The living room is where family gets together at the end of the day and weekend to relax and catch up. Living room furniture will be the framework and at the centre will be your sofa. Your sofa speaks volumes about your style and within our selection there are styles from traditional chesterfield, to modern and even trendy sofas. Whichever style and look you go for, it will be an investment that will be with you for years. So, what to look for when buying a sofa?
Size and style: The size of your room is a starting point. If you are looking for something small then a 2-seater is a good option. Sometimes known as a snuggle couch or a loveseat, these are ideal for a tight space, but a cosy too. Compact models are also a good option. If you have more room, go for a 3-seater which will give you room to stretch out. Corner sofas are spacious, with at least one person being able to stretch out, but they make the most of your space and come in a choice of left-hand or right-hand options. Recliners also will let you put your feet up. If you need somewhere to sleep the guests a sofa bed is ideal. With lots of styles, shapes and sizes to choose from, let us help you pick the most comfortable sofa bed with tips, advice and inspiration.
Fabric: Whereas size and style is more about the size of your room and the sofa function, the fabric will enhance the mood and ambience. The first choice is whether to go for leather or fabric. Fabric tends to be warmer in touch, and comes in plain or pattern, whereas leather tends create cleaner lines and a sophisticated look. Having kids or pets also factors into the decision, and some fabrics are easier to clean than others. Think about how durable and practical your sofa must be. If luxury is the look you are after, nothing ticks the box quite like a velvet sofa. Soft, opulent and sophisticated, add a touch of class to your home.
Colour: You probably have a good idea of what colour sofa, couch or loveseat you want to go for, there are a few things to consider. Darker colours such as navy and black are helpful if you have kids or pets, as lighter colours will show any marks or stains easily. Neutral colours like cream, grey or even mustard are easier to accessorise but strong bold colours like green and blue make a statement in any home.
Once this choice is made, it’s time to complimentary living room furniture. Always the host for movie nights with your family and friends? Invest in an armchair or two for extra seating especially for when you are entertaining.. A storage footstool is a great way of concealing that much needed storage with a stylish piece of furniture, and will work with those armchairs too. Keep all your travel books and fashion magazines in order with a roomy bookcase. When you’re setting up your house for the first time, invest in some multi-functional furniture too. If you’re living open plan, consider using a console table to break up the space, or if space is what you’re looking for, add a pair of small side tables. Add some colour and texture to your room with a sofa throw and some grey cushions. Not enough space for an extra settee? Try a couple of comfy beanbags and sink down to relax at the end of a long day.