A guide to choosing the perfect sofa

The sofa is the anchor point of every home, but how do you choose the perfect one?

Everyone’s ‘perfect’ is different. It depends on how you want your home to feel, which materials you love, what style reflects your personality, what comfort you crave, and how you spend your perfect weekend at home.

Our Sofa Masters are passionate about finding the perfect sofa for you from our wide array of handcrafted designs and beautiful materials. Pop into see us at your nearest store, give us a call, or check out our guide below.

How big should your sofa be?

One of the first things to consider is size. If it’s a more compact space, a 2 seater with a footstool that doubles as a seat for guests may be better than a 3 seater. For larger spaces, a sectional is great for getting cosy together but a sofa with separate armchairs gives everyone their own space.

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    A two seater sofa is perfect for smaller living rooms and snugs, or to carve out a little retreat in a larger bedroom or home office. Also perfect for reading nooks in a sun-bathed spot by a window.

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    A classic and enduring choice, a 3 seater is generous enough to lie down on in comfort, and is great for conversational seating when paired with other accent chairs.

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    Perfect for all the family plus the dog, our 4 seaters are a great choice if you have the space, and work particularly well in long, narrow living rooms. A great choice for those who love to host.

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    The hub of the home, our sectionals are perfect for family lounging and hosts who love to entertain in a more casual fashion. They can be configured in a variety of ways to suit your space perfectly.

What’s your perfect material?

Choosing your perfect material is very emotive. It’s what we touch, and how it makes us feel emotionally and physically has a huge effect on us.

What’s your perfect style?

When you think of your perfect weekend, is it chilling in front of a box set on something soft and slouchy, or do you want something more supportive to lean into conversation when you’re entertaining friends? Or maybe it’s a bit of both, in which case our modern recliners suit the bill.

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    Classic & Casual

    Offering luxuriously deep and thick-filled, comfy fibre cushions as standard, Dillon provides the perfect place to unwind after a long day.

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    Super Soft

    Boasting oversized feather seats, back and bolster cushions, Caruso is the ultimate curl up sofa if you’re craving super soft comfort.

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    Super Sleek

    The Eclair is a contemporary, low profile minimal style sofa featuring long, clean lines and a relaxed soft look.

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    Relax & Recline

    Reclining at the touch of a button, the Ridley offers seriously luxe lounging. Ridley combines our rich and supple hand-finished leathers with modern styling and slim arms.

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    Mid-Century Modern

    The Caulfield is a retro style mid-century sofa with a square pattern on the seat and back cushions, complete with two bolster cushions.

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    Simple & Timeless

    The Eden range showcases sophistication with clean lines, minimalist design and tapered solid wooden legs.

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Floating on a cloud or comfortably grounded?

Another thing to consider is the filling of your sofa – feather or foam? Airy feather-filled cushions like those on our Caruso sofa envelop you with a sink-in softness for that ‘floating on a cloud’ feel. Their soft and squishy appearance gives your room a ‘lived-in’ look, whereas foam-filled cushions give a more sleek and formal look.

We only use premium quality foam at Sofa Workshop so you can be sure to enjoy exceptional levels of comfort.

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Care to clean or carefree?

Maintenance also plays a part in choosing your perfect sofa. Feather-filled cushions offer incredible softness but they will need regular plumping whereas foam-filled cushions keep their shape without any effort.

White linen is stunning, and always looks fresh and sophisticated, but if you have children and pets then leather is easy to live with and will develop its own beautiful patina with age and wear.

The Perfect Companion

Once you’ve chosen your perfect sofa you can look to the other elements of your room to finish your perfect space. We offer a beautiful range of accent furniture, mirrors and lighting, all designed and handcrafted in-house using authentic materials and time-honoured techniques.

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Great for kicking your feet up, some of our footstools also offer handy extra seating for impromptu guests, or double it up as a coffee table – perfect for adding a tray of drinks and snacks.

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Occasional chairs

Whether you’re looking for a timeless leather armchair or a statement chair full of personality, our varied range has everything from comfortable classics to occasional heroes.

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The right lighting has the power to transform the mood of a space. From vintage to glamorous to industrial styles, our lighting range brings a soft glow to any room.

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Mirrors are a great focal point, and perfect to bounce the light around a room or furnish an awkward corner. A beautiful mirror can be just as powerful as a piece of artwork.

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From rustic to industrial to sleek, our eclectic range of coffee tables and side tables are all crafted by hand. Choose the perfect partner for your sofa.

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Storage is key in any well-thought out space, and our timeless range of side tables, bookcases, coffee tables and leather chests are a stylish way to keep clutter at bay.

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No matter what sort of home or lifestyle you have, we can help you find the perfect sofa from our wide array of styles and materials.

Perfect for small spaces

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Sleek, slimline shapes carry less visual weight than more chunky designs, or choose a compact sectional - they fit beautifully into corners so they’re a great way to maximise space in more compact rooms.

Perfect for pets & kids

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Leather is one of the most durable natural materials and doesn’t absorb spills and odours in the same way as fabrics. Our leathers are finished by hand to wear in not out, growing more beautiful with use.

Perfect for tricky access

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Modular sofas are perfect for anywhere with limited access, especially apartments, as they can be brought up in the lift section by section.

Perfect for overnight guests

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Designed to be just as stylish and comfortable as our sofas, our luxurious range of handcrafted sofa beds are a great way to multi-purpose your space.

Perfect if you’re not in your forever home

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If you think you’ll be moving home soon a modular is a great flexible choice because you can change the shape according to your new layout, or add/remove more modules later on.