From corner to Chesterfield, loveseat to reclining, the right sofa for you is out there. Our range of sofas cater to a variety of tastes and requirements, but first you need to establish exactly what you’re looking for. Here are a few key considerations:
The floor and wall space available in your room
How your sofa will be used – frequently, rarely or perhaps to sleep overnight guests
Whether you need a firm, supportive sofa or prefer plump feather cushions
Which finish suits your lifestyle – suede and sticky fingers don’t mix well!
Our sofa buying guide takes the long work out of this process, helping you to decide which shape, style and material you want.
While each high-backed sofa and loveseat in our selection has its own aesthetic appeal, there are practical considerations between types of sofas as well. Here’s our summary of four favourite sofas:
The extended back of a high-back sofa supports your upper back and neck, making this sofa extra comfortable and suited to those with back problems. The imposing shape of a high-back sofa is great for making a statement in large living rooms or neutral interior schemes.
The chaise longue is an instantly recognisable shape that adds elegance to any room. Characterised by a long seat and one raised end, this design is half sofa and half chair. The chic chaise – traditionally finished in floral-print, textured upholstery – complements French-style and Victorian-inspired rooms.
The small and compact loveseat, also sweetly known as a ‘cuddler’, is perfect for small rooms or to sit alongside a full-sized sofa. There’s space for two to share, but it’s perfectly acceptable to keep the whole thing for yourself!
Corner sofas are made for big rooms and big families. Nestled against the wall of a room, this style banishes ‘dead space’ in corners and maximises seat space. Modular designs can be moved easily and connected with extensions to form extra-large seating.
There are sofa materials on offer to fit just about any type of home. Choose from wipe-clean fabrics with stamina or soft-brushed suede finishes. We’ve summarised the pros and cons of the most popular options.
Fabric upholstery provides comfortable seating at a modest price. However, daily maintenance can be required to keep your sofa free from dust and stains.
Each piece upholstered in leather is unique. Leather develops a distinctive patina over time and can last up to fifteen years. Avoid placing it next to windows as direct sunlight can cause fading.
The lack of a topcoat paint or insoluble pigments gives aniline leather its distinctive grainy surface. You’ll need to apply some kind of protective coating to make it resistant to stains.
This leather finish is hardwearing and very easy to clean due to a protective polyurethane film bond.
Nubuck leather has a soft velvet-like surface, making it delicate on your skin. However, it’s susceptible to water damage and stains.
Although suede is notoriously difficult to maintain, its elegant soft-brushed finish makes it a popular choice.
This environmentally friendly option can be dyed virtually any colour, ideal for brightly colour schemes. With a smaller price tag than real leather, this easy-clean material suits first-time buyers.
There are lots of combinations available but cotton blend and microfibre are the most common. The cotton blend has a coarse weave making it a hardwearing family favourite. Microfibre, on the other hand, is woven with different textured cloths for a softer feel and is easier to clean.
Each component of a sofa contributes to the overall impression, and it can be hard to make sense of all the different terms. We’ve explained each term below, so you know exactly what you’re getting. If you want maximum flexibility when choosing a sofa, take a look at our made-to-order sofa service.
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Backs and seats
- Fixed: a firm back and seat cushion with no fluffing needed – creates a neat look.
- Cushion: semi-fitted seat and back cushion – can be removed for plumping and cleaning.
- Scatter: completely unattached so you can turn the cushions around, increasing their lifespan.
- Scroll: this classic style features tightly piped and pleated fabric.
- Flared: gracefully opens out at the top of the arm.
- Howard: country-house style with casual, low arms.
- Square: straight profile arms that come in a range of widths.
Legs and base
- Turned leg: these finely detailed designs are created by turning wood on a lathe.
- Sabre leg: flare outwards to create a curved sofa outline.
- Glides with skirts: fitted feet that are covered by a tidy valance.
- Tapered leg: also known as a stiletto, this leg is simple and unobtrusive.
- Fibre-filled seats and cushions have a softer look to them, and should be fluffed up regularly to keep their shape.
- Foam-filled sofas create firm and strong seating with added support. High-resilience foam will keep its shape for longer.
- Pocket-sprung foam is made from individual springs wrapped in their own foam. They rebound after being sat on, so your sofa keeps its shape for longer.
- Feather core or feather jacket foam gives sofa an extra-cosy feel. If you like to sleep on a soft mattress then you’ll enjoy feather-foam combination fillings.
Maintaining your sofa will keep it looking and feeling like new for longer. Here’s how to clean a sofa, and when:
Daily: plump up cushions and wipe down furnishings, using specially formulated products for metal parts.
Weekly: hoover under and around cushions to eliminate hidden dirt. Wiping over leather with care to lift any dirty residue is also a good idea.
Monthly: a deep clean should be performed using recommended products or a professional cleaning service.