Sofa springs

Sofa Springs are present in nearly all sofa's, large and small, no matter what type of sofa it may be. They are a fixture within the sofa base that have been a part of sofa's for as long as they have been around. The springs, in short, are there to soften the cushion's and the manner to which you can sit down and relax. They very much control and determine the kind of sitting experience you can expect from the sofa. Though they may not be visible when you see a sofa, they are in fact probably the key component to all sofas you see on sale today.

Under any and every type of upholstered chair or sofa you can be sure there will be a spring mechanism under the padding the your bottom makes contact with. Though there are chairs and sofa's without this, you can quickly get a sense of the added comfort when you sit on a chair of sofa with springs beneath. In a typical sofa, the springs will be present in two areas; the back of the sofa and the seat to which you sit down. This is what adds the comfort and additionally, this is what takes some of the stress away from the joints that make up the outer frame. In many ways, this is similar to the role of a spring within a bed frame; the springs adding comfort to the back as lay's down on the bed.

The springs all vary in terms of their dimensions and all differ in terms of their width's and length's. Some will be for sofa's, some for chairs and other types of springs will be able to be used for both items of furniture. If you ever see springs on sale, you tend to see them sold singly or in an whole roll where by an upholsterer will be able to cut and thread the spring. From here they will be able to insert as much or little spring that they need into the sofa / item of furniture. Specialist suppliers of sofa springs will all be able to ensure the right springs are inserted into the correct types of sofa's in the correct overall manner.

Typically the spring system in use will be a coil or cone spring system, being the type of springs which can offer the most impressive type of support and comfort. This system is made up of eight-way hand-tied springs and in detail the springs are tightly fastened to the base of the sofa, held down in place by a strong cord. When you sit on this type of sofa spring you will quickly see the degree to which you can move up and down as well as side to side. Given the nature of this type of spring system and the fact cone springs are seen as the best, they do come at a price in comparison to other varieties. In a typical retailer they are the most expensive type of sofa spring you can buy.

There is also the sinuous wire spring variety which is the most common and popular type of sofa spring, largely due to the price of the springs. They are made in a zigzag / S shape with the springs running parallel and latched down directly within the frame itself. This element of the design in being latched down is so the springs are secured in the much more sturdy manner and able to withstand a great deal more wear and tear.

All three types of springs are present and key in the construction and build of the typical, day to day sofa frame which so many households own and keep. The frames to which the springs sit within need to work to withold the weight of the people who will sit on the sofa, as well as the webbing and springs. This is made possible from there being upholstery tacks in place to hold this tight and securely in place. As discussed from the variety of different springs which are used within sofas, this just goes to show that there is so much more to a bespoke, attractive sofa than what meets the eye. It is best to think of the springs within the sofa as being like the muscle which pads out the overall outer frame.

With the types of springs covered and how they work within the build of a sofa, the actual skeleton / frame of a sofa tends to be wooden. There are also metal framed sofas. Holding the sofa springs in place, the frames tend to be held in place by nails or screws. If the frame holding the springs in place is a wooden frame, the strongest possible frames are those constructed using traditional jointing techniques. The reasoning behind this comes from the ability to ensure the sofa springs can stay comfortable for longer and tolerate stresses / force without sagging. After all, for best use the frame must be able to tolerate and handle repeated use and stress; typically this is where and why sofa's with springs come complete with a guarantee 99% of them time from the top retailers.

The seat area of the sofa will be covered and supported by a layer of woven webbing over the frame beneath. The strips which are set in place to enable this tend to be either 2 inches or 5mm in width are slotted into the side, front and back frame areas and then woven across lengthwise. The lengths are fixed to the frame using inch upholstery tacks. This is then set in place from the use of a web stretching too to ensure the area to which the springs sit have the correct tension to be able to take the weight pushed across the sofa.

Internally the steel sofa springs are tied to the webbing of the sofa using upholstery twine. This will be tied by the tops of the spings being connected using lengths of the upholstery twine that will be tied to the top of each spring. The springs are then tied into one another, side by side, using the same length and piece of twine. Typically, they are tied in eight ways involving the springs all being connected together and each length of the twine tacked to the side, back and front rails of the sofa.

