Tips on buying a good sofa
Websters Furniture is a family business providing first class customer care and furniture know-how for over 100 years. The furniture specialists at Websters know that new sofas are not purchased every day. New sofas can reasonably be expected to last in the region of 10 years, so to ensure your sofa will give good service, here are some top tips for choosing good quality new sofas that will keep their looks and comfort for longer:
- Check what the frame is made of. Soft woods will be cheaper, but hardwoods should last longer. Lift one front leg of the sofa, and the other should rise off the ground. Otherwise, the frame may be too flexible.
- Ask about the joints. Choose new sofas that are jointed with dowels, or corner blocks, not just held together with staples, nails, or glue.
- Springs are your comfort indicator. The more, the comfier. Don’t hesitate to feel for the springs. Sit on one corner, and listen for squeaks, that could indicate ill-positioned springs.
- Fillings are important in new sofas. High Resistant foam is not the cheapest filling, but should be long lasting. Down or feather will be comfortable, but only if you constantly shake it up.
- The cover should be practical as well as beautiful. Leather or wool are hard wearing, and look luxurious, but are expensive. Woven patterns will last longer than prints, but open weaves can be prone to snagging. Synthetic micro fibre sounds less glamorous but is a practical choice and should look good.
New sofas come in all shapes and patterns, so to make sure you will be happy to look at your new sofa for many years to come take home a sample of the covering fabric, to check it looks good in natural and artificial light, and goes with your colour scheme. The experienced and helpful sofa experts at Websters are always on hand to give you more tips and advice about choosing new sofas.