Sofa. Choice tips and the answer to the dilemma “fabric or leather”!

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The sofa is not a simple piece of furniture. It is a piece organically connected to the largest room of the house, the living room and it plays an important role in our life. We all sit on the couch and watch movies with our kids or watch football with our friends.

We relax on the couch, we eat and sometimes we take a nap. Choosing the right sofa for our daily quality of life is as important as choosing the right mattress for our sleep. After all, we must not forget that a sofa is a piece of furniture that will accompany us for many years.

5 selection tips

Here are 5 tips you must have in mind when you’re looking for the couch of your dreams!

Comfort

It’s a fact that you spend many more hours on the couch than in the dining room. So your first concern should be how comfortable the sofa is in relation to your body. The average sofa has a depth of about 50-60 cm and a height between 45 and 55 cm.

Fabrics and colors

The answer here depends on the type of your family. If there is one, two, three or more young children in the house and, perhaps, a dog or cat, it is a good idea to choose a sofa with a cotton or linen cloth that is easy to clean.

When it comes to sofa colors, if you are not an interior designer, we would recommend you to avoid very bright colors that may not suit your space. Prefer safe shades such as beige, gray and earthy colors that suit any environment. In addition, if the sofa is placed in a part of the house where the sun will see it, the bright colors are likely to fade.

Quality of construction

The sofa will be with you for many years. A frayed piece of furniture with protruding springs will damage both your aesthetics and the health of your back and torso. The main secret to the quality and durability of the sofa is the frame. Beech wood with its hardness and durability is an excellent choice.

Customize your space

There is nothing worse than buying a sofa that turns out to be too big for your living room. It is very important to measure both the width of the old sofa, its height, but also its depth or the dimensions of the space where the new sofa is going to be placed.

Many rooms have library shelves that are difficult to remove or radiators (which are NOT removed). Make sure they do not stand in the way of your couch. Finally, the sofa must somehow reach your home. Make sure it can pass through all the points without scratching the walls.

Design

Floral designs or stripes on a sofa may look old-fashioned to you as you remember them for many years on the couch of a distant aunt. Remember that today ‘s trendy may be tomorrow’ s retro.

Especially for the sofa that will “live” with you for 10, 15 or more years, our advice is to choose a design that is timeless. If you feel the need to refresh your home, there are decorative sofa cushions in many different colors that can make a difference.

Leather VS Fabric sofa.

Comparative test!

One of the biggest dilemmas when buying a sofa is between the leather or the fabric. Each option has its pros and cons. That’s why we gathered them all and we present them to you in the comparative test that follows.

Comfort

The fabric is generally softer and more body friendly than leather. Just like with leather car seats, a leather sofa can be hot in summer and “stick” unpleasantly to the skin.

Winner: Fabric

Wear

Ah these scratches! One of the biggest problems of the leather sofa is the scratches from the children or our favorite pets. In addition, fabric sofas are now often equipped with removable upholstery that makes them easier to clean.

Winner: Fabric

Hypoallergenicity

If every spring you have a big problem with allergies, both natural and those caused by mites, you may need to think about it before buying a sofa. Mites feed on the tiny flakes of skin that we and our pets shed every day.Very common on fabric sofas, much less common on leather ones.

Winner: Leather

Aesthetics

A leather sofa gives a special aesthetic to any space, which a fabric sofa can hardly reach, no matter how good its materials are. If you want a modern, aesthetically advanced design, then your choice will be a leather sofa.

Winner: Leather

Care

The leather sofa is usually easy to clean with a cloth. The leather is durable and can last for decades with minimum care. On the other hand, the fabric needs a vacuum cleaner or the removable wallpaper to be washed in a washing machine much more often.

Winner: Leather

Economy

There are fabric sofas that can cost a significant portion of your budget. However, there is one rule you can keep in mind: a sofa with exactly the same dimensions and exactly the same frame will always be more expensive in its leather version.

Winner: Fabric

Variety

A leather sofa can be offered in a variety of colors. However, the options, the variety and the prospects of fabric sofas are literally limitless. It is much more probable and easier to find something in the style you want by choosing between fabric sofas.

Winner: Fabric

Conclusion

The winner is the fabric sofa! But does this mean that it will be your final choice? Of course not. Each criterion has a different weight depending on your needs, desires and family or financial situation.

How to take care of your sofa

Your new sofa is already in your living room and your space really looks more beautiful and renewed. Congratulations! What you need to do now, starting from day one, is take care of your couch, as if it were another member of your family. That way, you will enjoy it for many decades. See more in our tips that follow.

Dust

Dust is the enemy of your couch (and your health). As it adheres to its fibers, it can wear out faster than usual. Vacuuming your sofa (caution: with the soft brush accessory) should be part of your weekly cleaning routine.

