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COVID-19 Appointment FAQs

Can I schedule a same-day appointment?

We are requiring 48 hour notice in order to schedule an appointment so that we have the appropriate time to receive your health questionnaire, and our design specialists can be prepared to meet with you to have the most meaningful appointment that we can.

I don’t feel comfortable disclosing any health information to you. Can I come for my appointment and wear a mask?

See below.

I don’t want you to take my temperature when I arrive. Can we skip that if I fill out the health questionnaire?

We have enacted both of these measures as safety precautions for both our employees and our customers. Currently, both of these steps are required in order to confirm an in-person appointment. We are only using this information as a preventative measure during the COVID-19 pandemic and will not store or use your information in any way. You can read more on our Privacy Policy page.

If you are uncomfortable providing health information, we also offer virtual appointments with our design specialists via Zoom or FaceTime. Our design specialists have been working with virtual clients since we were founded, and are uniquely equipped to ensure that you are 100% comfortable with your piece, even if you aren’t able to see us in person.

How can I be sure the Guideshop is safe when others are coming in for appointments as well? How are you disinfecting the space?

We are requiring all individuals in the Guideshop to wear a face mask, answer a health questionnaire 48 hours in advance, use a digital thermometer upon arrival, and keep a six feet distance at all times. We will also regularly disinfect commonly touched surfaces. The health and safety of our employees and our clients is our number one priority, which is why we are only allowing a certain number of appointments per day with frequent professional cleaning of the space.

Note that we will not offer beverages or bathroom access during appointments.

Can I bring others with me to the appointment?

Unfortunately, we are only allowing no more than two individuals who live together to attend the same appointment. In order to ensure that our employees and our customers are as safe as possible while in our Guideshop, we will be asking all attendees to complete the health questionnaire. We will be happy to call that individual via Zoom during your appointment so that we can ensure the best possible experience for you.

Is it safe to sit on the furniture?

Yes! Each sitting area will be covered with protective paper so that you can get a feel of our pieces in person. We will replace all paper coverings for each appointment.

Can I bring my kids to the appointment with me?

Normally, we would love for you to bring the whole family to test out our kid- and pet-friendly offerings. Right now, we ask that appointments consist of no more than two adults from the same household in order to maintain a safe environment for everyone. We understand that not everyone is able to make that work, and if that includes you, we are more than happy to set up a Zoom or FaceTime appointment for an in-depth walkthrough of our Guideshop and products.

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Construction & Care

Construction & Care

Sofas and Chairs

Frame construction

Our frames are made with kiln-dried,* solid wood that provide for exceptionally sturdy, long-lasting furniture pieces. We use Carb 2 compliant engineered wood to further reinforce the hardwood frame on the sides and back of our pieces. This durable material is comprised of layers of laminated hardwood. Our frames are joined with corner blocks, heavy-duty staples and industrial-strength craftsman’s glue. All frames are backed by our 10 year limited frame warranty, applicable to the original owner and original delivery address only.

*The kiln-drying process prevents frame warping and mildew in humid climates. Most of our sofas are designed with a “pitch”. This is a slight angle in the seat and/or back which allows you to comfortably sit back and almost sink into the sofa. The pitch is barely noticeable on a stand alone sofa. It does become slightly more noticeable on a chaise sectional. This is due to the chaise having a much deeper cushion.

Please note that our factory allows for a one-inch margin when measuring the size of your piece during inspection.


The seating of the frame (on which the seat cushions rest) is constructed with sinuous steel springs that are securely fastened and provide long-lasting support and comfort. The back of the frame (on which the back cushions rest) is constructed with synthetic webbing that provides soft and supportive comfort.

Cushion construction

All of our seat cushions are constructed with high-quality, high-resiliency foam. On some of our designs, the high-resiliency foam is wrapped in fiber and placed in a channeled casing with a blend of down and feathers. Over time, all foam and filling will soften and conform based on usage. Down blend cushions will become softer and will puddle. This is normal and not a defect in construction.

