Once we know how much fabric is needed, the qualities of the fabric chosen can still affect the price a great deal.
We’ve already covered patterns, but there are many other reasons the price of fabric might vary. Let’s assume a typical sofa will take about 20-25 yards of fabric to make. That doesn't sound like a lot but when you realize how much the prices of fabrics vary and how expensive they can be you will quickly understand how the price of the sofa can rise quickly.
If you are looking at a good quality upholstery fabric you should expect to pay $50 per yard at a minimum. It is not hard at all to fall in love with a fabric that is $100 per yard or more (and when I say more I mean it could be $200-$500 per yard!) Multiply that very reasonably priced $50 per yard fabric times 20 yards the sofa takes you realize that the fabric alone is $1,000. not including labour or any of the other components we have already talked about. This is the the lowest price scenario. If you cannot resist a $100 per yard fabric with a big, beautiful pattern to it, you can easily be looking at $2,500 in fabric alone on your new sofa.
Something that I like to point out to clients is that while a more expensive fabric will increase the price of your sofa, it does not necessarily mean that it is better. Take silk fabric for example. Silk is going to be very expensive and although it is beautiful it is not a fabric that will stand up to daily use over a long period of time. Now contrast silk with a performance fabric that will cost a little more money but will provide excellent wear ability and stain resistance for years to come.
I hope I’ve helped you understand some of the differences between a $1000 sofa and a $4000 one as we explored the frame, suspension, cushions and fabric that make up a sofa.
All of these options can seem overwhelming but remember the choice is entirely yours to make as a consumer.
Your unique circumstances and preferences will determine the best sofa for you and your family. In the end you need to determine how long you want to own this sofa and let that dictate to you which quality level you want to purchase.
In my own experience not just with furniture but life in general, I’ve been better off to buy good quality once and enjoy it for a long time, rather than face the stress, waste, money and time lost on future replacements.
I’m confident that a high-end sofa will provide you greater comfort, better longevity and - although you have spent more money initially - better value in the long run.