Once you’ve made these choices, the next step is to learn how to distinguish superior from inferior products.
If you choose leather, it’s important to look all around a sofa to make sure there are no large solid pieces of (what looks like) leather. Pieces more than about 2 feet wide without a seam is a good indication that they’re not real leather. Many companies advertise leather sofas constructed of only segments of leather.
If you’ve decided on cloth, make sure a sofa’s seams and frame inserts (that serve as reinforcements) are firm. Feel all around to make sure there are no insufficiently cushioned spots. If you don’t see seams and you get the feeling you could sew the cover yourself from an old blanket, keep walking.
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