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American Upholstery: The Companies to Know

American Upholstery: The Companies to Know | The Stated Home

Upholstered furniture is anything that has cushions or padding and is covered in fabric (think sofas, chairs, ottomans, beds, that sort of thing). And there are still a fair number of manufacturers who make these kinds of items here in America. For this list, we didn’t include the larger retail stores that manufacture in America. That information is pretty easy to figure out (see our post here comparing sofas from the major retail stores), so we wanted to instead highlight smaller manufacturers that you can find at your local furniture store. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it should give you plenty of options to start with. (more…)

Best Sofa Bed That’s Actually Comfortable

Best Sofa Bed That's Actually Comfortable | The Stated HomePrefer to not have a whole room dedicated to a spare bed? A sleeper sofa might be the perfect answer. While it isn’t going to be quite as comfortable as an actual bed (it doesn’t have the same supportive springs underneath), it can still provide a great night’s sleep if you buy the right one. The main thing to know is that shopping for a sleeper sofa is more than just picking the right style. There are also several different types of mattresses and configurations that affect sleeping comfort, sitting surface, and space planning.

The most important thing to look for when shopping for a sleeper sofa is good quality construction. You’re buying a piece of furniture that includes a mechanism and, as we all know, anything that involves moving parts has the potential to fail. For a quality piece, buy from a manufacturer that uses best practices in their furniture construction. Solid frames, well-made cushions, and top-of-the-line suspensions in sofas and chairs are an indication that their sleepers will be of equally good quality.

Hint: Sofa manufacturers don’t make their own sleeper mechanisms. As a result, different manufacturers often have the same mattress and mechanisms. Make sure the mechanism is from a reputable manufacturer like Leggett & Platt or Hickory Springs.

Now, let’s talk about the main types of sleeper sofas and some tips on figuring out which kind is best for you (for more about that, check out the second blog in our series on sofa beds). (more…)

Retail Furniture Stores: The Truth About the Big Chains

The Truth About Major Retail Furniture Stores | The Stated HomeWe recently went over the nitty gritty of what goes into a high-quality sofa, explaining all the options manufacturers have when making the frame, suspension, and cushions. But that’s only one piece of the puzzle; the other is explaining what you’ll actually find when shopping in some of the more popular retailers. We took a look at the offerings in RH (Restoration Hardware), Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Room & Board, and, of course, The Stated Home. We compared the qualities and prices of a basic, large, slipcovered sofa across all the stores, gathering info from the stores’ websites, other online sources, and reviews. What we found was that not only does quality vary between retailers, but within the retailers as well. No wonder the whole process can be confusing! Here’s more about what you’ll discover while sofa shopping: (more…)

Sustainable Fabrics: The Guide to Green Textiles

Sustainable Fabrics: How to Pick Green Textiles | The Stated HomeThe costs of the beautiful fabrics that cover your furniture can’t just be measured in terms of money. There is also an environmental cost—what creating that fabric does to the earth. For example, what is the fabric made from? How are the fibers that create the fabric grown? How is the fabric finished? How far does it have to travel to get to your living room? What happens to it when its life is done?

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Types of Pillow Stuffing: Which Cushions are the Best Quality?

Types of Pillow Stuffing | The Stated HomeThis is the third blog in our series of posts about how the best sofas are constructed and it focuses on sofa cushions. (If you haven’t read our first post on frame material and construction or our second post on suspension systems, start there.) The quality of cushions may seem easy to determine since you can actually touch them and sit on them, but there is more going on in there than you might realize. Here’s a little about the different kinds of cushions you’ll find (and check out our selection of high quality upholstery here): (more…)

Sinuous Springs vs Eight-Way Hand Tied: Our Sofa Suspension Decoder

Sinuous Springs vs Eight-Way Hand Tied | The Stated HomeThis 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…)