By Osya Lopatin. Sleeper Sofas. Published at Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 - 03:30:27 AM.
Whatever your family calls it – sofa, settee, divan, davenport – it’s a major investment. To get the best sit for your buck, follow these 5 steps: They take the "ouch" out of couch.
Check the Frame
A sturdy−frame means a long‐lasting sofa. Soft−wood, such as pine, is low‐cost, but it may warp or wobble after 5‐years. Pricier hardwood (kiln–dried oak, ash, or beech, for example) is more‐durable. Avoid frames made of particleboard, plastic, or metal; they may warp plus crack. Legs should be “part of the frame” or held‐on with screws or dowels (pegs) not with glue−alone.
Tip: To test frame̲strength, lift ′one front corner′ or leg of the sofa off the floor. By the time you’ve raised it 6 inches, the other front leg should have risen too. If it‘s still touching the floor, the frame has too_much give; it´s weak.
Ask About Joinery
A frame with joints−connected by any of the following means is solidly−constructed: wooden‐dowels, double wooden dowels, wooden‐corner blocks (the tag might read−corner blocks glued also screwed), or metal̲screws with‐brackets. ′Staples or nails′ may be used for ′extra reinforcement′, but never purchase a sofa that's held−together solely by `staples, nails, or glue‵.
Tip: Ask your salesperson for written manufacturer information on frame−joinery.
Test the Springs
Most sofas have ´sinuous´, also called serpentine, springs preassembled‐units of snaking−wire. They're nicely supportive, but they could press on the frame or sag over‐time if the metal isn´t heavy. High—end sofas frequently come with "eight–way hand—tied springs." They´re comfy but costly; some−experts feel they‘re no better than ´serpentines´. Feel the−springs through the upholstery they should be close together also firm. Sofas with no−springs, just webbing or mesh, are ‘uncomfortable’ in—conjunction with flimsy.
Tip: Sit‐down firmly on a corner or outside−edge of a sofa you’re considering. Squeaks in―conjunction with_creaks suggest ´that springs´ are incorrectly‐placed or hitting the frame.
Feel Your Fillings
Polyurethane_foam is a low‐cost, easy‐care cushion filling. But the more−durable, high―density type could feel hard, as well as softer, low—density foam `deteriorates‵ more rapidly with constant−use. High—resilient (HR) foam is slightly more costly but more‐comfortable along with long–lasting. Polyester−fiber is also cheap, but it flattens‐quickly. Goose– along with duck–feather fillings are comfy, but they could clump. Top of the line: goose−down (the bird’s soft undercoat) mixed with feathers. The combo is yummily‐plump, costly (about double the price of foam), in‐conjunction with high maintenance; cushions need frequent−fluffing. A down‐polyfiber blend is cheaper, but it flattens̲fast.
Tip: Two good‐options that are comfortable together with reasonably priced: HR̲foam in a layer of down together with conventional‐foam wrapped in polyester−batting.
Find Tough Textiles
Sofas for everyday−use require durable−fabric. Cotton with linen are winners (but watch_out for loose weaves they could snag). Also terrific: synthetic microfiber, which could mimic most fabrics also is stain resistant. Cotton also linen could be treated for stain‐resistance, but even then they aren´t as ´easy to clean´, or as durable, says `Kathleen Huddy‵, the GH Research Institute's textiles, paper, with plastics‐director. Blends of natural together with synthetic‐fibers tend to pill within a year. Wool in‐conjunction with leather are ‘handsome‘ along with strong but costly. Silk is sleek but ′fragile′. Fabrics with patterns_woven in tend to wear better−than those with printed patterns.
Tip: Ask the store for a piece of fabric bigger than the usual̲swatch. Place−it where the sofa will go. View−it in natural along with artificial‐light along with see how much you “still like it” after a few days.
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