find your perfect sofa
How to decide on the best sofa for you and your space? There is a lot to consider when buying your sofa, so our founder Emily Mayne (pictured here on the stunning ferm LIVING Catena sofa!) is here to help you get it right with her complete guide to buying a new sofa.
Choosing the right sofa for your space
Sofas come in all shapes and sizes so to decide which is best for your space you first need to get the tape measure out! This is one of the most important steps. You need to understand the space you have to ensure your sofa fits.
Using your tape measure, measure the length, height and depth of the sofa and compare this to the size of your shortlisted sofas. You'll find the sofa dimensions in our product description or product factsheets. Take into account any existing furniture that will sit alongside the sofa (e.g. side tables, floor lamps, radiators or plants) to ensure there is room for these too.
It's also important to make sure that your new sofa will be able to fit through your door and into place. Take a look at our Delivery Fit Guide, which will help you measure up your entranceways.
TIP: Clear the area where the sofa will go and lay out either newspaper or boxes/packaging - the latter is a great way to see the ‘volume’ of the space your sofa takes up. This is a great way to help you visualise how the sofa might look and whether it will fit in the space.
Whether you’re buying a sofa for your city apartment, a family home or country house you’ll need to think about which style suits you as well as the functions to be served by the room, your lifestyle and day-to-day needs. Here are the most popular sofa styles to consider.
A modular sofa is built from single component sections that can be combined together to create a configuration that is individual to you.
Whether this be a small 2 seater with a chaise end or a large L-shaped corner group, a modular sofa could be the ideal solution - especially if you have entranceway restrictions to consider too as they arrive in separate boxes. The possibilities are endless and flexible - a modular sofa can grow/reduce with you as your needs change.
Mid Century sofas generally have a ‘floating frame’ (where the base does not reach the floor) paired with a tapered wooden leg, giving the room more sense of space.
These sofas often feature a curved back detail or a more simple bench-like seat that offers comfort as well as a more minimal aesthetic. With a timeless form, they are ideal in both a traditional or modern home as the design can suit either style.
If your style preference is more contemporary and minimal then you may wish to consider a modern sofa. Designed with comfort and style in mind, these sofas can range from straight lines, low seating, organic shapes - often with a nod to Scandinavian and Japanese design influences - delivering a real statement piece in your home.
TIP: Go with your heart on the sofa style, rather than being tied to trends. A sofa should reflect your style and be a piece of furniture you will love for years to come.
There are lots of types of sofas out there, whether that be a 2 seater, 3 seater, corner or chaise. Here’s our roundup of which type to choose depending on your space.
All our sofas are made to order so you get to pick which fabric you like the best. Here’s some key considerations when selecting your fabric:
We strongly recommend using our free swatch service so you can select with confidence. You can order up to 6 for free and they will be delivered to you in 1-2 business days.
Once you have your swatches in hand, you can assess properly how the colour and texture works within your space and against existing furniture and accessories.
When choosing your fabric, consider the colour scheme, style and amount of light within your room. It's important to see how the level of natural light changes during the day and what impact this has on the tone and colour of the fabric.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON DELIVERY DAY
Preparing for your sofa delivery
DELIVERY FIT GUIDE | STEP-BY-STEP
Before placing your order it's important to check for any potential delivery issues, including access for our delivery vehicles. We also need to understand any likely challenges or constraints prior to your delivery, such as narrow stairs or awkward angles. We recommend working through our guide below.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Tape measure
1. WHAT ARE THE SOFA MEASUREMENTS?
Note down the width, height and depth of your new sofa (these can be found in the product description or fact sheet).
2. WILL IT FIT THROUGH THE DOORS?
Measure the width of your front door frame and compare this with the height of your sofa, if the width is greater then the sofa will fit through. **Please note some of our sofas are delivered with the legs removed so you may take from 8cm to 20cm off the height. Details of this will be clearly stated within the product description**.
To ensure your sofa can get into your room of choice, measure the width (at the narrowest point) of any areas your sofa will need to pass through including hallways and internal doors. Remember to adjust for any possible obstructions such as built in furniture or radiators. If the widths at the narrowest points are greater than the dimensions of your sofa then it will fit through.
3. ARE THERE STAIRS TO CONSIDER?
If our delivery team need to take your sofa up a flight of stairs, please measure the width of the staircase, taking any handrails or ceiling lights into account. If your sofa needs to be lifted over a bannister then also check the distance from the bannister to the ceiling. There will need to be enough room at the top of the stairs for our delivery team to navigate and steer the sofa into your room of choice.
4. DOES IT NEED TO GO IN A LIFT?
If your building has a lift make sure to measure the width of the open doors, height and depth of the lift to ensure the sofa will fit.
IMPORTANT: You must provide a clear route to the room of choice removing any obstacles from the exterior and communal areas. Goods that fail to fit into your property at the point of delivery are your responsibility as we have no control over this.
OUR ACCESS CHECK SERVICE
If you are looking to buy a sofa but concerned that it might not fit through your doorway or stairwell then it's worth considering using our access check service. For an additional fee a trained member of our team will visit your home to measure up, giving you piece of mind before you buy. Get in touch to find out pricing and further details.
FREE WHITE GLOVE DELIVERY SERVICE
We use a specialist furniture home delivery team for all our sofa orders. The crew are experts in handling furniture to make sure your delivery goes as smoothly as possible. This service is a 'white glove' service and includes the following:
- Confirmation of your two-hour delivery window the working day before your agreed delivery date
- An estimated time of arrival on the day of delivery (this is a guide not a guarantee due to traffic and possible difficulties in earlier deliveries which are out of our control)
- Two man delivery team
- Unpack and position the furniture in the room of your choice
- Remove and recycle packaging
get in touch with our sofa experts
For one-to-one expert guidance on your sofa purchase, why not give us a call on 020 8305 7265, send us an email at email@example.com or complete the form below. We know each and every sofa inside out and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have!