To clarify, the leather cushions sit on top of the fabric which
protects the "springs". The fabric ripped so I pulled it back some.
Looks like the "springs" are actually heavy wires that go from the
front to the back of the sofa. They will spread far enough apart that
they are separating when you sit down. Hence, you sit lower than you
should. I may take some wiring and strap them together better.
Pretty poor design if you ask me.