From the style to the material, there are so many things to consider when choosing a new sofa. Looking for some inspiration? Our handy buying guide will help you choose the perfect sofa for you.
Sofa stylesFrom corner sofas to high-back sofas, sofas come in all different shapes and sizes. Everything from the arms of the sofa to the feet will vary depending on the design you go for, so it helps to get a clear picture in your mind of the kind of things you like before you begin your search.
Perfect for family movie nights or entertaining a group of friends, corner sofas can make your living space feel extra cosy. Whether you go for a compact corner sofa or something large and extravagant, make sure you measure the space in your room before making your purchase.
High-back sofasIf comfort is one of your non-negotiables, then a high-back sofa is a great option. Providing you with optimal back and neck support, high-back sofas allow you to fully relax your head, neck, shoulders and back, making them an enormous help for those with back problems.
Sofa feetWhile they might seem to be a small part of a much bigger picture, the feet can make or break the overall effect that your sofa has. Many sofas come with customisable feet in a range of materials and sizes, meaning you can choose exactly what you want to support your sofa, whether it matches or contrasts with the room. Metal or aluminium feet are sophisticated and modern, while if you’re looking to create a roomier effect, opt for some tall feet that will create space under the sofa.
Buying a sofa isn’t quite as straightforward as popping to the shops and taking something home with you. Sofas are big, bulky pieces of furniture, so ordering one and getting it delivered (or attempting your own transportation) is quite a commitment in itself! While it can seem a bit of a hassle having to get the tape measure out, measuring everything beforehand will give you a precise idea of what you’re looking for – saving you the much bigger hassle of ending up with something that just doesn’t fit right.
Small sofasSmall sofas are perfect for couples, people living alone, or anywhere that space is at a premium. With two comfy seats, these sofas fit nicely into a small apartment or house and won’t get in the way too much.
Big sofasUsually with three seats or four seats, big sofas are the staple and centrepiece of every family home. And with a range of different styles and materials to choose from, it’s easy to find something which fits in with your home’s décor.
You’ve picked the perfect style and size, and now comes the really hard decision: what material should you choose? Whilst colour choices are endless, sofa materials fit into two main categories, leather and fabric, each with their own unique qualities.
Inject some sophistication into your living space with a leather sofa. Smart, stylish and easy to clean, these sleek sofas are incredibly durable and resilient – in fact, don’t be surprised if they outlive all your other items of furniture! For a more affordable yet still durable and stylish option, a faux leather sofa is perfect for incorporating a luscious seating solution into your home.
FabricSoft and supportive, fabric sofas make a great choice for families and people with pets. Choose from a range of styles and designs, from cosy and traditional to sleek and modern, in materials such as cotton, velvet, linen and wool – and why not add a matching footstool to complete the set?
A comfy place to sit, and so much more. If you really want to get the most out of your living room, a functional sofa is a great investment, whether you want to hide away clutter, cater for unexpected guests or simply enjoy different seating positions.
Planning to entertain lots of guests? Sofa beds are incredibly useful for when you have people staying over – and since they can function as a comfy couch the rest of the time, they’re a great space-saving option if you don’t have a spare room.
From large corner sofas to small and squashy styles, there are so many designs on offer when it comes to choosing a new sofa. Shopping small? Take a look at our small living room décor inspiration, or for more decorating tips and advice, head over to our blog.
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