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? There is a few key features you should look for when looking to purchase children’s furniture:
Hardwood or softwood?
If a sofa or chair is built with softwood instead of hardwood 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 firearm…By this I mean cardboard. It helps give the sofa a much 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 were 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 the 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 were 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 needs 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 the 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 asking 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 withstand children’s daily activities like the ones used in clubs, hotels, schools, nurseries, daycare centers. Unfortunately, most people look at the designs, styles or fabric first before checking the durability of materials used. It is a good idea to make sure that your child’s sofas include both durability and beauty. Choose colors and designs that both adults and children could appreciate. White or pale color 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 color fabrics. So you won’t have to clean it often because the dark color 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.
Who should I buy a children’s sofa or chair from?
If you are looking for a children’s sofa or chair that is built to last, worth your money and looks great in any room, cherub sofa’s is the only and best choice. they build and create children’s furniture to highest of standards, with the safety of the child in mind. With the same quality as a adults sofa or chair. All sofas are made from hardwood and fixed together with screws, glue, and staples. They use cardboard around the arms and use high-quality thick foam for padding and comfort. Each sofa and chair made has the webbing on the seats. all fabrics used are in safety regulations of the fire retardant law, with FR certificates available on request. From research when trying to find a sofa for my 4 year old son, the only company I could find that ticked all the correct boxes and that actually seemed to care about quality and safety of a child rather than to make a quick profit was cherub sofas I would recommend them to any parent wanting to buy stylish but safe furniture for their child.