The sofa is often the first place we rush to after a hard day’s work. It's a focal point in a living room and a barometer of both style and comfort. Research suggests that the average person in the UK spends 49 hours a week sat on the sofa, which means choosing the right one is essential. Read our guide to help find the right settee for your home:
What size sofa should I buy?
There are a few things to consider when deciding on the size of your sofa; the size of the room, size of the sofa, the scale compared to other furniture and the number of people who will be using it.
Before purchasing your couch be sure to measure the space you intend to fit it and the settee itself. Don’t try and cram a large sofa into a small space, or place a small sofa in a large space, as both of these options will look and feel odd. Ensure that your sofa is in proportion to the rest of the furniture around it – a large sofa won’t look right when paired with a small coffee table
and visa versa. If you have a large number of people to seat consider a corner sofa
or modular sofa, whereas if there are only a couple of you perhaps a 2 seater sofa or love seat
is more suitable. Finally, don’t forget to measure your doorways and hallways to make sure that your settee will fit through the door.
What fabric should I select for my new couch?
When deciding on the material of your sofa you should consider both the practicality as well as the look. If you have children or pets then a leather sofa is an excellent choice as they are durable, hypoallergenic and easy to clean. Fabric sofas are comfortable, and come in such a wide range of colours, patterns and styles that it’s easy to find one that complements your decor and style. Whereas, if your settee is going to be more of a statement piece then a velvet sofa is a stunning choice.
What style settee should I get?
There are wide range of sofas available for every size requirement and preference. Whether you’re looking for a Chesterfield sofa or 3-seater sofa, here are some details on the most popular types:
2-Seater Sofa2-seater sofas are a wonderful choice for smaller spaces. Pair with a 3-seater or another 2-seater for a cosy feel.
3-Seater Sofa3-seater sofas are the most popular style of couch in the UK, and look great as part of a suite.
4-Seater Sofa4-seater sofas are perfect for larger families, for those who enjoy hosting parties or gatherings, and for those who have a grander space to fill.
Corner SofaCorner sofas can make the most of smaller spaces or divide up larger spaces, and come in a variety of sizes.
Chesterfield SofaChesterfield sofas are a British classic and are handmade with the highest quality materials. They come in a range of sizes, colours and fabrics.
- Sofa beds are the perfect space-saving solution for people who often have guests to stay. They come in various sizes, styles and colours
What colour couch should I buy?
The colour of your sofa will depend on whether you want it to be an impact piece or remain neutral within the overall scheme. If it’s the former, a sofa with a bold graphic print or bright colour can really make a statement – a red or mustard velvet sofa can look incredible in a neutral colour room. If it’s the latter, you may want a style that falls in line with the current decor so it blends in. Grey sofas are especially popular at the moment and complement a variety of colour palettes. Try pairing a grey sofa with brightly coloured cushions for a modern and stylish look. Consider your current decor before making a decision to end up with a settee that your are besotted with.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a velvet Chesterfield sofa, a 2-seater leather sofa, a grey sofa or something else entirely, Houzz is bound to have the perfect sofa for your home.