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How to Select The Perfect Vintage Sofa

How to Select The Perfect Vintage Sofa

Sep 7th 2020

The right piece of furniture can truly bring out the best qualities of a room and provide that special finishing touch that creates a cohesive, complete look. Not only this, but great furniture can also provide a superior level of comfort that can improve your quality of life and give a room that was previously lacking, a renewed sense of luxury.

If you are looking for a specific way to enhance your living room or family room in particular, what better way than with the addition of a beautiful vintage sofa? While there are certainly a large number of ways in which you can add or subtract elements from your home in order to change how it looks and feels, the inclusion of a lush and elegant sofa might rank as one of the best.

Between the practical and aesthetic aspects of one of these fine pieces of furniture, you can craft a more comfortable space in your home that draws you in and envelopes you when you need it most. We’ve all had one experience or another with an uncomfortable, poorly designed sofa, and how it can ruin an otherwise decent room. When it comes to your sofa, this is something you want to invest in to ensure that you get the most use out of it.

In this guide, we will help you to understand the value of home comfort and what qualities you should be looking for when purchasing a vintage sofa of your own. We will also be going over the distinct advantages of our high-quality re-imagined pieces and why one of our lavish EloquenceⓇ sofas may be just what you need to enhance your home.

The Value of Home Comfort

Your home should be crafted in such a way that it feels inviting and is able to put you at ease, console you, inspire you, or refresh you. Too many people settle for uninspiring furniture options, mismatched decor, and a complete lack of coherent aesthetic principles. While there is nothing wrong with this on the surface, it ignores the fact that home comfort plays a large role in our stress levels and quality of life.

We all face various amounts of stress in our daily lives, but it’s how we manage it that is important for our health and well-being. It has been shown that a cluttered and mismanaged-looking home increases stress, which is the opposite of what you’re home is supposed to do. Your living room for instance should be a sanctuary, with a plush sofa you can sink into at a moment’s notice in order to alleviate the day’s stresses.

Rather than wasting money furniture pieces that don’t fit your vision or dealing with a home space that doesn’t really suit your needs, you can create a more purposeful vision for your home by incorporating finer pieces of furniture that actually enhance rather than detract from the look and feel you are trying to achieve.

Qualities to Look For in a Vintage Sofa

To that end, your vintage sofa piece should emphasize style and comfort, while matching the overall aesthetic of your home. While there are no specific rules for what constitutes a worthy antique for your specific needs, there are a few general qualities you should look out for that you will want to keep in mind in order to make sure that you are investing in a piece of furniture that will truly enhance your home.

Much like modern furniture, not all antiques are created equal. Just because something is aged doesn’t automatically make it a quality item. You have to question the value it brings into your home in terms of both comfort and the overall beauty that it embodied. A lack of coherent design or shoddy craftsmanship may stand out and throw off the look of your living room.

By learning how to recognize important qualities in vintage pieces, you are better able to judge whether or not they would be able to find a place in your home and improve your quality of life. It should be noted that while there are genuine antique sofas circulating around, the selection isn’t as robust as you might prefer, due to the nature of their construction and abundance of upholstery. It becomes all the more important to be able to recognize when you are looking at a quality piece because many kinds of sofas do not hold up well over time. If you are trying to achieve that authentic look and feel, it may in fact be preferable to select a fine-quality reproduction piece, but we will go more in-depth with that momentarily.

The first major quality you want to take stock of when searching for a beautiful vintage sofa is in the construction of the frame itself. Not only is the way in which the frame was made a reliable indicator of a piece’s age, but it may also reveal a lot about how sturdy it is and whether or not it is worth investing in. Outside of the quality of the wood, you want to keep an eye out for properly interlocking joints. In many modern pieces of furniture, you’re apt to see various pieces connected together through screws, bolts, or even glue. True antiques do not use these lower quality methods of construction and should be avoided if spotted.

The next most important aspect to watch out for is in the details. You want to know that your piece was actually hand-carved rather than rolled off an assembly line. The mark of high-quality vintage pieces is their abundance of meticulously hand-carved details such as floral patterns and imagery, elaborately designed legs and crests, as well as plenty of little embellishments throughout. While vintages pieces will capture a look of utmost quality and professionalism in craftsmanship, you also want to see distinct signs of weathering and unique imperfections that give the piece its identity.

