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The Sofa Blog: Top Tips for Choosing the Right Sofa

If your sofa is looking a little sad or you’re in the market for a new couch, then this is the blog for you! In design, a sofa that looks great is always the goal, but it also has to check the boxes of comfortability, support, as well as be comprised of high-quality materials. After all, a sofa is likely to be the biggest investment you make in your living room or family room, so choosing a piece of furniture that will last for decades is ideal. If you need a little sofa guidance, look no further—here are our top tips for choosing a sofa that will last!

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Dimensions

Dimensions are crucial for comfort and support. Low couches offer little back support, so we suggest 36 to 38 inches high. Depth is similar—too short and you’re sliding off the edge. Look for a depth of at least 36 inches, and if you want a sofa with extra comfort, then 42 inches is ideal and an excellent size for family rooms!

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Comfort

Comfort is key to a well-loved sofa. Start by choosing loose backed cushions rather than a fixed back. Unless your sofa is in a more formal setting and won’t be used much, loose backed cushions are going to provide more comfort. As far as the interior goes, we like something that has a foam and spring core wrapped in down. It’s comfortable, offers excellent support, and still has that loftiness. For exterior durability and great design, we love a couch that’s covered in a linen blend fabric.

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Quality

The way a sofa is made determines the quality. When choosing a couch to last for years to come, look for Benchmade and 8-way hand-tied. Benchmade means it’s going to be custom pieces made to order—the term comes being created on a carpenters bench rather than factory-made. 8-way hand-tied refers to the spring foundation of the couch. While every sofa has springs, this means the way they’re tied together is done in every direction possible, making it comfortable and highly durable. Because it’s a labor-intensive way to create a couch, it does kick up the cost, but it also means you won’t need to repurchase a sofa for decades.

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Finally, once you find the right sofa for your space, remember to rotate those cushions! Doing so will extend the life of your couch. We hope this gives you a great starting point for choosing the right sofa. Thanks for reading!