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Sofa Cushion

Choosing your kind of Sofa cushion.

You’ve had that sofa or chair for 20 years and it looks like it has to go. The seat is sagging, the cushions are lumpy, the upholstery is shredding, and even the cat does not want to sit on it anymore. So you finally went shopping and decided on a particular Sofa shape but realised there are so many sofa cushion options to choose from. So what are the basics to help you choose?

1. All-Foam Cushion

Although manufacturers use different terminology and might vary on the specifics a bit, when all is said and done, there are basically three choices in cushions. The first choice is the all-foam cushion. This is usually constructed of a high-density foam core covered by a softer layer of foam, and then a polyester fiber wrap, all enveloped in downproof ticking (which prevents feathers from poking through). This is the cushion of choice if you like a very firm seat and you want the fewest possible wrinkles in the fabric.

2. Spring Down Cushion

The second cushion choice is usually called spring down. It is the second-softest cushion and is made with a core of coiled springs, which is surrounded by a foam box and then wrapped with a thick layer of polyester fiber. This is all fitted into a downproof cover filled with a blend of down and polyester fiber. The springs provide a resilient feel, and the little bit of down adds a touch of softness and loft that only down can give.

3. Down Plush, or Blendown

The third basic choice for a cushion is called down plush, or blendown. It is the softest and most luxurious of the cushions, and is constructed with a thinner foam core wrapped in a thick layer of polyester fiber, and then wrapped in a much thicker layer of a down and poly-fiber blend. Because of its relatively thin foam core and greater proportion of down, it really feels and acts like a pillow. As you sit on it, it will flatten and change shape a bit, and it requires fluffing every time you sit on it to restore the loft and proper dimension. It’s definitely not for the person who can’t be bothered with all that maintenance. For the way it feels it may be worth the effort.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

How to select the best sofa for you

4 Pro tips in choosing a Sofa

1. SHAPE & SIZE

Make sure you buy a piece that will fit into your existing architectural environment. Check that you will be able to get it in. Are you on the 9th floor?, how big is your elevator, do you have narrow doors or tricky corners in your home? Already have a sofa in mind? Determine whether its construction allows for disassembly like removing cushions, legs, and arms to help you manoeuvre in tight spots. Take your measuring tape out and measure the footprint of the potential sofa location. Tape off the perimeter of your measurements with painter’s tape to help you visualise how much room the piece will take up. Determine where you want to put your sofa. A sofa will be your most important, eye-catching, costly piece in the lounge. Take some cell phone pics on your lounge with you when making a shortlist. Show them to your salesperson for advice. Be open to new ideas.

2. COLOR

Sofas are often the biggest statement in your living room, so choosing a color that makes sense for your space is important. Want something that allows for constant change and versatility? A neutral sofa is a must. It will follow you through changing trends and a constantly evolving palette. Want a new look? Simply swap out your throw pillows! Want to make more of a statement? A vibrant cayenne will instantly warm up the space and provide an eye-catching pop of color. Want to toe the line between the style of an eye-popping color and the versatility of a neutral tone? You’ll want to go with a blue or a green. They’re neutral enough to work with any color scheme, but chromatic enough to provide an unexpected visual treat.

3. MATERIAL

Determine how much wear and tear your sofa will get to select the best upholstery fabric. Have pets or kids? High performance textiles like luster velvet and chenille tweeds are easy to clean and are very forgiving as the fibers are primarily synthetic, which helps resist stains and abrasion. Linen blends are great for a casual, yet refined look. Primarily a natural and synthetic mix, the provide and organic look and feel. Twills are the best of both worlds: they provide an organic feeling with the durability of a performance textile. They also tend to provide a handsome, tailored look. Want something that will only get better with age? Our leather sofas come with a slight pre-worn look and over-time will just accumulate more character. Like a great pair of jeans, leather changes in tone according to use and tells a story of its ownership over time. A plus: it’s also perfect for all seasons!

4. BE DIFFERENT

Don’t take a sofa at face value, give it character with accent pillows. Think of your sofa as a backdrop for the sensational accent pillows that will give it style and character. Pillows are the spice of life in your living room, so have fun designing a grouping that plays up your new sofa and finishes the look of the room. A trick is to create one set of pillows for the warm months and a second for the cold months, so that your sofas can take on completely different looks for each season.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

quilted leather couch

Test your Sofa IQ

8 Styles you should be aware of when buying a Sofa.

1. CABRIOLLE SOFA:

`Cabriole’ is a term that was used to describe a carriage or a cab in the 18th Century. This sofa looks a bit like the cab seat’s structure with the trim of the back curving into arms in one seamless sweep of exposed wood. The wood trim may display some baroque styling with elaborate carvings, which is set off by the simplicity of tightly-fitted upholstery. There are no back cushions.

2. ENGLISH ROLL-ARM SOFA:

This sofa was made famous by English furniture-maker George Smith, who calls it the Standard Arm Signature Sofa. The style is characterized with a high back and low arms tucked into the sides, which gives the structure a casual and relaxed appearance. Some English Roll Arm sofas wear a ‘skirt’, concealing its feet, and they have padded loose seats and back cushions. The versatility of this sofa design ensures that it will never go out of style. The English Roll Arm sofa is also known as the Bridgewater sofa.

