By Adalheid Voigt. Industrial. At Saturday, December 29th 2018, 10:50:01 AM.
Seats should be comfortable, and for reclining furniture, be comfortable in all different positions. Select deep or shallow seats depending on your height. A taller person will need deeper seats. The arms should not jiggle or move, and if upholstered, they should be well padded. If there are any buttons, check to see that they are sewn on securely. Loose buttons will come off and end up getting lost in no time.
The frame and all the corners should be well padded. Run your hand over them firmly to see. A padded frame will not stick out through the upholstery, it also means less friction for the fabric that is covering the frame. Check the sofa from behind, and pat the center to make sure it isn't hollow.
Knowing how to identify each main part and its variations can help you describe the sofa you want to a salesperson or designer. Understanding the basics of sofa construction can make you a shrewd judge of sofa quality. The arms define the ends of a sofa and play a critical role in the overall look and function of the piece.