Do you only check the style and design of the living room sofa when buying one? If you do, then you are missing out on the most important aspect of all — the material. It might be that the design and style is something really nice, but what about the fabric used? Will it last you longer?
Living room sofas are made from different materials. Simply knowing the fabrics used will save you a lot of time in shopping and will give you your money’s worth.
Living room sofas made of natural fibers.
Characteristics of these sofas are their smoothness. Cotton, linen, wool, rayon and silk are classified as natural fibers. They are guaranteed to have more padding. Weather conditions can get them spoiled like too much exposure to the sun and mold can develop during damp weathers. Hence, regular cleaning is a must.
Living room sofas made of synthetic fibers.
Although these are durable and resist stain, they are not convenient to use. Nylon, polyester and olefin belong to this group. Olefin and nylon are susceptible to being damaged by the sun. Pilling occurs if these are used by people on the big side. Coat your windows to prevent these types from losing their color.
Living room sofas made of microfibers.
Because of the above grounds, modern furniture manufacturers have come up with the idea of putting together the luxuriant and resilience of synthetic and natural fibers resulting to microfibers. A mixture of acrylics and wool or polyester and cotton, they are known of not pilling easily. They are soft and are not pricey as well. Microfiber sofas are accessible in different hues.
Living room sofas made of pile fabrics.
Although used often, these types are not easily damaged. They are also easy to maintain as they conceal dust. The cotton velvet, however, is not that durable as they easily wear out and marks and indentations are noticeable. Chenille, boucle and velvet belong to this category. Those made of twill and denim is suggested for daily usage and is more comfortable to use.
Recommended for family use are those that are firmly sewn as they prove to be durable. Cotton, denim or ultra suede with 20% polyester are good choices.
You would also know if a fabric is really durable by its thread count. Those that have a high thread count can assure you of their durability. To know this, take the ends of a few samples and strike it hard. If you see them expand, it is a proof that they are resilient.
Remember as well that the fabric should match the other furniture that you have. Request a few swatches so you can check it at home. This will enable you to evaluate what will suit the rest of your fitment and furnishings.
As I have mentioned above, the material should be first on your list of factors in buying a new sofa for your living room. Being able to choose the right one for your needs will save you on cost. Other factors such as exposure to direct sunlight, pets and kids can also affect your sofas durability. Therefore, it is still a must to take care of them.