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How to find the ultimate sofa

SOFA BUYING GUIDE

Whether you’re a social butterfly who only stays in on Sundays, or a self-confessed homebody who loves to curl up with a book, the right sofa will make your downtime even better. However, buying a sofa requires an element of research and some careful thinking, too. Before you take the plunge, have a read of our buyer’s guide.

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Considering space in your room

It might sound obvious, but it’s vital that you measure the space you have for a sofa and also the size of your door frames. There is nothing worse than getting your sofa home to discover you can’t fit it through the door! If you opt for a large sofa and are worried about manoeuvring it, check to see if the arms and feet can be removed.

Taping newspaper to the floor where your sofa would sit can help you accurately measure the space.

Choosing the right colours is a great space-saving trick. Dark colours will naturally give a smaller space a cosier feel, while light colours will make your sofa appear larger.

Adding sofa legs can create the illusion of having more space.

 

Function of your sofa

If you’ve got a large immaculate flat or you’re away from home often, choosing a style, colour and material is not a problem. But add children, pets or floor shaking bachelor parties and things look a little different. For easy to clean sofas, many people choose loose covers which can be whipped off and cleaned quickly.

For a smarter look, you might consider other options, including “fixed” covers. If your sofa doesn’t have a removable cover, opt for a tight weave fabric (which wipes clean far easier than others) or a mottled textural colour that doesn’t show up the dirt and grime.

Once you’ve washed your sofa covers, put them back on when they’re slightly damp – as just like a pair of jeans, they’ll shrink slightly to fit.

 

Sofa filling options

It’s not all about looks…

The inside of your sofa is equally as important as the outer, particularly if you’ve got children and the sofa will be worked hard. But that doesn’t mean you have to opt for rigid structures and hard lines.

Foam

Gives a firm, springy feel, but can flatten over time

Thermo-sensitive Foam

Better at retaining shape but slightly pricier

 

Foam

Thermo-sensitive Foam

Choosing the right fabric

Leather Sofa

Leather has become increasingly popular recently and slightly battered vintage styles are a firm favourite. Besides being always on-trend, they wear extremely well if you look after them and adapt to the different seasons: cool in the summer but warm in the winter.

Fabric Sofa

If you love the feel of fabric and a touch of colour in your living room, then a fabric sofa is for you. With more options when it comes to styles, you can make a fashion statement or a focal point in your living room. Plus, these are easy to clean; simply wash the removable cover.

 

Add any extras

Co-ordinate or mix and match

Let’s face it; nobody likes to be squeezed on one small sofa. Why not add a matching chair? Ideal for when you have some guests over or a whole family to sit in your living room.

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Footstools

If you want a little extra comfort while relaxing on your sofa, why not opt for a footstool? Many of our sofas come with a matching footstool which also doubles as a storage solution for ones that have a lift up top.

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Cushions

It’s easy to add some personality and colour to your sofa – simply choosing a few cushions in your scheme of choice will transform the look of your room in no time. You can keep your sofa for many years, so these accessories are a great way to update your room, season to season.

Shop Cushions
 

SOFA BUYING GUIDE

Whether you’re a social butterfly who only stays in on Sundays, or a self-confessed homebody who loves to curl up with a book, the right sofa will make your downtime even better. However, buying a sofa requires an element of research and some careful thinking, too. Before you take the plunge, have a read of our buyer’s guide.

Shop Ready-Made Sofas
Shop Tailor-Made Sofas

Considering space in your room

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It might sound obvious, but it’s vital that you measure the space you have for a sofa and also the size of your door frames. There is nothing worse than getting your sofa home to discover you can’t fit it through the door! If you opt for a large sofa and are worried about manoeuvring it, check to see if the arms and feet can be removed.

Taping newspaper to the floor where your sofa would sit can help you accurately measure the space.

Choosing the right colours is a great space-saving trick. Dark colours will naturally give a smaller space a cosier feel, while light colours will make your sofa appear larger.

Adding sofa legs can create the illusion of having more space.

Function of your sofa

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If you’ve got a large immaculate flat or you’re away from home often, choosing a style, colour and material is not a problem. But add children, pets or floor shaking bachelor parties and things look a little different. For easy to clean sofas, many people choose loose covers which can be whipped off and cleaned quickly.

For a smarter look, you might consider other options, including “fixed” covers. If your sofa doesn’t have a removable cover, opt for a tight weave fabric (which wipes clean far easier than others) or a mottled textural colour that doesn’t show up the dirt and grime.

Once you’ve washed your sofa covers, put them back on when they’re slightly damp – as just like a pair of jeans, they’ll shrink slightly to fit.

Sofa filling options

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It’s not all about looks…

The inside of your sofa is equally as important as the outer, particularly if you’ve got children and the sofa will be worked hard. But that doesn’t mean you have to opt for rigid structures and hard lines.

Foam

Gives a firm, springy feel, but can flatten over time

Thermo-sensitive Foam

Better at retaining shape but slightly pricier

Foam

Thermo-sensitive Foam

Choosing the right fabric

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-

Leather Sofa

Leather has become increasingly popular recently and slightly battered vintage styles are a firm favourite. Besides being always on-trend, they wear extremely well if you look after them and adapt to the different seasons: cool in the summer but warm in the winter.

Fabric Sofa

If you love the feel of fabric and a touch of colour in your living room, then a fabric sofa is for you. With more options when it comes to styles, you can make a fashion statement or a focal point in your living room. Plus, these are easy to clean; simply wash the removable cover.

Add any extras

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-

Co-ordinate or mix and match

Let’s face it; nobody likes to be squeezed on one small sofa. Why not add a matching chair? Ideal for when you have some guests over or a whole family to sit in your living room.

Shop Ready-Made Chairs
Shop Tailor-Made Chairs

Footstools

If you want a little extra comfort while relaxing on your sofa, why not opt for a footstool? Many of our sofas come with a matching footstool which also doubles as a storage solution for ones that have a lift up top.

Shop Footstools

Cushions

It’s easy to add some personality and colour to your sofa – simply choosing a few cushions in your scheme of choice will transform the look of your room in no time. You can keep your sofa for many years, so these accessories are a great way to update your room, season to season.

Shop Cushions