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…)
Certain slipcovers have a bad rap, and rightfully so. They resemble unflattering sheets of fabric with a few pieces of elastic holding them to your sofa or chair. But order a piece of furniture that comes with a well-fitting custom slipcover (like the ones we sell at thestatedhome.com) and you will learn that slipcovers can be the perfect solution to many problems. That said, they still aren’t for everyone. So how do you know if you and slipcovers are made for each other? Start by seeing if any of the following apply to you. If so, you should consider a slipcover. (more…)
Now that your new couch has arrived and is in its place of honor in the living room, there are a few steps you should take to keep it looking fabulous (and no, you don’t have to encase it in plastic).
One of the best—and easiest—things you can do for your upholstered or slipcovered furniture is to rotate and fluff your seat and back cushions (you might need to do this more often depending on the kind of cushion fill you have). Vacuuming with a soft brush attachment will remove dust and debris, but if you need to do more advanced cleaning, keep reading. (And if you’re still hunting for the perfect piece of upholstered furniture, check out our selection here.) (more…)
Now that you’ve decided that a leather couch is just what you want, you want it to last as long as possible. Leather upholstery may be strong and durable, but it still requires some maintenance to last for years. (And if you’re looking for the perfect piece of leather furniture, check out our selection here.) (more…)