Warranties 101

Extended Fabric Warranties- The Simple Truth About Whether They Are Worth The Money

Are extended fabric warranties worth it? Couch.com investigates their value, especially for IKEA and Big Lots sectionals, to help you decide

Is Furniture Fabric Protection Worth It?

Fabric protection for furniture can be worthwhile, especially for pieces like an IKEA sectional couch or a Big Lots sectional, but it relies on various factors:

  • Usage: If you have a household with kids, pets, or a high level of foot traffic, fabric protection can be beneficial as it guards against spills and stains.
  • Quality of fabric: High-quality fabrics may be more resistant to stains, reducing the necessity for additional protection.
  • Personal lifestyle: Consider your lifestyle and how prone your furniture is to accidents. If you frequently entertain guests or have a bustling household, it's worth considering.
  • Cost of furniture: For expensive items like Pottery Barn sofas, investing in fabric protection can make sense to safeguard your significant purchase.

How Long Does Fabric Protection Last?

The longevity of fabric protection varies depending on several factors:

  • Type of treatment: The specific fabric protection treatment applied can impact its durability.
  • Usage: The more your furniture is used, the quicker the fabric protection may wear off.
  • Cleaning frequency: Regular cleaning, especially professional cleaning, can affect the lifespan of fabric protection.

In general, fabric protection treatments can last anywhere from one to several years. It's essential to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for reapplication. This may be necessary after a certain period or a professional cleaning.

Is Pilling Wear and Tear?

Pilling occurs when fabric forms small, fuzzy balls on its surface. You may notice these balls on couches or clothing, as they are a result of friction, rubbing, or abrasion. Fabric protection treatments, unfortunately, do not effectively prevent or address pilling issues. To address pilling on your furniture, consider exploring alternative solutions like fabric shavers (these actually really work) or depilling combs. These tools can help you restore the appearance of the fabric.

The value of extended fabric warranties largely depends on your specific circumstances and the furniture you own, whether it's an affordable couch, or reclining sofa sets. Assess your lifestyle, the quality of your fabric, and how you use your furniture before deciding if fabric protection is a worthwhile investment. Remember that fabric protection won't address issues like pilling, so it's essential to understand what it can and cannot cover.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Couch.com. Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Couch.com. Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the Couch.com audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
Alex Back
Couch.com CEO & Founder