When you're thinking about a new sofa, you'll want to check our sofa buying tips. While it is important to get a sofa in just the right color, it is just as important to get one that will last. Inexpensive furniture can break, pop springs, and look out of shape within a year of constant use. Quality construction will offer years of enjoyment and has enough good "bones" to allow you to recover it periodically.
Choose the Style of Cushions for Your New Sofa
First decide if you prefer the look of loose back cushions or attached. Loose cushions give you the option of turning the pillows as needed, while attached backs won't need fluffing or rearranging. Be sure to sit in the sofa you are considering. Is it comfortable? Are the arms the right height for taking a nap or reading a book?
How Many Cushions Do You Like on a Sofa?
How many seat cushions would you like? One cushion offers a clean modern look while two or three are traditional. When you sit on the cushions, do they stay in place or do the corners flare up? Are they attached to the frame with a clip to hold them down?
What Style of Sofa Arm Do You Like?
Choose an arm style for your new sofa. You can choose from armless, traditional rolled arm, curved English arm, or a straight Parsons style. The rolled arm has a flat front panel and is often outlined in cording. English style is rounded at the front, with fabric formed into sunburst-type pleats. Straight arm sofas are most often seen in contemporary settings.
A Skirted Sofa or One With Bare Legs?
Do you want a skirted sofa or one with the visible legs? Choose from leg styles that vary from heavy square chunks and wide bun feet to more delicate tapered legs or carved and curved formal versions. Legs are usually available in a number of finishes as well.
Understand Frame Construction for Upholstered Furniture
Ask about the construction of a sofa under consideration. The best are made from kiln-dried hardwoods (oak, maple, poplar, etc.), while inexpensive furniture is made from softer pine lumber. Interior construction is important as well. Cheap furniture is stapled together and has haphazardly constructed corner bracing. Better frames are securely screwed together.
Understand Sofa Seat Construction
Find out how the seat support system is made. Often a furniture store will have a cutaway model of the interior of upholstered pieces. Does it have quality 8-way tied springs or cheaper wire coils?
Choosing the Cushion and Pillow Filling for Your Sofa
The cushion and pillow filling are important to the feel of a sofa. Upholstery foam is inexpensive and comes in several thicknesses and weights, however the best cushions have down fillings. All-down cushions must be fluffed daily, though another option uses down pads wrapped around a core of foam. Understand these options for the sofa you want and which might be best for you. Are the cushions standard or special order, foam or down?
Choose the Fabric for You New Sofa's Final Cover
Choose a fabric for your sofa. Chenille is soft and durable while Leather is long-lasting and attractive. Velvets and other fabrics look lovely but may wear out with heavy use over the years. Finally consider options for trimmings. Dress up a sofa with fringed pillows or double welted seams. While these options add to the cost, they also give your piece a one-of-a-kind look. Many furniture manufacturers also offer the option of custom-made slipcovers to give you a seasonal change.
John Thompson has been involved in the Portland design community for over 23 years. He is considered an expert in the home furnishings industry.He has been a mercer of the finest designer textiles and quality home furnishings.He has also provided interior design services to his clients for their homes which ranged from colour consultations,selecting hard surfaces, selecting textiles for window treatments and upholstery of new and existing furniture, laying out furniture on spec drawings, and lighting consultations.
John Thompson Designer has created interiors for some of the finest homes in the Portland,Oregon including executives of Nike and Tripwire. Some of his other design projects include condos in the Pearl and downtown, a guest house above a horse stable in the NW hills, homes in the Alameda and Irvington neighbourhoods as well as a homes in Nevada and a modern family lodge in the Northern California mountains.
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