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SPLURGE: A Good Sofa

"I've had one of my sofas for 12 years, and though it's been re-covered twice, I haven't had to do any work to the frame because it was so well made," says Berkus. He recommends pieces with eight-way hand-tied springs (which refers to the coils built into the frame—essential for proper support) and cushions stuffed with down mix, not polyfill. Interior designer and author Elaine Griffin adds, "Quality upholstery can last 20 or more years—longer than many marriages do."