From the family car and microwave to the kids’ trendy hairstyles, a living room sofa is likely to outlive a lot of things.
Before buying something new, most people keep a sofa from six to fifteen years. More than half of consumers in the market for a new sofa were replacing one that was 10 years old or more, as leading trade publication survey the furniture recently.
Here are some tips on how to choose your next sofa wisely if you are one of those consumers-or soon will be:
It is important to pay careful attention to the quality elements that give a piece its lasting power, according to Paula Hoyas, vice president of upholstery merchandising for La-Z-Boy.
- Read the fine print
Be sure to read the fine print in the warranty before you buy. Note how long the company guarantees the product and what is included. For example, a 10-year limited warranty on the cushions of all pieces within its Inspired Living collection is offered by La-Z-Boy. The collection’s quality craftsmanship is reflected from the duration of this warranty.
As an example of how mainstream furniture manufacturers are bringing the fashion-forward looks consumers see in magazines and designer showrooms onto retail floors-but at much more affordable prices also pointed out by Hoyas to this collection.
- Know what’s on the inside
A number of high-end standards that mean more than just good looks are available.
For instance, down is a great indicator of quality and comfort. Used in pillows and seat backs, down-proof ticking adds a desirable “crinkle” effect upon sitting.
An even more luxurious sit will be provided by choosing down-blend seat cushions. To the overall comfort of the piece, soft padded outside arms and back also added.
- Note what’s on the outside
Look for the following cues if you want a sofa to make a great visual impression for years to come:
- The fabric under the seat cushions, deep decking, to ensure that only the sofa’s primary fabric is revealed when sitting. Six inches is ideal measure.
- The cotton cord covered with fabric that is sewn along the seams of the upholstered frame and cushions or welting that is straight and free of puckers.
- Skirts with crisp corners that hang smoothly.
- Fabric patterns that are matched seat to cushion to back to frame.
- Make a statement
It is more likely to stand the test of time, if your new sofa speaks more to your personal style. Adding personal flair with custom touches and starting with a classically designed frame are suggested by Hoyas.
She said that “With the wide array of optional accents available today, consumers can create one-of-a-kind designs,”
- Try before you buy
Before you buy, you should put your furniture to the “sit” test. This test is simplest way to judge the overall comfort of any sofa or chair and the best. these should be part of your test if your at-home seating style includes sprawling, flopping and stretching out
Finally, buying products with brand names you know and trust is recommended by Hoyas. A reputable furniture dealer, one that has been recommended by colleagues, family or friends is also trusted.