Sun light

We all love the sun, a source of life (but also vitamin D). But when it comes to our favorite sofa, things change! The direct and intense sunlight will fade slightly or even more intensely the color of your sofa. In fact, if the sun hits only part of your sofa, you may see two colors.

 

Way of use

If you have a “favorite corner” where you curl up on the couch, think again. Sitting in a single spot on the couch will make this area softer than the rest of the couch and will accumulate more dust and dirt. Try to share the use of the sofa evenly.

 

Also, avoid sitting permanently on the front of the seat cushions, as they may become deformed. Immerse yourself in your couch, do not be afraid of it!

 

Turn the back cushions over

If your sofa cushions are removable, try turning them over at intervals (every 15 days). This will allow them to retain their shape for longer and prevent particular wear in a single spot.

Protect the sofa arms

Sitting on the couch in the arms is sometimes convenient, while other times it looks very cool. But the truth is that you should not do it. Your sofa arms are not made to sit on them and if you have this bad habit you will soon break them. Also, prevent children from sitting on your arm.

 

Remove the sofa if necessary

If you are having a party, or have invited friends home, the one who is likely to suffer is your couch. Scratches, stains or, in some cases, cigarette burns are the possible side effects. Move your sofas away from social gatherings or, alternatively, cover them.

Sofa bed. Convenient and practical.

You may be hosting a friend who stayed home from the night before. Or a relative who came for a few days. It can concern bachelors or families. It can have different shapes or colors. In any case, the sofa bed is a practical solution for every home.

 

The first patent for what we now call a sofa bed was made in the United States in 1899. So this piece of furniture has been in our lives for more than a century and in some cases is necessary. See below its main features.

Compact construction

The biggest advantage of the sofa-bed is its compact construction that performs a dual function. This makes it the ideal furniture for studios or small apartments, while in addition to saving space, it is the ideal solution to accommodate an extra person or couple.

 

Storeroom

Sofa beds have extra storage space for sheets, blankets and pillows. But a lot of space is almost always left over for what does not fit in your closets. In fact, if the sofa bed is angular, then the storage space is even larger.

 

Stamina

A sofa bed is made to withstand a load of 200 kg or more.

 

Comfort

Most modern models have orthopedic properties and the ability to adapt to the shape of the human body.

 

Practicality

The sofa bed is covered with waterproof fabric and is extremely practical and resistant to extreme temperatures.

 

Portability

A sofa bed should be easy to move. Thus, it always weighs less than an ordinary sofa, which allows its portability in any space needed.

Caution! Do not buy a new mattress before reading this.

οδηγός αγοράς στρώματος

Sleep is essential from the beginning of human history, not only for our health, but also for our survival. Hundreds of studies have linked good sleep to proper heart and brain function, boosting the immune system and longevity.

Still, good sleep has undoubtedly positive effects on our mood and productivity. These findings, beyond studies, can be confirmed by each of us: when we have not slept well, we are always in a bad mood, lethargic and tired.

 

Effects of poor sleep.

Lack of sleep, but also poor sleep quality, can lead to particularly negative results. For example:

Chronic muscle and bone pain.

Accumulation of harmful proteins in the brain with a long-term risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries).

Lower fertility.

Weight gain.

And many more.

 

Sleep is a medicine

In fact, according to scientists, dozens of physical and mental illnesses could be avoided if we just slept better. Sleep is a medicine and that is indisputable!

 

Good sleep = good mattress!

Good sleep should never be less than 6 to 8 hours a day. In simple math, this means that we spend about a third of our lives lying in bed. So choosing the right mattress, a quality mattress that will help us sleep better is not a desire. It’s our obligation.

Price is never the criterion!

We all know that when it comes to our health, price can never be a choice. The same goes for the mattress we will buy. To be healthy, relaxed and in good spirit throughout the day we need to focus on the quality and technology of a mattress and never on the low cost. A cheap mattress will unfortunately pay off many times over, in other ways, over the course of our lives. Mattress purchase guide

There are 4 important rules that define a good, quality mattress. At epiplopantazis.gr we follow these rules without any exception.

Orthopedics

It is the ability of the mattress to support the spine, keeping it in its natural position. This is achieved through the composition of the materials of the mattress and its degree of hardness.

Anatomicality

A good mattress should embrace our body anatomically, like a “cocoon”. Anatomy is one of the most important properties of the mattress.

Hygiene

The materials used to make a mattress are of the utmost importance. When the materials are natural, certified, free of microorganisms and processed according to European Union standards, then you can safely trust the mattress.

Durability

We spend much of our lives in our bed. So it is very important that our mattress is durable for many years. The choice of materials, certification and quality control play the most important role in the durability of a mattress.

