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Curl Up In A Couch With A Cuppa For Some Quality 'Me Time'
A couch should be firm and comfortable
Plonking yourself on a couch or sofa after a long day of work can be the most relaxing thing. Many decor enthusiasts will tell you that it is that one piece of furniture that can make or break the look of your room.
A couch spells comfort and you can place one not just in your living room, but also in your study room and even bedroom, if it is spacious enough. Here’s how you can choose a couch that’s just right for you:
If you are looking for a durable and comfortable couch, the first thing you should check is the frame. Your sofa can have a metal, plastic or a wooden frame. “Soft wood, such as pine, is low-cost, but it may warp or wobble after five years. Pricier hardwood (kiln-dried oak, ash, or beech, for example) is more durable,” says a Good Housekeeping article.
It is important that your couch looks and feels good. Choose a fabric that is comfortable and easy to maintain and, preferably, stain-resistant too. Whether you go for cotton, linen or silk, look for higher thread count—it is a mark of durability. Synthetic microfibre, which is stain-resistant, is another option.
When you are sitting on a couch and it makes a creaking sound, know that the spring of your couch is not placed properly. Most couches come with serpentine springs that provide adequate support, but can sag over a period of time. Another, more expensive option is the ‘eight-way hand-tied’ spring, which is comfortable but the jury is still out on whether it is any better than serpentine spring.
A cushion should be firm and comfortable. The most-common choice is polyurethane (PU) foam, which is easy on the pocket. If budget is not a constraint, you can consider cushions made of high-resilient (HR) foam, which is long-lasting and scores better than PU foam when it comes to comfort. Feather filling is quite an expensive option.
What do you need it for?
If you plan to sleep on your couch, check the length to make sure your feet don’t dangle in the air. Some couches can be expanded into beds as well. Every member of the family should be able to enjoy sitting on a couch, so size is important. Check the height of the couch too—you won’t be comfortable on a couch where your feet don’t reach the floor.