Sofa Buying Guide


Purchasing a sofa is one of the biggest investments you will make when it comes to furnishing your home. Even when you replace it, it will often move from room to room in your home, becoming a big part of your life. A lot of memories will be made as your family grows so be sure to give some thought before you buy. Here are some tips that can help you find the best sofa when your ready to shop!

Checking for Quality

A quality sofa should feel solid and heavy so when you test them out, move around on them to make sure they feel sturdy and can hold weight. Also, try lifting the corner and shaking it a bit. If the sofa feels light and wobbly – move along. It is also important to pay attention to the frame. Look for a frame made with kiln-dried hardwoods such as oak, alder, birch or maple or high quality hardwood plywood. The frame should also be double doweled and fitted with corner blocks that are glued and screwed into place, not stapled! Don’t be afraid to ask one of our sales associates about how the sofa is made – it is just as important as the look of the sofa.


Choosing the right cushions

Most cushions have a core of polyurethane foam that is wrapped with Dacron batting. The denser, heavier foam will last longer and also prevent a lot of  wrinkling in the fabric. In the cheapest furniture, the cushion is filled with just the polyurethane foam core. Higher-quality options include poly-down cushions, which have down mixed with the batting; spring-down cushions, which feature a core of springs surrounded by foam and feathers; and all down, which is all feathers and a lot of up-keep!


The next thing to consider is the amount of people you will be seating. This will determine the amount of cushions you will need to look for. No one likes to fall in to the crack! A sofa with two cushions will seat two comfortably. To seat more people, choose a sofa with three cushions or one long cushion (a bench cushion).

Choose the sofa back that you are most comfortable with. A pillow back sofa will have removable cushions or pillows and can be very comfortably and inviting, however, it requires more maintenance. A tight back sofa will have upholstery that is tailored to the contours of the back of the sofa.


Match your sofa to your style

If your style is more traditional, look for a sofa with rolled arms, tufted cushions, a contoured back or skirting.


Smith Brothers 396 Traditional Button-Tufted Sofa with Nailhead Trim

If your style is contemporary, choose a sofa with cleaner lines, understated upholstery short or no arms. Contemporary style leaves your home feeling open and airy.

Finally, when it comes to style, think about the long-term. Since your sofa is a big investment, it will need to stay fashionable for a long time. Sticking with a neutral fabric is best. Don’t worry, you can add color with throw pillows or blankets! They are easy to replace or change out during the seasons. Also consider the environment – if you have kids or pets, choose a darker color and durable fabric. Synthetic and tightly woven fabrics can withstand more wear and tear and are much easier to clean.

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