From here, a cover made of canvas is then covered before the final material is placed on top; this being the material your bottom will make contact with. The material placed beneath is stretched out and tacked to the side rails. Next, layers of stuffing and padding are added, then followed by another canvas layer to hold this structured enclosed and together in a sturdy manner. Lastly, the top, upholstered cover is placed, stretched and tacked onto the side rails. This is the case regardless of whether the sofa may be leather or a sofa made from a fabric. In all cases, this is how sofas tend to be manufactured to securely and effectively enclosed the spring-like mechanism which nearly all sofas now have.

Weirdly, the technique and methods all used to manufacture and build sofas is just the same as that of how a bed mattress is typically manufactured. The key is for the padding to be of a certain density to be comfortable for a sufficient amount of time to come. After all, this is what all customers are paying for when they invest in a brand new sofa.

By definition, a sofa is a seat that is upholstered, complete with arms either side and a back. Though upholstery is around us everywhere we look to the degree we almost take it for granted nowadays, historically upholstery dates back to ancient Egypt. This was the period during which pharoahs' tombs were furnished with materials and outer linings for comfort preserved to last a millennia. Ancient Egyptians and Romans and their latter contemporaries would then reserve these items of furniture for members of royalty and other social elites. In the western world, sofa upholstery has developed slowly through time at the same rate as architecture has evolved and improved. Prior to the 1500s and before the evolution of sofa upholstery, it would have been the norm to have seen seating for two or more people supplied by a hard bench.

Once the sofa became less of an item of protection from the outer elements, fabric would be used for decoration on items of furniture. Across Europe, there were influences and styles that would contribute to the design of general sofa upholstery. Germans introduced the use of horsehair padding in upholstery, the English dried sea moss and the Italians introduced the design of backrests and arms during the Renaissance. Upholstered chairs had been around however the sofa was next in line. A sofa with a down cushion was an extended, larger version of the upholstered chair. Where there are different varieties of spring arrangements in sofas, this was a time where different stuffing methods were established. This included using buttons to secure padding rather than "tufting" (sewing raised loops or cut pile into the fabric).

Throughout the history of upholstery over time, it would be the 1800's that would see the most significant period. During this time, the advent of industrial technology had a significant impact and influence on modern methods of upholstery. In 1850, this was when coil springs were invented which would go on to change upholstery in a massive way as springs are used still today. Sofa's today typically have springs beneath - to both even out weight distribution and add comfort. It was around this time too that the sewing machine was developed and introduced into upholstery working methods, in turn speeding up the processes of upholstery. Methods and improvements such as welting would have not come about would it have not been for the sewing machine.

Looking in detail at the history of the coil spring in upholstery, it was not always a straightforward addition for sofa's. Introduced to add padding, poor tying techniques and an initial high material cost made coil springs an impractical material for use in upholstery. Early typical mistakes would include upholsterers upholstering over untied coils. This would be disasterous, causing the coils to fall and spring out creating uneven lumps in areas across the sofa, in turn making for an uncomfortable sofa to sit on. At worst, sharp coil springs would even tear through the outer upholstery.

The use of springs in upholstery has developed and evolved over time. The advancements in mass produced industrially machine made coils has made the coil springs a more viable and economical means from which to fill seating cavities. This is compared with the use of horse hair, down feathers and other natural padding materials. Through there being advances in spring tying techniques, such as the eight-way tie, coil seating has in turn become a lot more solid. Technological advancements over time have also enabled sofas more wear and tear and use with sofa's returning to their original state after compression.

These advancements and this level of evolution has seen coil seats become considered as much better quality and more comfortable compared to sofa seats with sinuous (zig-zag) springs or no springs at all. There is a fair amount of labour and expense in creating and manufacturing this kind of sofa seating. It's great benefit however comes in being able to give the end user a much more supportive and comfortable item of furniture. This has been just one of the reasons for this being such a popular item of furniture over the years.

