1. Check the frame. For your couch to survive the test of time, you need a solid frame. Lift one corner of the couch a few inches. If the opposite corner doesn’t still touches the floor, this is a sign that the structure is weak. Also, make sure that the frame is not kept together by staples or glue. Choose one that has proper joinery – metal screws or wooden dowels.
2. Loose back cushions or attached? The advantage of loose cushions is that you can turn them after they are starting to wear off. On the other hand, attached cushions don’t need fluffing and rearranging.
3. Check the springs and filling. Always sit on the sofa before buying it. Bounce a little, lay down, do whatever you and your family could possibly do on that couch. Well, not quite everything, if you know what we mean… 🙂 Is it comfortable? Is it silent? The filling is also very important when it comes to comfort. Foam is cheaper, but down fillings are more comfortable. However, the latter need permanent fluffing to look good.
4. Be careful with the colour. Light colored sofas are beautiful, but are they right for you? If you have pets, children or you are a klutz yourself, light colors might not be the best ideas. If you really like them, think about it: what’s better? A dark color (which you might not like as much as the alternative) or a stained light color? We say the first one, but it’s your choice in the end.
5. Choose tough textiles. Linen is the best option here, but if the style doesn’t suit you, you can choose synthetic microfiber which can mimic almost any texture. Stay away from silks and fragile materials. They are expensive and will last a really short period of time.
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