Judging a good quality sofa goes a lot further than just its looks. Any sofa that’s truly worth buying is an incredible blend of design, engineering, and even art. In order to make the best choice, here are some things you need to consider.
Perhaps the most important factor is the frame. A good quality frame will ensure that your sofa will retain its structural integrity and comfort for years to come. The cushions can always be replaced, but once the frame is damaged, there is very little you can do.
There are some tricks to help you judge the quality of a frame.
- Always ask the seller if the joints are glued on, this is a sign the quality is lower.
- You should also check the type of wood.
- Hardwoods are better so look out for “kiln dried” woods like oak, beech, or ash. These woods are of better quality and will ensure longevity.
The type of filling is what determines how comfortable your sofa will be. Soft fillings like goose feathers are great if you really want to “sink” into your sofa.
On the other hand, you may want something firmer that provides more support, in that case, you should go with polyurethane foam.
Always ask about the density of the foam to understand its lifeline:
- 25kg/cbm: 1 to 2 years
- 35kg/cbm: 3 to 4 years
- 42kg/cbm: 7 to 9 years
Seat cushions are the one thing you’ll be feeling most once you get your own sofa so you absolutely need them to be of good quality. They should be firm and supportive so that they can both last and support your back. They should retain their shape when pressed while also being snug to the shape of the sofa. You don’t want your cushions to become ugly, misshapen, and uncomfortable.
Paying for a good quality sofa will always be worth it in the long run. It’s better to be happy knowing that you will be comfortable for years to come. These tips have hopefully guided you in judging the quality of a sofa.