When was the last time you slept on your “good sofa or couch”? Do you still remember what the feeling was while at it? There is so much to say when we’re talking about sofas. We can never deny the fact that our living room is where we sit down when we’re tired from work or when we’re exhausted after doing all the house chores. We even fall asleep to our sofa sometimes, because of the comfy feeling that it gives when we want to sleep and rest.
Therefore, it is safe to say that our sofa is one of the most important furniture in the house. But the question is, what are the things and qualities one should consider in choosing a sofa that best gives you the heaven feeling when you sit and rest on it? Do we need to look for a material that a sofa is made out of that makes it nice to sleep with?
What are the things you need to check to find the best sofa for your family? Do we only realize the importance of sofa in our home every siesta time? Or is it more than just a seat for royal kids who are fond of playing Xbox games? Or perhaps, it is just purely a seat reserved every time Mommy and Daddy have their celebrity friends who are invited on every sibling’s’ birthday? What are some of the tips to buy a quality sofa? You decide! Let us check!
Judging the Quality of a Sofa
Well, the best thing to judge the quality of a sofa is to see and imagine the things beyond its looks. The look of a sofa does not necessarily mean ‘quality’ or does not translate into the word ‘good quality’. A buyer must have to look at it beyond the looks that it can give to you. One should consider wise choice in purchasing a sofa.
It does not necessarily mean that expensive ones are already in good quality because it all boils down to the materials being used. Moreover, durability is the inseparable part when we talk about the quality of a sofa. One cannot take away that thing since it makes the buyer or purchaser wise enough not to be fooled by the aesthetic design of the sofa. What really lies inside determines how the overall rate of your sofa.
So the three things one should consider in buying a sofa are its frame, cushion filling, and seating support. But what really makes one good quality sofa?
Does the frame have something to do with how a sofa retains and lasts long its shape? Experts always say that a good quality sofa is strong and sturdy which I believe to be true. Sofa makers always say that the best frame material to produce a good sofa is a kiln-dried hardwood. In processing the kiln drying, moisture should be removed in the wood in order to retain its shape and will last its stability over a period of time. Examples of hardwood include birch, maple, oak, ash, and teak. And basically, they can last for more than 15 years!
On the other hand, furniture-grade plywood is the material used mostly in a lower quality of sofa. It is cheaper compared to hardwood; however, it can be the best substitute for it. Basically, its lifespan can only last a maximum of three years but still depends on how you use your sofa.
Support for seating
Imagine a house without the foundation of supporting materials. Can you imagine what it looks like without its support, the metals and lumbers in the internal part covered in cement that is usually used for the foundation of pillars and walls? Basically, it will not become a house, right? So the situation really goes with the sofa if it does not have the seating support. You can’t say if it is a sofa or simply it is a pillow for everyone. This is to say that the seating support is also a major and important component in a sofa. It works synchronically with the cushion fillings and the frame. If one is missing then it is not a sofa anymore. If a frame is sturdy enough then it is really good for providing support in seating and filling augments of it. The easiest way to test and know the quality of a sofa is by sitting on it. Easy and no sweat after all. Remember that it should not sag and that it can really support the seat in the back.
Well, you have now the frame and the seating support, the only thing you need in order to complete the bucket check for a good quality and durable sofa is the cushion fillings. Always remember that the type of filling used for cushions determines how soft and comfy and how strong and plushy the seating support is.
The most common filling used in a sofa is the high-density polyurethane. Apparently, if the density is higher, therefore, the cushion would be firmer. Foam can be wrapped in a cotton or soft material just to make softer. If you want a good option for your foam, you can choose high resilient (HR) foam, because it is reasonably in good price but lost-lasting and comfortable. Moreover, polyester fiber is also inexpensive, but the thing is, it flattens quickly.
Goose-and -feather is also good because it is comfy, but they can clump. A down-poly fiber blend is cheaper, but just like polyester, it flattens fast. The foam really provides a bouncy and comfy feel and gives you the ‘push back’ against deformation. This what makes the seating more supportive and stronger. For the combination, the more down feathers are used to wrap the foam. But always remember that you get the higher density foams as the lower density foams break down pretty quickly.
Good quality does not come with the superfluous intricate designs of a sofa. Quality comes with how it can give you comfort and durable that would stay for more than 20 years. It is always good to choose a sofa that is good in quality but does not come with a heavy price. The quality that you can afford at best.