By Adalheid Voigt. Midcentury. At Friday, January 11th 2019, 19:13:47 PM.
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.
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.
If you are ordering a customized sofa, you have to understand that a lot depends on your level of customization. A different frame assembly may be required. There may be some delay in getting the fabric you request. The customized sofa may have to be shipped from a different state or even a different country. All or any of these factors can impact a delivery date and cost you additional time. The upside is that you end up with the sofa that you want and need, not just one that you settled for.