Buying Furniture that Lasts
by Nikki Willhite - Willhite@aol.com
Description: Tips for buying furniture that lasts.
When you buy a new sofa or chair, how long do you expect it to
Will you keep it until it is "hopelessly outdated", or will you
replace it before then? (Bearing in mind that "hopelessly
may come sometime after your death!)
There are several factors to consider when buying
this article, I am going to talk about the fabrics that cover our
One of the classes I was required to take when I was pursuing
in Interior Design was a class in textiles. We did a lot of
with fabrics in that class. We studied the different types
that make up fabric, and did chemical tests on them to measure
their durability. We learned that a fabric is only as strong as
fiber in it.
When you buy upholstered furniture, take a good look at the
The longest lasting fabrics will be one strong fiber, closely
Also, an additional advantage of a tight weave is that the fiber
more fire resistant.
Many upholstered items come with colorful threads, woven
in plaid or abstract designs. Use your fingernail and pick
them and see if some are loosely woven or break easily. If they
are that the fabric will be unraveling or torn within a short
Perhaps you remember going to your grandmother's home, and
a sofa that felt like the short side of Velcro. It
but it was impossible to hurt it! It lasted forever.
Fashion and style have prevailed over durability in today's
If you want durability you are going to have to select carefully.
sofas were made to last a lifetime. Now you are lucky if you can
years out of them.
Most of us cannot afford expensive sofas. We don't know
about the "inner works". However, we can take control when it
the upholstery. You may have to look a little harder, but
necessarily cost any more money.
Reprinted with permission from:
An E-zine for the Frugally Minded
The Conservative Homemaker & Home of The Pennypincher
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