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10 TIPS FOR BUYING YOUR DREAM SOFA
HIGH POINT, N.C. Ė
With spring just around the corner, have you started your spring cleaning
and noticed that your old sofa is looking a bit tattered and worn? Did it
take a beating during the long winter? A comfortable and cozy new sofa would
not only freshen up your space, but could also give you a bright new outlook
as we put those dreary winter months behind us.
Nowís the perfect
time to shop for a new sofa. Many furniture dealers hold sales at this time
of year, and what a great way to spend a late winter afternoon: browsing
through furniture stores for the sofa of your dreams.
To help ensure
youíre on the right track in searching for your dream sofa, the Upholstered
Furniture Action Council (UFAC) offers the following guidelines:
Color will be the
first element you respond to, so look for colors that express your
personal style. If you donít find the cover youíre looking for on the
frame you like, remember you can frequently special order. Youíll just
have to wait longer for it.
When you find a
style that appeals to you, try it out for comfort. And donít be shy. Sit
on it. Lie down on it. Be sure it fits you and the way you live.
Bounce up and down
on the cushions. Do they feel springy enough for you? Or do you prefer a
firm seat? Make sure it feels right to you.
Wiggle the arms.
Do they hold firm, indicating good workmanship?
Lift the frame.
Does it feel heavy and sturdy?
fabric. Are the seams straight? Does the fabric line up properly? Does it
feel pleasing to the touch?
Check the price.
Quality sofas are available in all price ranges. Decide how much you want
to spend. With so many good choices available today, thereís sure to be a
style you love that will fit your budget.
Measure it. You
donít want the sofa to overwhelm your room, but you also donít want it to
be dwarfed by other pieces.
For fire safety
reasons, look for the gold UFAC tag, indicating that the sofa manufacturer
certifies it is made in accordance with UFAC methods designed to reduce
the likelihood of upholstered furniture fires from smoldring cigarettes.
After youíve done
all your checks, the most important thing is to follow your heart. If you
love it, then itís right for you. And remember to enjoy yourself. Shopping
for furniture can be easy and fun.
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Furniture Action Council, based in High Point, N.C., is a voluntary industry
association organized to conduct research into more cigarette-resistant
Furniture Action Council
Box 2436, High Point, NC 27261.
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