Home Style: Before you say ‘I do’ to a piece of furniture

Before you give your heart to a piece of upholstered furniture, make sure it’s the real deal by asking yourself these four key questions.

1. What kind of relationship are you looking for?
The first step toward a happy match is to set some expectations for your relationship with your new furniture. Realistically, how long are the two of you going to be together? How you answer will determine what kind of frame you pick to go under all that lovely upholstery fabric. I know relationships can be complicated, but when it comes to saying “I do” to a piece of furniture, you really only have two options:

A long-term marriage: Do you want a sofa or chair that will stand by you in good times and bad, never sagging or swaying, going lumpy or limp? Then pick a high-quality frame. That means one that’s kiln-dried with eight-way, hand-tied coil springs. If you’re looking at a sofa on a showroom floor, quiz the sales associate about how the piece is made. If they don’t know, that’s a bad sign.

Written By Mary Carol Garrity

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