Having covered the history of upholstery and the introduction of springs in a sofa, the word sofa has a history of its own, as does the sofa as an item of furniture. The word comes from the arabic word "soffah", the word referring to a raised area of the floor covered with rugs and cushions. Similarly, the word couch has a history and meaning of its own too. This word comes from the French word coucher' and literally means to lay down'. Settee is another word widely used which comes and originates from the word settle; meaning to become comfortable. The word divan which is also a bedding word comes from the Persian word "devan". The latter word was used to describe the assembly and rule of rulers and monarchs - who sat on raised beds and who made themselves further comfortable by adding cushions and blankets. This is how the word sofa and couch have since come to be interchangable with one another.

As to when and where a sofa began to be used or who invented the sofa, this is an area we will never know. It is known that they have been round for thousands of years though. Once a wealth item / product to which only the rich could sit in a reclined seat, this is now a fixture in households and properties right across the world.

Much of the use and consumption of the sofa changed a great deal during the industrial revolution in the 19th century. During this time sofas became cheap and more available to the masses. As a result, the middle classes could now afford the comfort that the couch also offered. Sofa as it is today began to evolve and there were a lot more offerings as to the designs and types of sofa's available. Manufacturers were also coming up with new ways to enhance and develop ways of making sofas more comfortable. As mentioned, this was the period where the springs were introduced; this is THE key innovation which still today 160 years later is still very much in use in sofa design and manufacturing.

This is a component that does suffer wear and tear over time and there are stores online now where you can purchase sofa springs. You can also likewise buy springs from a lot of the high street hardware stores also. From here, you can trust to do this type of upholstery and sofa repair yourself or you can call on a company to offer and fulfill this service. This can be a cheap way of furthering the life of the overall frame of your sofa and this is a great idea if the frame and base of your sofa is still in a sound condition. If the frame may still be in one piece and with no cracks, buying new sofa springs can be a low cost way of prolonging the use of the sofa without the aggravation of having to shell out on a brand new sofa. It is best to do this first and then look to recoat the overall upholstery of the sofa.

Even on sofa's which people may have bought in the 1970's which may no longer comply with fire safety, they are simply looking to have just the springs and outer upholstery updated. This is a popular service that has seen the services of sofa repair businesses become in demand. Sofa materials have changed just the same as tastes and trends and the processes and methods that are used to build and manufacture sofas. As a result, for some people, if the sofa may actually be comfortable and have some sort of sentimental value, changing sofa springs has become a great option to invest in. It is only when there may be a crack in the sofa frame that there may be too much long term damage to not be able to reverse and replace any of the sofa fittings.

Sofa's and the repair and maintenance of sofas and springs is now a big business in itself. The item has become something of a business in the sense there are now companies able to help out with the repair and replacement of sofa springs. This is a niche business that often works alongside the upholsterers who can fit a whole new coating on sofas. Times where this can become a requirement can be from springs sticking out to springs being broken. This can span leather repairs, pet damange, the need to replace the foam and even the need to re-bolster seat cushions. These are just a few of the ways that spring damage can occur within a sofa.

Expanding on the above, there are also the possibilities to be able to call on mobile services where you can call out repair workers to come into your home and repair your sofa. This is much recommended given they will be able to source and replace any broken or damaged springs with springs of the correct size and length of the current spring which would have been within your sofa. Replacement springs will ensure you have the right spring bounce within your sofa. As there are so many variants in different springs you can buy, it pays to make sure you research the current spring setting within your sofa. If unsure seek the help of an upholsterer as having the wrong springs could otherwise damage your sofa.

Either way, sofas have very much changed a great deal and there have been a lot of ground breaking changes to the nature and design of sofa's over time. The introduction of springs being added within the sofa's is just one of these changes which has changed the nature and manufacture of the sofa's so commonly seen in the average household today. Though we make take it for granted in having the luxury and ability to simply sit back and relax on a sofa, this just goes to show that this is a more complex and sophisticated, well engineered item of furniture than we may realize. This does also go to show just how sofa springs shape and determine the manner to which you are able to sit back, relax and enjoy your sofa. You only need to now think how sitting on a sofa would be if there were no springs.

