Your guide to buying sofas

Choosing a sofa

The centre of any living room, and a comfy place to sit down, relax in and put your feet up after a long, hard day at work – it’s fair to say the sofa is one of the most desirable pieces of furniture you’ll ever need to buy.


Every home and every family are different, which is why we’ve put together an extensive range of the latest, stylish sofas in a variety of materials, colours and designs for you to choose from. Take a look at our guide to finding your perfect sofa.

What types of sofas are there?

Furniture makers have always experimented with sofa design and there’s never been more choice, so whether you’re looking for classic, contemporary, sleek and stylish, or quirky and colourful, you’re sure to find something that suits your home perfectly at Homebase.


In this section, we’ll take a quick look at some of the more common styles:


Ideal for smaller living rooms and for extra seating when friends and family come round to visit, two-seater sofas are large enough to be comfortable, but not too big that they dominate the space.


The perfect choice for a family living room, three-seaters will provide you with plenty of seating space, and enough room for one person to stretch out and relax after a hard day’s work!

Corner sofas

Providing more seating space than other sofa designs, corner sofas are ideal for large families and big rooms. Some corner sofas also come in modular designs, allowing you to create bespoke shapes and tailor the sofa perfectly to your available space.

Sofa beds

Just as comfortable as traditional sofas, sofa beds have the added bonus of providing useful occasional sleeping space for when your friends and family come to stay.

Chaise longue

Great for those who like to really stretch out and relax, chaise longues offer a stylish, indulgent and luxurious option that will look great in your living room or bedroom.


Some modular systems and sofa beds now come with chaise sections, allowing you to add an extra layer of flair to your living room.

What size of sofa do I need?

The first thing you’ll need to consider when looking for a new sofa is how big you want it to be.


Generally, sofas come in four different sizes:

  • Small – up to 175cm (good for 2)
  • Medium – 175cm to 190cm (2 - 3)
  • Large – 190cm to 210cm (3 in comfort, 4 at a push)
  • Extra large – 210cm+ (3 in luxury, 4 in comfort)

How many people will it need to accommodate?

Do you need a huge corner sofa with enough space for the whole family to stretch out on - or do you want a sumptuous three-seater all to yourself so you can really relax after a long, hard day?


Some people may just be looking for a small two-seater sofa to balance out their living room furnishings or provide extra seating when friends and family drop by to visit. Try to think about how you’ll be using your sofa before you start your search, that way you’ll have a clear idea of exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to making your purchase.


How big is your living room?

It’s also a good idea to think about the size of your living room. Smaller rooms may limit the size of sofa you can choose, and unusually shaped rooms may also influence your choice.


Large sofas and corner sofas can look fantastic in generously proportioned rooms, while

sofas with slender arms can work really well in smaller spaces. If your property has high ceilings, a design with a high back will complement its look, while sofas with low backs are perfect for cosy rooms with lower ceilings.


If your living room has an unusual shape, opting for two smaller sofas or a sofa and an armchair can be the best option, helping you to find an arrangement that suits your needs and complements the available space.


Before you start your sofa search, make sure you measure your room accurately. That way, you’ll have a good idea of how much floor space your new purchase will take up and you’ll have a better chance of finding your perfect design.

How big are your doorways?

It’s definitely a smart idea to measure your home’s doors and hallways before you buy! Although some sofas come flat-packed, most are delivered whole, so if your property has small doors or hallways then you may struggle to get the sofa to where it needs to be.

Leather or fabric?

You’ll also need to choose between leather and fabric and whilst you may already have a preference, both materials have their benefits:

  • Leather: Easy to look after and effortlessly stylish, leather sofas never go out of fashion. Available in a wide range of colours and styles, including traditional and more contemporary designs, there’s guaranteed to be something out there that will complement your living room perfectly.


If you’re looking to create a modern, minimalist look, you might want to go for a monochrome leather sofa with clean lines and an elegant design. To achieve a more traditional look, you could opt for a chesterfield style sofa with rounded arms and curved contours instead.


  • Fabric: Fabric sofas are available in a huge range of colour options, with many fabrics offering various textures and patterns as well. This wide variety of finishes makes it easy to find a sofa that matches your existing décor, or a design that will create an eye-catching focal point in your living room.

Free fabric samples

Here at Homebase we have loads of choice when it comes to leather and fabric sofas, and we understand it can be difficult to know where to begin.


To make life easier for you, and to help you find the perfect design, we offer a free fabric sample service. Just call us today on 0345 077 888 and we'll send the leather and fabric swatches of your choice directly to your door.

Homebase buyer’s tip

Whilst it’s great to maximise light in your living room - avoid placing a brightly coloured sofa in direct sunlight, as the colour could fade over time.

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