Picking the perfect sofa



Purchasing furniture for your home, especially a sofa that gets used every day, can be intimidating. To get the coziest, best quality purchase for your budget:

  • Check that the sofa is made from a hardwood frame. Upholstered furniture must have a quality inner frame to last for years without warping, twisting or creaking.

  • Ask about the joinery and avoid pieces that are assembled using staples, nails or glue. Instead, look for wooden dowels and wooden corner blocks, or metal screws and brackets.

  • Check the depth of the seat, as it should be comfortable for the primary users. Make sure your back is supported.

  • Feel for the springs between the cushions. They should be closely spaced and firm.

  • Measure the couch and your doorways.

  • Consider performance fabric on pieces that have activity from kids or pets, as it is more durable and easier to clean.

A sofa is likely one of your most expensive furniture purchases, so it’s worth it to spend more for a superior piece. A good quality sofa will last for years while giving you the comfort you want, for everything from afternoon naps to movie nights.



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Heather Van Eyk is a mother of two and principal designer at NW Design House & owner of Budget Blinds located next to Starbucks in North Albany.