Sofa buying guide

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.

Luckily, the Furniture Choice experts are here to help, with our step-by-step buyers’ guide for sofas.

1. Seating plan

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.

2. The perfect fit


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.

3. Are you sitting comfortably?

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.


4. True colours


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.

5. Practicality

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.


6. Any questions?

If you have any questions, please read our sofa FAQ page or our normal FAQs page.

You could also visit our Inspiration and advice page where we have all our other helpful articles, hints and tips and much more.

Our expert advisors are always happy to help you find the best sofa to suit your needs. After all, if our customers are happy then we’re happy.

Our Frequently Asked Questions should cover most issues, but if there’s anything else you’d like to know, our helpful team is on hand to advise. Call free on 0800 035 0070, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm.