Buying a sofa is a great investment, but it must be done wisely. Otherwise, you risk spending thousands of dollars on poor quality furniture. When shopping for the best sofa, keep in mind the following tips and trick and apply them.
You should always test how sturdy a sofa is. Quality sofas will look and feel solid and heavy. When testing sofas, you could sit on them, to check how it feels. Furthermore, you should try lift it a bit, to see if it is solid enough and there are no problems with the joints. If the sofa wobbles or it feels light, it is a good idea to look for another item.
Look for items that have a solid frame, made of kiln-dried hardwood. Frames made of oak, alder, birch, maple or high-quality hardwood plywood or marine plywood are typically very solid.
Sofas with dense polyurethane foam core are high quality. A sofa with a heavy, dense core will last longer. Higher quality furniture has core wrapped with Dacron bathing. There are other high-quality bathing options. You should spend some time researching the options.
Remember what we said about lifting the sofa? Checking the integrity and sturdiness of frames is of utmost importance. But also the type of joints will tell you more about the quality of the furniture. High grade sofas have joints that are double doweled and fitted with corner blocks that are both glued and screwed into place. Also, they have legs that are part of the frame, not just attached. Pay attention to these small details.
One important aspect of choosing a sofa is determining the right style, shape and size. Always pick a sofa after you have analyzed your room and determined the optimal height, length and depth. If you plan sleeping on your sofa (or your wife tells you to do that), you should always measure the distance between arms.
The overall length may look good, but it does not take into consideration certain dimensions, like the length of the arms. For those with little space, buying a sofa without arms is recommended. It will have a different impact and will make the room look a bit bigger.
Think about how many persons do you want to sit on the sofa. Then buy furniture that has the same number of cushions. For more than two people, buy a sofa with a long cushion, also called a bench cushion.