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Before You Shop For Furniture…… By Carol Carr A ssess your needs carefully. Do you need the furniture for the living room which is used infrequently or for your family room that is used all the time? Think about the size of the room and measure carefully. Will the furniture with- stand the wear and tear of pets and chil- dren? Knowing your families’ living habits and how long you expect this furniture to last is very important. I believe it’s better to spend more money for the room that you use most often, i.e. the family room. UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE Speaking of how long your furniture will last brings up an important point about sustainability. Furniture that has “good bones” can be re-covered and refreshed. By good bones, I mean solid wood construc- tion, frames that are made with seasoned, kiln-dried hardwood. The lumber is placed in a dry kiln under controlled conditions which removes all the moisture. The springs can be repaired or replaced, the fill can be replaced and voila you have a new look and feel in your once expensive sofa and nothing is going in the landfill. The frame provides structure and unity the springs provide shape and support. High quality cone springs or coils are close- ly tied together to provide comfort and are usually supported with webbing. What is your preference,