No More Talking To The Hand
When shopping for upholstered seating , it used to be that the popular advice to guarantee you get the best quality upholstered seating, was to ask the following 3 questions:
1) Is the spring system 8 way hand tied?
2) Was the wood used for the frame kiln dried?
3) Was the double doweled joinery method applied when constructing the frame?
Of course the other considerations would be the type of foam/padding and of course the fabric choice. However, those are options that usually most furniture salespeople ask customers.
Now, I was informed to ask the above 3 questions when I purchased my first "quality" upholstered seating at Macys home furniture department store many years ago. In keeping to that advice throughout the years, I found it very helpful whenever I walked into a furniture showroom and asked the 3 questions. It even seemed to impress many of the salespeople at the time complimenting me on educating myself about the basics for quality upholstered seating.
However, it seems that in recent years, the upholstery manufacturing technology has changed. Or, perhaps I should say it has improved.
It appears the term "hand tied" is beginning to lose it's appeal. It's competitor, Pirelli webbing(created by Pirelli tire manufacturer, widely used in Danish furniture since the 1950's) has started to gain momentum as the preferred construction for today's consumers. Danish & Italian furniture makers argue that Pirelli webbing, at minimum, offers the same reliability as 8-way at a much less price.
Today, La-Z-Boy Furniture, a national furniture manufacturer in the U.S., boasts about it's 8 way "machine" tied technology that provides equally distributed amounts of strength to its tie method making it superior to the antiquated hand tied process. They'll further remind you that man made 8 way hand tied isn't always going to be consistent as the worker creating the ties may lose strength after working on a spring system for so long whereas a machine does not.
Even Consumer Reports have chimed in educating its readers to :
- Disregard the term “eight-way hand-tied springs.” It’s no longer synonymous with comfort or high quality. Other types of springs--coil, cone, S-shaped, and grid--can be just fine; they mainly influence how comfortable the sofa feels to you.
8-way hand tied construction