Our cushions are compliant with the TB-117-2013 flammability standard for upholstered furniture, and are free of all flame retardant chemicals. Our cushions pass California Prop 65 for lead, cadmium, and phthalates. We do not use formaldehyde in the production of our foam either.

Since the sofa is wrapped in plastic during the transportation time period, you might experience a slight smell. Once the sofa is unwrapped and allowed to “air-out” the smell will go away after a few days.

Cushion care

When you receive your new sofa, please be aware that the cushions will need some time to adjust. Cushions are made to fit your sofa, and are packed, shipped, and delivered to you before even being sat on. Depending on how often you use your new sofa, it could take a couple weeks to fully allow the cushions to break in and soften up.

Rotating cushions regularly will ensure even wear and prolong the life of your sofa. If the cushions are reversible, you should also flip the cushions along with changing their location. Cushion rotation keeps the casing positioned properly on the cushion core. It also evens out the impact of frictional wear and sun exposure on the fabric. Fluffing cushions regularly will help to restore their loft. It is recommended to rotate, flip, and fluff loose cushions weekly or biweekly, depending on the amount of use the piece receives.

Center leg support

Don’t be alarmed when you inspect your sofa and notice the center leg support does not touch the ground. As a rule of thumb the center leg support, which is located in the middle of the sofa, typically does not touch the ground when no one is on the sofa. It is there for additional support to help even out the weight.

Sleeper Sofa

Our sleeper sofa mattress is a queen size (76″ x 60″) and 5.5″ thick. The mechanism is commercial grade construction. The mattress folds into thirds and tucks nicely into the sofa frame with ease.

Here are the layers that make up our sleeper sofa mattress (starting from the bottom up):

  • two layers of foam (different densities)
  • 13 gauge coil springs (322 springs in total)
  • layer of foam
  • layer of latex memory foam
  • cotton fill (for softness)
  • the entire mattress is wrapped in fabric ticking

Why is the memory foam only on the top? Because you really only need a small layer of memory foam to really feel the softness and effect of the foam. Each layer paired with the next gives the mattress its overall structure and comfort.

Upon delivery of your new sleeper sofa, the sleeper mechanism will be secured to the frame with rope so that it doesn’t open during transport. You will need to remove the rope for the sleeper mechanism to properly open and close.


Fabric characteristics

Our fabric assortment includes a variety of natural and synthetic materials. While we select durable and high-quality materials, slight differences in texture, color, or appearance among fabrics (and leathers) may occur between production runs. This is normal, and not considered defective. We work closely with our supply chain partners to ensure each production run falls within our approved variance range. Over time exposure to extreme temperature changes and direct sunlight may cause color changes. Fabrics are not guaranteed against wear, fading or shrinking.

General fabric care

Routine vacuuming or light brushing is recommended. Use the upholstery attachment and crevice tool of your vacuum to remove loose particles. We recommend this at least once or twice a month. This will prevent build-up of dust and grime which can damage the fabric over time. Avoid long exposure to direct sunlight, which may cause fading. Tight, attached seat and back cushions will naturally stretch and wrinkle with use. You can easily restore the appearance by smoothing the surface and tucking excess fabric into the sides of the seat or back.

How to spot-clean stains

Blot spills immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth. Blot from the outside to the middle of the affected area to prevent rings. Spot cleaning can cause a ring or fading. It is best to have the entire piece or cushion casing cleaned by a professional upholstery cleaning service to ensure uniform results. If you decide to spot clean on your own, refer to the spot code below to determine the correct type of product to use. If a type of cleaner is advised, pretest a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding. Do not use too much water or solvent. Rub gently, do not scrub.

  • S = SOLVENT — Use a water-free solvent. We recommend a professional upholstery cleaning service as water-free cleaning solvents may not be readily available and/or petroleum-based.
  • W = WATER — Use distilled water and a water-based upholstery cleaner. We recommend Eco Touch Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner for an eco-friendly cleaner, or Blue Coral Upholstery Cleaner for a heavy-duty cleaner.
  • SW = WATER OR SOLVENT — For these versatile fabrics, you may use a water-free solvent OR distilled water and a water-based upholstery cleaner.

