How to Choose a Sofa and
When choosing the right
sofa and determining the quality, you should ask for important
details, such as information on frame, foam, and springs. We suggest
hardwood frames with mortise/tenon joints with high density/high
seat cushion foam, and steel springs, made of sinuous wire or coil
Next, ask how the backs
are constructed. We have found that back cushions featuring inner
bags, with chambered compartments keep filling materials from
settling, causing the sofa to lose it's shape.
You should also always
press down firmly on the arms of the sofa to make sure the sofa will
maintain it's shape over time. High density urethane foam on
the top of the sofa's arms
keep the arm's tops soft and help the sofa to maintain
it's form. Compare this with stiff, cardboard covered arm tops.
Always check to make
sure that the fabric pattern matches. Look at stripes,
plaids, and other design elements on all sides. This is especially
when the sofa will be positioned away from walls.
Note the overall
dimensions and shape of the arms and back. Will the product
fit in your space? Look for brands that carry a wide selection of
frame styles. Always note the subtle lines of furniture you are
Sit on the furniture the
way you would at home. Curl your feet up or stretch out
full length if that is how you will use the item once you take it
home with you.
Ask about special order
options. You don't have to settle with what you see on
the sales floor. You can special order your sofa in the fabric that
YOU want, on the frame YOU want, and YOU can get it without waiting
Make sure there is a
reasonable warranty offered on the item. You can find as much
as limited lifetime warranty on the frame, springs, and even the
Find out where the item
is made. If it is not made in the USA, what will you do if you
should ever need factory help with service? Today, many furniture
products are produced in other countries. Before you select your new
furniture ask your sales representative where the product is
produced and what the procedures and policies are should you ever
have a problem and need factory assistance.
A simple test that you
can perform is feeling the back of the couch to determine how
much wood is there. Some couches use very little wood on the back,
where as others use up to 3/4 solid hard wood. Also push the back
side to side to see if there is any give in
Always use common sense
and ask a lot of questions.
These are our opinions based on our experience of over 40 years.
Good Luck And Happy
Furniture-Parr's-Furniture Galleries-All rights reserved-Legal