Medium-firm and Firm Support (with softer options)
Our firm, non-sagging suspensions are a major improvement over the springs in typical furniture for many people, especially older people who have difficulty getting up from furniture, and people with back pain or arthritis, With aging, most people will eventually find it to be difficult to get up from ordinary sofas and chairs. Quoting former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (with specific reference to the elderly), "People pick the worst seat in the room -- soft, low sofas -- then they have trouble getting up, and the hip fractures and they fall." (U.S. News and World Report, May 30, 1988).
Our standard seat support consists of plywood resting on oak slats, with thin padding on top of that, and with fabric on top of that. This will never have the problem of sagging with use, as is likely to happen with spring suspensions. We also offer a heavy-duty webbing suspension, for people who want softer support. For more information on our cushion filling and our options regarding firmness, click here.
Our back cushions are 8" thick (and therefore can conform well to the shape of your back), but they rest against a covered plywood backing, which provides very firm basic support that will not give excessively. This backing is set at the angle (a slight backward angle) that most people find comfortable, with good lower-back and upper-back support.
Firm support is exactly "what the doctor orders" (or the chiropractor) for people with back pain. But you may also want to consider our higher options. One of our North Carolina customers wrote, "In the past twelve years we have purchased four sofas. I have personally gone to every store in South Charlotte trying out sofas.... Everything on the market seemed to be something that you would sink down into and that is a no-no for me." Then she found our website and ordered a sofa, with our firmer cushioning, level seat (cancelling out the normal backward slope) and standard seat height. In her particular case (with sciatica, lower back pain and rheumatoid arthritis), the standard frame height (even with the semi-firm cushioning) did not support her high enough, so we sent her some things to raise the sofa frame and seat. She responded, "I personally am so pleased with your fixes... I think that anyone with a lower back or sciatica problem would want the higher sofa simply because we have trouble getting up from a sitting position. Therefore, the higher the seat, the easier and less painful it is for us." The particular "fixes" that she decided on raised the seat 2" at the front and 3" at the rear (counting the original levelling of the seat). To see what her sofa looked like after the "fixes" and to read about the alternative of ordering your frame higher at the beginning, click here.
Level seat, more upright back
and extra firm
Please excuse the humble backdrop (our workshop) for this picture, taken just before packing and shipping this sofa and a matching loveseat to California customers who ordered the above specifications. They specified a 10-degree angle of the back, which is more upright than the normal angle of our backs. Most people would not find this to be comfortable, but if you have back pain or just like to sit on something very firm and upright, this would be the right thing for you.
There is much overlap between the effects of a higher frame and firmer cushion filling. If you choose our semi-firm or extra-firm cushion options, you would sink down into the seat less, so you would have effectively higher support.
For many people our seating, especially with the firmer options, is firmer than they are accustomed to, and they therefore often have a negative reaction to it at first. But once they become used to it, they typically like it better than something softer.
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