This is the second blog in our series of posts about how the best sofas are constructed. (If you haven’t read our first post on frame material and construction, start there.) This one focuses on suspension systems–what prevents you from sinking down to the floor when you sit in a sofa or chair. There are many different types of suspensions a manufacturer may use, and not everyone agrees on what type is the highest quality and lasts the longest. We’re going to get to the bottom of it here (and check out our selection of high quality upholstery here). (more…)
Different styles of sofa and chair arms can definitely make a style impact, but that’s not the only factor to think about when considering the arms. How high or low the arms are on a piece of furniture can make a big impact on how comfortable it ends up being. Arm Height is one of the four factors we use in our comfort rating system, ABCS Comfort Metrics (the other three are Cushion Fill, Seat Depth, and Back Support).Here’s how to determine if a sofa’s arm height is right for you and your home (and once you decide, head here to shop our selection). (more…)
The back height of a piece of furniture can have a big impact on how comfortable it is (and how it looks in your space). Go too short with a sofa’s back and you won’t be able to rest your head behind you while watching TV. Go too high with it and the sofa can overwhelm your room. Back Support is one of the four factors we use in our comfort rating system, ABCS Comfort Metrics (the other three are Arm Height, Cushion Fill, and Seat Depth). Here’s how to choose the back height that’s right for you (and once you decide, head here to shop our selection). (more…)
Many of our customers come to us after shopping around at plenty of other stores, which means they’ve looked at lots of sofas that all seem to be pretty similar, just with different names and prices. And that is really what’s so frustrating about furniture shopping: What often differentiates the quality of one sofa or chair from another tends to be hidden beneath the fabric.
The materials and methods used in construction are what will ultimately determine how comfortable and long-lasting your furniture will be. This includes how the frame is made, the suspension, and the cushions. We covered this in a previous post, Sofa Quality: What Makes One Sofa Last Longer Than Another, but we wanted to dive a bit deeper into the differences in furniture construction. And we wanted to start with the frame. Keep reading to find out what separates the best sofas from all the other ones (and check out our selection of high quality upholstery here).
Sometimes we read something that makes us shake our head at the sheer stupidity of it all. And that’s exactly how we reacted when researching the history of flame retardant chemicals in furniture. It’s one of those things that sounds like a great idea (Furniture that won’t catch fire? How safe!), but in reality is incredibly harmful to your health. Here’s what we discovered (and a quick note that none of the furniture we sell at thestatedhome.com contains these chemicals): (more…)
The mission of The Stated Home is to offer quality American-made products, but we ran into a stumbling block when it came to finding homegrown linen to upholster our sofas and chairs. So we decided to find out why there is no significant linen industry in the USA.
The key to that answer lies in how linen is made. Flax plants aren’t that difficult to grow, but the processing required to turn the plant into high-quality linen fabric is very labor intensive. And while textile processing has advanced for most materials, linen still has to be made the old fashioned way (aka no machine processing).
To understand why, you need to understand how the flax plant is turned into fabric. (more…)