Tips for Shopping for a Quality Sofa

Know What to Look for When You Buy a Sofa

A sofa is likely one of the ten biggest purchases you will make in your life. In addition, you will likely only buy a handful of them during that same span. So doesn’t it make sense that you would want to get the best quality possible for your dollar? It seems a lot of people do not know how to shop for a quality sofa, or they simply think that you get what you pay for. That is not always true, and if you know what to look for in quality you will know what is worth your hard earned dollars and certainly what is not.


When shopping for a quality sofa, there is one thing you should check before you even get into a quality check. As you approach a floor model that looks good to you, before you do anything else, make sure it will fit in your home. That doesn’t necessarily have to do with the quality of the sofa, but it will influence whether or not you are wasting your time looking at it. Measure your room, measure your space, and then check the measurements on the sofa before you do anything else.

The Sofa Frame

Once you know the sofa will fit, it is time to decide if it is a well made sofa. The most important factor is going to be the frame. The frame is the wooden “skeleton” of the sofa. You want to first make sure that it is made of a hardwood. Oak and alder are common frame woods and are both fine. This should probably even be the first question you ask to a sales person when you are shopping for a quality sofa: what is the frame made of? Once you confirm that the frame is made from a hardwood, find out if it is kiln dried. A quality sofa should have a kiln dried hardwood frame. The drying keeps the wood from warping or cracking during seasonal changes as well as changes in the humidity.

In addition, the wood should be thick and heavy. To check this yourself, you can reach under the front of most sofas and feel the front of the frame. Make sure that this area is at least 1” thick, but preferably about 1-1/4” thick. If everything checks out, then you have found a quality sofa frame.

The Spring System

A Comfortable Sofa For Your Home!

A Comfortable Sofa For Your Home!

By Mike Yeager

A soft, plush sofa can be so inviting...even if you're visiting in someone else's home. Sofas can really make a home comfortable and relaxing. Sofas come in a variety of styles such as sectional sofas, leather sofas and sleeper sofas. One of the first things both you and your guests will notice, each time they come into your home, is how comfortable and relaxing the furniture looks. Well chosen sofas will help to give your home furnishings the elegance and style you want.

Sofas are generally referred to as stuffed, padded, and spring-cushioned furniture. Sofas are also defined by the decorative materials and fabrics that cover them. The first furniture upholstery was probably leather, stretched on without padding. Italian Renaissance chairs were cushioned with leather, velvet, or embroidery; the French made ornate chairs covered with tapestries and embroideries; England developed upholstery in Elizabethan and Jacobean reigns. The use of springs is comparatively modern. Hair, fiber, flock, foam rubber, down, and kapok are used for padding in modern upholstery, and woven fabrics, plastics, leather, and synthetic leather serve as coverings.

There are thousands and thousands of sofas, sectional sofas and other home furnishings to choose from over the internet. Choose from only the best sofas representatives who offer quality, elegance, quick delivery to your home and, of course, great prices!

Tips for Shopping for a Quality Recliner

Shopping for furniture is not exactly routine. Aside from a home, there are few things you buy with less frequency. When you add in the factor of moving parts, shopping for reclining furniture can be that much more intimidating. Your best bet is to know a little bit about reclining furniture going into the process. To help you go onto that furniture show-floor properly prepared, here are some tips for shopping for a quality recliner.

1) Look for a Quality Frame

Whether you are buying a recliner, a reclining sofa, or a simple loveseat with no reclining mechanism, the quality of the piece of furniture starts with a quality frame. In furniture, the frame is the skeleton, and you want one that is strong and supportive.

Start by talking to the sales person. Ask what the frame is made of. What you should be looking, or listening for in this case, is a hardwood. Alder is a common hardwood frame, but Oak or even any of several Asian hardwoods (parawood or rubberwood for example) will work.

Next, ask to make sure that the wood is kiln dried. This is especially important with imported pieces of furniture. Many a retailer can tell stories of Brazilian or Asian furniture pieces cracking in the warehouse because the wood dries after coming from humid weather.

Also, ask about the frame warranty. Many manufacturers will offer lifetime warranty on the frame and most will offer at least 10 years.

Finally, reach under the front of the recliner you are looking at. Grab the front piece of the frame to get an idea of how thick it is. Anything over an inch is fantastic, but just remember that the thicker it is the stronger it is.

2) Test the Mechanism

If you are looking at recliners or any other type of reclining furniture, the mechanism is of the highest importance. As the part of the furniture that is going to move, it will also get the most wear. Test it out. Recline it and close it several times. Additionally, ask to see what it looks like. The sales person should be able to tilt the piece back and let you see the way it is fastened to the frame of the recliner.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Modern Sofa - A Simple Guide To Buying The Right Sofa For Your Home

Friday, December 18 2009 @ 07:51 AM Central Standard Time
Did you ever find yourself drooling over some of the home designs you see on the Web or home improvement magazines. Most of us who want to have it in our homes tend to get scared to try because of the potential cost of the project. In truth, you don’t need to dish out thousands of dollars just to give your home a makeover -- all you need is a few improvements here and there, as well as the right modern sofa to give off the right touch.

