sofa buying guide

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a great festive season and have a brilliant 2019 in prospect. The team at the Chesterfield Sofa Company can’t wait to get going, making and delivering superb Chesterfield sofas for lots of delighted customers.

Is 2019 going to be when you finally invest in the King of living room furniture? Is this the year you’ll get yourself a fabulous leather Chesterfield sofa? Maybe you have something a little more luxurious in mind. If so, a sumptuous velvet Chesterfield sofa will be just the ticket.

Whichever you choose, our buying guide will be essential reading to ensure you get the very best Chesterfield sofa money can buy. OK, let’s get you Chesterfield-savvy so you can boldly go and buy the sofa of your dreams.

Strong Foundations

All Chesterfield sofa’s irrespective of the covering should start with the same solid foundations. That means having a sturdy, aged-wood frame, high-quality springs and the correct grades of foam cushioning in all the right places.

A trusty Chesterfield frame is made of straight-grained Beech. The joints are secured with glue and robust screws for unyielding rigidity. Comfortable seating starts with elastobelt webbing, and serpentine springs fitted securely to the solid frame. Once this firm foundation is in place, different grades of upholstery foam make up the cushions, arms and back.

If you find a Chesterfield sofa that feels like a lumpy mattress or creaks like a rusty gate that’s due to a poorly made frame and cheap foam. If this is the case we suggest you use that gate and leave!

A Leather Or Velvet Chesterfield

What a difficult decision. Why not have both? If you have to choose, it’s important to understand the key features that go to make an exceptional sofa in either of these coverings.

For a leather Chesterfield sofa, full-grain or aniline leather are comforting terms to look out for. Both are indicators of a well-made product. It usually means the leather has had minimal processing. Also, look for some of the attractive features of the animal hide used to make it like tiny scars and bites. These discrete blemishes are a brilliant indicator of the leather’s quality, so if you see them, you can feel assured.

The bottom line is that fine leather costs a wee bit more. If the leather Chesterfield sofa you’re looking at seems too cheap, that’s the biggest clue that you may not be buying the best.

The same basic rules apply when you buy a Velvet Chesterfield sofa. As with all things in life, there are different levels of quality for most materials. With velvet look for a uniform grain especially where the material stretches around the arms, back and buttons. If it looks a little stressed or ‘bald’, the quality may be lacking. Similarly, if you can feel the underlying foam and frame the velvet may not be up to scratch.

The Devil And The Detail

A Chesterfield is all about the detail. Features like the distinctive upholstery tacks that give a unique traditional look. These should always be hand hammered into the frame and be even and attractive. Ensure they’re not glued on as part of a pre-made strip. You can be sure that will fall off after only a few months of moderate use.

Finally, check all the recessed buttons. Are they even in depth? Can you see the foam beneath? Are they securely attached to the frame? Do they feel reassuringly firm but not overly stressed? If the sofa fails any of these tests make your excuses and leave!

Overall, use your instincts and always have a good long sit on the sofa. Keep your wits about you and if your ‘spider senses’ start to tingle it’s time to ask some probing questions.

It’s All Academic

We hope you find this information useful. But there’s no need to worry. Buying your leather or velvet Chesterfield sofa from the Chesterfield Sofa Company means we’ve got you covered. Time-served artisans who are experts at what they do make all our sofas. You can be confident when you order a sofa from us it’ll be of the best quality at a great price. So what are you waiting for? Call the team today on 0800 035 9889 and make your choice of a leather or velvet sofa.

Then prepare to have a very comfortable 2019 and many New Years to come.

PUBLISHED: 10/01/19