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Sofa is an Upholstered

You can practically find a sofa in every home, but as common as the term is, most people are still not aware of its real definition. A sofa is an upholstered piece that contains cushions, two arms, and space for several people to sit. Before furniture can qualify as a sofa, it must have these three factors. A sofa is sometimes used interchangeably with the couch because they have a similar structure.

However, there are still distinct characteristics that differentiate them from each other. For instance, the couch was designed for lying down and is without arms, unlike the sofa. Sometimes a sofa may be referred to as a couch because of its structure, function, size, and shape. 

Another defining difference is in their function; sofas are designed to provide seating space, unlike the couch, which can only seat two to three people. Also, a sofa is perceived as being formal, hence their usage in the living room and other formal settings.

It comes with an elegant and formal vibe, which is the best look to go for in this case. But if you are looking for a cozy and homely vibe, the couch is the best option as they are perceived as informal. Now you know the difference between the two terms.

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What is Upholstery?

Upholstery is a covering for the sofa, and it is essential to select the right one for your sofa. Before we dive deep into the world of upholstery, we need to understand the real definition of upholstery, and it uses. Upholstery is a soft material including fabric, webbing, padding, and springs used to make coverings for sofa and other furniture. The use of upholstery is dated back to the 17th century.

Over the years, a wide variety of materials have been used as upholstery for furniture. It started with hay and progressed to horsehair, wool, and has graduated to different materials. 

Upholstery determines whether a piece of furniture will be comfortable or not. Sometimes there is a need to change the fabric of a sofa, so selecting a quality upholstery is paramount. It also influences the style and décor of your home.

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Types of Upholstery

There are different varieties of upholstery, and they define the style of your sofa


Leather is used for a lot of things, and upholstery is one of them. Leather is a good material for upholstery and for a good reason too. Leather is a good material for a sofa because they are stain proof and easy to clean. A leather sofa is always classy, cozy, and can fit into traditional or modern settings.

The only disadvantage of the leather upholstery is that it is a bit expensive. Still, if you want to invest in quality and durable upholstery, leather is an excellent option.


Everybody likes that warm fuzzy feeling of the wool, which makes it the ideal upholstery. The wool is interwoven with a synthetic fabric to make it more durable and easier to clean. Using a wool upholstery has other benefits as well. Wool doesn't wrinkle or fade and is soil resistant as well. 


The jute is a natural upholstery material that adds excellent texture to your piece of furniture. Pairing the jute with materials like leather creates a pleasant and beautiful décor scheme. But the jute comes with a disadvantage; it is prone to wrinkling and rough to touch. But if you can look past these two factors, you have an excellent material


The linen is a natural fiber gotten from flax; this particular upholstery material is cheap and affordable. The linen is mixed with a synthetic option to increase its durability; it is also resistant to moth, pilling, and fading.

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Why Do You Need to Cover The Sofa?

People with furniture’s all experience the same problem; spills, fading, dust, and wears. Granted, some modern-day sofas are resistant to stain due to the new stain-resistant technology still sofas wears, fray, and accumulates spills, which leaves it looking rough and wrinkled. In other to prevent this, there is a need to cover your sofa, but this might make it look bland and out of place. So here are a few stylish sofa covers ideas 

  • Throws and quilts

Throws and quilt is a good way of covering your sofa and protecting it against spills, wear, and tear. Not to mention, they add style and elegance to the sofa. It is also an excellent method of disguising old sofas

  • Fitted slipcover

This is another good way of covering up your sofa; when you go shopping for a couch, be sure to get one that comes with a custom-fitted slipcover/

  • Non-fitted Slip Cover

They are all-purpose sofa covers that fit nicely with the sofa like a loosed jacket. They are draped over the seat and arm of the sofa.

  • Furs and Rugs

Furs and rugs are another way of protecting sofas that are constantly in use. They are stylish and classy and prevents the sofa from wearing out quickly. A downside of the furs and rugs is that it can't be washed, so it should be protected from spills

  • Tapestries

Tapestries might be vintage, but they still come with styles and can be an elegant sofa cover. It can be used to jazz up a boring and plain looking sofa. Also, they add color, texture, and design to your home

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How to clean a Sofa

The sofa is long term investments if properly maintained; this article will give you tips about cleaning a sofa properly.

  • Get the Stain Out as Quickly as Possible

Please get to the spill as soon as it occurs because allowing the stain to set makes it difficult to get out.

  • Use a Dry Brush to Remove Particles

Always use a dry brush on the entire sofa to remove loose dirt and particles from the sofa.

  • Vacuum your Sofa

Before cleaning the sofa, you can use a handheld vacuum to remove crumbs and other loosed particles as well. Vacuuming makes cleaning the sofa more comfortable to carry out.

  • Get the Manufacturer’s Instruction

The manufacturer's instruction is always written on the sofa tag, so be sure to consult it before using any detergents on the sofa.