Sofas & chairs furniture jargon buster

Your quick reference guide to materials and finishes

Corner sofas Come in left or right-hand options, and come in parts so are perfect for homes with limited access.
Recliners Allow you to have maximum comfort and relaxation, as the rear of the sofa/chair tilts back and the leg rest raises your feet off the ground.
Modular sofas Let you create your own style as they come in sections that are easy to link and expand.
Sofa beds or futons Provides space saving options with space to sit or sleep in the same place.
Pocket sprung sofas Have sprung seat pads, wrapped in a layer of foam that will keep its shape well.  They have a softer seat than a foam sofa.
Semi-aniline leather It is soft, natural-looking leather. It has subtle variations in shade, giving your furniture added depth and character.
Corrected top grain leather It is lightly treated and has a slightly thicker surface, making it extremely hardwearing and longer-lasting, with no blemishes.
Split leather It isn’t as thick, so it’s used in non-wearing areas like the back and sides of sofas.
Bi-cast leather It is heavily coated, giving you a high gloss finish for a sleek modern look.
Leather effect This means the sofa is finished with a man-made material that gives a leather look and feel at a great-value price.
Cotton It is soft, natural and easy to sponge clean. Look out for removable covers for easy cleaning.
Suede effect furniture It is a great value way to get the look and feel of suede.
Foam cushions Give a firm feel and offer good support.  They recover their shape well, making them a great low maintenance choice.
Fibre cushions Give a soft, comfortable look and feel.  We suggest you plump them up every day to help keep their shape.
Feather cushions Naturally filled and offer superior softness.  Plump daily to retain their shape and comfort.
Solid wood It has a natural appearance. With knots, grains and slight variations in colour, no two pieces will look exactly the same - so you’ll get something really unique.
Real wood finish It means the furniture has been finished with thin layers of real wood. It’ll still look like solid wood, but it’ll be lighter in weight and less expensive to buy
Wood effect finish This means the furniture has the look and feel of real wood, but with a more consistent colour and appearance, making it easier for you to create a totally coordinated look.


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