October 17, 2014 | Posted By: | Furniture · Interior Design · Textile Design |


As the summer months draw to a close, we invariably find ourselves retreating indoors in these increasingly cooler evenings. I found myself once again approaching my slightly battered sofa for a night in front of the TV, and as I recognised a familiar feeling, it occurred to me it might be time to update my rather tired looking furniture.

But shopping for a Sofa is harder than one might think. With a whole wealth of choices available to suit all budgets, the options seem endless.

With e-commerce brands leading the way on affordable designer furnishings, there has been an explosion of accessible well designed ‘Lounging’ options, with everything from re-invented armchairs to contemporary sofa beds. by FredShard at Anthropologie

'Ditte' sofa by Fred Shand, from £2,199.95 at Anthropologie



Whether you lean towards a retro 50’s inspired curvy shape, or a more traditional Chesterfield, there will most definitely be a style that suits you best.


Sofa Flights of Fancy Grey Stripe by House of Hackney, £2,495.00


This Sofa from House of Hackney is a great contemporary twist on a traditional button back Sofa. Use this offset against a neutral background as a fantastic statement piece.

This clash of contemporary meets traditional has been a key trend across the interior design world this Autumn, with a collaboration between the progressive Scottish textile designers Timorous Beastie and iconic British brand Ercol, resulting in this gorgeous Studio-Couch.



Ercol Originals – Blotch Studio Couch by Timorous Beastie's, P.O.A


Whatever the style that best reflects your tastes, the 3 main things we think about when looking at a sofa are Style, Comfort and Cost.

Size is another vital consideration. Nobody wants to have a beautiful sofa that they have to climb over in order to get out of the room. Always make sure you measure the space into which the furniture will be placed, along with any steps or awkward obstacles that might be tricky when it comes to installation.


The Sofa and Chair_Rothko

Rothko Sofa, The Sofa & Chair Company, P.O.A.

For rooms with low ceilings, a Sofa with deep seats and a low back would be best, for narrow spaces I would go for a modular system, and the familiar ‘L-Shaped’ works wonders in an area that has a walkway through the space.

Next, fabric options. Along with the shape, fabric is the most important influence that determines the look and feel of your space. Sometime all you need is to invest in a new set of covers. Get in touch with a local interior designer for information on bespoke fabric covers for Ikea furniture, incl. discontinued items.

Do bear in mind that natural materials such as Linen or Leather with wear faster than treated purpose made covers.

Then last but not least, the squish factor. For a firmer seat, I recommend foam cushion. For larger sofas with deep seats feather filling offers a luxurious feel, but be warned you may never want to get up. Alternatively you can opt for a fiber/feather or fiber/foam mix for a good balance.