Sofa Springs are present in nearly all sofa's, large and small, no matter what type of sofa it may be. They are a fixture within the sofa base that have been a part of sofa's for as long as they have been around. The springs, in short, are there to soften the cushion's and the manner to which you can sit down and relax. They very much control and determine the kind of sitting experience you can expect from the sofa. Though they may not be visible when you see a sofa, they are in fact probably the key component to all sofas you see on sale today.

Under any and every type of upholstered chair or sofa you can be sure there will be a spring mechanism under the padding the your bottom makes contact with. Though there are chairs and sofa's without this, you can quickly get a sense of the added comfort when you sit on a chair of sofa with springs beneath. In a typical sofa, the springs will be present in two areas; the back of the sofa and the seat to which you sit down. This is what adds the comfort and additionally, this is what takes some of the stress away from the joints that make up the outer frame. In many ways, this is similar to the role of a spring within a bed frame; the springs adding comfort to the back as lay's down on the bed.

The springs all vary in terms of their dimensions and all differ in terms of their width's and length's. Some will be for sofa's, some for chairs and other types of springs will be able to be used for both items of furniture. If you ever see springs on sale, you tend to see them sold singly or in an whole roll where by an upholsterer will be able to cut and thread the spring. From here they will be able to insert as much or little spring that they need into the sofa / item of furniture. Specialist suppliers of sofa springs will all be able to ensure the right springs are inserted into the correct types of sofa's in the correct overall manner.

Typically the spring system in use will be a coil or cone spring system, being the type of springs which can offer the most impressive type of support and comfort. This system is made up of eight-way hand-tied springs and in detail the springs are tightly fastened to the base of the sofa, held down in place by a strong cord. When you sit on this type of sofa spring you will quickly see the degree to which you can move up and down as well as side to side. Given the nature of this type of spring system and the fact cone springs are seen as the best, they do come at a price in comparison to other varieties. In a typical retailer they are the most expensive type of sofa spring you can buy.

There is also the sinuous wire spring variety which is the most common and popular type of sofa spring, largely due to the price of the springs. They are made in a zigzag / S shape with the springs running parallel and latched down directly within the frame itself. This element of the design in being latched down is so the springs are secured in the much more sturdy manner and able to withstand a great deal more wear and tear.

All three types of springs are present and key in the construction and build of the typical, day to day sofa frame which so many households own and keep. The frames to which the springs sit within need to work to withold the weight of the people who will sit on the sofa, as well as the webbing and springs. This is made possible from there being upholstery tacks in place to hold this tight and securely in place. As discussed from the variety of different springs which are used within sofas, this just goes to show that there is so much more to a bespoke, attractive sofa than what meets the eye. It is best to think of the springs within the sofa as being like the muscle which pads out the overall outer frame.

With the types of springs covered and how they work within the build of a sofa, the actual skeleton / frame of a sofa tends to be wooden. There are also metal framed sofas. Holding the sofa springs in place, the frames tend to be held in place by nails or screws. If the frame holding the springs in place is a wooden frame, the strongest possible frames are those constructed using traditional jointing techniques. The reasoning behind this comes from the ability to ensure the sofa springs can stay comfortable for longer and tolerate stresses / force without sagging. After all, for best use the frame must be able to tolerate and handle repeated use and stress; typically this is where and why sofa's with springs come complete with a guarantee 99% of them time from the top retailers.

The seat area of the sofa will be covered and supported by a layer of woven webbing over the frame beneath. The strips which are set in place to enable this tend to be either 2 inches or 5mm in width are slotted into the side, front and back frame areas and then woven across lengthwise. The lengths are fixed to the frame using inch upholstery tacks. This is then set in place from the use of a web stretching too to ensure the area to which the springs sit have the correct tension to be able to take the weight pushed across the sofa.

Internally the steel sofa springs are tied to the webbing of the sofa using upholstery twine. This will be tied by the tops of the spings being connected using lengths of the upholstery twine that will be tied to the top of each spring. The springs are then tied into one another, side by side, using the same length and piece of twine. Typically, they are tied in eight ways involving the springs all being connected together and each length of the twine tacked to the side, back and front rails of the sofa.

