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.

Concerned about access? Here’s our handy measuring guide.

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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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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Footstools

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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Lighting

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

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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Tables

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

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.

More Top Tips

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.