How To Choose a Sofa That Will Last a Lifetime

So, you’re ready for a new sofa. That’s great! However, not every piece of furniture is created equal. If you, like so many other people, will be sitting on your new sofa every day for the next 15 years or more, you want to make sure you’re buying something that’s going to last.

Benefits of Choosing Quality

Durable sofas are made from durable materials. When you invest in furniture that sources good materials like solid wood and premium fabrics and features expert craftsmanship, you’re investing in quality.

One of the best things about a quality sofa is that it’s timeless: it will look great today, tomorrow, next year, and all the years after that. What’s more, beautiful, quality designs are always in style, which means that you’ll be able to keep your sofa for this home and your next. A cheap sofa looks nice for a while, but chances are you’ll be replacing it in a year or two; when you buy a quality sofa, you’ll have a beautiful piece forever.

How to Judge the Quality of a Sofa

What’s the difference between a quality sofa and a cheap sofa? There are some key things to look for when you begin your shopping.


Without a good, solid frame, your sofa won’t survive the years to come. To find a piece that is built to last, check that the frame is a hard, kiln-dried wood held together with screws and dowels instead of glue and staples. The former will last much longer.


The frame is only one part of the equation. Don’t neglect to check the seating support as well—it works together with the frame and the filling to provide a comfortable seat. Springs are your friend when it comes to support, and they will help ensure that your sofa lasts. Pocket coils, sinuous springs, and web suspension are some of the best options to look for.


What’s in those cushions? If you use your couch a lot, chances are you’ll be sitting on it every day. Polyurethane is a common choice: lesser-quality foam will break down quickly and cause sagging, so check that the foam is high-density. Fillings such as down and feather are soft and luxurious, but will require regular care to ensure your cushions maintain their shape.


What will your new sofa be made of? Leather is a durable choice, as well as high-quality fabrics. Woven patterns will last longer than printed, and higher thread counts with tight weaves are worthy of consideration. If you have pets, microfiber fabrics are a great choice—they are stain resistant and will last a long time.

There’s a lot to consider when you’re choosing a sofa. It’s a worthy investment, and if you choose the right one, you’ll have it for years to come. At Miller Bros. Furniture we’re always happy to help you find the perfect fit for your home and lifestyle, so contact us at 712-255-3575 or visit us in store today!