When choosing a sofa (or any other upholstered piece), we tend to go straight to the fun stuff: style and fabric selections. But a sofa doesn’t just need to look pretty, it has to be made well and have quality bones. Remember those TV ads selling slats designed to firm up a sagging couch? Pass! There’s nothing more frustrating than spending good money on a sofa that doesn’t last, no matter how gorgeous it is. So how can you know if you’re buying a quality piece? The key is to start with a solid foundation: the frame and springs.
First, know that all sofas sold on The Stated Home have already passed our strict standards for frames and springs (we did the research and legwork so you don’t have to!). You don’t have to worry about wobbly arms or squeaky springs, we promise.
Now, keep reading to find out what we looked for. Hopefully knowing our standards takes some of the uncertainty out of the buying process for you. (more…)
You may not think a lot about types of pillow stuffing, but the softness of sofa seat cushions is probably what you mean when you talk about furniture comfort. And it’s a very personal thing. For every person who loves a “sink down” feeling when sitting on a sofa, there’s another who prefers a firmer, more supportive seat. Cushion Fill is one of the four factors we use in our comfort rating system, ABCS Comfort Metrics (the other three are Seat Depth, Arm Height, and Back Support).
The great thing about seat cushions is that almost any piece of upholstered furniture can be made with any kind of seat fill. With the sofas we sell at The Stated Home, we offer three types of seat cushions and three types of back cushions, so all you have to do is pick the combination that works best for you. (more…)
You are completely normal if you’ve never thought about sofa seat cushion depth before. But it’s actually the unsung hero of furniture comfort. Seat depth doesn’t vary much—it’s typically between 21 and 24 inches (although some pieces go even deeper than that). Your ideal seat depth comes down to your height and how you’ll be using your piece of furniture. Seat Depth is one of the four factors we use in our comfort rating system, ABCS Comfort Metrics (the other three are Cushion Fill, Arm Height, and Back Support). On The Stated Home, we rate the depth of our furniture pieces as a 1 (21 to 22 inches deep), 2 (23 to 24 inches deep), or 3 (more than 24 inches deep). (more…)
You know how some sofas and chairs look like you could sink into them and get lost in comfort while other, more formal pieces look like they would keep your back propped up and your posture perfect? The reason for the difference is because of two factors: the back height and cushion style. The back height determines if you’ll be able to rest your head against something when you’re sitting down, making you feel more or less supported (see more about that and how we use back height in our comfort rating system here). Once you narrow down the best height for you, it’s time to think about cushion styles. There are three main kinds: tight back, cushion back, and loose back. Keep reading for more about each kind (and head here to see our selection of sofas when you’re ready!). (more…)
The very first piece of furniture that our founder Laura bought after marriage was a cream slip-covered sofa from Lee Industries. That was more than 10 years ago and the sofa is still the most comfortable seat in her house (and looks like it was bought yesterday). So when Laura decided to track down the best American-made goods to sell for The Stated Home, the first company she reached out to was Lee. If you’re new to Lee, here are the top three reasons why the company is just the best.
Are you wondering why The Stated Home sells only American-made goods on our website? It’s not just because it’s trendy to buy American (although, yes, more and more people are doing it), it’s also for reasons like these: (more…)