Furniture shopping should be fun. What's more exciting than putting together a new look for the place you call home? Many people find it overwhelming. Here are a few bits of information to help keep the stress out of shopping. With a bit of knowledge, you'll be happier with your purchase.
One of the most important things when looking at furniture or mattresses to really get involved. You can't try a mattress by pushing your hand on it. You can't get a feel for a sofa just by looking at it. Much of what makes a quality sofa better than others is hidden from view unless you know what to look for.
Check the Cushions: The corners should be well defined. Seams should be hidden when not a part of the design. Whether firm or soft, they should look full. With the exception of leather and reclining, you should ALWAYS look for double sided cushions. They will be much more durable and it is a sign of better craftsmanship.
Look Under the Cushions: This can tell you a lot. Springs should be protected so they won't rub cushions. Look for loose screws, insufficient padding and support. This is a less finished part of the furniture so it shouldn't be as well tailored as the outside but quality manufacturers will spend a lot more time here than cheaper companies.
Check the Details: Look closely for quality. Nail head trip should be straight. Check to see if the nails are actually metal or plastic. If details continue to the back of the furniture, you can be sure the company doesn't skimp where it counts.
|When a manufacturer makes the backs of their furniture as beautiful as the front, you can be sure they are putting in the time, effort, and money on the parts you don't see. Made by Bernhardt|
Consider Leather: Leather can be a good choice for many people. It's durable, versatile, and is easy to care for. There are a few things you need to know before shopping.
- Top Grain: This part of the hide is, as the name suggests, the top most layer. It is the most durable. Other layers are called splits and are not as comfortable or durable. Since they are still 100% leather, you need to check to make sure you are looking at top grain not just genuine leather.
- Aniline: These leathers are soaked in aniline dye but no other colorings are used. These types will have a much richer grain.
- Semi-Aniline: Aniline dyed with a slight coating to help prevent fading or staining. These are still very nice but won't have as luxurious of a feel as full aniline. It is a trade off between durability and comfort.
- Pigmented Leathers: These are fully coated and typically made from lesser quality hides. These are very durable but tend to be much stiffer.
- Finish: Leather is natural product so there will be "imperfections". Many people consider these to be a part of the natural beauty of leather. Aniline leather will develop a patina with age and use.
- Placement: Leather should not be placed too close to heat sources as it can dry the leather out.
- Companies with beautiful leather: Leathercraft, Norwalk, Bernhardt, Lexington.
|This sofa has developed a wonderful patina after years of use.|