Sofa Buying Guide

Picking the right sofa is a big decision and you can bet your bottom (& your dollar) there’s a lot riding on it... but don't worry, we’re here to to help!


There's nothing quite like cozying up on a comfy couch after a long day,
but when it comes to choosing the right sofa we know it can be overwhelming. That's why we've put together the ultimate sofa buying guide to help you pick the perfect sofa for your space!

  • Great for small spaces and couples
  • Good addition to accompany another sofa in big spaces
  • Seats 2 people
  • Usually has 2 seat & back cushions or 1 long cushion

Corner Sofa

  • Great for families
  • The L-shaped design helps maximise space
  • Usually seats 3 or more people
  • 2 perpendicular seating areas making an L-shaped formation

Three Seater Sofa

  • Great for small families or couples who want to spread out
  • Ideal for larger living rooms
  • Seats 3 – 4 people
  • Has 3 seat & back cushions, or one long cushion

Sofa Bed

Is it a sofa? Is it a bed? ...It’s both!

  • Comes in both traditional sofa styles & more compact formats
  • Comes in an array of sizes
  • Transform from a sofa to a bed

Modular Sofa

  • Great for families and large space
  • Reconfigurable to fit any space
  • Usually seats three or more
  • Reconfigurable arm/back rests, seat/back cusions & base

Chaise Lounge

  • A good statement or accent piece
  • Suitable for reclining or lounging on
  • Seats one
  • Long seat w/ a backrests & sometimes an armrest
  • Often used as a statement / accent piece

How to measure for your sofa

Step One
Before you start browsing, measure the length & width of the space where your sofa will go. This will indicate the maximum size the sofa can be... and don’t forget to leave a little wiggle room around the sofa!

Step Two
Open the Place It tool, choose the sofa you wish to try & follow the easy steps. The Place It tool virtually places the sofa in your room, allowing you to visualise it in relation to the rest of your space. In just a few click you can experience the sofas look, feel & scale without breaking a sweat (or your back)!

Step Three
Don’t forget packaging dimensions! Be sure to measure any doorway, ceiling height, walkway & stairway the sofa will will go through.

What are the different types of sofa fabrics?


  • A natural fibre
  • Breathable and soft
  • Price: usually more expensive
  • Comfortable & relaxed
  • Can be prone to wrinkling
  • Needs cleaning & proper care to keep it looking fresh
  • Opt for removable cushion covers for easy cleaning


  • Natural fibre
  • Breathable
  • Relaxed, 'lived in' look
  • Hypoallergenic (has a neutral pH)
  • Child & pet friendly
  • More durable than cotton
  • May 'fuzz' but is resistant to fading
  • Will need cleaning


  • Natural material
  • Child & pet friendly
  • Wears well - gets better with age
  • Easy to look after
  • Durable and long-lasting


  • Made from woven fibres of a sheep's coat
  • A natural fibre
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Its pile makes it cosy, but keeps it cool in summer


  • Has a deep pile from its weave
  • Adds warmth to a space
  • Luxurious & eye catching
  • Needs attention to keep it in mint condition


  • Synthetic fibre
  • Very durable
  • Child & pet friendly
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Great base for a variety of cushions & throws

Sofas In Small Rooms

The Do's
- Low back sofas
- Sofas with a hollow base &/or tall legs
- Sofas in soft, neutral and colovured materials or fabric

The Do Not's
- Sofas with high backs
- Sofas with solid bases
- Big, boxy and chunky sofas
- Sofas in dark, bold and overpowering materials or fabrics

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