Somethings Missing From Today’s Sofas – the Quality
Would you know a good quality sofa if you saw one? The fact is most people wouldn’t. Unfortunately most consumers do not know what to look for and while it may visually look impressive, they shouldn’t expect the piece to stay that way or hold up very long. The fact is today’s sofa, loveseat, armchair or chaise doesn’t have a chance to be handed down through your family for generations as a result of poor industry wide construction. Rather than choosing couch that will end up on the curb, savvy shoppers need to consider high end heirloom quality living room seating. We are going to learn how we can get real value for our hard earned money along with enjoying the pride of passing on a truly loved and treasured piece of furniture to future generations that’s built from the best materials and high quality construction.
Shoddy Construction is (Unfortunately) the Norm
Most components of sofas and chair construction cannot be seen by the consumer and worse yet contain inferior building materials. These unseen inner workings make a huge difference between pieces of living room furniture that last only a handful of years versus one you can hand down with pride.
Today’s standard is for factory assembly to look and feel sturdy to the average consumer, but these impostors through minimal daily use will quickly begin to loosen up at joints and wobble and weaken, this speeds up failure of poorly built couch frames and they inevitably come apart.
Other common issues are that cushions sag prematurely. This happens for two reasons; low quality polyurethane foam in the cushions and poor quality deck foundations / bases that support the seat cushions. The support decks quickly stretch, tear, and fail to support the seat cushions properly. Additionally annoying squeaks develop from soft weak woods, artificial woods like particle board, cardboard and veneers which are loaded with glue and only add to the problem. The result of all of these shoddy short cuts and low cost substitutions is furniture destined for the trash truck to a landfill.
The Best Wood for Sofa Frames
A good natural couch begins with solid bones, think of the frame of that sofa as its skeletal structure in fact this framework is what supports the rest of its construction and all who sit on it. A sofa needs to be able to support anyone and everyone of all sizes from the petite to people that are considered medically overweight. Our family and friends need to be able to sit, play, and rest on that sofa comfortably and do it for years on end. The core of the sofa “the bones” should be sustainably harvested locally grown hardwood ought to be your first choice so future generations have the same opportunity. Avoid softer woods like pine, plywood, and even particleboard. A very dependable choice for crucial components like feet, legs, and framework is kiln-dried hardwood.
Can You “Sit on it” Potsie?
The fact is most sofas and couches are not built like the used to be and if you knew how it was built you probably wouldn’t want to sit on it, today they are mostly staples rather than actual carpentry. But if you want a construction joint to hold, you just cannot beat the traditional mortise-and-tenon joint. Craftsmen have been using construction like this for 7,000 years. This simple joint has been trusted for its enduring strength by skilled carpenters to blacksmiths and even stonemasons. It’s strong, safe, and extremely reliable.
A high end-quality sofa or arm chair will rely less on cheap staples and more on old-school joinery at each and every key stress point. Add to this recipe for construction a strong, natural non toxic jute webbing and you have a recipe for assembly that will increase the integrity and performance of the frame inside any seating piece you own.
A L’il Dab Of Glue Will Do Ya, Or Will It?
Modern furniture construction uses a whole lot more than a dab of glue these days. The fact is that is vastly over used and relied on because it is speeds up the building process while at the same time cuts costs so they can build it cheap. This sets an industry standard of low quality and short term durability. Their construction relies on high-formaldehyde glues and adhesives and substitute instead of strong mortise-and-tenon joints. These adhesives are also known as one of the biggest sources of chemical off-gassing from furniture—and they’re toxic to our bodies.
Where Savvy Rest requires a need for adhesive, a low-VOC, water-based emulsion is used. These will not endanger your health or the health or your family and friends with off-gassing fumes. These substitute furniture glue options should be certified by Green Guard who is the most well-known independent testing and certifying authority for third party verification. Products like a low-VOC, water-based emulsions that are certified GreenGuard GOLD meet the most restrictive standard for low chemical emissions.
Shop Our High-Quality Natural Sofas Now:
Organic Verona Sofa
Organic Verona Love Seat
Organic Verona Armchair