By Adalheid Voigt. Midcentury. At Wednesday, January 09th 2019, 01:47:18 AM.
How long a sofa will last and retain its shape depends largely on the frame, and a high-quality sofa always has a strong, sturdy one: The best frame is made out of kiln-dried hardwood. The process of kiln drying removes all moisture from the wood, enabling it to retain its shape and stability over a long period of time. A frame made of green wood can shrink or crack as it dries. Softwood can bend and break easily, while knotted wood is prone to cracks.
When you customize a sofa by selecting a different fabric, arm, back or size then you are looking at a delivery date that is anywhere from 4 to12 weeks in the future, usually. Often you may find that it takes even longer. A lot of customers try to pressure the store for earlier delivery and then get upset when the sofa is not delivered by the requested delivery date. It doesn´t work out for the customer, and it doesn‘t work out for the store because there are two things wrong with this scenario: a store making a promise that it cannot keep and a customer setting herself up for disappointment.
Kiln-dried frames are superior because you can be sure about the reduction of the moisture content to a satisfactory level. Another thing to remember about sofa frames is that a sofa frame that is made of kiln-dried hardwood is a much better choice than a softwood frame even if it is kiln dried. When you look for frames that will last, make sure to ask about how it has been constructed because that is just as important. A well-constructed frame has reinforced joints that are dowelled and glued and uses screws instead of staples.