Sofas: an overview
Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step and decided to put your old sofa out to pasture. Now you can welcome a new sofa into your home and enjoy many years of happiness together.
As you’re likely to be living with your new sofa for some time, it’s important to choose a sofa with the right seating arrangement for your household and room size. You’ll also need to match the colour, style and fabric of the sofa with your décor. For some extra guidance, read our how to lay out your living room guide.
Work out which sofa combination will work best for your household. Young children might be happy sharing a sofa but teenagers are renowned for wanting their own space, so a couple of 2 seater sofas or additional armchairs could be the best option.
A three seater sofa gives space to stretch out and a modular or corner sofa is a flexible option to make the best use of your available space. If you regularly have guests, consider a sofa bed; and for the ultimate in relaxation, treat yourself to a recliner sofa or armchair.
Before you buy, measure the area and check that your new sofa will fit. Don’t forget to measure door frames, bearing in mind the door may have restricted opening, and hallway corridors, especially if your new sofa needs manoeuvring round a bend. If in doubt, read our will it fit guide or call us to check with our sales team to avoid disappointment on delivery day.
Over time, sofa cushion fillings tend to lose their bounce, so think about comfort levels when choosing your new sofa. Foam or fibre-filled sofa cushions are great to sink into but will need plumping up regularly, whereas pocket-sprung cushions will retain their shape and offer a good level of support.
Sofas are the focal point of a living room and colour is important. Will your new sofa go with your current décor or is this an opportunity to freshen up the paintwork? A sofa can provide the accent colour to complement your chosen colour scheme or make a bold statement: for example, a crimson leather sofa in a contemporary setting.
If you have young children (or a messy partner!), leather sofas are both hardwearing and easy to wipe clean. If you decide on a fabric sofa, make sure it has detachable, machine-washable covers.
For more information, read our how to clean a leather sofa and care instructions guides.