Tips for Buying a Great Sofa

Posted : Tuesday 26th March 2013

The frame should not wobble or creak

The frame and all the corners should be well padded.

Check the sofa from behind, and pat the center to make sure it isn't hollow.

If you are buying a reclining sofa or a sofa bed, all mechanisms should work smoothly.

If the sofa has any metal parts, inspect to see that they are smooth and free of sharp edges.

When you check out the back of your sofa , there should be no bumps or hard spots

Seat cushions should be firm and resilient and fit snugly within the sofa frame

Seats should be comfortable

The arms should not jiggle or move

If there are any buttons, check to see that they are sewn on securely

Just as in well tailored clothing, patterns and stripes should match at the seams

Patterns should be centered, and all seams and welts should run straight

For fire safety reasons, look for the gold UFAC tag, indicating that the sofa manufacturer certifies it is made in accordance with UFAC methods. UFAC, or the Upholstered Furniture Action Council was founded in 1978 and its purpose was to make upholstered furniture more resistant to ignition from smoldering cigarettes.

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