Think about what makes the sofa you’re sitting on right now (yes right now) so uncomfortable... Is the seat depth too deep or too short? Have the cushions gone lumpy or saggy? Maybe it’s not long enough to lie down on? On average, Britons spend about 17 years of our lives on the sofa, so it’s really important to make the right decision when investing in such an important piece of furniture.
Right now, you may be feeling fed up with your sofa after having spent the past month laying on it, working on it, eating supper on it. It’s also impossible to go to a showroom and test out a new sofa. So if you’re getting desperate for a new couch, look no further than our top 5 tips to ensuring you select the comfiest couch available online.
We want to also let you know why Swyft sofas are reliable, durable and comfortable sofa with zero risk when you buy online. But first, here are some important indicators of quality to consider before buying your new couch:
- Frame: the bones of the sofa
It all starts with the bones of the sofa. Sustainably sourced wood with sturdy fastenings are key. Metal and particleboard frames should be avoided as they can more easily be damaged and won’t stand the test of time as well as solid wood.
At Swyft, our sofa frames are made of solid wood and manufactured in Portugal. We’re so confident that our frames will stand the test of time that we offer a 15 year guarantee.
- Arms: need to be sturdy and comfy
Your sofa’s arms should be sturdy enough to sit on and stretch out against. Usually, when you try a sofa a good test is to see if the arms wobble or creak at all. If they do, try another.
Swyft sofas are held together by our proprietary Swyft-lok technology, they have been crash tested and passed the most rigorous test (BS EN 12520: 2015). Essentially, they try and wreck it with some fancy equipment that is the equivalent of elephants playing with the sofa.
- Cushions: Foam vs feather
Feather cushions are a thing of the past – they get lumpy and need fluffing all too frequently. They can also be heavy and hard to manage. Plus, if you’re like me and have allergies, forget about it!
Some suppliers recommend feather surrounding foam, but you will still have the issues of clumping and allergies with that option.
At Swyft, we believe in being eco-friendly, which is why we’ve chosen to create our sofa cushions in triple layered foam. Each layer is designed to strike the perfect balance between firmness and cushiness.
Layer 1: Memory foam
Memory foam needs no introduction. Originally created by NASA, the material we use is created to offer comfort and stability. With this material at the core of the cushion, we are able to ensure that the shape of the cushion will mould to your bottom for total comfort, but also maintain its shape throughout the life of the sofa.
Layer 2: High density foam
The second layer, which covers the memory foam, is a high density foam. This layer provides additional support and structure to the cushion.
Layer 3: Medium density foam
The final piece to our filling is a wrap that smooths over the edges, adds further comfort and gives you that ‘ahhh’ feeling as you sit down.
- Size: how many people will be sitting on it and what activities will you use it for?
How many people usually sit on your sofa? Does it need to accommodate the whole family or just you and your partner? Do you like to lie down on the sofa? Do your kids like using the sofa as a trampoline? All these questions are important for determining the size and design of your sofa. Our sofas are so sturdy that we offer a 15 year guarantee on the life of the solid wood frame. Our cushions are also able to withstand elephants using the sofa as a trampoline, so your kids should be just fine. Next, it’s about how much space you have in your sitting room, bedroom or home office and how many seats you need.
Swyft sofas come in a 2 seater (175cm long) and 3 seater (205cm long) format and we also offer armchairs (80cm long).
- Fabric: Leather, woven or velvet sofa fabrics? What are the pros and cons?
Leather is a hard wearing and easy to clean material, depending on the finish. However, once punctured, it’s very hard to repair a leather sofa cushion (and expensive!). Also, if it’s a delicate finish, any grease stain will be there to stay. There’s also the issue of sliding off a cold slippery leather cushion in the winter and sticking to it in the summer…
Woven fabrics are great and can often come with a stain resistant coating. Swyft take stain resistance woven fabrics to the next level with our linen fabric, which comes in 3 colours. Each individual thread has stain resistant qualities, not just a coating that can wear off, so it’s stain resistant for years to come.
Velvet sofas are all the rage these days with blue velvet and green velvet leading the way. However, velvet can be tricky when it comes to water and hard wear. A key quality of velvet fabric is that each thread needs to stand straight up to ensure that lush, velvety soft texture and sheen. If velvet gets wet or endures constant downward pressure, those fibres can start to bend and flatten out. That means that most velvet sofas would not usually offer the hard wearing, long lasting finish that families with children would require.
Swyft velvet fabrics, like the linen, have stain resistant properties built into each fibre so a spill, whether liquid or grease, will not damage the fabric. We have chosen a short pile velvet, which means that those individual fibres that need to stick up are short enough to not get flattened out with years of wear, but are still velvety enough to give that characteristic sheen and soft finish that’s so sought after with velvet sofas. We think our velvet, which comes in 5 colours is the best in the business.
All of our fabrics outperform the competition on the Martindale Scale. Our score on the Martindale Scale is 100,000, which is a higher standard than required for commercial grade fabrics (30,000). To learn more about the Martindale Scale, read here.
We’re so confident that you will love our sofas and armchairs in linen or velvet (7 colours to choose from) that we offer a 100 day trial period. If you don’t love your Swyft sofa, just let us know and we’ll take it back, no questions asked. Still not convinced, order a swatch box today.