, such as pine, are more affordable, but it won’t last you more than five years of regular use. For a long-lasting option look for frames made of pricier hardwood like ash, kiln-dried oak or beech.
Ask for information about the frame joinery
A solidly constructed frame should have its joints connected by wooden dowels, or double wooden dowels, or wooden corner blocks, or metal brackets and screws. Nails or staples may be used for extra reinforcement, but never choose a sofa that held together solely by nails, staples or glue.
Test the springs
Most sofa seats come with sinuous, also known as serpentine, springs, which are preassembled units of snaking wire. While they are nicely supportive, over time they can put pressure on the frame or sag if the metal isn’t heavy. To test the springs, sit down on a corner of the sofa seat – they should be firm and close together. Know that sofas that come without springs are usually uncomfortable and flimsy.
Feel the fillings
Durable, high-density filling types generally feel hard while low-density foam deteriorates faster with constant use. There is also high-resilient foam that is more comfortable and long-lasting, but more expensive as well. Polyurethane foam and polyester fiber are inexpensive options, but they tend to flatten quickly. Duck and goose feather filling are comfy but they may clump. Two good options that experts recommend and that are comfortable and reasonably priced are high-resilient foam in a layer of down and regular foam wrapped in polyester batting.
Look for tough textiles
If you want a sofa for everyday use, it should have a durable fabric. Linen and cotton are the best choices but be aware of loose weaves because they can snag. Another great choice is synthetic microfiber, which is stain resistant and can mimic most fabrics. Combinations of synthetic and natural fibers tend to pill in the first year of use.