There are two things you need to consider when buying a modern sofa for your home -- comfort and looks. That's right; a successful home improvement project can turn your home into an epitome of luxurious comfort -- a design that takes your breath away with its elegance and, of course, making sure that you get the utmost comfort when you're in it. Shall we get started in finding the right sofa? Here are some ideas to help you out.

Designer Concepts

In most cases, it is possible to see a heavy price tag attached to modern sofa that is of a designer caliber. Despite the fact that they are expensive, the cost of buying one is more affordable compared to tearing down your living room or bedroom just to integrate the style you want it to have.

One of the most important details in finding a modern sofa with the right design is to pick a specific theme. You don’t want to end up with a sofa that clash horribly with the style of your home or with the rest of the items in it. For example, if you have a modern theme to your living room, then you better stick to finding the same design in a sofa to avoid a slapdash look.

Comfort Zone

Now that you have a good idea on how to pick a design of modern sofa for your home, the next step is to include comfort into the equation. First, the sofa must give you the paramount comfort when you're sitting or sleeping on it. Second, the sofa must "look" comfortable to the eye -- both to the household and to guests. And lastly, the sofa must be comfortable to the sense that you won't get worn out just to give it a good clean.

Such is the case; you need to delve into the following details when choosing a modern sofa for its comfort. 1) size and style of the sofa, 2) color and design of the sofa, and 3) the material used on the sofa to fit with your cleaning habits.

William W. Teho, Jr.
Modern Sofa

Friday, 20 November 2009

How to Maintain and Take Care of Your Leather Modern Sofa

Wednesday, November 18 2009 @ 06:32 AM Central Standard Time
One of the most durable upholstery for modern sofa is leather. You can expect a leather sofa to last longer than fabrics and to be more resistant to stains and damage. Yet while they are certainly able to last longer than other types of upholstery, they are not completely resistant to wear and tear. As a leather sofa owner, you should, however, ensure that the furniture. Here are some tips to help you.

1. Leather modern sofas are prone to cracks and fades from heat exposure. To avoid this, make sure you place the furniture far from the fireplace or any the window, where it will be exposed directly to sunlight.

2. To keep the leather modern sofa clean, don’t forget to vacuum it every two weeks. If dirt has accumulated, you can use a damp, soft cloth to wipe the surface. You must don’t forget, though, to test the leather first to make sure that it won’t absorb the water by slightly damping the surface. If the sofa absorbs water, use a soft, dry cloth instead.

3. You must not forget to blot out spill immediately after it happens. Waiting for it to dry can damage the quality of the leather. Do this by using a dry cloth and allowing the sofa to air-dray. Never wipe the spill otherwise you’ll spread the moisture all over.

4. When cleaning the sofa generally, use slightly damp, soft cloth free of any cleaning detergent or soap. These products oftentimes contain chemicals that do more harm than good to the leather. If in case a stain remains for a longer period, take the sofa to a leather specialist and have it cleaned. Never try to clean persistent stains yourself especially if you’re not experienced enough for the job.

5. Since leather can be tremendously vulnerable to scratches, avoid using any sharp objects while sitting on or walking around it. Fortunately, you can easily erase light scratches by gently rubbing the surface with your clean fingers.

6. Purchase some quality leather conditioner and remember to use it only twice each year.

7. Before buying the leather modern sofa, make sure it is accompanied by warranty. You also have the option to purchase some sort of protection plan for the furniture in order to insure its long life.

Mark Michael Ferrer
Modern Sofa

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Bedding trends to fight insomnia

Manufacturers are developing new ways to combat insomnia, including some technologies introduced at this fall's Las Vegas Furniture Market and High Point Market, two of the country's largest trade shows.

The hottest trends:

• Anti-sweat mattresses use new 3D fabrics that circulate air so you sleep cooler. Dormia and Hollandia International's versions are priced in the $1,500-$2,800 range for queen size.

• Homeopathic mattresses impregnated with essential oils like lavender, chamomile, rose and calendula have long been popular in Europe; now it's our turn. The scents are natural relaxants, and some even have anti-bacterial properties. Nanotechnology infuses millions of lavender microcapsules into the mattress' cover; when you lie down, some of the capsules break, releasing the fragrance. Magniflex's Lavender Comfort queen is $1,899.

• Organic bedding can help people with allergies and those susceptible to chemicals emitted by synthetic materials. Eco-friendly wool, cotton, solid wood and natural rubber latex is produced by companies like Northern California's OMI, which was co-founded by author Walter Bader, who suffers from chemical sensitivity himself. Their OrganicPedic Sierra is $1,995, while Ecomfort's plant-based foam mattress and Aireloom's certified organic cotton version are in the $1,000 to $3,000 range, depending on size.

