How long should a sofa last?

How long should a sofa last?

On average, a sofa should last between 7-15 years. How do you know whether your sofa needs replacing? Here are some clear indicators:

  • The frame is squeaky
  • The cushions have lost their bounce
  • The fabric is torn or stained
  • There’s an overwhelming odour
  • It doesn’t suit the space

There are of course corrective measures you can take such as getting new cushions or reupholstering, but let’s face it, if you’ve got a smelly sofa or a couch that was bought for another sitting room and doesn’t work in your new home, then it’s time to look for a new one. Some important things to think about when you’re evaluating a new sofa purchase, if durability and longevity are important to you are:

  • What is the frame made of?
  • What materials are the cushions made of and how are they constructed?
  • Is the fabric stain resistant and durable?
  • Is there a warranty or guarantee on the lifespan of the sofa?

At Swyft, we’ve taken all those points into consideration when constructing our sofas. In fact, we’ve been so picky about the quality of our sofas that we weren’t happy with anyone else making them – we built our own factory in Portugal to create the long-lasting sofas and armchairs. Here’s a bit more detail on why we’re sure that our sofas will last longer than your average:

  1. What is the frame made of?

Swyft sofa and armchair frames are made out of solid hard wood. The construction is sturdy and has passed the highest standards when it comes to usage tests. Our sofas come flat packed, which is great for getting them into tight spaces and our Swyft-lok technology ensures that you can assemble our sofas all by yourself (no help or tools required, they just slot together). The fastenings between the arms and back and base are made of aluminium and steel and although small, they are mighty.  Even elephants couldn’t break our Swyft-lok fasteners.

  1. What materials are the cushions made of and how are they constructed?

Our cushions are made of 3 layers of foam, starting with memory foam at the core. This high quality memory foam mould to your body, but also is highly durable. The second layer of our cushions is a durable, high density foam that surrounds the memory foam to protect it and maintain the structure of the cushion. The third layer of the cushion is a medium-density foam that rounds out the edges and gives you that added bit of cushioning. These three special layers are wrapped up by our durable fabrics that won’t stain or rip at the seams. For more info, please read our blog post about how comfortable Swyft sofas are here.

  1. Is the fabric stain resistant and durable?

Swyft sofas use FibreGuard brand fabrics. We chose this fabric for its stain-resistant properties as well as its durability. We wanted to ensure that our range of furniture could be kid-friendly and pet-friendly. Each fibre of our fabric is stain resistant, rather than just having a coating on it that can wear out. To find out more about how easy it is to clean our fabric, read our blog post here. The fabrics have passed rigorous tests and have achieved a rating of 100,000 on the Martindale Scale. As a frame of reference, heavy use is classed as 20,000 and above. Meanwhile commercial use is classed as 30,000 and above. To learn more about the Martindale Scale, read here.

  1. Is there a warranty or guarantee on the lifespan of the sofa?

Yes! We believe in the quality of our product so strongly that we offer a 15 year frame warranty and a 2 year fabric guarantee. If anything goes wrong, you can count on us to be here and make it right. Read our terms and conditions here.

We’re so confident that you will love our sofas and armchairs 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 free of charge, no questions asked.