When you're in the market for new living room furniture, it's important you consider your lifestyle before making your purchase. Buying a new sofa isn't inexpensive, especially when you want a quality piece of furniture that will last for many years. Here are three tips to making sure you get the most out of your investment.
Know How A Sofa Frame Is Made
Less expensive sofas typically have a frame made from softwoods, such as pine. They may also include other wood components, such as medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or particleboard. These materials will not hold up nearly as well as a couch frame that is made from solid hardwoods like maple or oak. You also want to ask how the sofa components are joined. Ideally, wooden dowels and nuts and bolts are used. Staples and glues will never hold up to the test of time and daily, heavy-duty usage.
Know What The Cushions Are Filled With
Cheaper couches will have polyurethane foam. This is okay on an inexpensive sofa, but if you are looking to purchase upholstered living furniture that will last a lifetime, polyurethane foam won't cut it. It will eventually compress and no longer provide resistant when you sit down or lean back.
The best option is down, but just like your down pillows, the cushions will require the occasional fluffing. Down is also pretty pricey. After several years of use, they will also likely require a feather refill to plump the cushions back up and replace the lost. If you don't feel like dealing with the occasional mess or expense of solid down, choose a high-density, high-resilient foam wrapped in a quilted batting of down for extra comfort without the price or cleanup.
Know Which Fabric Is Best
The good thing about buying a sofa that is built well is when the upholstery eventually wears out or you grow tired of it, you can reupholster it. That doesn't mean you don't want to choose the right fabric to begin with, however.
Real leather is incredibly durable, and it is also easy to wipe up any spills. Leather will also age well over time, developing a nice patina and a comfy, worn look and feel. Tightly-woven cotton, such as denim, is also a good option. Fabrics that are woven are also a good option. If you have young children or pets, especially cats, you need a tough fabric. If the sofa doesn't need to stand up to such rugged wear, linen or even silk is a good option.