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Buying a Sofa

Grad Design Guide: Advice on Buying Your First Sofa

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Investing in your first sofa? Designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of Alexandria has a few tips to keep in mind:

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Choose a sofa that has great overall frame construction. Elements include:

-- Hardwood frame.

-- Blocked corners: wood reinforcements placed during assembly.

-- Double-doweled joints: Pieces are joined with wood pegs, which expand, as opposed to only being screwed together, which causes the wood to split over time.

-- Eight-way-tied spring support: Coils are tied from front to back, side to side and diagonally.

Buy the best cushion fill you can afford. The ideal is a seat made of spring down (springs wrapped in foam and goose down) with a back cushion filled with 100 percent down. Foam cushions always lose their shape, and since the sofa is likely to be a bed for guests, you'll want it to stay comfortable.

The style of a sofa should be timeless, with a slim profile in the arms. The days of oversize sofa arms are gone. A straight arm will transition through many phases of life.


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