The Rules to Picking the most Comfortable Sofa

Posted April 30th, 2021

The sofa is the centerpiece of most living rooms. And let's be honest, it's where most of us spend a good deal of time, but what is the most important thing when picking a sofa? Quality will make your new sofa last, and color and style will make it pop, but comfort matters the most on a day-to-day basis.

You should enjoy spending time on your sofa. It’s a space where you can lounge, relax, catch up on your favorite TV show or talk with your loved ones.

Here’s how you can pick the most comfortable sofa.

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Pay attention to the seats, arms and back pillows

The seat depth should allow your feet to touch the floor. A 21" seat is standard, but taller people might prefer a 25" seat depth

The height of the back pillow will determine how supportive the couch feels. Back pillows typically measure between 26" and 32", and features like headrests can make for a more comfortable sofa.

Consider the angle of the back pillows. A sofa with a straight back will feel more supportive but isn’t ideal for snuggling. A sofa with angled back pillows can feel cozier but offers less posture support.

Avoid couches with thin arms and look for arms that are built into the frame rather than added to the sides. Arms with a low profile and plenty of padding are great for napping!

Check the springs and cushion filling

The springs of a sofa are important for comfort:

• Sinuous springs or S-shaped springs are common, affordable and comfortable.
• Hand-tied springs tend to cost more, but they feel comfier.
• Additional web suspension systems can add support in the form of bands of webbing across the back of the sofa.

The material used to fill the couch cushions can determine how soft and supportive the furniture feels. Some materials are more durable than others and help sofas remain comfortable over the years.

High-density foam creates a strong and comfortable sofa. You might want to opt for down or feathers for a softer fill. Poly fiber and latex are additional options to consider if you’re looking for materials that will retain their bounce over the years.

Make sure the cushions have the right amount of filling and pay attention to the way they fit into the frame of the sofa. You can usually tell how comfortable a couch is going to feel by putting pressure on a seat cushion to see how quickly it regains its shape.

For durable comfort, look for a couch with diamond tufting on the back like this stylish C.R. Laine sofa. It is a feature that prevents filling from sagging over time.

Choose the right upholstery material

Upholstery that feels soft to the touch will make your sofa more inviting. Dense fabrics like velvet or chenille are classic choices, but a wool blend can be tougher. Linen can deliver the soft feel you are looking for, while materials like leather and microfiber remain easier to clean.

Regina Andrews is a couch manufacturer with interesting options for durable upholstery materials, including this velvet boudoir sofa or a more traditional leather Chesterfield sofa.

Picking a comfortable sofa is a matter of personal preference. Visit Queen City Home Store to browse couches in person and try them out to find your perfect fit.

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