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We believe that plenty of choice makes all the difference when it comes to picking your perfect sofa. From different fabrics to built-in audio and seats that recline, it’s easy to find a sofa that’s exactly right for you. Here’s our experts’ guide to features and details to look for.
How do you like to lounge

How do you like to lounge

Sarah Humphreys, Senior Buyer says it’s important to think about how you like to lounge.

‘For example, if there are two of you and you both like to sit with your legs up, then check that the sofa is deep enough to accommodate you both. Or consider a chaise end or recliner sofa, if you have the space to accommodate one. ‘If you prefer to lie down on your sofa, make sure that it’s long enough for you to stretch out. Taller people may also like to consider a sofa with a higher back to offer extra support.’

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Choosing a sofa

Measure, measure, measure

It’s important to note both the width (the measurement across the back of the sofa) and the depth (the measurement from the back of the sofa, to the front). Take note of the depth of the sofa if you’re buying for a smaller room, as the depth of the seat rarely changes from the larger to smaller size sofas and consider the height of the sofa, particularly if your room has radiators or shelving. One tip for making sure that your sofa will fit in your space is to cut out the shape of your sofa from newspaper and place it on the floor in the room. This allows you to check that you have enough space to walk around it with ease and that you’ve left enough room for shelves, radiators and other pieces of furniture, as well as the opening of cupboards, doors and windows. Finally, check the dimensions of any doors and stairways the sofa will have to pass through on delivery. If access is limited, you may need to opt for a low-back style, one with removable legs or even a modular design that can be delivered in sections. Or if you have a small room, consider a two-seater or a snuggler.

Choose fabric or leather

Whether you're looking for the comfort and style of fabric or feel that the luxury of leather is right for you, there are lots of options to choose from. Whichever you go for, you can be certain that all of our fabrics are rigorously tested to the highest British standards and our leather sofas are 100% geniune leather, all over.

Fabric sofa buying guide

Fabric sofa buying guide

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Leather sofa buying guide

Leather sofa buying guide

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Invest in a good frame

Our sofas are made to stand the test of time so you can enjoy them for years to come. We are so confident in our craftsmanship that we offer a free 15 year guarantee on the frames and frame springs of your new sofa.

Fillings, it’s what’s inside that counts

Fillings, it’s what’s inside that counts

Cushions go through a lot. We sit, snuggle, eat, even sleep on them. Throughout it all, they need to be comfortable and supportive. However, not all cushions are created equal. Whether you like a firm and supportive feel, or you enjoy sinking into a sofa that’s squishy and soft; we offer a range of cushion fillings that is right for you.

Recline and relax

Our recliner sofas are perfect for putting your feet up. From watching TV to napping – they’re the ultimate in cosy comfort. Here’s our experts’ guide to our 3 different types of recliner.

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All of our manual recliners can be set in 3 different positions. Strong, sturdy and superbly comfortable you can be as laid back as you like.

Our electric recliners are great if you'd like to position and put away the recliner at the touch of a button. They can be set at different positions to suit you and are the perfect way to unwind.

Our power recliners are ideal if you're looking to keep your room clutter-free as there are no wires to hide away. Offering all the benefits of electric recliners, they can also be recharged overnight.

Built-in audio sofa

Sounds good too

Choosing a sofa with built-in audio can add a whole new dimension to your living space. Entertainment docks can be used with an iPod, iPhone or MP3 and feature an SD card slot and Bluetooth connectivity. Just put your feet up and enjoy....
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Style and comfort

Style and comfort

Choosing from a pillow back or formal back sofa is an ideal way to start making a style statement. Pillow back offers a more casual feel, while our formal back sofas create clean lines.

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sofa-feet

Find the right feet

The feet of your sofa can give the perfect finish to the overall look. Many of our sofas can be ordered with different foot styles to complement your sofa, other furniture and decor.

Scatter cushions

Style it with cushions

Our scatter and extra pillow back cushions are perfect for adding contrast and are an easy way to give your sofa a different look when you fancy a change.

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Take it Eaziglide

Moving your sofa even an inch can be tough… well not any more with our new DFS Eaziglide technology you can simply slide your sofa out of the way, friction free.

Shop your way

There are so many ways to purchase your dream sofa, whether you choose to buy it in one of our stores with our talented sales team. Alternatively if you prefer the comfort of your own home then you can purchase your sofa online, just look for the purple Order Online button on the product page. If you want the best of both worlds then why not speak to one of our personal shoppers by clicking on the pink Order by phone button to give you the details you need or arrange for someone to call you back at a time that suits you.