Modern Sofa Buying Guide
Scene stealing sofas
Sofas are the focal point in any living space; it’s important you get it just right.
Help is at hand with our guide. Everything we sell has the looks and longevity. Follow our advice and you’ll have a sofa for life.
Sofas are often the largest item in a room; so, before you begin browsing, consider the room you are putting it in.
Christian, our CEO, has an interior mantra he swears by: measure twice, buy once. This is key in sofa buying prep. Carefully measure the area where you want your new sofa to sit, including the length and depth. If you’re not sure where you want your sofa to go, try marking out areas with masking tape or newspaper sheets. This will help you get a feel for how it could look in certain positions.
If you have a small room, it may be tempting to squeeze in the largest sofa that will fit; this will only make your space feel even smaller. Similarly, a regular-sized sofa in a large room could make the room feel empty. Choosing a sofa that’s proportionate to your room is not only a smart choice but it’s one that will pay off in the long run.
How many people do you need to seat? Think carefully about how you’d like to use your new sofa, and how many people it will need to seat. This will determine the type of sofa that’s right for you.
Do you like to put your feet up and stretch out? Will it need to accommodate guests? Your new sofa will be with you for many years to come, so it’s worth spending the time now firming up your needs.
Access and delivery
When it comes to delivering your new sofa, your access route is just as important as the room it will end up in. After all, no one wants to be disappointed on delivery day.
Have a quick walk around your home and note any areas that might be problematic, like narrow hallways, low ceilings, tight corners or unforgiving staircases. The diagonal measurement between the bottom rear corner of your sofa and the top of the arm is crucial, as this represents the minimum width of the doorway that the sofa will fit through.
Be sure to check these dimensions against your access route before buying.
Every sofa is different, and each comes with its own benefits. Let us take you through some of the most popular types available to help you find the one that best meets your needs.
Two-seater sofas: the small space solution
Compact but perfectly formed, two-seater sofas are ideal for smaller spaces, like small living rooms, bedrooms and snugs. They often come with either one long or two seat cushions.
Three-seater sofas: a popular and versatile choice
Three-seater sofas are our most popular sofa type. They’re spacious, have plenty of room to get comfortable, and come with either two or three seat cushions.
Modular sofas: complete flexibility
Modular sofas offer the ability to change things up. You can create a combination that works for you, then adapt it as your needs alter. Modular sofas tend to be larger than three-seater sofas so are a great choice for open-plan areas.
Corner sofas: perfect for lounging
Corner sofas make relaxing easy. They’re roomy enough for two people to put their feet up and can accommodate a number of guests. They make a great choice for social spaces as the corner formation encourages conversation.
Sofa beds: ideal for guests
Sofa beds look and act like a normal sofa during the day but transform into a bed at night. They’re ideal if you have lots of guests, or if your home doesn’t have a spare bedroom.
Find your style
Now that you know what type of sofa you’re looking for, it’s time to explore a range of styles. Our fabulous collection includes everything from contemporary pieces to design classics.
Sofas that have low backs, arms and feet – or even no feet at all – lend a casual feel to a room. They’re ideal for day-to-day activities like lounging, reading, napping and working and are incredibly versatile. These types are ideal for busy family life.
A formal feel
If you’re after something slightly more formal, then choose a high-backed sofa. These sofas also tend to have high arms and tall feet and have an elegant and graceful appearance.
Mid-century sofas speak for themselves. They have a classic look that will simply never date.
It’s all in the detail
Our range includes designs that have special details like large buttons, contrasting fabrics, external stitching, deep buttoning and stylish curves – whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it at Nest.
Comfort is key
Soft and squishy, or firm and supportive? Every sofa should be comfortable, but what that means can vary wildly from one person to the next.
If you like to feel supported when sitting, consider choosing a sofa with a high back and arms. However, if you like to sink into something soft and pillowy at the end of a long day, have a look at our deep-seated, feather-filled sofas. If being able to lie down and nap on your sofa is important to you, be sure to choose one that’s not only big enough for you to do so but one that has low arms so that you can rest your head comfortably.
Material and colour
The key to ensuring your new sofa fits seamlessly into your home and lifestyle is the material you choose. We have both fabric and leather sofas, each of which comes with a range of benefits.
Fabric sofas are supremely inviting. They are soft to the touch and come in a spectrum of colours. They can be made of wool, which is springy and has a natural stain resistance, or a wool and synthetic blend, which is highly durable.
Leather has a luxurious look and feel and is exceptionally resilient. Over time it will soften and gain character, whilst still retaining its shape and strength. Generally speaking, leather sofas tend to get better with age. If well maintained, a leather sofa can last a lifetime.
While colour is a hugely personal choice, certain shades work better than others in specific situations. Neutral is the way to go if you like to change your décor regularly, while dark colours are great for busy, high-traffic areas that are at a greater risk of spills and spillages.
Swatches are available to help you reach a decision. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to source for you.
How your sofa is filled will not only impact on how comfortable it is but how it looks too.
Foam sofas feel firm and supportive and have a tailored appearance. Over the years, the foam will naturally compact and lose a little of its volume, but this process is much slower with a high resilience foam. To ensure even wear, it helps to turn and plump cushions occasionally.
Fibre-filled sofas have a softer, more relaxed look and feel. They’re exceptionally comfortable but require maintenance to keep them looking their best. Turn and plump cushions on a regular basis to maintain comfort and even wear.
Feather-filled sofas have a casual look and a softer sit, ideal if you like to sink into your sofa. Note: you’ll need to plump up the cushions daily.
We hope you found this guide useful. If you need further help, please get in touch by calling 0114 243 3000, email: email@example.com or via Live Chat.
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