A Checklist To Find The Perfect Sofa

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Bones

A high quality sofa will have good bones, so it’s important to know what types of springs and frames you may encounter when sofa shopping. Springs should feel firm, with little space between them. Squeaks when you sit down indicate something isn’t right. For durability, nothing beats a sofa constructed out of kiln-dried hardwood. This wood retains less moisture than other types of wood, for better performance. The most durable sofas employ some form of joinery other than glue or staples. Inquiring about the joinery communicates that you’re a smart shopper and one interested in quality furniture rather than a bargain. Soft woods, particle board, metal and plastic frames are more likely to warp or break. Consult a buyer’s guide like the one from Macys.com sofa store to learn more about terms that may be unfamiliar. A knowledgeable salesperson should be able to provide detailed information about the construction of any sofa on the sales floor.

couch fabricFabric

This is what you’ll see, so it can often be the biggest draw when sofa shopping. Look for a fabric that takes your lifestyle into account. If your dog loves to nap on the sofa, leather or micro suede may be good choices because they’re easy to clean. If your partner is a klutz, a pale-colored sofa can be marred by red wine and a sofa covered in silk (or other hard to clean materials) is easily ruined by an accidental spill. For natural fibers, tightly woven cotton or linen is unbeatable. For leathers, note that higher quality material tends to have more natural marks. Lower quality leather is often treated to remove imperfections, which also lessens the durability of the material.

Shopping online can teach you more about what’s available in your budget and help you browse, but shopping in person allows you to feel the materials that make up the sofas on your list. Combine these strategies for a sofa shopping approach that helps you find the perfect sofa.

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