The last element of your sofa that should be taken into consideration is its upholstery. It may be hard to come by antiques that still possess their original upholstery for obvious reasons, but it’s also important to look at such things as the integrity of any metal parts such as springs and the authenticity of the fabric used. The use of velvet, wool, and other high-quality materials is common among genuine pieces, so it’s important to note if the upholstery has remained in fine condition or if you may want to consider a reupholstery job.

Ultimately, if the qualities you desire are present, and if the sofa is in the style you want that matches your home decor, you have a piece that may be perfect for your home. The reality is however it may be difficult to truly find a high-quality antique sofa that speaks to you, and this is where you may want to consider one of our gorgeous hand-crafted re-imagined EloquenceⓇ sofas.

Advantages of Quality Reproduction Sofas

There is a world of difference between an everyday reproduction and a piece that has been painstakingly reborn by artisan craftsmen to match the very essence of a true antique. You may at some point have been rightfully put off by the idea of owning a reproduction piece because of their typically poor quality, but here at EloquenceⓇ, we have redefined the idea of reimagined vintage furniture with our line of luxury-quality pieces.

The difference begins with our mentality toward reproducing antiques. Rather than simulate an entire era or overarching style of furniture, we seek out genuine antiques and reproduce them from the ground up using the best materials and highly skilled craftsmanship that shows in every detail. Right down to the weathering, we aim to bring the quality and elegance of bygone eras into present-day by adhering to the very same design principles and attention to detail as the original creators of these fine pieces.

In this way do we provide a wider selection of furniture options than may be available otherwise for those of us looking to furnish our homes in luxury. Rather than spending years trying to find that one antique sofa that completes your home, you may have more success browsing through our line of beautiful reproduction sofas, created in the same spirit as the originals and offering a greater variety of choice and style from which to choose from.

This is one of the primary advantages of quality reproduction sofas that we design here at EloquenceⓇ. We have everything from stunning Louis XV Style canapes sporting natural fabric and hand-carved details, to a wide selection of Scandanavian style sofas true to the original Mid-century Danish design that would be the perfect addition to your home if you’re searching for something sturdy and functional.

One of the other key advantages of our reproduction pieces is in their construction. Advances in material composition and general construction techniques allow for both faithful replications of the original designs that stay true to the intentions and style of the era while providing a greater deal of durability and longevity that most antiques can’t match. Today we simply have access to a higher degree of knowledge when it comes to making furniture strong, resistant to humidity and temperature extremes, safe, and long-lasting. High-quality reproductions are not only works of art, but they are also extremely functional additions to your home that will last you for generations.

Comfort is another aspect of our reproduction pieces that we take seriously and enjoy infusing into our designs. A reality of many antique sofas is that many of them have to be reupholstered and adjusted to maintain a certain level of comfort because of the wear that they have endured over time. Our EloquenceⓇ sofas are built with high comfort in mind from the ground up, with luscious and generous upholstery that you can absolutely sink into.

If you are looking for a way to truly enhance your living room or other areas of your home with a high-quality sofa that is not only eye-catching but exceedingly comfortable as well, our vintage reproductions will fulfill all of your needs. Our pieces marry elegance and comfort at every turn of the design process, producing a piece that not only looks the part, but will provide a superior level of coziness that might be hard to come by if you limit yourself to antiques alone.

Clearly, there are several important advantages to seeking out a high-quality reproduction that you want to take into account if you are looking for a gorgeous luxury sofa for your home. The most important part of any reproduction is in its fidelity to the original, however, and this is something you will see in our line of carefully reimagined sofas and other furniture pieces here at EloquenceⓇ. We cultivate only the finest quality pieces of furniture and reproduce them under the care of highly skilled artisan craftsmen that understand the meaning of quality and comfort. This combination of quality and comfort is what we infuse into everything we craft here at EloquenceⓇ.

Finding the Right Vintage Sofa to Capture the Look and Feel You Want

Whether you have your heart set on a beautiful antique piece or one of our high-quality reimagined vintage-style sofas, you are likely to find what you need right here in our extensive online store. Our featured collection of vintage furniture will help you complete your design and bring out the best in your home.

If you have any questions about our line of incredible sofas or if you want to know more about selecting the right sofa for your home, we would love to hear from you. We want to do everything we can to help you complete the look you are going for and would be happy to give you more background and details on the pieces you are interested in. You can reach us at 310-876-0661, or by email at info@eloquence.com with any of your questions or inquiries.