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How to Choose the Most Comfortable Sofa Style

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Antonio Wedral
How to Choose the Most Comfortable Sofa Style

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s a place to relax at the end of the day, spend time with friends and family and make lots of happy memories, so you deserve furniture that brings both comfort and style to your home.

The right sofa can make all the difference to your living room so choosing the most comfortable sofa should be of the utmost importance. Think about what makes the sofa you’re sitting on right now so uncomfortable. Is the seat depth too deep or too short? Have the cushions gone lumpy or saggy? Maybe it’s not long enough to lie down on? On average, we Brits spend about 17 years of our lives on the sofa, so it’s vital you make the right decision when investing in such a key piece of furniture.

Of course, you may be feeling fed up with your sofa right now after having spent the last however long laying on it, working on it, eating on it and relaxing on it. It’s also impossible to go to a showroom and test out a new sofa. So, if you’re getting desperate for a new couch, look no further than our top 5 tips to ensure you select the comfiest sofa available online!

1. Frame: Bones of the Sofa

It all starts with the bones of the sofa. Strong, sturdy and sustainably sourced wood with well-made fastenings is key. Metal and particleboard frames should be avoided at all costs as they can be more easily damaged and won’t stand the test of time as well as solid wood. If you’re investing in a sofa, you want to make sure it’ll last you for years to come.

At Swyft, our sofa frames are made of solid wood and manufactured in Portugal using FSC certified materials. In fact, we’re so confident that our quality frames will stand the test of time that we offer a 15-year guarantee.

2. Sturdy and Comfy Arms

Comfortable sofa arms

The arms of your sofa should be sturdy enough to sit on and stretch out against. Usually, when you try out a sofa, a good test is to see if the arms wobble or creak. If they do, it’s time to move on and try another. As we currently can’t leave our homes to test our sofas you will instead need to thoroughly research what technology holds the sofa together, what type of fabric is used, how the arms were tested during production and, of course, read plenty of reviews and watch videos demonstrating the sofa if possible.

Swyft sofas are held together by our proprietary Swyft-lok technology and passed the most rigorous test (BS EN 12520: 2015) which essentially means the testers try to wreck the sofa with equipment that is the equivalent of elephants playing with the sofa. So, you can be sure that once assembled, the arms won’t budge!

3. Cushion fillings

Sofa cushion fillings

There are many different types of sofa fillings available, it can be a bit of a minefield to navigate and choose the filling best suited to your needs. The three most common sofa fillings are:

  • Feather

    undeniably the softest type of sofa filling, this is a great option for those that like to really sink into their sofa. But, they do get lumpy and need fluffing all too frequently. Plus, if you have allergies, forget about it!
  • Foam

    well-known for being firm, comfortable and low maintenance, foam-filled sofas are ideal for first-time buyers or for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time plumping cushions.
  • Fibre

    sofas with a fibre filling tend to be soft, bouncy and have a relaxed feel to them. They’re perfect for people who either can’t or don’t want feathers but still want that cosy, sinking feeling.

At Swyft, we believe in being eco-friendly, which is why we’ve chosen to create our sofa cushions in dual-layered foam and polyester fibre to provide a fuller, softer look and feel with high-quality outer fabrics. Each layer is designed to strike the perfect balance between firmness and cushiness without compromise.

For extra comfort, you can also add decorative scatter cushions to your sofa. Many people underestimate the actual functionality of cushions and just see them as a nuisance. But, they are a great way of not only livening up your sofa, but providing that soft, squishy, cosy feeling while also tying the style of the room together.

4. Sofa shapes and sizes

Sofa shapes and sizes

One of the most important things you’ll need to consider when choosing your sofa is how many people will usually be sitting on it. Does it need to accommodate the whole family or just you and your partner? Do you like to lie down on the sofa? Do your kids like using the sofa as a trampoline? All these questions are important for determining the size and design of your sofa. You’ll also need to think about how much space you have in your sitting room, bedroom or home office and how many seats you need.

Swyft sofas come in a 2 seater (175cm long) and 3 seater (205cm long) format and we also offer armchairs (80cm long). Our Model 01 sofas come in 2 or 3-seater options, making them ideal for couples or small families. And as the 3-seater versions have 3 separate cushions on the base, it gives you that extra bit of seating, meaning there’s no short straw drawn if you end up in the middle

Our Model 02 2 and 3-seater sofas do come with one long seat cushion rather than the usual separate cushions, making it ideal to lounge and stretch out on. Also, perfect for couples or small families this type of sofa is sat on a solid wood plinth so you can expect durability and is leading the return of the mid-century decor style.

If you have a large space, a bigger family or plan on hosting many friends again one day, then our Model 03 sofas would be ideal for you. These sectional sofas arrive in separate modules, so you can design them however works best for your space. From two seats to ten, left or right corner, with or without an ottoman, you choose exactly how you want it. This type of sofa doesn't use the Swyft-lok technology to lock together, so you have the flexibility of movement when needed.

5. Leather, Woven or Velvet: Which Sofa Fabric is Best?

Comfy velvet sofa

Lastly, the type of sofa fabric you choose can make a big difference in the overall comfort of the sofa. While this is down to personal preference, it’s important to take note of the pros and cons of each option.

  • Leather

    hard wearing and easy to clean depending on the finish, leather is a great option for those looking for something low maintenance making it ideal for large families. However, once punctured it can be very hard to repair (and expensive!). Also, if it has a delicate finish, any grease stain will be there to say. Plus, there’s also the issue of sliding off a cold, slipper leather cushion in the winter and sticking to it in the summer.
  • Woven fabrics

    these often come with a stain-resistant coating, making them durable and easy to clean. Woven fabrics are also naturally cooler making them perfect for even the hottest of days. However, those who suffer from allergies may find leather is better suited to them as woven fabrics can potentially trap dust mites and other allergens in the fibres.
  • Velvet

    this type of fabric for sofas is all the rage these days, with blue velvet and green velvet leading the way. However, velvet can be tricky when it comes to water and hard wear. A key quality of velvet fabric is that each thread needs to stand straight up to ensure that lush, velvety soft texture and sheen. If velvet gets wet or endures constant downward pressure, those fibres can start to bend and flatten out. That means that most velvet sofas would not usually offer the hard-wearing, long-lasting finish that families with children would require.

Our velvet sofas and linen fabric sofas have stain-resistant properties built into each fibre so a spill, whether liquid or grease, will not damage the fabric. We have also chosen a short pile velvet, which means that those individual fibres that need to stick up are short enough to not get flattened out with years of wear, but are still velvety enough to give that characteristic sheen and soft finish that’s so sought after with velvet sofas.

All of our fabrics outperform the competition on the Martindale Scale. Our score on the Martindale Scale is 100,000, which is a higher standard than required for commercial grade fabrics (30,000).

Decided on which sofa you think will be the most comfortable? Now it’s time to choose the colour! Read our helpful guide on sofa colours to learn how to choose yours and which combinations will work best.

Also, don’t overlook the sofa legs, they are an integral part of any sofa design and help to support the rest of the piece, so read our sofa legs guide and discover the best types, shapes and materials.

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