We know average furniture isn't as well made as its predecessors. Average size homes are too small for current retail sofas. They have become giant! Too deep, too fluffy and can overwhelm a room. Hence, the hunt for older sofas with smaller arms and average depth.
Many families don't eat at a dining table and they tend to lay & live on their furniture unlike people of the past. Food stayed in the kitchen or dining room and laying on the sofa or even your bed, was not an option. Children were busy playing outside or sitting upright in a creative and imaginative mode. The burden now lies on the sofa/couch or over stuffed chairs to bear the constant wear of housebound families. Be kind to your furniture, repurpose when possible and call your city sanitation for quick removal if you have to kick it to the curb.
To be honest with you, Goodwill and other resale/thrift stores (this includes Habitat for Humanity Restore Stores) will not take sofas in poor condition. You can't give those things away! There is an overwhelming number sofas out there that are virtually homeless! I have rescued and rehabilitated many fine furniture pieces. There must be a better way to treat and dispose of these ugly elephants in the room.
Be kind to your sofas! They wait for you on sad or cold days to give you comfort. They are there when you are on the edge of your seat watching an exciting game. They carry the load of an embracing family and are the base for children to take off the cushions and make forts from sheets. They have been there for the parties, baby showers and news reports that stun you. They are the rock of the room and the decision maker for the rest of your room design. The masters of the space, the queen of the den, king of the man cave and always there to serve you.