3. THE KNOLE SOFA:

The Knole sofa was specifically created in the 17th Century for the historical Knole House, an estate home in Kent, England. Thereafter, the fashion caught on, and modern reproductions still preserve the stately curvature of the original design. It is also known as the ‘Knole settee’as it features deep seats and a high back and sides. The closed-in framework was meant to ward off the cold in draughty old English castles, but it also afforded some privacy, a fact that some aristocratic ladies of Tudor England used to full advantage. The Knole sofa usually has decorative wooden finials on the sofa back, to which the adjustable side arms are tied with braids and tassels.

4. THE CAMELBACK SOFA:

Besides the hump, another attribute that distinguishes the Camelback sofa is its widely-flared arms that roll outwards and can be used to lean against. The angle of the back is slightly inclined to allow people to sit in a less rigid posture. The Camelback has been in existence since the 18th Century and was first made popular by the English cabinetmaker, Chippendale. There are many variations of this style in the market. Designers have added their own unique twists to the basic structure, and one Camelback is very unlikely to look like another.

5. THE LAWSON SOFA:

The Lawson sofa was designed for a famous 20th Century financier called Thomas Lawson. Tired of Victorian frills and fusses, he ordered his furniture-maker to think of a sofa that chose simplicity and comfort over stately style. The original design has three attached back pillows above three seat cushions. The arms are lower than the back. The back is not upright, but pitched at a very restful angle. Sometimes, the Lawson sofa is dressed in a skirt. Because of the positioning of its arms, the Lawson is considered to be the sofa that is best suited for afternoon naps.

6. THE CHESTERFIELD SOFA:

Chesterfield sofa was created for Phillip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield in the 17th century. A trendsetter during his times, Stanhope wanted his furniture man to come up with a design that allowed a gentleman to sit comfortably without wrinkling his garments. The result was a sofa design with a buttoned and quilted back, rolled arms, nailhead trim and low seat base. An ageless, timeless, male masterpiece. At the time of his death, Phillip Stanhope was visited by his godson. From his deathbed, a very sick Stanhope called upon his butler to “give the gentleman a chair”. The butler took this last command from his master quite literally, and after Stanhope’s passing, he went against the wishes of the family and insisted that the godson go back home with the original Chesterfield.

7. THE TUXEDO SOFA:

The sofa gets its name from the same place that men’s tuxedo evening wear did: Tuxedo Park in New York. Invented in the 1920s, the Tuxedo is one of the first sofa designs that shook off the yokes of classicism and took the first steps toward modernized home décor. The lightweight design with tightly tailored upholstery features arms that are of the same height as the back. The legs are exposed and there are no back cushions to spoil the appearance of its neat, spare silhouette.

8. THE MID CENTURY MORERN SOFA:

The designs trend that took over the Western world from 1940 to 1970 has re-emerged as a fashionable décor choice in the last few years, reviving the market appeal of the Mid-Century Modern sofa. These tufted sofas are straight with neat, squared lines and low-slung arms. The exposed metal or wooden legs are low and generally square or slightly tapered. The Mid-Century Modern sofa has become a by-word for stylish urban living. If you’re looking for a style that’s smart, practical and suitable for small spaces, there are few rivals to this one.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit our showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.

leather sofa

Fabric or Leather Sofa? Which is Better?

We understand that both leather sofa and fabric sofa shopping can be a bit overwhelming. If you’re looking to purchase a good quality sofa as a lifetime investment, you want to make sure you don’t make a ‘mistake.’ There are literally hundreds of different types, styles and upholstery coverings. One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Should I buy leather or fabric?” Unfortunately, there is no right answer. Fabric and leather sofas both have positive and negative characteristics.

Here are a few benefits to help you be more informed to better decide which sofa finish is right for you, your family and home.

Fabric Sofa’s Benefits:

Comfort:

Fabric sofas vary widely depending on the fabric, style and the support structure of the sofa. However, fabric sofas tend to be much more comfortable than leather as the fabric tends to be an overall softer, warmer finish than leather. Just like your leather car seats, leather can sometimes feel hot and sticky in summer and a bit cold in the winter. Leather sofas tend to feel firmer than fabric sofas.

Care

The wear and tear of fabric sofas most often depends upon the grade of fabric. Of course, the better fabrics will withstand years of wear, just like better leathers.

Most good quality fabric sofas are treated with a stain-resistant finish, so when spills do happen, they are easily cleaned with specialty products or a handheld steam cleaner. Also, fabric doesn’t scuff like leather can do, so it tends to better withstand pet’s claws and your kid’s shoes than leather.

Color & Pattern Choices

Leather does come in a variety of colors, but fabrics are unlimited in their color and pattern choices, so you will have a better chance of matching existing decor or getting a colour of your choice.

Budget

Fabric sofas are usually cheaper even though good quality fabric and framing are always expensive. The same sofa in leather would always cost more.

The Benefits of a Leather Sofa

Hypoallergenic:

Allergy sufferers often do better with leather sofas because leather doesn’t harbor dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens as easily as fabric does.

Appearance

A leather sofa can lend a certain distinguished classic elegance to a room that is hard to duplicate in fabric. Leather Chesterfield-style sofas are very traditional, but as a rule, leather sofas are typically more trendy than their fabric counterparts. If you like a contemporary or modern look, leather sofas tend to appear sleeker and high end in a space than fabric does.

Care

Leather is very easy to clean, usually requiring a light dusting or rubdown a couple of times a year, whereas fabric needs to be vacuumed and cleaned regularly. However, both leather and fabric are easy to clean and care for if your lifestyle is suited to the finish. Be careful not to leave your leather sofa in directly sunlight all day.

You need more information?

Please feel free to give us a call or come and visit the Klooftique showroom in Kloof Street, Cape Town.