Usually, the sofa is the first piece of furniture purchased for a living room or family room. The sofa will then set the tone for the rest of the furnishings in the room.
To say it is an important purchase is an understatement, considering the expense and the time spent shopping from store to store, the variety of options, fabrics and styles.
Wouldn't you agree... it is well worth your time to do your research before making this purchase, which if done correctly, will be a piece of furniture you can enjoy for decades.
Before you head out to your favorite furniture store, best read these 5 tips for selecting the perfect sofa for your room.
- Please test drive the sofa – stretch out – is it worthy of your Sunday naps? Then sit on the seat, too deep a seat will make you feel very short if your feet can’t touch the ground, too shallow will not give your lower back support.
- Look at the frame construction. For upholstered furnishings, eight-way hand-tied, hardwood frames are the best. Try to lift it, if it is wobbly? Then it is not likely to support your family’s use day in day out.
- Lift the cushions to check out the decking underneath. Are the springs closely and evenly spaced? Now look at the cushions on the sofa, do they fit the frame well, without gaps or crowding?
- Unzip the cushions to inspect the down and feathers, which should be encased in a tightly woven fabric that prevents feathers from escaping. Loose cushions should have down, feathers, or fill contained in a stitched channel or baffles to minimize shifting.
- Give a squeeze to the back and arms of the sofa to ensure they are well padded and you don’t feel the frame poking you. Do the arms wiggle? If so, they won’t hold up to kids and guest sitting on, or leaning on the arms.
With upholstered furnishings, buy the best quality you can afford, because you really do get what you pay for. If you need help pulling your room together, call Tami Smight at 661 430-0127.
Tami Smight Interiors,  a full-service interior design firm, has been gracing southern California homes with warm, accessible designs since 2004.