Furnishings 101

Fine Leather Furniture: A Shopping Guide

Fine Leather Furniture Buying Guide | The Stated Home

Let’s say you’ve decided on a leather sofa, chair, or ottoman—how do you decide which leather to select? It can be a confusing decision, with descriptions such as full grain, top grain, split and bonded leather, aniline, and semi-aniline floating about. You aren’t just choosing color, you also are picking feel and durability. Here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know about choosing leather (and head here to see our selection of gorgeous leather furniture): (more…)

Customized Furniture: Why It’s Worth It

 

Customized Furniture: Why It's Worth It | The Stated HomeIt’s true that good things come to those who wait. How else can you explain the pleasures of homemade bread, springtime tulips, and the Veronica Mars movie? Well the pleasures of waiting apply to furniture too. And while the wait for made-to-order furniture is a bit longer than the wait for a loaf of bread, typically eight to 12 weeks, it’s better for everyone involved. Keep reading to find out why (and head here to see all of our worth-the-wait furniture): (more…)

Turned Leg, Tapered Leg, or Skirt: Which is Right for You?

How to Choose Between a Sofa Skirt or Legs | The Stated HomeYou may know instantly whether you prefer your sofa to have a skirt or show some leg, but many people realize they could go either way. Along with sofa arm style, the skirt/leg option can instantly make a sofa more traditional or modern looking. Here’s everything you need to know to help make your skirt-or-leg choice easier (and head here to see our seating collection when you’re ready to shop): (more…)

What Factors Create the Most Comfortable Furniture

What Factors Make Furniture Feel Comfortable | The Stated HomeWe know what you’re thinking about shopping for furniture online: “But I need to SIT in it before I buy it.” Yes, while the truest test of comfort is plopping down into a piece of furniture, you can actually do a pretty good job of determining comfort by sitting in furniture you already own and noting specific details.

Shopping for furniture is a lot like shopping for a pair of jeans: What works for your slim, long-legged friend won’t necessarily work for your curvy body (and vice versa). Furniture fit is personal! And that’s why we don’t rate our pieces as more or less comfortable on The Stated Home. One person may like things a little firmer while someone else prefers cushions you can sink into. We’ll help you figure out what your furniture preferences are and then identify pieces that are right for your bottom (and back, and arms, and head).

So let’s get into it! (more…)

Sofa Quality: What Makes One Sofa Last Longer Than Another?

How to Buy a Quality Sofa | The Stated Home

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…)

Types of Pillow Stuffing: Which Filling is Right for You?

Cushion Fill: Which one is right for you? | The Stated Home

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 two types of back cushions, so all you have to do is pick the combination that works best for you.  (more…)