Extending the Life of Your Sofa

Now that  you’ve made the splurge and bought the sofa you absolutely love, you’ll want to take care of it to make sure leads the long, beautiful life it’s intended to! To do that, follow these tips on how to keep your upholstery looking fresh and new.

First of all, research preventative care products to find out what you can use on your sofa. We offer a Gaurdsman Elite Five Year Protection Program, which will protect your upholstery if it is burned, has a food or beverage stain, tears, or other similar issues. For more info, click here. There are other options as well, such as using Scotchgard.

Vacuum cushions and upholstered surfaces about once a week to remove soil, dirt, and dust that easily settles into fabric and gradually wears it down.

Have pets? Sometimes vacuums aren’t able to get rid of their pesky hair. Instead, remove pet hair and dander with a lint brush or rubber dish glove.

Rotate and reverse cushions so the wear spreads evenly.

Be careful about where you position your furniture in a sunny room. Being exposed to strong light every day can effect the quality of your upholstery and dramatically fade the color over time, so keep it out of direct sunlight as much as possible or use drapes to soften the impact.

Have your upholstery professionally cleaned every so often to remove all sorts of dust, dirt, and mites and tighten fibers. This man looks more than happy to clean your sofa!

How do you care for your upholstery?

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Famously Frumpy TV Sets

Although there are some set design gems where the furniture and overall decor are stunning, there are also those sets that are a little more familiar and less awe-inspiring.  For every set that takes place in a glamorous New York penthouse or Los Angeles mansion with high-tech gadgets, panoramic views, and extravagant furniture, there is a set that takes place in a modest home or apartment where design isn’t a priority and the character could stand to replace a few pieces.  Scroll down to see some of the sets from shows we’ve known and loved, and the furniture in them that may not be high-end, but will always be remembered.

Who could forget the retro couch from Married with Children (top photo), or Seinfelds bachelor pad teal sofa and chair?

These chairs are now in the Smithsonian, but were originally Edith and Archie’s favorite place to sit and talk in All in the Family.

This plaid sofa in Roseanne’s living room always had the crochet blanket on the back and was a place for the family to gather (or mope, if you’re Darlene).

Although much of Friends took place in Monica’s apartment or at Central Perk, these recliners were Joey and Chandler’s favorite place to eat, sleep, relax, watch TV, socialize… You name it.

Who could forget Martin Crane’s ever-so-ugly striped green recliner?  It was an eyesore in Frasier’s otherwise stylish Seattle condo, but you could tell it was also the most loved piece of furniture there.

Do you have an unattractive piece of furniture you just can’t let go of?

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Sofa Terms You Should Know

When buying a sofa, it’s important to be well-versed in some of the basics about how they’re made so you know exactly what you’re getting.  Here is a quick guide to enlighten you on some of the sofa jargon you’ll need to know.

8-Way Hand Tied Springs: Each spring is hand tied eight ways (front to back, side to side & diagonally). A sign of quality construction, these coils offer the highest level of comfort and durability.

No-Sag Springs: “S” shaped wires that are fastened to the front rail and run from the front to the back of the furniture every few inches apart.

Wood Encased Frame: Insures a quality appearance and prevents fabric from stretching.

Corner Blocked Frame: Frame is blocked and screwed, providing lasting strength.

Webbing: Woven fibers cut in strips and stretched across the furniture frame to support sofa springs.

Foam: Foam cushions. The higher the density of the foam, the better support.

Pocket Coils: Individually wrapped coils maintain their shape and are more resilient and plush than foam cushions.

Down: Made from feathers, down offers maximum comfort. Down may require more maintenance than foam but offers greater durability and resilience, such as with the Key West Sectional, pictured above.

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Sofa Style Guide

Unsure of what it means to have an English or Tuxedo-style sofa?  Then this guide will be perfect for you!  Below is a list of common sofa styles that are usually determined by three things: The arms, the back, and the legs or skirt.  With this simple guide, you’ll quickly become a sofa expert!

Tuxedo Sofa: With this style of sofa, the arms are as high as the back and there are usually clean lines with straight arms.  A nice array of pillows are what will allow this sofa to be comfortable.

Camelback Sofa: This more traditional and formal sofa has a tight (read: no separate cushions or pillows), curved back, tall rolled arms, and usually a tight seat.

English Sofa: This popular sofa has a slightly rounded arm that is set back from the front of the seat.  The seat is often tight (read: attached to the frame), the back is usually slightly rolled back, and there is no skirt.  This sofa stands on low, turned legs with castors.

Lawson Sofa: Always popular, the Lawson sofa has a low back with arms that are lower and often squared and is a great choice for a traditional, family-friendly sofa.

Chesterfield Sofa: This sofa has a tufted back, tall rolled arms, and sometimes a tufted seat.  You’ll often see it upholstered in leather and is a great choice for a library or sophisticated living room.

Rolled Arm Sofa: With rolled arms and simple, straightforward design, this is a classic sofa that will work well with any interior.

Sectional Sofa: This style of sofa is available in many configurations using components such as a loveseat, chaise, and sofa.  They can vary in size to be either very large to fit a big media room, or smaller and more formal that can be suitable for a living room.

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Stylish Sectionals

Yes, you read that correctly, stylish sectionals DO exist!  You may think of sectionals as being huge, unattractive, and unrefined, but that no longer has to be the case.  There are many sectionals available to you now that offer but comfort and class, style and sophistication.  Scroll through to see some of my favorite sectional inspiration and some of the sectionals we offer that show a similar look for much less!

Light tufting, clean lines, and an exposed frame create a sectional comfortable enough for movie nights with the family, but also elegant enough for formal entertaining with our Waltz Sectional.

For a simple and timeless look, the Knobill Sectional is your perfect choice.  The throw pillows add a fun, colorful element, but you can also easily switch them out for something more masculine, elegant, or funky to completely change the look with minimal effort.

Chocolate microfiber, scatter back pillows, and classic design create a look that blends well with both modern and traditional interiors that will please both your eyes and your seat!

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