Nevertheless, before you even go shopping for a sofa, consider about your own personal style and what would be a good match for your home. Think size and scale, and never forget to evaluate. Colour and fabric choice matter a lot, and deciding the right color, texture, pattern are all parts of fabric selection. After all, most sofa selections are made on the basis of fabric alone.
These sofa purchasing tips have less to do with fabric choice, and focus more on another aspect of sofa buying, namely, the quality of a sofa.
- The frame shouldn’t wobble or screak, it ought be tough and sit squarely on the floor. Wobbly or screaky frames mean less tough joints, while a strong frame means your sofa will last you longer.
- The frame and all the corners ought be well padded. Run your hand over them firmly to see. A padded frame won’t digest through the upholstery, it also means less rubbing for the fabric that is covering the frame.
- Check the sofa from behind, and pat the center to make sure it is not hollow.
- If you’re purchasing a reclining sofa or a sofa bed, all mechanisms ought work smoothly. Reclining, or motion furniture is mostly more expensive, and you’re paying for a functioning, smoothly running mechanism. It adds up to check those features out at the store.
- If the sofa has any metallic parts, inspect to see that they’re smooth and free of sharp edges. All moving parts on a sofa bed or reclining sofa should clean the fabric completely to avoid tearing. You do not want any injuries to yourself or damage to your upholstery from a faulty mechanism.
- When you check the back of your sofa , there should be no blows or hard spots. Run the handle of your hand over it. This is especially significant in a tight back sofa. Not only will blows and hard spots mar the appear of your sofa over a short period of time, they’ll also feel uncomfortable.
- Seat shocks should be firm and elastic and fit snugly within the sofa frame. In addition, the shocks should regain their shape after you press down and let go. A shock that stays when you press down will be planate in no time, end up looking unsightly and feel comfortless when you sit on it. Shocks that don’t fit snugly in place will also lose their shape rapidly and the edges will begin looking unsightly.
- Seats should be comfortable, and for reclining furniture, be comfortable in every different positions. Choose deep or shallow seats contingent on your height. A taller human will need deeper seats.
- The arms should not joggle or move, and if upholstered, they should be be well padded.
- If there are any buttons, check to see that they are seamed on securely. Loose buttons will come off and end up getting lost in no time.
- Just as in well tailored clothing, patterns and stripes should match at the seams. Although it might not catch your eye right away, mismatched patterns or stripes will give you the sense that something is”off”. Stripes that match at seams make a sofa look well finished.
- Patterns should be centered, and all seams and welts should run straight. Uneven welting and seams that are pulled to one side or another mean that the cover was badly tailored.
- For fire safety reasons, look for the gold UFAC tag, indicating that the sofa manufacturer certifies it is made in accordance with UFAC methods. UFAC, or the Upholstered Furniture Action Council was founded in 1978 and its purpose was to make 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.