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Upholstered Furniture

Upholstered furniture has been padded and covered with fabric to make it comfortable. Sofas, sectional sofas, chairs, benches and ottomans are the most common pieces to be upholstered. Prices vary enormously depending on the quality of construction and the materials used. The choice of fabric is very important in determining cost and durability.

The following should be considered when buying upholstered furniture:

  • Look for kiln dried, double doweled hardwood frames that will stand up to heavy use for many years.
  • Heavy gauge steel springs and high resiliency foam padding are important for comfort.
  • Cushions should be made of high quality foam. They can be wrapped in fiber, feather or down for added softness.
  • Fabric used for interior linings should be sturdy and durable.
  • Exterior fabric can be delicate or hard wearing. Be sure you pick appropriate fabric for the amount of use the piece will experience. Consider children and pet use and whether anyone will be routinely eating while sitting on it.

Remember that many fabrics can be treated to resist stains and wear.

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