A sofa is one of the main and expensive interior items in every home. This is a multifunctional furniture, which daily has a serious load. Choosing a quality, beautiful and practical sofa is not an easy task. After all, it is necessary to evaluate not only its appearance and dimensions, which should harmoniously complement the interior and comply with the parameters of the room, but also the functional characteristics and reliability of the design.
From the history
At the beginning of the XX century in Europe, the staff of the furniture company "Abramson" was the position of "sunbed". The duties of this employee included lying on the sofas, determining the level of their comfort, testing their softness and other performance characteristics, finding flaws in the design. Such work was paid no less than the work of other workers.
This is the base of the sofa. The life of the material depends on the material it is made of. The metal frame is reliable and very durable. Most often, it is used to make high-tech sofas. No less reliable is furniture with a frame made of natural wood (oak, beech, mahogany, etc.). But such designs are not cheap. Chipboards are much more affordable - they hold their shape well and are completely safe. But in order for the sofa to last longer, you need to choose a model with a frame only from that chipboard, which is covered with a protective layer and has a bolt or “thorn groove” connection of parts.
Manufacturers of sleeping and other types of sofas often use artificial materials such as foam and foam as fillers. Quite often, spring blocks are used. The main criterion for choosing a filler is the purpose of the sofa. If you buy it mainly for sleep, it is better to stay on models with spring blocks. Such designs are not only convenient, but very durable and have high orthopedic properties. Sofas with foam filling are hypoallergenic; they are soft and comfortable. But with daily use they wear out quickly. Those who want to keep the sofa from selling out over time and at the same time maintain softness should choose products with a “filling” from a material such as latex foam. Thanks to its many micro-cells, it “breathes”, has an orthopedic effect and lasts for decades.
The most expensive is considered upholstered furniture made of leather. It has its advantages: high resistance to abrasion, mechanical, chemical and UV exposure, protection against moisture. No less practical, but much cheaper than models with leatherette upholstery. But the most popular are fabrics such as chenille, jacquard and tapestry. It is they who are chosen as upholstery for a sofa for every day, since such materials reliably protect furniture and practically do not concede to their skin in terms of strength and aesthetic characteristics. The main thing is that the same material is used both on the front of the product and on the back, and all the seams should be even and neat.
Do you plan to lay out the sofa from time to time? Or will you sleep on it every night? When choosing a sofa for the house, you must definitely pay maximum attention to how it is laid out. Modern manufacturers produce models equipped with several types of sliding mechanism: “Book”, “Click-gag”, “Dolphin”. “Eurobook”, “Clamshell”, “Accordion”, a sofa with folding sidewalls or with a sliding berth. These are irreplaceable options in the limited space of a small apartment. All of them are reliable and withstand numerous cycles of addition-decomposition.
functionality - the area of the nursery is usually small. Installing large furniture in it is an irrational solution. It is better to take folding models. Find out what kind of transformation mechanism they are equipped with. For the child, the most comfortable models for sleep and relaxation will be the Accordion, Dolphin and Eurobook models. It is quite difficult for children to lay out other designs. appearance - the sofa should successfully fit into the interior, but at the same time like the child. As practice shows, kids are most pleased with their appearance in brightly colored furniture. After first selecting the mechanism, invite the child to make a decision regarding the color of the sofa upholstery. practicality - if there is a box for linen or toys in the sofa for the nursery - this is a definite plus, because it will save space in the room. safety - the materials from which the furniture for children is made must not contain harmful chemicals. Best of all, if the upholstery for it is made of natural fabrics: linen, microfiber, cotton. Pay attention to the design. There should not be wide gaps, sharp corners and decorative elements! All of this can cause serious injury.
The pleasant atmosphere in the office is extremely important. What sofa should I choose to make a comfortable living room for visitors and customers out of a strict and unfriendly reception room? Such an interior item should be simple and solid. Therefore, a model with metal supports and armrests is perfect in the office: it looks beautiful and is very durable. Before buying, determine how much free space you have in the reception area. This will allow you to choose the right size sofa. In offices, both corner models and straight lines (two-, three- or four-seater) look appropriate. If installing one large model does not leave enough space for passage, try to purchase two small sofas and put them opposite each other. Do you have a lot of free space in the office, but the number of visitors does not exceed 10 people a day? Do not purchase a large sofa. Medium-sized furniture is much better. What color office sofa to choose for daily use, depends only on your personal preferences and the interior of the room. But the most profitable products look with plain upholstery. It can be neutral light or restrained dark shades. Artificial or genuine leather is the best option for upholstery. These materials look beautiful and give the room a respectable look. But keep in mind that furniture with leather upholstery is quite expensive and requires constant care. An office sofa made of fabric is a more budgetary option, only it becomes much more dirty and worn out much faster. And remember that a sofa is a purchase you make for a long time. Do not hurry! Check out all of its specifications and compare several models that suit you. After all, the quality of your sleep, relaxation and comfort will depend on the decision made.