Published at Thursday, April 11th 2019. by Rachele Dello Russo in Sette Sofas.
Hi, homeowners! When you invest in a sofa, it’s essential to make the purchase that will last for years. A durable couch will withstand hundreds of thousands of movie nights, dinner parties, and nights in with pets and kids. Not all sofas made to last, so you need to make sure you’re selecting a new sofa that is the most durable.
A durable sofa will look great even with regular use. When you settle for a less-expensive sofa, you’ll need to replace it every three years or so. Calculate the cost of a new furniture every three years, and compare it to the value of one high-quality, durable sofa every 20 years (or even less frequently!). It’s easy to see why it’s worth it to invest in something permanent the first time around.
But how do you make sure you’re buying a durable sofa and not just an expensive couch? There are four main factors to look for; Fabric, Frame, Filling, and Finish Work. If you ensure each of those aspects of your sofa are well-made and durable, you’ll have a furniture piece that will enjoy for generations.
Follow this guide to discover what makes the most durable sofa.
The longevity of your sofa hinges on the fabric you choose. If you have pets, kids, or want to enjoy your movie nights to the fullest, you need a couch that can stand the test of life. Durable fabrics will keep your furniture from needing to be replaced every few years, or at least make it easy to clean.
There are three things to consider when you’re looking for durable fabric:
Fabric content or material
First, weaving cloth. The tighter the woven fabric, the more durable. Loosely woven fabrics are more likely to snag and get holes. Thick textures tend to make dirt, dust, and liquid does not penetrate and damage your fabric and sofa.
The material of the fabric is also going to make a big difference in durability. You have a lot of options, including:
Cotton and linen can be very durable, but make sure the weave is tight. But it is easy to clean and can be-be treated to be stain-resistant. Wool is similarly durable and wears well over time.
Velvet is reliable, but not as durable against stains or scratches.
Synthetic microfiber is the most durable furniture fabric available in today’s market.
The durability of the fabric is related to its ultra-fine fibers, which are tightly woven and create an active layer of protection.
Leather is a great durable option, though it is more expensive. Very stain resistant and develops a patina over time, which creates a beautiful old look. The skin is resistant to friction and scratches from pets. Also, it is easy to remove stains because the surface is not porous.
Some colors are naturally more durable and will hide wear and tear. A white or light-colored sofa is likely going to look worn down after a few years, no matter how careful you are. A dark or patterned sofa or sectional will hide stains and wear, which can be a significant benefit. Though one risk with a dark color, is if you have a lot of sunshine in your home, make sure the color and fabric material will not get faded by the sun over time.
The most durable frame is composed of 100% hardwood, especially kiln-dried. This type of wood, including oak, ash, and beech, will be sturdy for many years. Softwoods, like pine, will begin to warp over the years, which is why they are cheaper. And always avoid frames made of particle board, plastic, or metal, as they may crack.
The joint construction also contributes to frame durability. Frames held together solely with nails, staples, or glue will not hold up to years of use. Instead, look for structures made of wooden dowels, metal screws, or brackets, plus corner blocks. Nails or staples are useful for additional reinforcement, but never buy a sofa that is put together only with staples, nails, or glue.
As a frame strength test, lift one front corner of the sofa seven inches from the floor. Lift the front leg, if it touches the base, the frame is not strong enough and gives too much.
Sofas have a variety of cushion filling options, some of which are more durable than others.
One hundred percent of the pillow, which is filled down, is very soft and very luxurious but requires more pat for treatment. They also don't offer much support.
Most inexpensive sofa cushions on the market these days are made entirely of foam - but the quality of that foam varies greatly. High-density foam provides a firm cushion Low-density foam is less firm, but usually degrades much faster. Neither types of foam will last more than around ten years.
The best durable option is a combination of high-resilient (HR) foam, with a layer of down. Very comfortable, low maintenance, and durable. Another consideration is eco-friendly furniture, using fillings like natural latex and wool that are very durable over time.
You can have a high frame, durable filling, and resilient fabric, but your sofa can still look shabby if it has shoddy finish work: stitching, finishing wood or stains, and painting.
A high-quality sofa made by professional craftsmen shouldn’t have any issues with the finished work and should look perfect from top-bottom. When you’re purchasing a new sofa, make sure every element looks well-made and durable.
You may want to look for a water-resistant wood finish, to make sure that wet glasses or spills won't warp wood arms or back.
Why Purchase Durable?
A durable sofa is an investment you can enjoy for many years. Choose a classic design and style, and you’ll be able to take your sofa from apartment to house and beyond. Consider how many years of memories your sofa could see when you invest in something well-made and built to last.
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