Choosing the right sofa material
You probably already have a look in mind, maybe even a colour, but what about material type? Even in the same shade, different finishes can completely change the look, feel and practicality of a sofa - we'll help you find the one that's right for you.
Materials & their features
Before we get into the nitty gritty, you should know that all of our upholstered sofas meet the UK standards for domestic fire retardancy.
What to consider
How often will it be sat on?
Seems like a silly question, but this will tell you how durable the sofa needs to be. The main sofa for your living room is probably going to get more use than the sofa-bed in your spare bedroom, so you'll want to choose more robust materials like leather (real or faux), polycotton or polyester.
Does it need to be kid or pet proof?
Or 'clumsy friend with the red wine'-proof? If this is going to be a high traffic sofa that's clambered on by lots of friends (four legged included), you're going to want to opt for something that's easy-clean and quite durable. We'd suggest a top grain leather, polyester or cotton with removable and washable covers.
Do you like to change your decor?
Ask yourself if you'll still like colour and finish of the sofa in 5 years. If you're someone that likes to switch up your style, you might want to opt for a more neutral fabric and colour, (leathers or grey and muted fabrics). Switching up the cushions will create a new look. Really love the statement sofa? Go for it.
Get a swatch
Go on, have a feel
While you can't stroke the sofa itself, you get the next best thing - a swatch. You'll be able to colour match with the rest of your decor and check that you're happy with the finish. For us it's a free service that covers most of our sofas, and we'd recommend taking full advantage of it. Order a few samples from your shortlist so that you can compare.