Most people would not argue that upholstered pieces form the backbone of most the rooms in their home. And yet—I find it alarming how few people are armed with enough facts to make informed decisions when shopping for these big, important purchases.
A typical piece of upholstery has 4 major components: the frame, the springs, cushion-fill and covers. Now, any combination of these can produce a comfortable piece—the real question that needs to be answered is less about initial comfort (you know, when you settle into the piece in the store and declare, “This is the one!”) and far more about what sort of wear and tear the piece will face and how long you intend for it to last. With my clients, I prefer to buy the best structure that we can afford, so that we can have a piece that will last a long time, even if we have to recover it several times in its life.