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What to Look for in Quality Upholstered Furniture

  • Prioritize the things that are most important to you - Style, Comfort, Price, Selection, Quality, Brand, Timing, etc.
  • Establish a budget that you are comfortable with.
  • Research products on the internet that match your needs
  • Once you've selected a brand, contact online retailers to obtain their lowest price (Including shipping)
  • Take that price to your local retailer and ask them to meet or beat that price.  Most retailers are willing to reduce their profit to get your business today.
  • Ask for a discount for a cash purchase.  Most retailers pay between 2-4% of the purchase price to credit card companies.
  • Always ask for free delivery or a discount on the delivery fee.
  • Scotchguard, Guardsman, and other fabric protection products are only as good as the warranty - Read it carefully and ask for a reduced price.
  • If possible stay away from financing (6 months No Interest, No payments until 2010, etc.) unless you are sure you will pay the balance.  Most of these deals will charge you interest from the date of purchase at rates well over 20% if your balance is not paid in full by the due date.
  • When negotiating ask to speak with the owner or manager.  They are generally busy and more likely to quickly cut a deal.
  • If possible purchase furniture with cushions that have zippers that let you inside the cushions so if then need fluffing in the future you can put more in.
  • Try and make sure that the Poly Fill inside the back pillows is in a bag of some sort, it keeps its shape better than if it is just in there loose.
  • There is also the option of adding feathers & down to your cushions in both the back and seat cushions. Remember if they are 100% feather & down they are going to be very, very soft - like a feather pillow. You are constantly be fluffing them up.
  • If you like your seat cushions soft but would like some support, they can come with foam cushions wrapped in feather & down.
  • Make sure the frame is made of hard woods such as Cherry, Birch, Mahogany, Pecan, Oak, and Alder are just a few.The frame should be kiln dried wood.

Choosing a Fabric

  • Fabrics are priced by "grades," the higher the fabric grade the more expensive it is going to be.
  • A higher grade fabric is almost always going to be more time consuming to produce, therefore the extra time spent manufacturing the fabric is going to be reflected in the price.
  • Grades have nothing to do with the quality of the fabric. More often the lower grade fabrics are going to be more durable for everyday family use.
  • If you have fallen in love with that fancy high grade you surly wouldn't be the
    first! Try using it on the throw pillows or for an accent chair.
  • Usually the higher graded fabric's will use more expensive fibers (such as silk or linen) and they tend to have a intricate/detailed pattern.

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