How to Buy the Most Comfortable Sectional Sofa


One thing I have learned is that there is more to buying furniture than just going to a store and picking out that which is most aesthetically pleasing to the eye and the cheapest, especially if you have children. Children like to rough house and jump on chairs and sofas and these activities can shorten the lifespan of any piece of furniture. In this article, I am going to offer some pointers on how to go through this buying process.

The frame is definitely the first thing to look at. Frames that are made of plastics, particle board and materials that are used for wood paneling have too much tensile cohesion and can warp and bend and if they get wet will eventually rot. Again, the problem of children jumping up and down on sofas weakens the materials and the frame can break and eventually split or break. This can lead to injuries to the children and the whole sectional would have to be replaced.

The next thing to look at is the joiners that are being used to hold the key components together. The joiners available are nuts and bolts, wooden dowels, double dowels and screws fastened to metal plates and wooden corner brackets. Nuts and bolts will offer the most stability and the sofa is less likely to fall apart. Wooden dowels are the weakest way to join the various pieces of the sectional together because there is typically nothing else joining the dowels to the two holes except for maybe some glue.

Double wooden dowels are a little better, but again, because glue is the other material holding the pieces together, even with this material, eventually the glue will dry up to the point where it rots, becomes necrotic and the dowels will split and fall away from the different components. Wooden corner brackets are actually parts of the different components, so attaching one part to the other is very easy and because they are part of the construction, falling apart, splitting and separating is not an issue.

The wires and springs need to be checked as well. If you sit down and you hear creaking, squeaking or metal rubbing on metal, the construction is of poor quality. If you don’t feel ANY springs, chances are there are no wires or springs at all and should be avoided. Springs need to be tight and firm. If they are not, move onto the next product.

The cushion fill is the next thing to feel and look at. If it is lump, clumpy or just plain uncomfortable, that tells me that eventually the fill would fail and the sectional would be very uncomfortable to sit on.

Finally, the materials for the sectionals’ covering are a real consideration, especially, if children are going to be using it. I know after having raised five children that they can very rough on furnishings. They rough house and have snacks and staining can be a real issue. Cotton, although a very soft and comfortable material can eventually break down and snags can occur. You may have to have the cushions and the frame reupholstered and that can be very expensive. I recommend you have the upholstery Scotch Guarded to improve the stain resistance.

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