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Comfort Level of Furniture - Furniture City Stores

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When buying furniture, we always think about the comfort level. How do we figure this out? For every type of furniture there is a different level of comfort for each. We are going to go through some different types of furniture and products and what you need to know about comfort!


Mattress firmness  is one of the most important characteristics to consider before purchasing your mattress. Mattress firmness reflects on how soft or firm the bed feels when you lie on top of it. Even though manufacturers will design their beds with a specific firmness, it is important to know that this is subjective. Two sleepers can experience the same mattress differently. One might feel a certain bed is firmer while a heavier person may experience a softer sensation.  In some cases, people may assume firmness ratings and support are the same. They can impact one another, there is a difference. Support is a measurement of how well the mattress is able to keep your spine in a healthy, neutral alignment. Fact of the matter is that a firmer mattress can help with support, but this may not always be the case. Keep in mind that mattress size shouldn't impact your overall firmness feel. The biggest influence of firmness is typically the sleeper's body weight and sleep position.

There are 4 different levels of firmness, extra soft, soft, medium, hard and extra hard. Soft firmness is recommended for individuals who are lighter-weight and side sleepers. Medium firmness is for side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, heavier and lighter weight individuals. Hard firmness is for side sleepers, stomach sleepers and heavier individuals. Although, there is one type of firmness that is called “one firmness fits all”, which is a phrase that is used to describe the type of firmness that is going to suit the majority of sleepers. The truth is, most sleepers would prefer a bed that ranges between 5 and 7 on the firmness scale, which gives a medium or medium-firm feel. But, you should always go and check the firmness of your mattress before purchasing.


Everyone knows that in today's day and age, the most important piece of furniture to have in your home is a sofa, but what is most important is the comfort of a sofa. This is where the most important question comes in, what firmness is the best for a sofa, soft or firm? 

A soft sofa initially may be the obvious choice, but if the sofa is too comfortable, then it  may actually be ruining your back. Physiotherapists have warned against soft sofas with deep cushions as 20% of customers who have purchased soft sofas have complained of lower backache and shoulder strain. You would be surprised to hear that soft sofas actually encourage people to slouch rather than facilitate good postural habits. Some physiotherapists say that soft upholstery may not give the spine and neck the support that is required and by sitting for too long, especially in a poor postural or slumped position you can add a tremendous amount of pressure to your back, overstretch the spinal ligaments and increase the pressure on your intervertebral discs. This in turn can lead to on-going aches and pains. However, softer sofas are very popular for those with kids. Kids might not be big enough to sit fully on the sofa, so having a soft sofa allows them to lie on the seat cushion, and kids generally have lots of fun bouncing around on them. However, those with pets should note that softer sofas wear and tear a lot easier if your pet likes to lie on your sofa a lot. A common case is an indentation in the shape of your pet forming in the soft sofa.

On the other hand, firm sofas are ideal for back support. In addition to helping good posture, firm sofas are also good for hosting guests. Sofas soften with time, so getting a firm sofa will become soft over time. However, a sofa that is too firm can take away the joy of sinking into a comfortable sofa after a long day of work, so make sure that you strike a balance. Adding soft cushions can boost the profile of the sofa, ensuring a good mix of softness and firmness that you can enjoy.  If your sofa would be used to host guests often, a firmer sofa would definitely be the better choice, as a soft sofa is much less durable. A firm sofa makes sitting upright and talking easier,  as compared to sinking back on a soft seat, providing a comfortable talking environment. Customers who prefer a softer sofa can add soft cushions, or sometimes even a layer of cloth over the sofa seat to increase the amount of cushioning. 
Just like sofas, we know that the overall health of your spine and lower back can determine what type of support you’d like too. There are many people that either prefer a soft recliner or a firm recliner. In most homes, many people prefer the soft recliner rather than a firm recliner but that doesn’t mean that it's any better than a firm recliner. Let's check out the differences between a soft recliner and a firm recliner. 
In the case of a soft recliner, they’re more traditional and to some, more comfortable. Many RV recliners and theater recliners are under this category. To some, nothing feels better than coming home and sinking in a super plush and soft chair to unwind the rest of their day. This is an amazing feeling, but for some of us it puts us in a sleepy mood. Once you get comfy and cozy in a soft recliner in front of a good movie or TV show you never feel like getting up. The problem with softer recliners is that they’ve been known to not exactly support your spine in the way that it should. We aren’t saying that we should get rid of soft recliners because they’re killing our spine. If you don’t use your recliner in a “proper” way, you could be doing yourself some harm. Soft recliners are widely more popular among the general population. They should often be protected with recliner covers.
Sometimes people think that firm recliners are uncomfortable, which is totally untrue. Actually, in many cases, firm recliners are more comfortable than soft ones. This is because the firm varieties restrict you from slouching over in a poor position when leaning against them. If you have sciatica or some other back problem, you most definitely should choose a firmer recliner. Even if your back is perfectly healthy, you might want to consider a firm recliner. In most cases, the softest recliners are the big, traditional kinds which are completely stationary and have nothing to offer but the usual reclining and sometimes rocking ability. If what you are looking for is features, don’t hesitate and find yourself a nice, firm recliner to buy. 

So after this whole explanation, you probably have a good idea of what type of recliner you would like. Although this is a difficult decision, everyone knows what type of back they have and what they need. So what type of recliner would you want to purchase?

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