If you've tossed all night because you were hot, restless or uncomfortable, read on.
• Lightweight futons are also new, replacing the bulky traditional standby. Futons are finding favor with those unwilling to spend on pricey, space-gobbling sofa beds. The new versions use refined foam engineering to make a plush, versatile, durable sleep surface.

According to Michael Nermon, vice president of the Specialty Sleep Association, other trends include customized mattresses with one firm side and one soft one. Advancements in the American bedding industry in recent years mean consumers can shop for more domestic products, too.

And personal technology demands have led manufacturers to design command central beds, complete with iPod docking stations and TVs. Just remember, multitaskers: Use that command post as a comfy “office” during the day, but turn it all off at night. Experts say you need to calm your brain with a book, quiet conversation or solitary reverie to get a good sleep.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Slip a sofa into something comfortable

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lesley Pennington figured she was typical of many people when she bought an inexpensive Ikea sofa, even though the slipcover was less than charming.

Coming from the computer industry, where there are "feeder" companies that supply parts and accessories for products, she wondered who was making slipcovers for Ikea's sofas.

It wasn't long before it was Pennington. In 2005, the Canadian-born former Apple software evangelist started Bemz, an online source for made-to-order slipcovers for Ikea sofas and chairs.

Now living in Sweden, she supervises a team of designers and the printing of textiles that arrive from all over the world. Each slipcover is then sewn to order in Lithuania.

Bemz recently joined with Finnish fabrics company Marimekko to offer 11 patterns in addition to its three cotton lines and a Belgian blended cotton and linen line. Prices start at $95 for a plain white cotton cover for Ikea's popular two-seater Klippan sofa and run to $500 for a Marimekko or cotton linen blend cover for a three-seat sofa.

The covers are made for about 80 models, even some that have been discontinued and new models are added all the time, Pennington said. To avoid spending extra, customers who plan to order a Bemz slipcover can elect to order their Ikea sofa without its slipcover.

Six Tips for Buying the Right Leather Furniture for You

There's nothing like the feeling of sinking into a plush leather sofa or kicking up your feet on a leather recliner. Once you experience the rich color and luxurious texture of real leather furniture, it's tough to go back to anything else.

And with good reason: Leather is the strongest upholstery material known to man, and its natural strength makes it much more difficult to tear, puncture, burn or melt than fabrics or vinyls. Leather also constantly adjusts to its environment, so it won't become hot and sticky in the summer or cold in the winter. This natural product also breathes and ventilates, wicking away body heat, and ages gracefully.

But before you start planning on giving your home the posh, natural look of leather, think carefully as you select your furniture. Whether you're dreaming of a sectional grouping or just a chair, leather furniture is an investment that requires you to give it the proper treatment it deserves.

So before you splurge, consider these basic tips.

1. Think Second Best

When you're shopping for leather furniture, it's easy to think that the highest-grade, most expensive leather equates to the best option. But this rule isn't accurate. For many consumers, the middle grade is the option of choice, as it can better withstand normal wear and tear while looking attractive.

2. Don't Expect Perfection

Oh, those scars, those veins, those stretch marks! Just like humans aren't all airbrushed perfection, neither are the cows used for leather furniture. But these characteristics aren't flaws, but rather are the qualities that give leather furniture its distinctive, natural appeal. If you look very closely, there's a slight chance you might even spot a brand, which is usually hidden in an out-of-the-way place.

3. Order Big

hose characteristics and differences in texture can be an issue if you're planning on purchasing more than one piece. Since leather is a natural product, it's difficult to predict whether your furniture's color and texture will match perfectly if you order several items over a longer period of time instead of all at once. This is especially important to consider with sectional pieces or matching ottomans. It can be a little easier on the pocketbook to build your leather furniture collection one piece at a time, but understand that this method might affect the overall look of a room.

4. Avoid Cat Scratch Fever

If there's anyone who should think carefully about their decision to purchase leather furniture, it should be pet owners. Pets do a number on leather furniture with their claws, so keep this in mind when deciding where your furniture will be safest in your home. Warranties on leather furniture don't cover animal damage, either. And manufacturers actually do extensive testing on materials, so forget about pulling one over on them by passing off Fluffy's scratches as a mysterious defect.

5. Sun Protection is a Factor

Just like you, leather furniture doesn't age well if it's exposed to the sun. So while you're mentally arranging a room around that leather sofa, look at whether it will be soaking up direct sunlight for extended periods. If so, search for alternate places to put it before you even bring it home, or consider another type of furniture.

6. Maintenance Matters

As you look at different leather options, imagine how much time you ideally want to spend on upkeep. Most varieties on the market only require frequent light dusting and the occasional wiping with a warm and slightly damp clean cloth. Take note if you find nubuck appealing, however: This higher-grade variety requires you to use a suede brush.

Now that you're enlightened about nature's most beautiful material, get ready to live the leather lifestyle. With these simple tips, you'll be lounging on luxurious, long-lasting leather in no time.