Sofa Buyers Guide & Tips


If you're considering redesigning your conservatory, home extension or front room furniture with new sofas and chairs, avoid expensive slip-ups and pick the right seating for your needs.


Leekes SofaSofas and chairs have different types of fillings, and your decision will rely upon your needs. Foam fillings can be firm and will hold their shape, while fibre is softer, yet at the same time hardwearing. More costly feather fillings are softer still, however you will need to continue plumping the pads regularly. A blend of fillings are regularly used, for example, seat pads in a high-thickness foam with a fibre wrap, which makes the cushion comfortable yet durable and able to keep its shape for longer.


Consider the size and style of your sofa or chair in relation to that of your room. Measure precisely to guarantee it won't prohibit you from moving easily through the space. A low, contemporary sofa with narrow arms can help keep the room look more spacious, and couches with legs can likewise make a room feel larger, as the carpet or floor can be seen underneath.


Make sure that you can get the sofa into your home, and if access is an issue go for a sofa that you can assemble in the room.


Pick a fabric to suit your way of life. If the sofa or chair is for a family space, you should probably opt for a more durable design and fabric.


Think about whether to choose fixed covers or removable styles that can be washed or dry-cleaned. Many fabrics can be given protective treatments, like 'scotch guard', and many furniture stores offer insurance cover in case you have an unexpected spill.


Leather can be a different and practical design choice. Aniline leather is the most expensive, but can show signs of wear easily due to the fact that it isn't coated. Semi-aniline leather will give your sofa a good grain surface, improving its robustness.