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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Fun Furniture

Among the new products seen at the 2013 NeoCon were lots of upholstered and foam seating, often combined with wood. Though you might not think it, this chair offers both. Manufactured by SixInch, the Louis chair features European beech hand carved in Italy covered with a special foam coating. The proprietary foam coating can be applied to hard surfaces as well as foam that has been cut into specific shapes. Products are available in 20 standard colors, with custom colors available upon request.

Written By Karen Koenig

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