June 9, 2008
What’s the most important piece in the living room? That thing you’ll spend a lot of your time on? Well pop-quiz hotshot, it is the couch. And I am here to guide you how to find one in which will benefit your home. You have to understand a lot about modern furniture more importantly the couch or the sofa. More to point there are a lot to keep in mind on choosing the right one it is not entirely easy as it sounds.
Understanding the Anatomy of a Couch, believe it or not you have to consider these stuff. First off, The Filler: You can’t go wrong with a down-and-feather combo, but high-density foam is also comfy, budget-friendly and long-wearing. Next up The Fabric: If the piece is wrapped in rich leather, thick twill or durable micro suede, you can count on its longevity. Also the Joints: You might not see them, but the joints should be double- or triple-doweled, corner blocked, glued and high-pressure-stapled for support. An important factor is the Frame: Look for a couch built with a kiln-dried hardwood (better because less moisture is left in the wood) such as beach, maple or ash.
Ok now that I have laid out some info about the anatomy of the subject, let me tackle the Sofa basics. Well if you are eager to have a good sofa expect to pay between $700 to $2,000 for a couch, but designer ones can go for over $10,000. Well don’t be surprised that is the way it is, you want some quality you pay a high price. A love seat is an average of 58-60 inches long. And an “apartment-size” couch is somewhere between a love seat and standard three-seater in length. A quality couch should last about 10 years with normal wear and tear. That means you will get to have your money’s worth or sometimes more.
Next in-line is “knowing your style”, as I’ve previously stated, the more class you have on your couch the more money you are likely to spend. Have a budget and give yourself a 10 percent cushion in case you find that you just have to have a certain piece. Think about your lifestyle. A small space requires a smaller couch. Lots of guests require a pull-out. Visualize your dream living space. Want to be traditional? Lush, dark solids create a warm look. Thinking more modern classic? Less fancy leg- or arm-work in neutral colors will stand the test of time. Or is your taste more modern? New fabrics, bright colors or patterns, and retro-modern shapes are hot now.
Of course last course is to Test it. Sit all the way back in the corner of every prospective couch. See how it feels. Your feet should touch the floor, and you shouldn’t sink so far that you need a hand getting out. Stretch out like you do at home to get a sense of how you will fit on the couch. Test the height of the arms and check for ample padding on the arm rests. If the back is finished as well as the front, a good craftsman has been at work. Removable cushions are a plus since you can flip them over if you spill. Well, there you have it some helpful tips for your modern sofa or couch. A guide to help you choose your way to comfort and style, for sure. - Modern Sofa