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#BuyersGuide: Why is my sofa so expensive?

Today’s furniture buying experience is much like buying a new car. You may want to find the best deal on a car regardless the brand, or you know you want the top of the line, so you expect to spend more money. We all know that the top of the line vehicle is going to have the best construction, highest safety ratings, and longer warranty. However, we seemed to be blinded by furniture quality.  That being said, all furniture is not made equally. The sofa you find at Target for $399 is not going to be the same quality as the sofa at a fine furniture store for $3000. There is a reason why a sofa is priced so high, and we would like to explain and justify that difference today.

It all starts with the frame:

1. A top of the line sofa starts with a solid hard wood like walnut, maple, or oak. Then, the wood is Kiln dried, which eliminates all of the excess moisture in the wood, resulting in a strong product that will not bow or bend over time.

2. That wood is then doubled doweled and glued to each other to create stability and a structurally sound product. In some cases, the wood is cut to interlock with each other, then it is glued together. Corner blocks are triple reinforced with staples, glue and screws to create strong joints that will not loosen over time.

3. There are several different types of spring units that could be added to a frame, but an 8-way hand tied spring system is by far the strongest, most resilient type of support. High gauge spring coil units are dropped into the frame, then hand tied with twine 8 different directions to themselves and to the frame. This creates a unit that distributes weight evenly and keeps the coils from shifting, which eliminates sagging in the frame.

4. The next step in creating a strong piece of furniture includes the added foam for frame protection and comfort. In a high quality frame, there is a strong molded foam lining the edges of the piece to create a sharp look and reduce the risk of the foam breaking down. Then layers of polyester foam will wrap around the frame. Your fabric is then backed and added to the top layer.

Most high end manufactures will have a variety of cushions to choose based on comfort and quality. In brands like Wesley Hall and Taylor King, a high end cushion consists of a molded polyester foam, encased spring coils, memory foam, and/or blend down fill. All of these options have been carefully thought out to make sure the lifetime of your cushion outlasts the competitors. Not only can you customize your cushions, but you have the choice of hundreds of different high end fabrics to fit your personal style and lifestyle.

These are just a few of the reasons why a sofa can be so expensive. But, we believe that investing on an heirloom quality piece will pay for itself in the long run. When buying a sofa based on the price, you may find yourself replacing the sofa every couple of years due to its quality.

So, the next time you are in the store and have a little sticker shock, ask your salesperson to explain to you the quality difference and you will understand why we take pride in well thought out pieces that will last a lifetime.

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