Cheap Sofas - Quality and Cost Considerations

Important considerations when purchasing a cheap sofa

Cheap sofas

Many people mistakenly presume that cheap sofas are always of a poor quality. In reality, there are a number of factors that determine the quality of a couch and cost is just one of them. Provided that you are aware of things to look for, it is possible to get a decent quality couch for a price that won't break your budget.

Listed below are some of the most important points to consider for anyone looking to buy cheap sofas or couches:

* When considering your budget, make sure that you first ask your question as to how long you want your sofa to last for. If you are in need of a basic sofa that will last a few years, then you will easily be able to find what you are looking for under $600. If you are aiming for your couch to be more of a permanent feature, then it is worthwhile looking at spending a little extra to get a decent model that will wear better. For an additional $200 to $400 you should be able to find a decent couch with a strong hardwood frame that will last for at least a decade.

* The most important aspect to consider when purchasing a couch is the quality of the frame, fabric and cushioning. If a frame is strong and well constructed the couch will last far longer, so if you are going to skimp on anything rather let it be the upholstery. Look for a stable, hardwood frame and avoid plywood and presswood frames at all costs.

* The majority of cheaper couches will feature zigzag spring seats as opposed to spring cushions, but every now and again you may be lucky enough to stumble across a discount spring cushion couch that is within your budget. Foam and spring cushions tend to be more durable and as a result maintain their spring longer than basic zigzag spring seats. If you are limited to zigzag spring seats, look for zigzags springs that are closer together as these are likely to hold up better than those with wider springs.

* It is not essential to have premium grade upholstery fabric unless you are buying a leather couch. Most coverings will last for a couple of years at least and provided that you have a decent frame and the couch is well sprung, you can always reupholster it for a new look. Leather couches however are a different story altogether. Cheap leather couches are usually covered in leather that has only been partially dyed. The result is that every time a couch is scraped or scratched, a white mark will appear due to the fact that dye does not penetrate further than the uppermost layer.

* Good quality leather couches are expensive, so if you are looking for a cheap couch, it is best to avoid leather and rather opt for more durable nylon or acrylic fabrics.

* Finally, if you are trying to save money it is often worthwhile looking at a second hand couches. Second hand couches can often be picked up for next to nothing from bargain stores and charity shops. Keep an eye out for eight-way hand tied strings which are an instant indication that a couch is of a high quality. Remember that no matter how shabby a couch may initially look, it can always be reupholstered at a fraction of the price that it would cost to purchase a new couch of the same quality.


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