From here, a cover made of canvas is then covered before the final material is placed on top; this being the material your bottom will make contact with. The material placed beneath is stretched out and tacked to the side rails. Next, layers of stuffing and padding are added, then followed by another canvas layer to hold this structured enclosed and together in a sturdy manner. Lastly, the top, upholstered cover is placed, stretched and tacked onto the side rails. This is the case regardless of whether the sofa may be leather or a sofa made from a fabric. In all cases, this is how sofas tend to be manufactured to securely and effectively enclosed the spring-like mechanism which nearly all sofas now have.

Weirdly, the technique and methods all used to manufacture and build sofas is just the same as that of how a bed mattress is typically manufactured. The key is for the padding to be of a certain density to be comfortable for a sufficient amount of time to come. After all, this is what all customers are paying for when they invest in a brand new sofa.

By definition, a sofa is a seat that is upholstered, complete with arms either side and a back. Though upholstery is around us everywhere we look to the degree we almost take it for granted nowadays, historically upholstery dates back to ancient Egypt. This was the period during which pharoahs' tombs were furnished with materials and outer linings for comfort preserved to last a millennia. Ancient Egyptians and Romans and their latter contemporaries would then reserve these items of furniture for members of royalty and other social elites. In the western world, sofa upholstery has developed slowly through time at the same rate as architecture has evolved and improved. Prior to the 1500s and before the evolution of sofa upholstery, it would have been the norm to have seen seating for two or more people supplied by a hard bench.

Once the sofa became less of an item of protection from the outer elements, fabric would be used for decoration on items of furniture. Across Europe, there were influences and styles that would contribute to the design of general sofa upholstery. Germans introduced the use of horsehair padding in upholstery, the English dried sea moss and the Italians introduced the design of backrests and arms during the Renaissance. Upholstered chairs had been around however the sofa was next in line. A sofa with a down cushion was an extended, larger version of the upholstered chair. Where there are different varieties of spring arrangements in sofas, this was a time where different stuffing methods were established. This included using buttons to secure padding rather than "tufting" (sewing raised loops or cut pile into the fabric).

Throughout the history of upholstery over time, it would be the 1800's that would see the most significant period. During this time, the advent of industrial technology had a significant impact and influence on modern methods of upholstery. In 1850, this was when coil springs were invented which would go on to change upholstery in a massive way as springs are used still today. Sofa's today typically have springs beneath - to both even out weight distribution and add comfort. It was around this time too that the sewing machine was developed and introduced into upholstery working methods, in turn speeding up the processes of upholstery. Methods and improvements such as welting would have not come about would it have not been for the sewing machine.

Looking in detail at the history of the coil spring in upholstery, it was not always a straightforward addition for sofa's. Introduced to add padding, poor tying techniques and an initial high material cost made coil springs an impractical material for use in upholstery. Early typical mistakes would include upholsterers upholstering over untied coils. This would be disasterous, causing the coils to fall and spring out creating uneven lumps in areas across the sofa, in turn making for an uncomfortable sofa to sit on. At worst, sharp coil springs would even tear through the outer upholstery.

The use of springs in upholstery has developed and evolved over time. The advancements in mass produced industrially machine made coils has made the coil springs a more viable and economical means from which to fill seating cavities. This is compared with the use of horse hair, down feathers and other natural padding materials. Through there being advances in spring tying techniques, such as the eight-way tie, coil seating has in turn become a lot more solid. Technological advancements over time have also enabled sofas more wear and tear and use with sofa's returning to their original state after compression.

These advancements and this level of evolution has seen coil seats become considered as much better quality and more comfortable compared to sofa seats with sinuous (zig-zag) springs or no springs at all. There is a fair amount of labour and expense in creating and manufacturing this kind of sofa seating. It's great benefit however comes in being able to give the end user a much more supportive and comfortable item of furniture. This has been just one of the reasons for this being such a popular item of furniture over the years.

