What are Comfort Wrinkles in Upholstered Furniture?

11 July 2017

A lot of people who aren’t familiar with the intricacies of furnishing aesthetics and functionality may find it ‘strange’ that some of the sofas, divans, and beds they purchase have what appears to be intentional indentations in them, often appearing as wrinkled areas in what originally was perceived to be ‘firm’ cushioning. While some people may think at first that this is a product defect, and often complain that it is such, these are really designed comfort wrinkles.

What many people don’t realise is that these comfort wrinkles are a perfectly normal occurrence in any well-crafted and well-upholstered furniture. The confusion and problem often arises due to the fact that many badly upholstered or badly filled furniture have a tendency to sag and depress, thus resulting in wrinkles. Because of this, a lot of people have come to associate what is called ‘comfort wrinkles’ with badly crafted or badly upholstered furniture.

But what truly separates legitimate comfort wrinkles and a sloppy job at upholstering is the firmness of the surface itself. While badly executed upholstery jobs will sag and not ‘spring back’ to how it initially appeared before you sat on it, furniture that features comfort wrinkles will readily spring back up.

The presence of comfort wrinkles serves two distinct purposes; the first is that it allows the upholstery material to stretch just enough so that it doesn’t tear with the weight bearing down on it. Secondly, it allows the padding or filling inside to expand and contract as needed, so that it retains the appearance of firmness and fullness.

Without comfort wrinkles, most sofas, beds, and other upholstered and padded products would have a drastically short life-span and would necessitate constant repairs. Comfort wrinkles are even more necessary for spring-type cushions, and even more so for memory foam, which is basically firmer than the standard cotton, mixed-fibre, horsehair, or hay-filled traditional upholstery, and thus necessitates more ‘room’ to ‘breathe’.

Of course, comfort wrinkles are not without their own quaint aesthetic appeal. Not only does it look like your furniture appears to be lovingly employed, but the wrinkles themselves, especially in a divan or bed, provide a pleasant contrasting texture to whatever upholstery material your furniture features.

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