Types of Sofas1

  • Camelback
  • English roll arm
  • Knole
  • Empire
  • Lawson
  • Cabriole
  • Tuxedo
  • Mid-century modern
  • Chesterfield

Sofa Frame Types

  • Oak
  • Alder
  • Birch
  • Maple
  • Hardwood plywood
  • Marine plywood


Spring Types

  • Sinuous S-shaped springs
  • Drop-in coil springs
  • Web suspension
  • Eight-way, hand-tied springs

Sofa Fillings

  • Foam
  • Fibre
  • Feather

What to Look For

  • A couch with a sturdy frame such as oak, alder, etc.2
  • Couches with sinuous S-shaped and eight-way, hand-tied springs (hardy)
  • Dense couch cushion foams (last longer, offer more support)
  • Double doweled sofas, fitted with glued and screwed corner blocks (not stapled)
  • Select neutral fabric colors to stay in fashion long after purchase
  • Choose a tightly woven synthetic fabric for a durable, cleanable fabric

1 http://bodminmagazine.com/home-decor-ideas-trends-and-inspirations/the-ultimate-sofa-styles-guide/

2 http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/11734542/list/things-you-need-to-know-about-buying-a-sofa


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