From corner to 2-seater, C-shaped to low back, choosing the right sofa is an important part of making your home your own. To find a style, shape and fabric to fit your family, follow these easy steps in our sofa buying guide…
What size sofa should I choose?
Before you get carried away with materials and design features, take time for a quick reality check: how much space do you have? If yours is a modest living area, resist the urge to buy an enormous sofa that might dwarf your room. So think about…
• The depth and length of the sofa
• How much space you’ll have left to move around
• Any existing living room furniture that might be tricky to move
• The sofa’s height in relation to your living room (if your ceilings are low, look at our range of a low back sofas)
Don’t forget to make sure doorways and any awkward turns in hallways are wide enough to get your furniture through when the delivery team come knocking.
Top tip: Choosing apartment furniture? Think about a sofa with legs; the visible area underneath gives the impression of more space in a small room.
Which sofa shape is best?
Space sorted. Now you can move on to choosing the shape of your perfect sofa.
Simple 2, 3 or 4-seater sofas are popular for a reason. The tried and tested style is unlikely to date – perfect for an investment piece that will last. Classic shapes are straightforward, unfussy and work with all sorts of room styles. And if you choose a neutral colour you can swap out bright or patterned cushions and throws to freshen things up as your tastes and room décor change.
Corner sofa (also known as L or C-shaped sofas)
Corner sofas are a great solution to tricky spaces. Use them to fill awkward areas that would otherwise go unused, or to add more seating for a big family. An L-shaped sofa can help to divide a larger room, while a C-shaped sofa adds soft curves to a boxy space. And, if you have the space, a U shape offers something a bit different which will be a focal point for your living space.
Small or compact sofa
Working with a tiny living room, or want to add some more seating alongside an existing couch? A small sofa is your best bet. You should be able to seat two people quite comfortably, although some models are deliberately snug – ‘loveseat’ styles are perfect for cosying up if you’re looking for space saving furniture.
Can’t decide on shape? A modular sofa system means you can change up the formation of your sofa when you just fancy a change or want to move your seating to another room. They’re also a great option if you don’t have the space to get a complete sofa through your living room or front door.
When you need your seating to work twice as hard, a sofa bed is perfect. They’re great for living rooms, spare rooms, open plan flats, or anywhere that space is tight. With a range of styles available, you’re sure to find one that you (and your guests) will love.
Top tip: Thinking about buying a reclining sofa? Make sure you factor in some wiggle room in front of and behind (where your sofa will extend) when you’re measuring up.
What style sofa should I go for?
Now that you’ve defined what you need, what look do you really want? Answer our ‘this or that’ questions below to narrow down your choices. And don’t forget to factor in your existing décor and furniture, too.
• Contemporary or vintage? Choose from traditional high-backed, high-armed styles (think: Chesterfield or club sofas) or low-level, streamlined modern styles (minimalist or functional Scandinavian designs).
• Leather or fabric? Go with a leather sofa for durability and easy maintenance, or pick from the enormous range of fabric textures, colours and patterns for a cosy feel, full of personality.
• Bold or neutral? Match your sofa colour to walls and curtains for a harmonious feel through the room. Or use bold colours to make the sofa standout as your centrepiece against a neutral or contrasting scheme.
Once you’ve worked out what sofa style is best for you and your home, browse the Harveys range here.