When Looking for a Children’s Sofa Or Chair – What to Look For

When looking for a children’s sofa, chair or other seating furniture, always think about what you are buying. A kid’s sofa needs to be able to hold up with all kinds of rough conditions even if it is built for children. Also ask yourself what are you going to use it for, where will it be placed in your home? Is build to last? And will it be able to withstand my child’s rough play? Is it worth the money?Hhere is a few key features you should look for when looking to purchase children’s furniture:

Hardwood or soft wood?

If a sofa or chair is built with soft wood instead of hard wood it won’t last very long, this is why we believe hardwood is a much better material to use when building the frame. It gives the sofa a much stronger and sturdy structure. Especially if you have the rough and tumble of children’s play in mind.

How is fixed together?

Is the chair glued? Screwed? Or stapled together? It is best to have all three, but any will be fine as long as the frame is made from hardwood. Knowing the sofa is held together firmly gives you the peace of mind that it won’t fall apart while your child is sat or playing on the sofa. And less likely to be injured.

Are the arms of the sofa or chair made to standards?

I have found that many children’s sofas lack in a simple requirement, a firm arm..By this I mean cardboard. It helps give the sofa a much more safer feeling, if you have a children’s sofa with the cardboard missing, you can feel the frame inside and the poor padding of the foam. Many children climb and jump on the arms of a chair so the cardboard is there for a purpose. It prevents the wood of the frame to break and acts as a safety net, if the sofas was to split it stops any broken wood to piece through and injure your child. So when you go out and buy a sofa or chair for your child, be sure to have a good feel of it.

What is the padding like?

Many children’s sofas on the market are made poorly with thin and cheap padding, they do this to save on costs as foam is rather expensive. It is always best to choose a sofa that is well padded..Not only will be more comfortable it will also be safer by protecting your child from bumps, if they was to fall and bang themselves on the sofa.

What is the seat like?

Has the seat base got webbing or is it just wood,95% of kids sofas have a thin wooden seat base this is not good at all. As we all know kids like to jump and play around on sofas and chairs, so it need to

be able to withstand these conditions so it will last a long time. I found that seats made from webbing are much more durable and more likely to last and also feels more comfortable.

What fabrics are on offer?

Ask for a sample of the fabric or faux leather, that way you can get feel of it..Thicker fabrics last longer and more durable than thinner ones and less likely to tear it is also a good idea to ask if it is fire retardant, by law all fabrics used in children’s furniture or clothing has to have this requirement if it is not don’t buy it. If it is ask for proof, ask for a copy of the fr certificate. Most of the children’s sofas you find in shops for £24 to £60 will be a lower grade fabric or faux leather which is not a good feature it needs to be a heavy duty fabric or faux leather to with stand children’s daily activities like the ones used in clubs, hotels, schools, nurseries, day care centres. Unfortunately, most people look at the designs, styles or fabric first before checking durability of materials used. It is a good idea to make sure that your child’s sofas include both durability and beauty. Choose colours and designs that both adults and children could appreciate. White or pale colour sofa,. This type of kid’s sofa could only cause extra work for you. Since kids have the tendency to jump on sofas and leave dirt behind, it is best to choose darker colour fabrics. So you won’t have to clean it often because the dark colour could hide dirt stains for months.

In order to purchase a durable sofa, keep a lookout for kid’s sofas that could withstand liquid spills, roughness, dirt and other abuses. Kids will be kids. So you have to pick a sofa that could meet your child’s activity level.