The Best Sofas You Can Buy in Calgary in 2024: Expert Tips From Your Local Furniture Store

by Jagjiwan Singh

Finding the right sofa to buy in 2024 can be challenging—will it fit in your living room, match your decor, and be comfortable all at once? But while each of those elements is important, they aren’t enough to find a durable sofa that keeps you comfy for years or decades into the future.

You’ll need to dive deeper into the manufacturer, reputation, and materials used to find good quality couches in Canada that have the longevity you’re after.

Ultimately, you must evaluate comfort, design, functionality, and potential longevity to find the best well-made couch in 2024. Our sofa experts at FD Furniture explore how to navigate all these moving pieces to find the perfect sofa for your needs.

Understanding Sofa Quality: What Makes a Sofa Last?

Well-made quality sofas will stand the test of time — but how can you tell the difference between a new heirloom and a couch you’ll have to replace in a few years?

Price alone isn’t enough of a way to gauge quality. Some designs or brands might charge a premium because of attributes other than quality, so you’ll need to dive deeper to find quality sofas.

High-quality sofa makers will meet the same criteria even though the end results will vary dramatically.  The best quality couches that will last have the following attributes:

  • High-quality materials: Different materials may be used, but they should always be of the highest possible quality. This might mean finely woven fabrics or expertly cured leather, but high-quality materials are used throughout. Additionally, double rub count is another element to consider, as it indicates how long until the fabric will start to wear out.
  • Experienced craftsmanship: Established sofa brands have refined their craftsmanship over years or decades to produce long-lasting, comfortable couches with every decision involved in their assembly.
  • A durable frame: The frame plays a primary role in the sofa's longevity. Be aware of the materials used in the frame, looking for solid wood or metal capable of withstanding the test of time. Plywood frames made from OSB boards are also well worth considering — these frames use the same materials as house construction. OSB boards are more resilient to moisture and weather conditions, whereas solid wood can warp and dry out.
  • Foam: Couches use foam in construction to provide the right comfort level. High-quality foam ensures that the seating system lasts a long and doesn’t break out. Ideally, manufacturers should use a minimum of 1.8 lb density in the foam for upholstery sets. Note that this attribute applies to firmer couches and couches designed for you to sink into — quality foam is required for longevity of the desired firmness level.

The Top Sofa Brands of 2024

Who makes the best quality sofas? The answer will vary based on what you like, your budget, and the specific sofa you purchase. However, we can still explore some of the best sofa brands to help you start narrowing down your options, such as:

  • Ashley Furniture is widely known for affordable prices without sacrificing quality and offering various styles. Ashley Furniture offers a wide range of fashion-forward products and a proven reputation. As a result, we carry select pieces from Ashley Furniture and stand behind their products. 
  • FD Designs is our in-house brand, and we offer bespoke couches that work well with contemporary decor. We offer a 10 year warranty on frames, 2 year warranty on foam, and 2 year warranty on craftsmanship. Some of the products are imported from overseas manufacturers, and since we have 33 years of experience, we’ve built a strong relationship with our partners, so we dictate the product, quality, and design. Ultimately, FD Designs is all about providing value and bridging the gap between good quality sofas and price — and it still screams luxury.
  • Décor Rest focuses on customization, allowing you to pick fabrics, sizes, and configurations. You can choose from 100’s of fabrics to fine-tune the look and feel of the couch. They’re known for using solid maple and birch in their frames, alongside providing 10 year warranties. 
  • Additional notable brands: The above brands are frequently in stock at our store, but other reputable brands to consider are: 
    • Primo specializes in comfort, with a strong focus on ergonomics throughout.
    • Leons offers modern and traditional furniture designs that use high-quality materials.
    • The Brick offers unique designs that will be the perfect choice for some shoppers.
    • Crate and Barrel Canada can complement chic, minimalist designs.

How to Choose the Best Sofa for Your Home

Learning how to choose a sofa can be daunting, but our sofa experts break it down into specific elements that will help you find the perfect option for your next couch:

  • Size: The first step is measuring the space you have available. You’ll be able to rule out couches that are too big or too small and start narrowing down your options. Keep overall design elements in mind as well; you don’t want to overwhelm the room, block walking paths, or have a disproportionate sofa.
  • Style: What is the rest of the decor in the room and your home overall? An ideal couch will fit right in with the existing decor and colour theme. Focus on options that maintain and enhance your overall aesthetic design. Think about colours that pop and add dimension or blend in and allow other elements to be more focal. Either way is fine, depending on what you want, but be aware of these factors.
  • Material: The materials of your couch affect patterns, comfort, and maintenance. Do you want a cozy couch to sink into or a more firm, supportive option? How is the material cleaned? Will the pattern and texture match what you like on a couch? Good-quality couches also use materials known for their durability.
  • Usage: Ultimately, think about how you’ll be using it for years to come rather than focusing solely on the above elements. Size, style, and materials all affect usage — fast forward a few years and try to imagine how you’ll feel about it. Maintenance, usage, and materials all affect overall longevity as well, which we’ll explore more below.
  • Room layout: What existing furniture do you have or you plan on buying too? A large L-shaped couch might be the right choice, but even if it can fit, it might affect your overall layout in ways you don't want.

Caring for Your Sofa: Tips from the Experts at FD Furniture

Caring for living room sofas can be challenging — it’s not as simple as other furniture or surfaces. Let’s explore a few maintenance tips to keep your new couch looking great and ready to last:

  • Regularly vacuum the couch to remove any dust or allergens, which protects the fabric and anyone sitting on the couch.
  • Be cautious of any sharp objects. If a puncture occurs, have it repaired immediately to keep it from worsening.
  • Cleaning different sofa types varies based on the materials used. Water-based cleaners are great for maintaining most materials, while stain removers like oxy clean can be used for tougher stains.

Buy Quality Sofas in Calgary at Fair Deal Furniture

Finding your perfect next couch can be challenging, but it’s well worth the time to find the right option that meets your personal style, is from a reputable brand, and will have a long lifespan.

You can buy couches online or in person, and seeing them in action often it is ideal to gauge comfort and quality. Fair Deal Furniture's e-commerce site and furniture stores in Calgary let you start narrowing down your options online, then come in and make your final choice in person.

Ready to find the perfect high-quality sofa? Browse our online selection or visit our furniture store in Calgary to explore our selection of high-quality sofas built to last from the best brands.