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A guide to choosing your sofa

Sofas are a big part of our life at home; they can be a playground for the kids and your best friend on a relaxed night in. Choosing the right sofa isn't an exact science. It’s a combination of practicality, instinct, but really, it’s about love. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your sofa.

Sofa Size

When picking the size of your sofa, consider obvious things, like if you’ll be able to get the sofa into the room and how much space you want to leave for other pieces of furniture or decorations. Go for a compact or rounded back sofa for small rooms to give it a soft, cosy feeling, and high back options for larger rooms with high ceilings. Download our size guide for tips on measuring your sofa.

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Sofa Shape

A classic two, three or four-seater sofa works for most living rooms; simplicity does its magic here. However, if you want to split a big living room into two separate areas, or have an awkwardly shaped living room, then corner sofas are great for spaces like this, and can naturally segment a room.

The Fabric

At Arlo & Jacob, we have over 120+ fabrics to choose from. Fabric makes a massive difference not only to the way your sofa will look but also how much maintenance it will need. Consider adding Staingard to protect your sofa safe against stains and spills. Order your free swatches to have a touch and feel of your favourite fabrics.

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Sofa Style

This one comes down to personal taste. Regardless of the fabric, or the dimensions of the room, you’re going to want a sofa that reflects your personality. Do you like modern, contemporary styles? Consider our Crawford; their minimal style sounds perfect for you. Or if you’re lusting over classic retro, then our Elton sofa sounds just right. Sofas are a significant piece of furniture; make sure they match your style and taste. Remember you also have the option of a plain or scatter back sofa.

Sofa Colour

Do you want your sofa to blend in naturally with the room, or do you want to create a striking colour contrast with the rest of the furniture to draw attention to it? As always, coordinate with your personal style and the style of the room as a whole.

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Sofa Frame

Sofas are investments for life, and the frames form the skeleton of that investment. Make sure you check how their frame is made to ensure they will be good value for money and won’t need replacing shortly after. We offer a lifetime guarantee as a proof that we don’t compromise on quality.


If you still can't decide, come and visit one of our showrooms and feel your sofa for yourself. At our showrooms, we have every model available for testing, and all the fabrics too.

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