How long a sofa will last and retain its shape depends largely on the frame, and a high-quality sofa always has a strong, sturdy one.
The best frame is made out of kiln-dried hardwood. The process of kiln drying removes all moisture from the wood, enabling it to retain its shape and stability over a long period of time. Frames made of green wood can shrink or crack as it dries. Softwood can bend and break easily, while knotted wood is prone to cracks.
The seating support is also another key component in determining the quality of a sofa. It works in tandem with the frame and the filling. A sturdy frame provides an anchor for good seating support and filling augments it.
At Zest Livings, we use web suspension to make the seating support, in which bands of webbing lie across the seat and back. These are then attached to the frame to make a platform for the cushions. Webbing can be made of either natural or man-made fibers, and if it is used alone it does not make for very strong support. In better-quality sofas, it is used with a tensioner that fastens the webbing securely to the frame.
Now that you have considered the frame and seating support, it is time to look at what kind of filling is used for the cushions.
You should always test the quality of seating support by sitting on a sofa before you buy it. It shouldn't sag, and it should provide good support in the seat and in the back.
At Zest Livings we keep emphasizing on High Density Non-Sag Foam. Have you wondered why?
High density foam is firm and durable. Homeowners might assume that its firmness will equate to the sofa feeling uncomfortable to use, but it’s the opposite.
Remember that the high density allows air to pass through the holes in the foam cells much more effortlessly. As a result, you will get better support when sitting on the couch. If you sit on very soft cushions, you will sink further than needed to maintain a good posture. Your knees will be higher than the cushions, and it will be uncomfortable for extended periods.
Quick Tips for a Quality Sofa Furniture Retailer
Unzip the pillows and check if use proper cotton lining or non-woven paper like fabric is used.
- Press the the top portion of the armrest of the sofa, do u feel a thick foam being used or do you touch the wood directly
- Is there a real support? Ask if the sofa can be repaired and if nothing can be done for servicing then most probably the sellers are just a middle man.
- How long and what is the brand positioning of the company.
- Fabric savings
Sustainable Furniture Means Quality and Durability Over Low-Cost and Replaceable Options. Well-made furniture is a long-term investment that pays off because it doesn’t have to be replaced again and again. If it did, it wouldn’t be sustainable or eco-friendly.