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F-8lnSty!e THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, October 20, 191 Knowledge can cushion the shock of buying sofa 3i mm i mi 4 V k V ifjjy .wtr.r.i m 8UCKEYE( This sofa has Lawson-style arms, dressmaker skirt, semi-attached back cushions. Note how stripes match. From Leugers. Y SECURITY y II 1 fF il II j o F .-',-:-.h L. Here's the way to couch terms BY CHRISTINE WOLFF The Cincinnati Enquirer Shopping for a new sofa often is what keeps many an old sofa alive. The old one's not so bad, you reason a little saggy, maybe some Kool-Aid and beer stains on the cushions, a tiny rip on one side. But looking at it beats venturing into a furniture store, where the sofa supply stretches for an acre and you grow weary viewing too many prints, plaids, stripes and flowers. There are so many decisions. Should your new sofa come with a kick pleat or a parson's leg? In a camelback or a tuxedo style? Loose cushions or a tight back? And what's inside a couch anyway? First off: Furniture folks prefer "sofa" to "couch." No big deal, but at least you'll sound in the know. To help clear up the sofa confusion, we consulted the experts sofa sages, so to speak: Robert Handler, a vice president in the furniture division at Lazarus department stores; Lori Arft, a furniture buyer at Lazarus; Richard Enter, general manager at WB Meier Furniture Co., Kenwood; and Gary Crumrine, a furniture buyer at Leugers Furniture Co., Madeira. The frame First, the frame. Today's sofas are longer than their predecessors, with fatter, more comfortably padded arms, our experts note. Sofas from the turn of the century measured about 72 inches; today, a standard size is 85-88 inches and can range as high as 95 inches. The best bet is a frame made from kiln-dried hardwood, such as oak or maple. Softer woods, such as pine, sometimes are used but are not as sturdy. Think twice about a frame made of heavy paper, plywood or polyurethane. For best quality, the legs should be part of the frame, not screwed in. There are two basic types of ' f - 'i vt hfp 3ft k VW r On Your Firsl Save 25) pholstcrcd Piece This sofa has a slight camelback with a button-tuffed, light back, Lawson arms and ruffled kick pleat. From Lazarus. Save 30) On Your Second The More You Buy, The More You Save Over 150 Frame Styles 37 Colors Of Leather Over 600 Fabrics Delivery In 45 Days h'lrsl iicf iiim h.isfil must licofumilcxl :ilm: Kuril surrrsslxr pivrr must Itr ul Ivssrr or riiunl i ,(' I hun jiivcvilinti llrm. ,V,n Inns nil sutiiieslctl Mull. liholslered I'iece Save 35 On Your Third I pholslered Piece Smc 35"n On Each Additional Lpholslcrcd Piece Off Suggested Retail sm.k i:ds ovi:mbi:r3ki) 3! JllSt . quality sofa construction, our experts say: Eight-way, hand-tied coil construction: Considered the best way to make a sofa, it usually carries a higher price tag. Each spring, or coil, is tied down with heavy cord and fastened to the frame with eight knots, which hold the spring firmly in place. There's no slipping, which can cause sinkholes, and no noise of metal against metal. Some manufacturers take, short cuts, tying slip knots instead of anchoring each knot securely. A recent arrival are drop-in units, where the knots are machine-tied, allowing the manufacturer to offer a lower price. No-sag construction: Lengths of steel bent in a running Z pattern are placed in several rows and anchored to the frame to create tension. A very common method, it is found in many moderately priced sofas. There are degrees of quality in no-sag construction: The heavier the steel and the more rows, the better. And, the less creaking noises, the better. Padding it out Over the frame goes the padding, which provides shape and comfort. 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