With the clocks going back in a matter of weeks, winter is around the corner and it's a fair bet that we'll all be spending more time indoors watching TV or reading in the evenings. An uncomfortable sofa - one which is lumpy, too small or losing its feathers - can spoil your me-time, but when it comes to choosing a new one it's difficult to know where to start. Here are our expert tips to help you pick a winner!
DFS Designer Helen Leigh-Jones gives us her top tips:
- When choosing a sofa, make sure you speak to the experts first by spending time in-store with the sales team. They can give you valuable information that you may have over looked such as: is the fabric suitable for your lifestyle? Can the sofa get through your door? Will the one you like fit the space you have? All very practical questions but they can make a huge difference, and save a headache later on.
- Be sure to take a really good look through all the fabric samples on display in-store so you get a real feel for the colours and patterns. It’s so easy to walk straight past the perfect sofa in red because you're looking for a green one, but it may well be available in the colour you want, you just need to ask.
- Don’t be afraid to be adventurous and really push the boundaries when it comes to choosing furniture. For example, don’t feel you have to pick a matching sofa, armchair and footstool all from the same range as it makes for a more interesting living room if you mix up colours and patterns. Why not try a fabric sofa with a leather armchair or a patterned footstool? You can create a really eclectic and customised look this way.
- Try before you buy - sit on a variety of sofas and decide what shape you’re most comfortable with. The look that appeals to you may not be best suited for you and your lifestyle. Ask the store sales teams to help, they should all know what will best suit you, depending on factors such as expected wear and tear; whether the grandchildren are likely to jump on it; damage from pets, and so on.
- The inside of a sofa is just as important as its exterior. A good sofa should have a sturdy, hard-wearing frame as well as quality cushions and fabrics. Look out for signs of reassurance before you purchase, like a long guarantee.
Whether it’s needed for family gatherings or just all that time spent relaxing in front of a good old festive film, your sofa is used at Christmas time more than any other. If you’re planning to refresh your living room and want to invest in a new one this year, order from DFS by 30th November and it’s guaranteed to arrive before the big day. Click here to see what's available now.