Degree of mattress hardness

Nowadays, the degree of mattress hardness is now one of the basic purchase criteria. We need to know that the degree of hardness is related to both our sleeping habits and our physique. See below for some important information.

If you sleep on your back, a harder mattress with proper spine support is the ideal choice.

If you are overweight, choose a hard mattress.

If you are thin, it is best to sleep on less hard mattresses that fit your body.

How to choose the right mattress?

Before buying a mattress, we must pay attention to the following:

The mattress should be comfortable.

The mattress should receive the body gently, without forcing it to take uncomfortable positions.

The mattress should support the head and torso so that it does not sink every time we change sides.

The materials of the mattress must be of good quality and hypoallergenic.

The minimum layer thickness should be at least 16 cm and ideally 18 to 25 cm.

Musculoskeletal disorders and mattress selection

Caution: If you suffer from a musculoskeletal disorder, you should consult your doctor before choosing a mattress.

Measurement

Before we buy a mattress, measurements has an important role, as we should not adapt our body to the mattress, but the mattress to our body. So we measure the inside of the bed, both in length and width, with a meter or measuring tape (and not our old mattress).

Boards and crates

The more attention we pay to the mattress, the more we must pay attention to its support. The right boards and crates determine the durability of the mattress over time as well as its feel during sleep. Wrong materials, with large gaps, instability or no ventilation, can adversely affect a mattress.

We need to know that if we place the same layer on different surfaces, its feel can change. If we buy an anatomical mattress, the use of an anatomical frame is also appropriate. This way, the mattress will be able to follow the inclination of our body better.

When somone prefers a hard mattress, they should not use a crate, as this will reduce the hardness of the mattress. Of course, this also works the other way around: if you have a hard layer and you want to reduce its hardness, you can add a crate.

How do we know that our mattress needs to be changed?

If you answer “yes” to any of the following, you will most likely need a mattress change.

Is your mattress 10 years old and older?

Do you wake up every morning with back or neck pain?

Do you hear creaking or other noises from your mattress?

Do you roll over on your partner unintentionally during sleep?

Mattress categories

Before investing in a mattress that will accompany you for many years, it is good to know the existing categories of mattresses and to which they are addressed. See below.

Mattresses with open type springs (Bonnel spring)

These are the most economical mattresses on the market, usually with hard springs. Materials such as cotton, wool, polyester pads or foam materials are placed above and below the springs.

Advantages

The most economical proposals on the market.

Spine support due to hardness that makes them ideal even for overweight people.

Disadvantages

Less receptive to different pressures.

They are not recommended for two people with a large weight difference as one will affect the other’s sleep for the worse.

Those who have a habit of sleeping face down or on the side are under too much pressure.

See one of our many quality orthopedic mattresses with this type of springs.

 

Mattresses with independent springs (Pocket spring)

These mattresses have springs in rows, inside fabric cases. The greater the number of springs, the better the response of the mattress to the movements of your body.

Advantages

More malleable.

The pressure on the back varies depending on the point, offering greater comfort in sleep.

Sleep is not affected between 2 people who turn around during sleep.

More durable because of most springs.

Disadvantages

Heavier and harder to turn from the other side.

Relatively soft for people who want strong support in the spine.

See one of our many quality anatomical mattresses with this type of springs

epiplopantazis.gr options

At epiplopantazis.gr we have a wide range of advanced, quality and comfortable mattresses from the best manufacturers in the Greek market. See our suggestions below and make your choice!

 

Mattresses of high hardness

Comfort Linea Strom(orthopedic-bonnell spring)
Star Greco Strom (orthopedic-bonnell spring)

 

Mattresses of medium hardness

Bioflex Linea Strom(anatomical-pocket spring)
Super Plus Linea Strom(orthopedic-bonnell spring)
Elementi Linea Strom(orthopedic-bonnell spring)
Magic Linea Strom(anatomical-pocket spring)
Royal 4G Media Strom(orthopedic-bonnell spring)
Lux 4G Media Strom(orthopedic-bonnell spring)
Must Greco Strom(anatomical- pocket spring)
Life Greco Strom(orthopedic bonnell spring)
Unique Greco Strom(anatomical- pocket spring)
Tempus Greco Strom(anatomical- pocket spring)
Interflex Greco Strom(anatomical- pocket spring)
Mistral Greco Strom(without springboard– latex)
Privilege Greco Strom(without springboard– latex)

 

 Mattresses of low hardness

Utopia Linea Strom(anatomical-pocket spring)
Exclusive Linea Strom(anatomical-pocket spring)
Silk Linea Strom(anatomical-pocket spring)
Serenity Linea Strom(anatomical-pocket spring)
Latex Linea Strom(without springboard-latex)
Prestige 4G Media Strom(anatomical -pocket spring)
Prestige Multi Media Strom(anatomical -pocket spring)