When you have a bad back, the last thing you want is for your sofa, which is supposed to help provide relief, to cause more aches and pains. That’s why it’s important to take couch construction into consideration when purchasing new furniture. The materials and techniques used to craft a couch impact not only the sofa’s longevity, but its ability to support your body as well. Here’s what to look for while you shop.
Supportive spring system
A sofa made with an eight-way hand-tied spring system or well-crafted sinuous springs is designed to support your body and prevent it from sinking into the cushions too much. This is important both when you’re sitting upright in your seat and are stretched out while taking a nap.
No one wants a couch that feels hard, but many furniture buyers don’t know that a too-soft sofa can be problematic, too. Cushions should add another layer of support to your sofa; the best kinds of cushions, like high-density cushions, provide a little give without causing you to sink. A good test to see whether a couch is supportive enough is to sit down, get comfortable and then get up off the couch. If it’s difficult to leave the couch, it’s likely that the cushions aren’t supportive enough.
A sturdy frame
A large sofa with a hand-crafted frame made from quality materials, like hardwood, improves a couch’s stability and prevents it from moving while you get situated. Avoid cheap frames that allow you to save money upfront. These types of couches might seem like a steal, but they are bad for your body and wear down much more quickly, forcing you to spend money on a replacement sooner than expected.
A design that prevents slouching
When you sit down on a couch, your knees should be able to bend to a 90-degree angle. If a sofa’s too high or too low to the ground, you’re instead forced to sit in a slouched position, which puts a lot of stress on your back. Good posture is important, and while you want to be comfortable, slouching excessively is never the solution. Instead, rely on supportive cushions and soft upholstery to provide the comfort you crave.
Does your couch help your bad back or make it worse? Use this guide to find living room seating that is supportive and good for your body.