guide to seating's cost and qualities
xx, 2002 - by Simbille Ballong
much should a standard seating cost? The combination of cost and quality
is useful to both those pricing the products and the customers. A good
product should also be tagged with the correct price.
of us think that a seating is a seating, and we are willing to pay more
Simoleons if the colour appeal to us, or the chair or sofa matches the
coffee table. Normally the cost is not a problem for households that are
well established, but to a new household the furniture cost is essential
to their budget.
are 3 aspects with a chair or sofa that make it different from other seatings.
They are the function, the qualities, and the cost. In addition there is
of course the design and colours etc, which is an individual value which
I will not debate.
Functions - what
can this item be used for?
think there are 4 main functions to be considered; dining, relaxment, cuddling
(HD), sleeping. Dining also includes the office function which is working
at a desk. Unfortunately there are no seating including all these functions,
but you will be able to combine 2 or 3 of them.
dining chairs can be used for many things if you just move them around
in your home. They can be used at the small kitchen dining table, if you
get many guests they can be a temporary supplement to the finer dining
furniture in your dining room, the dining chair can also be used as an
office chair when playing the computer or reading, and finally it can be
a supplement to the sofa when many Sims want to watch tv. In this way the
one tiles dining (or office) kind of chair is a best buy, and naturally
this kind of chairs cost a little more per unit. About unit, please see
the left side column.
there is the relaxment function. Actually we Sims can relax pretty much
on an expensive dining chair, but it feels a little more right to be able
to sink down into a soft armchair or a soft sofa. The relaxment function
is very much depending on the seating's comfort.
there is the cuddle function (HD) which is a good one for couples or single
Sims searching for a partner.
there is the sleeping possibility, as any sofa actually can be used for
a bed. The quality (see below) will be essential to how well you will sleep.
Sofas have the sleep (actually nap) function no matter if it's a 2- or
3 tiled furniture. If the family is poor, it is possible for a kid to sleep
on the 3-tiled sofa while another Sim sits on the 3rd tile watching tv
or reading. In this way a 3-tiled sofa gives what is obvious - one extra
Qualities - will
I like this product?
Sims are quite conserned about quality. The main qualities when it comes
to seating are comfort, energy and room score. Comfort gives the rate of
relaxment, energy gives the quality of the rest when napping, and the room
score is how much the seating will add to the room feeling. Generally cheap
furniture does not add to the room score at all, and if your living room
already includes paintings, sculptures, carpets and lamps giving a high
score, there is no need to spend extra Simoleons on room scoring chairs.
If the seating is rather expensive it will normally add to the room feel
anyway (room score included).
how about comfort? You will see that your guests normally choose the most
comfortable seating. By sitting on a chair with high comfort, you will
relax faster. If you don't need the rest, you can't actually take advantage
of the comfort quality. It's smart to invest in higher comfort for the
daily functions - like dining.
about the energy quality? If you spend one night sleeping on a sofa you
will most likely be fully energized when you wake up, just like in a bed.
But just like with beds, the higher energy quality, the faster you will
relax, and the better quality the less time you need on a sofa napping.
If you plan to sleep on the coach often, or if your job is physically demanding
so that you need a nap when you return back home, you should invest in
a sofa with high energy quality.
the furniture business often tries to cheat on you by giving you wrong
information in the catalogue. Quite often the catalogue description is
rocking high while the actual chair is a duplicate of a very cheap seating,
just remodelled or recoloured. And even more often the creator did not
know that editing the catalogue description don't effect the chair's qualities
at all. So, if you find a regular chair with comfort level set to 10 according
to the catalogue, be aware that this mpst likely is wrong. If the chair
is not that expensive you can of course still buy it, just don't expect
Is the product
worth the cost?
pricing an imported or newly produced chair, there are certain norms to
follow. Among these, is the fact that the price should match the furniture's
qualities, the problem might be that many furniture producers are not familiar
with these keys.
my work wit thesting imported furniture for a long time, I've calculated
what I think is a good picture of this norm. You will see the concentrate
on top-left of this article. But some of it will need an explanation.
product's cost should reflect how many units you buy. If a sofa gives comfort=6
and energy=5 then this is 11 units. For 2-tiled sofas a standard unit should
cost §37. The loveseat iof this example should cost around §37
x 11 = §407. If you find a 2-tiled sofa costing more than §37
per unit it is considered an expensive seating, and there should something
extra with it's design or branch to justify the cost.
a seating also gives room score it gets a little more complicated, because
each room score point counts 2 units. If the loveseat above also gave 2
room score points, there would be a total of 11 + 4 = 15 units. The price
should then be §37 x 15 = §555.
You will also see that the cost
per unit is higher for a dining chair than for a 2-tiled sofa. The reason
a dining chair unit cots more than a armchair unit, is that the dining
chair has so many more functions.
If you found these calculations complicated, have a look at the tables
on top-left of this page, it's pretty easy as soon as you get it:)