Tips for Buying a Great Sofa
Looking for a new sofa? It must be durable, because you are not getting a sofa every year. It is therefore important that your new sofa is perfect and totally within your expectation. How to choose a "right" sofa? This depends on your budget, the family situation (children and/or pets), your preference for the material and how the new sofa will be integrated into your current interior décor. We are here assisting you step by step in your decision making for choosing a new sofa that is right for you! · First, measure the size of the room and existing furniture. Make sure to measure exactly the dimensions of your room, existing furniture before going to the store assessing new
chesterfield sofas. To create an atmosphere of calm is very vital. Too many accents and accessories piled in a room will make you feel dazzled and restless. Opt instead for a single expressive piece of furniture for more than small elements. Factoring in the colors of the existing furniture and the room when considering choosing modern sofas. A sofa that is 'standing out' from the ground looks less 'heavy', especially when the sofa is placed in front of the window and when sunlight is cast on the sofa. Even a generous corner sofa can produce in a relatively small room a spacious feeling. · Check the quality of sofa framework Shake the sofa or chaise sofa with two hands and feel if the whole framework is solid. If possible, open up a corner of cloth under the sofa bottom and check if there are rots, insects, scars, ect. You also need to check the wood frame to make sure it's better joined through using mortise and tenon, instead of nails, and whether the mortise-tenon joint is strengthened with glue. · Inspect the internal cushion quality These days high-end sofas use a nylon ribbon and spring crossover knitting structure for the underneath structure of the sofa. You should also see multiple layers bedding of high-elastic foams, polyester wadding and lightweight foams. This type of cushion will ensure super comfort with best resilience. The back and bottom part of mid-range sofas are typically made of fiberboard with layers of medium density foams and polyester wadding. When sitting on these sofas, you will feel cushion a little hard with less resilience. · Check the fabric and sewing Leather sofas come with two types, full leather and half leather or leather match. A full leather couch usually consumes hides from up to 10 cattle so it is very pricey but has best permeability and feel. Leather match means using top grain leather for the areas where your body touches, while sofa back, sides will use PU artificial leather PVC instead of leather, thereby the cost is reduced to make it more affordable while still of good quality. Sofa leather can come from cow or buffalo. From other perspectives, there are three types of leather, top grain, split (the second layer of leather beneath top grain) and third layer leather. Top grain is the most durable type of leather used for sofas, because it holds color well, is more resistant to mechanical strength, and has a rich, high-quality appearance with good air permeability. Split leather is the inner layer of a hide that has been split into two pieces and is inferior to top grain leather. You may also have heard of bonded leather. But this is a misleading term because it bonded leather is not genuine leather. Some furniture retailers categorize their bonded leather furniture with the genuine leather furniture which is not ethical and fair. When inspecting a
leather chesterfield sofa, you need to feel if the leather is supple or stiff. When you pinch the leather of good quality, the wrinkles should be able to go away after you let it go, instead of staying put. When buying fabric sofas, make sure the covers for the sofa seat and the back should be detachable so that you can change to clean them up. Sofa fabric should be relatively thick. A high quality fabric must be able to endure 12,000 times of mechanic friction and typically weighs 300 gram per square meter. Some upscale sofa fabric is processed to be anti-static, dirt-proof, flame resistant. You also need to check if the sewing is fine, straight and smooth. · Inspect foam sponge For modern sofas, the high-end seat cushion has a density of 30 kg per cubic meter with high-elastic foam and sponge. For the back side, cushion should be more than 25 kg per cubic meter in density with high elastic foam. To make a better feel and comfort, sofa makers make the cushions more soft or more stiff depending on the customer needs and preferences. Sometimes, metal springs are used for a higher elasticity and anti-aging purpose. As rules of thumb, when you sit on a sofa cushion, it should not sink or sag for more than 10 cm. Simon Tao is partner of Washingtonian Furniture LLC, a leading furniture store based in Maryland. The store offers modern sofas and leather couch furniture nationwide.