A sofa is a big investment, and you’ll want to have peace of mind that you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come, but just how long should a sofa last?
Generally, a sofa should last between 7 and 15 years, but this can change with use and care, as well as the quality of the sofa and even the type of sofa you buy with recliner sofas often seeing a slightly shorter lifespan than non-recliners due to wear and tear of the mechanisms.
There are multiple factors to consider when you’re buying a sofa to make sure you can enjoy it for years to come; here are a few tips from our experts to help you make the right decision.
Choosing the right sofa frame
The sofa frame is essential to your seating’s durability and longevity. Hardwood and metal are some of the best choices for sofas that last. Hardwood frames may be more expensive than the particleboard frames which are more common in cheaper options, but they’re so much hardier and will outlast their budget alternatives. Oak, birch, walnut, maple, bamboo and cherry are all great hardwood frame options which can stand the test of heavy use.
The sofa frame is essential to your seating’s durability and longevity. Hardwood and metal are some of the best choices for sofas that last. Hardwood frames may be more expensive than the particleboard frames which are more common in cheaper options, but they’re much harder and will outlast their budget alternatives. Oak, birch, walnut, maple, bamboo and cherry are all great hardwood frame options which can stand the test of heavy use.
While not as common as hardwood, metal sofa frames can also be a great choice for sofas that last. One big benefit of metal frames is that they can withstand pressure without snapping, however, they can bend if they’re having to deal with a lot of heavy use. That said, this is unlikely to be an issue unless you plan on frequently jumping up and down on your sofa.
Picking the ideal filling and finish
Another common reason people look to replace their sofas is if the material on the finish has started to fade or wear, or if cushions are losing support. Fabric sofas offer more options but when it comes to how long a fabric sofa should last, it depends on the specific finish you choose. Synthetic fabrics such as microfiber, polyester and olefin can withstand fading and hold their good looks against heavy use and staining.
Leather is known to age well and offers easy wipe-down maintenance, so it’s no wonder it’s such a favourite. You’ll want to opt for top or full grain leather sofa over bonded or genuine leather sofas, which can start to fall apart in the space of just a couple of years. The only downside to leather is that it can be scratched up if you have pets. Velvet sofas can be a better option for pet owners, as it has no loose threads or weaves which can be snagged by claws. However, it does require more frequent cleaning to maintain that luxury velvet look.
It’s not just the finish you’ll have to think about but the sofa filling too. Fibre fillings tend to feel fluffier, but this is due to the fibres not being as closely packed. As a result, these may wear out faster than foam fillings. Most modern sofas will be made from polyurethane foam and the higher the density of foam, the longer your sofa will survive. The standard density in cheaper sofas is around 1.8, so you’ll want to look for 2.0 or above to serve you best.
Considering how often you’ll use it
Of course, the main factor in determining how long your sofa will last is how much use you’re planning to get out of it. For busy family homes, where there’ll be a lot of bouncing around on the sofa, it’s best to go with our recommendations above.
However, if you’re planning on using your sofa less frequently than this, you may want to go for another option. You may decide a fibreboard frame suits your budget better. You may prefer the fluffy feel of fibre over foam, or decide a higher maintenance velvet finish gives you the perfect aesthetic you’re looking for.
Buying the right sofa for you is important, so this is simply meant to give you some guidance in knowing which options will hold up for longer. So much more goes into a sofa than just its colour and style, which is why you should always consider what has gone into its construction to ensure the longest lifespan possible. Of course, no matter how much punishment your sofa is going to take, our Protection Plans can also help give you a little extra peace of mind.