When it comes to buying a new sofa make sure you know what you are getting. Many sofas may have the look you want, but if the quality is not there, it isn't going to be worth it in the long run.
Much of what separates a good sofa from the best in a sofa, is happening inside. It's the things you can't see that really affect how well your furniture will hold up to everyday use. You may have heard the terms 8 way hand tied, Kiln dried hardwoods, sinuous springs, or a webbing system.
What does it all mean?
Kiln Dried hardwood: The best frame is made out of kiln-dried hardwood. The process of kiln drying removes all moisture from the wood, enabling it to retain its shape and stability over a long period of time. In a good quality frame, the joints, are glued, dowelled and screwed. The corners are further strengthened by the addition of reinforcing blocks. These things provide extra support to the frame.
Eight way hand tied: The best seating support is the eight-way hand tied
springs system. The craftsman connects each spring to the adjoining one with a
strong twine. The twine passes front to back, side to side and then diagonally in
both directions thus tying each spring securely 8 ways.
Sinuous spring construction. Sinuous springs are “S” shaped and run from the
front of the seat to the back. These springs are supported by additional wires
that cross from side to side.
Webbing system: bands of webbing cross the seat and back. These are then
attached to the frame to make a platform for the cushions. Webbing can be
made of either natural or man-made fibers, and if used alone doesn’t make for
very strong support. However, in better quality sofas, it is used with a tensioner
that fastens the webbing securely to the frame.
The web suspension least preferable of the seating support options.
Don't be afraid to ask the sales person questions about the construction of the furniture lines they carry. You need to know you are getting the best quality for the money you can spend. More information coming about cushion cores and fabric grades in the next day or so