5. What is important when deciding on the upholstery of a sofa?
Sofas are heavily used furniture and should therefore be provided with covers that can withstand the expected level of use. Whether made of natural fibres or synthetic fibres, sofa covers are available in an infinite number of colours, but what matters in the end is resilience. The surface durability of a sofa cover is specified in so-called abrasion cycles. Here, the higher the abrasion cycles a cover withstands, the more durable the sofa cover. If a sofa is used privately and only occasionally, a value of 10,000 abrasion cycles is sufficient, heavily used family sofas should have a value of 15,000 tours, whereas in public areas such as cafés, for example, upholstered furniture should have 20,000 abrasion cycles. Light and colour fastness and the respective care instructions are also important for the sofa covers, in some cases the light-fastness value is also specified exactly: 8 being the best value. Leather covers are particularly popular and natural leather has a particularly pleasant feel. So-called aniline leathers are dyed exclusively with soluble dyes and are breathable, since they have no covering with a top or pigment coating, in contrast covered leather has closed pores, is cheaper, but there is no temperature compensation.
6. How is a high quality sofa constructed?
The first impression when sitting down is important when buying a sofa. With well-upholstered furniture, the cover does not slip, secondly, the upholstery resists and there are no hollows. Even if a heavy person sits on the sofa, all seams should hold and the upholstery should stay in shape. However, the interior of an upholstered piece of furniture is also absolutely crucial. High-quality sofas are made with a spring base made of taut wave springs or elastic belts. The frames are ideally made of solid wood and are matched to the respective suspension. There are various options for the seats: They either consist of a foamed-in spring core, a multi-layer cold foam cushion or moulded foam. The quality of the foam depends on the weight. A dimensionally stable seat foam should be as dense as possible and therefore heavy. Accordingly, sofas with a high-quality solid wood frame and excellent upholstery are middle to heavyweights.
7. How should I care for my sofa?
Depending on the covers, a sofa may require special care. Specific information is provided by the respective manufacturer; however in general one can say that covered, smooth leather is less susceptible to dirt than rough leather and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. When it comes to the covers, synthetic fibres generally outperform natural fibres in terms of durability and maintenance. The easiest to clean sofas are those that have removable covers which can be machine washed.