Having covered the history of upholstery and the introduction of springs in a sofa, the word sofa has a history of its own, as does the sofa as an item of furniture. The word comes from the arabic word "soffah", the word referring to a raised area of the floor covered with rugs and cushions. Similarly, the word couch has a history and meaning of its own too. This word comes from the French word coucher' and literally means to lay down'. Settee is another word widely used which comes and originates from the word settle; meaning to become comfortable. The word divan which is also a bedding word comes from the Persian word "devan". The latter word was used to describe the assembly and rule of rulers and monarchs - who sat on raised beds and who made themselves further comfortable by adding cushions and blankets. This is how the word sofa and couch have since come to be interchangable with one another.

As to when and where a sofa began to be used or who invented the sofa, this is an area we will never know. It is known that they have been round for thousands of years though. Once a wealth item / product to which only the rich could sit in a reclined seat, this is now a fixture in households and properties right across the world.

Much of the use and consumption of the sofa changed a great deal during the industrial revolution in the 19th century. During this time sofas became cheap and more available to the masses. As a result, the middle classes could now afford the comfort that the couch also offered. Sofa as it is today began to evolve and there were a lot more offerings as to the designs and types of sofa's available. Manufacturers were also coming up with new ways to enhance and develop ways of making sofas more comfortable. As mentioned, this was the period where the springs were introduced; this is THE key innovation which still today 160 years later is still very much in use in sofa design and manufacturing.

This is a component that does suffer wear and tear over time and there are stores online now where you can purchase sofa springs. You can also likewise buy springs from a lot of the high street hardware stores also. From here, you can trust to do this type of upholstery and sofa repair yourself or you can call on a company to offer and fulfill this service. This can be a cheap way of furthering the life of the overall frame of your sofa and this is a great idea if the frame and base of your sofa is still in a sound condition. If the frame may still be in one piece and with no cracks, buying new sofa springs can be a low cost way of prolonging the use of the sofa without the aggravation of having to shell out on a brand new sofa. It is best to do this first and then look to recoat the overall upholstery of the sofa.

Even on sofa's which people may have bought in the 1970's which may no longer comply with fire safety, they are simply looking to have just the springs and outer upholstery updated. This is a popular service that has seen the services of sofa repair businesses become in demand. Sofa materials have changed just the same as tastes and trends and the processes and methods that are used to build and manufacture sofas. As a result, for some people, if the sofa may actually be comfortable and have some sort of sentimental value, changing sofa springs has become a great option to invest in. It is only when there may be a crack in the sofa frame that there may be too much long term damage to not be able to reverse and replace any of the sofa fittings.

Sofa's and the repair and maintenance of sofas and springs is now a big business in itself. The item has become something of a business in the sense there are now companies able to help out with the repair and replacement of sofa springs. This is a niche business that often works alongside the upholsterers who can fit a whole new coating on sofas. Times where this can become a requirement can be from springs sticking out to springs being broken. This can span leather repairs, pet damange, the need to replace the foam and even the need to re-bolster seat cushions. These are just a few of the ways that spring damage can occur within a sofa.

Expanding on the above, there are also the possibilities to be able to call on mobile services where you can call out repair workers to come into your home and repair your sofa. This is much recommended given they will be able to source and replace any broken or damaged springs with springs of the correct size and length of the current spring which would have been within your sofa. Replacement springs will ensure you have the right spring bounce within your sofa. As there are so many variants in different springs you can buy, it pays to make sure you research the current spring setting within your sofa. If unsure seek the help of an upholsterer as having the wrong springs could otherwise damage your sofa.

Either way, sofas have very much changed a great deal and there have been a lot of ground breaking changes to the nature and design of sofa's over time. The introduction of springs being added within the sofa's is just one of these changes which has changed the nature and manufacture of the sofa's so commonly seen in the average household today. Though we make take it for granted in having the luxury and ability to simply sit back and relax on a sofa, this just goes to show that this is a more complex and sophisticated, well engineered item of furniture than we may realize. This does also go to show just how sofa springs shape and determine the manner to which you are able to sit back, relax and enjoy your sofa. You only need to now think how sitting on a sofa would be if there were no springs.