Overall fabric and slipcovers cleaning

For a thorough cleaning, we recommend using a professional in-home upholstery cleaning service. Annual cleaning is suggested, but this can vary depending on usage.


Pilling is an inherent characteristic of many high quality upholstered fabrics and is not a fabric fault or defect. The small pilling pieces must first be allowed to form before they can be removed, so it is a characteristic that cannot be pro-actively resolved. Pilling is caused by natural fiber migration from the yarns to the fabric surface as the fabric is rubbed. When pilling occurs, there is often a concern that the fabric is disintegrating and will leave a worn out area or not retain the proper structure in the fabric. This is not the case. Pilling will stop once the excess fiber is gone. It is recommended to use a fabric pilling comb or defuzzer to shave off the pills. Rarely does pilling re-occur after utilizing one of these methods.


Natural characteristics in leather

Leather is a natural material. Slight differences in texture, color, or appearance from hide to hide may occur. Leather is particularly subject to variations in color and markings, such as wrinkles, stretch marks, and healed scars may show. In addition, no piece of furniture can be produced from a single hide. These characteristics make leather unique and are not considered defective. Natural color changes, exposure to extreme temperature changes and direct sunlight may cause color changes and/or surface damage. Over time, leather will naturally develop a patina and a softer, more supple feel, adding to its comfort and character.

Leather dyeing

Our leathers are both pigment- and aniline-dyed for softness, beauty, and durability.

Aniline Dyeing: The word aniline is an industry term for transparent dyes that are used to color hides. This process penetrates the leather, dyeing it with non-toxic transparent dyes, which allows the leather’s natural markings to remain visible. The markings and color shadings in aniline leather distinguishes genuine leather from man-made materials like vinyl. Pigment Dyeing: After aniline dyeing, the outside surface of the leather is coated with a pigmented resin, and then a subsequent clear-coating for durability. These layers of pigment and wax are gently buffed to bring out subtle highlights and lowlights.

General leather care

Minor scratches such as fingernail scratches or light scuffs may cause a slight mark without truly damaging the leather. Start by using a chamois or your fingers to gently buff minor scratches or scuffs on the surface. If the piece is aniline leather, use a low-temperature hair dryer over the leather to warm it up, rubbing the surface with your hand after it’s warmed. Sometimes this is enough to correct minor scuffs and scratches.

Coffee and Side Tables

Table construction

Our coffee and side tables are constructed of wood veneer atop medium density fiberboard (MDF) or solid wood (walnut and oak). They are finished with water based lacquer.

MDF is an engineered wood product that does not expand and contract with humidity like solid wood. As a result, it’s an excellent core under veneers, or on its own once painted or powder-coated. MDF is made by applying heat and pressure to adhere wood fibers to each other into a stable panel. Our MDF is compliant with California Air and Resources Board Phase II (CARB-2), which sets the lowest threshold in the world for formaldehyde emissions in engineered wood products.

Our veneers are made by slicing thin sheets from solid wood and applying them over an MDF core. Using veneers adds greater stability while reducing expansion and contraction due to humidity.

Leg construction

Table legs are solid wood (walnut and oak) or square tubular steel (powder coated white or black).

Table care

Dust your tabletop regularly with a soft dry cloth. To remove food debris and dirt, wipe with a damp cloth and then dry. Do not use an abrasive cleaner.

Protect your tabletop from liquids, heat, direct sunlight, and abrasives. Do not leave spills unattended, and use a trivet or surface pad beneath heated dishes. Use a cutting board and coasters to minimize scratches on your tabletop. You should also write on a protective pad, especially when using a permanent marker.

Note that wood finishes may still darken with time and exposure to the elements. Maintain wax as needed, using a natural beeswax or paste wax free of paint thinners.

Hardware may loosen with use. Periodically check to make sure all connections are tight.