A living room sofa is likely to outlive a lot of different items in your home. Some people keep a sofa for six years but most hang onto their sofa for 15 years before purchasing a new one. In a recent survey by Furniture/Today, a leading trade publication, more than half of consumers in the market for a new sofa were replacing one that was 10 years old or more.
Maybe you are one of those consumers, or getting close, here are some tips on how to choose your next sofa wisely.
Before you buy, be sure to read the fine print in the warranty. Note what is included and how long the company guarantees the product. You can also do some online research to look for reviews from customers who have bought from the manufacturer and see how the ratings stack up.
Many mainstream furniture manufacturers now a days are bringing the fashion-forward looks consumers see in magazines and designer showrooms onto retail floors-but at much more affordable prices. Although these sofas may be more affordable, take a minute to really look at the quality of the stitching and frame work to make certain it will last at least 10 years.
Many times you may find a sofa that you like in a furniture store, but it's not just the right size, or have the fabric you would like. This is when working with your interior designer can help you get the sofa you want. Your designer will create a drawing and find fabrics for you to choose, get you a quote and have the sofa custom made to your specifications.
There are many styles of sofas, finding your style is easy! But remember comfort is key.
There are a number of high-end standards that mean more than just good looks. Down, for instance, is a great indicator of quality and comfort. Down-proof ticking used in pillows and seat backs adds a desirable "crinkle" effect upon sitting. Choosing down-blend seat cushions will provide an even more luxurious sit. Soft padded outside arms and back also add to the overall comfort of the piece.
If you want a sofa to make a great visual impression for years to come, look for the following cues.
Deep decking (the fabric under the seat cushions) to ensure that only the sofa's primary fabric is revealed when sitting. Six inches is ideal.
Welting (the cotton cord covered with fabric that is sewn along the seams of the upholstered frame and cushions) that is straight and free of puckers.
Skirts that hang smoothly with crisp corners.
Fabric patterns that are matched seat to cushion and to back to frame.
Make a statement!The more your new sofa speaks to your personal style, the more likely it will stand the test of time.
You should put your furniture to the "sit" test before you buy. This test is the best and simplest way to judge the overall comfort of any sofa or chair.
Buy your sofa from a reputable furniture dealer, or a reputable furniture maker, one that has been recommended by colleagues, family, friends or your interior designer.