When shopping for your new sofa, make sure the piece is fortified with wooden dowels, double wooden dowels, wooden corner blocks, or metal screws with brackets at the joints. In cheaper models, sofas are held together by staples or nails, known to bend and break over time. Sofas pieced together with glue are also known for their tendency to wear over time and use. Steer clear of legs that are held to the sofa frame with glue, and instead search for products with legs held on by dowels or screws.
The springs embedded in your sofa provide a much-needed support for your seat. However, low-quality springs are problematic as a sofa ages. They can press on the frame or snag over time if the proper metal isn’t used.
Higher-quality sofas are fitted with more expensive springs that are much more comfortable than springs made of lighter metals. Be sure to feel for the springs through the sofa’s upholstery. Springs should be closely placed, and difficult to crush. They should not be squeaky or creaky, as that indicates they are interfering with the frame.
High Quality Filling
Two good filling options that are comfortable and reasonably priced are high-resilient foam paired with a layer of down, or conventional foam wrapped in polyester batting. On the higher end of the filling spectrum is goose down mixed with feathers, which is about as comfortable as they come. Down-polyfiber blends are cheaper, but flatten and warp quickly. We recommend the use of HR foam, because it is more durable and entirely comfortable.