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How to Pick the Right Sofa for Your Home

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11 August 2020

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Asides from buying a new bed, your next biggest furniture spend is likely to be your sofa. 

And as this is likely to be a decision you will be living with for a very long time, it’s well worth spending a bit of time thinking about how your sofa will be used, as well as its intended location. 

There’s an enormous selection of sofas online in virtually every colour and style, so where do you start your search?


Room theme and ambience

Different areas within our home have different purposes, so reflect on where your new sofa will be used. 

Nowadays, open living spaces are in trend, so your chosen sofa location might not necessarily be a lounge area. 

Many people also have sofas in conservatories, studies and even dining rooms. Think about how the room is used and its purpose.

Are you looking to make a statement with a feature sofa? 

Perhaps you’re aiming to create a serene space for some quiet contemplation? 

Or maybe you’re looking to capture the thrill of Hollywood with the ultimate movie room? 

The theme and ambience of the room will determine the design, upholstery, colour and functionality of your sofa. 


Other furniture and furnishings

Think about the room style before you pick your sofa to make sure that it doesn’t look out of place. 

It’s worth visualising how your sofa will look against other pieces of furniture, such as coffee tables and side units. 

You might have a favourite armchair that takes pride of place in your living room. And don’t forget to match your new sofa to wall coverings, curtains, and your favourite cushions. 

Many interior stylists suggest avoiding trending colours if you can, as these will often look outdated in a few years. 

Ideally, you will want a sofa that stands the test of time and can be versatile enough to fit in with any future changes to décor. 

Also, consider your long-term plans for your home and whether you’re likely to stay put or move to a new place.


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People, pets and parties

Think about who in your family is likely to use the sofa. 

Do you or any family members suffer from back problems or joint pain? Did you know that some sofas have a recline function? Just like a reclining chair, some models have a side latch which allows you to sit back and put your feet up. 

Warning: this may cause a few arguments as your family fight to sit on the reclining seat!


If you’re likely to have small kiddies climbing over your furniture, eating messy snacks and spilling drinks, then it’s wise to choose a cover that wipes clean. 

But if do you prefer a soft fabric cover, then our top tip is to choose something that has a colour or a pattern that will easily disguise any spillages.


As a nation of animal lovers, we love our pets. Whether you’re a cat fanatic or a dog lover, it’s a good idea to check that your sofa will have a tough enough cover to sustain any animal antics! 

Cats love to stretch their claws and dogs tend to moult at different times of the year, which can be problematic when you’re trying to maintain your much-loved new sofa!


If you’re a party person and regularly have visitors to your home, then your sofa is likely to be exposed to an increased level of wear and tear. 

So, the upholstery you choose is really important, but this does not necessarily mean you have to have a leather cover. 

There is a range of hardwearing fabrics for sofa covers including jumbo cord, which can withstand even the most exuberant of guests!


Take a look at our range of sofas now!

If you’re on the hunt for a new sofa then we have a great selection with a style to suit every taste. And as every sofa we sell comes with a 12-month warranty and a 30-day returns policy, you will enjoy full peace of mind when you purchase from us.

See our superb range of 
Sofas by heading over to our website. If you need any help, then simply use our live chat tool during opening hours (9am – 5.30pm) to connect with our friendly, expert customer service team or email [email protected]

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