The Life of a Sofa

Your sofa takes up an important place in your house. Not only do you sit on it all of the time, but often it's the centerpiece of your living room and a gathering space for family and friends. As such, it's natural to wonder, "How long should my sofa last?"

Many factors determine how long a sofa will last, but you can extend the lifespan of your sofa by taking care of it.


Sofa Lifespan

If you take care of your sofa, it can last between 10 to 15 years. Some sofas come with a warranty or guarantee, but this is usually void if you treat the sofa poorly.

Signs that your sofa is reaching the end of its lifespan can include creaky or uncomfortable springs, sagging, or breakage in the frame of the sofa itself. Any of these signs are red flags that you need to get your sofa either repaired or replaced. 


Quality Counts

Not surprisingly, the quality of your sofa factors heavily into how long you can expect it to last. Some discount sofas have less-than-sturdy frames made out of composite or even plastic. If you want your sofa to last for the long haul, you need to invest in quality, which generally means it’s built with a robust wooden frame. Sofas that are built to last will cost more upfront, but you will not have to replace them as often. In the end, you'll wind up paying less.

When purchasing a sofa, look for craftsmanship. The joints should be sturdy and fit together seamlessly. All of the nails should be uniform and correctly put in, and the joints should be reinforced with screws. 

The cushions should be full and fluffy, with no air gaps in them. The sofa should spring right back up after you get out of it. Any initial sagging is a big red flag, and you should look elsewhere for your sofa.


Take Care of Your Sofa

Give your sofa some love. Clean it regularly with your vacuum attachments and wash the pillows. Discourage people from jumping or roughhousing on it. These simple steps will help your sofa to last for quite a bit longer. 

Ultimately, how long your sofa lasts is up to you. If you make an upfront investment in quality and treat your sofa well, it can survive a decade or more.