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Jan Shaffer

And as a short person, 5 ft. even, my feet won't touch the floor and this makes my feet swell. Your cushion idea works only if the cushion is VERY firm. Most are only pillows and don't give any support. Because there are more tall people than short I can't find a sofa (or a dining chair).


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DAG DAG

A firm cushion is what I am shopping for. Because I am older, it is getting increasingly difficult to get "up" from the seated position. Of all the mid-to-high end sofas I have purchased over the years, they all have lost their firmness rather quickly, flattening out while still appearing to look nice. The first thing you need to do is unzip the cushions and pillows (cheap ones are sewn shut) to make sure that there is a seperate insert for all cushions and pillows and not just stuffing. That will allow the cushions and pillows to be restuffed at a much lower rate. Unfortunately. many retailers today consider a sofa and most off the floor chairs as a 5 year disposable item. Long gone are the days when there were quality neighborhood upholstery shops with reputable craftsman that could use a good hardwood frame for years. My next sofa will be custom ordered, where I can select the firmness of the seating areas and not just the color of fabric. Today, cheaply crafted sofas being sold by animated puppets have...unfortunately... become the norm.

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Elizabeth Minish Design

Another huge consideration for ease of getting out up off a sofa is the arm height. Too low and there is not enough leverage. Too high makes it difficult to access arm strength because of the awkward angle of the upper arm.

As a shortish person (5' 2"), I relate to the problems finding a comfortable dining chair and formal sofa. If a chair or sofa needs a cushion to make it comfortable, I strike it off my list. I have found that having a proper slope to the seat (that is NOT flat like so many sofas) makes a more comfortable sit for a wider variety of statures. Even a slight slope towards the back can make a shallow depth seat feel more comfortable for tall people because there is no pressure on the backs of the legs.

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