By Berthelot Ynez. Sofas & Couches. Published at Friday, September 13th, 2019 - 06:08:32 AM.
A couch or sofa is a ‵major furniture investment‵, plus one you may live with for decades, so it’s important to create a good−decision. Style preferences are a "personal matter", but when it comes to selecting a good‐quality sofa, there are objective criteria you could use to ensure you’re getting a sofa you could be happy with for many years.
When you are 'shopping' for a new couch, follow these 11 tips to ensure a great purchase.
Check the Fit
There is no sense in ‘considering a couch’ if it doesn’t fit you well. Seats should be cosy for all members of your family. If you‘re purchasing a recliner sofa, make‐sure it is cosy in all the different positions. The primary fit_consideration is ´the depth of the seats´. Select deep or shallow‐seats, depending on your height−the couch−back should support ′your back adequately′ with your feet “flat on the floor” also the backs of your knees just slightly−forward of the lower seat−cushion. As well as if the couch is where you like to nap, make̲sure to lay‐out on the couch with see if it is long enough for cosy snoozing.
Evaluate the Frame
Upholstery‐fabric together with cushions could be `replaced‵ when they get old in‐conjunction with worn, but no−couch could be considered a good‐piece of furniture unless it has a solid, quality inner frame. If your goal is to purchase a good−sofa, start by study about the frame. Cheaper‐sofas may have frames made from ′particleboard, plastic, or metal′, but a good‐quality couch will have a solid hardwood frame−preferably a "kiln‐dried" hardwood frame made of oak, beach, or ash. Pine‐frames are cheap, but they often begin to warp in‐conjunction with wobble within 5 years or so.
The legs of “the couch” should be either integral‐parts of the frame or held‐on with screws or dowels. Avoid a couch if the legs are merely glued_on.
One easy−test for solid frame construction is to lift one front corner or leg of the sofa off the floor to a height of 6 inches or so. If the other front leg doesn‘t quickly rise off the floor, too, it‘s a sign the frame is twisting, as well as is therefore weak. Any sofa that visibly̲twists or creaks under this test is one you should avoid.
Ask About the Joinery
Although the method by which the frame_parts are held together may not be “immediately evident”, the sales‐person or printed technical specifications should have this information. Look for frames that are connected with wooden−dowels, double wooden dowels, wooden‐corner‐blocks, or metal screws along with brackets. Never purchase a sofa that‐is assembled with only “staples, nails, or glue”, although these may be used to provide additional reinforcement.
Test the Arms
A sofa with a good‐hardwood‐frame ′assembled′ with dowels or corner brackets should be quality−piece of furniture, but it is still a good‐idea to forcefully test the arms of the sofa to make_sure they are ´very tight´, with no give when you lean on them. In a family with ′active children′, the most common_area of failure on a couch (other than the upholstery) is the arms.
As you test the couch, push hard on the arms with look for any‐sign of wobble. Avoid any couch that isn´t rock‐solid.
Consider the Springs
The springs that hold‐up the cushions on a couch come in 3 levels of quality. Least costly (and least durable) are those that aren´t springs at all, but just webbing or mesh. Avoid these couches if your goal is a quality−piece of furniture.
Most couches use what is known as serpentine springs‐sinuous pieces of snaking wire that span the gap between frame members. These offer `good support‵, but they may sag over̲time if the metal isn't heavy‐gauge.
Opulence sofas are fitted with what is known as "eight―way hand—tied springs," which are very cosy but also costly. Some experts dispute if hand–tied springs are any more cosy than good serpentine‐springs, but you could be the judge of that.
Feel the−springs through the upholstery. Good springs will be quite firm together with spaced close together for good_support. There should be good support without too much give when you sit on the couch.
Feel the Padding
The frame also all the corners of the couch should be well padded. Run your hand over_all corners to make−sure you can´t feel the̲edges of the frame through the upholstery. If you could, the‐upholstery may wear through quite ‘quickly‘, plus your couch will not be very cosy to use.
Test the Operating Mechanisms
If your couch is a recliner or sleeper, make̲sure to operate the mechanism repeatedly in–conjunction with aggressively to make sure it operates smoothly as well as easily. Reclining, or motion furniture is generally more−costly, along with you are paying for a functioning, smoothly—running mechanism. Don’t overlook any mechanical glitches or rough operation you notice−these will only become more pronounced after repeated use in your home.
Evaluate the Upholstery
Quality upholstery may not be critical to the sitting ´comfort´ of your sofa, but it is critical to its visual appeal.
Just as in well–tailored clothing, patterns plus stripes should match at the seams. Although it might not̲catch your eye right away, mismatched‐patterns or stripes will give you ‘the sense’ that something is 'off'. Stripes that match at the_seams create a sofa look−well finished. Patterns should be centered, with all seams together with welts should run straight. Uneven welting in‐conjunction with seams that are “pulled” to one‐side or another mean that "the cover" was badly tailored. With fabric‐upholstery, higher−thread counts indicate a denser‐weave as well as more durable̲fabric.
If there are any̲buttons, check to see that they are sewn ‘on securely’. Loose−buttons will come_off in‐conjunction with quickly get lost.
Check the Cushions
Seat‐cushions should be firm as well as resilient together with fit snugly within the sofa frame. The cushions should “regain” their shape after you press_down together with let go. A cushion that stays_put when you press‐down will be flattened in “no time”, end−up looking unsightly with feel uncomfortable when you sit on it. Cushions that don´t fit ‘snugly’ will also lose their shape ′quickly′ with the edges will start ´looking unsightly´.
There is substantial debate over which type of material is "best for sofa cushions". Polyurethane‐foam is the ‘most common’ material used, but it is important to find a balance between a firm foam that is long‐lasting but may be too hard, with a soft foam that is cosy but may break−down too quickly. High―resilient (HR) foam is a step_up, making for cosy also long–lasting cushion. Very costly couches often use goose‐down mixed with feathers, but you will‐pay dearly for this ´luxury´, along with the−cushions will need to be 'plumped frequently'.
A hybrid_type of cushion that ′some experts′ recommend is “HR foam” wrapped in down–and‐feathers, which combines the best of durability along with comfort.
Look for the Gold UFAC Tag
For `fire safety reasons‵, look for the gold_UFAC tag, indicating that the ‘sofa manufacturer certifies’ that it has been made in accordance with UFAC−methods. UFAC‐the Upholstered Furniture Action Council−was founded in 1978 with the purpose of making upholstered furniture more−resistant to ignition from “smoldering cigarettes”. UFAC claims that the number of household fires has gone‐down considerably since these standards were put in‐place.
Measure the Couch (and Your Doorways)
More‐than one sofa has been returned to the store because the ′delivery service′ could not get_it through the doorway. Many̲couches have legs that could be unscrewed plus removed to make delivery easier, plus in some cases a door could be removed from its hinges to enlarge the opening enough to squeeze in a large couch. Measure the height, width, plus diagonal opening of all doorways in your house, in‐conjunction with have these numbers on hand as you shop for your sofa.
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