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Sofa Buying Guide

Buying new sofas and chairs is a major investment and it can all seem a little bit daunting. We want you to be delighted with your choice, and with so many different options available, we want you to take some time to think about what’s best for you and your home before you buy.

Here are some points to consider before making that final choice.

1. Is the Style right?

There's a tempting array of sofas to choose from, but will you go for contemporary or a more traditional style?

Contemporary sofas tend to have a low back and small arms. It's often low to the ground, on exposed metal or wooden legs. Though many of them won't offer your back much support, it can be the right choice for the modern interior.

A traditional sofa, on the other hand, may have scroll arms, decorative turned legs and / or castors, will give your living room a boost of style and elegance.

If you're wavering between the two style, there are many “transitional” type models which give you an informal look and which suit many homes.

2. Size is important.

That’s in terms of getting it into the room and also how appropriate the size is in the context of the room. If possible, layout old newspapers to the size of the proposed sofa on the floor of your room – this will show you how much space the sofa will take, and also, how much space is left to move around. For those that are not confident to do so themselves, we offer a measuring-up service.

Take into consideration any awkward items that may need to be negotiated to get the sofa into the room. Some larger sofas have removable arms which makes it easier to get the sofa in place and Corner Units arrive in a number of individual pieces and are assembled in the room.

3. Will it suit my room?

Large high back sofas can look really well in large open space room as they help divide-up and define the space. Alternatively, a low back sofa, while it will fill the space will creates a sense of more space.

In a small room, although you may not have a choice about positioning a sofa, choosing a compact design with neat arms can free up space. Opting for two small sofas can take up less room and look more stylish than the traditional three-piece suite or, for a tiny space, look out for modular units without arms.

Be assured, most sofas come in a number of different sizes and configurations, and some models can even be altered slightly in the width, so we will find a solution suitable for your room.

4. Choice of cover – fabric or leather

It pays to think carefully about the fabric / cover you choose depending on how your sofa will be used i.e (family, children, pets). Loose Cover sofas are ideal for family life where the possibility of spillage is always there. Covers can be cleaned, and you also have the possibility to buy and additional set of covers which give you the flexibility, should you choose an alternative colour, to bring a new look to a room on an occasional basis.

As an alternative, we offer many fabric options which have been treated with the hi-technology Aqua-Clean coating which is completely invisible to the touch, eye or smell but allow you to wipe clean any stain.

Velvets, or fabrics with a pile can crush over time, so if this is something that concerns you, it may be better to choose a robust chenille or flat woven fabric

Leather is often considered a robust material as a simple wipe of a damp cloth can restore it’s good looks. However, Analine or semi-analine leathers, which are natural and have little or no protective coating may scratch or stain if not treated with care.

5. Level of Comfort

Finally, always consider the level of comfort you are looking for, and the amount of maintenance you are prepared to give to keeping your sofa looking pristine.

Fibre-filled seat cushions give you a soft, comfortable, sink-in feeling but will require daily maintenance unless you like the shabby, lived-in look.

For a firmer, minimum maintenance seat cushion which will retain it’s shape, form is the best choice. In some models, it’s possible to get a combination of fibre and form, which is a good compromise. Try to turn your seat cushions occasionally to even-out wear.


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