A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Sofa

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A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Sofa

Wren Buttonback Sofa | Time & Tide



Sofa Buying Guide


Thinking of getting a new sofa? Choosing the right one isn’t an exact science but a combination of picking something practical that plucks at your heartstrings. A sofas are a big part of our home life and the centrepiece of any living room. A sofa is for the entire family to spend time and make memories, where guests are seated when they come to visit, a place for pets to cosy up to their owners and the perfect spot for you to unwind. 

A sofa will be one of the key parts of your home, so it’s understandable that quite a bit of thought is required before deciding on that perfect couch. Our specialists at Time & Tide have put together a list of useful tips and facts to help you determine which sofa is right for you.


The Ultimate Duo

Space and Style

This important combination is paramount when deciding which sofa to pick.


Blush Linen Corner Sofa | Time & Tide


It’s critical that your new sofa will suit the style of the room it’s going into. If your living space is traditionally styled, you should probably go with a sofa that will match this so to blend the furniture effortlessly with the rest of your decor. If you have a modern home, a contemporary sofa will give your space a fresh sleek look that will complement its surroundings.

A classic two, three or four-seater sofa will work perfectly for most living rooms. However, if you have a large living space consider splitting the room into separate areas using a corner sofa such as the Jaxon Modular Sofa which can naturally segment a room. If your room is a bit on the awkward side, a smaller love-seat sofa like the Wren Sofa might work best as it can offer you more space. 


One of the most important things you must consider is the amount of room space you have to work with and where you’d like to place the sofa. Measurement taking is one thing but also think about the proportions of the room as a whole. If you put a large sofa into a small area, it will dominate the space and throw the room out of balance. You should think on the depth and height of the type of sofa you’d like to ensure it fits just right.

Top Tip: We recommend you measure up your room size before you look for a sofa. You may realise that a beautiful sofa you have your eye on just doesn’t fit where you want it. By taking accurate measurements beforehand you can avoid this and actively look for a sofa that fits the space you’ve accommodating for it.


Your hearts desire

Colour and fabrics

Let your heart decide which style is best for you and your home.


Jaxon Modular Sofa | Time & Tide


Would you like your sofa to blend in with the room or prefer to create contrast with a standout colour such as with our split sofa Selene. It’s a good idea to coordinate your personal style and preferences with the style of the room. It’s also worth thinking about how your tastes might change over time.

Top Tip: If you like changing the look and style of your room, a neutral-coloured sofa may work best for you. This way it won’t clash with the changing décor, you can update the sofa with trendy throws and scatter cushions to keep things up to date.


The type of Fabric you choose for your sofa is an important factor to take into consideration. Do you have a preference for fabric sofa, or leather perhaps – like our Jonah Sofa. Fabric is a big part in whether or not a sofa is right for you. If you have a pet that enjoys curling up on the sofa, fabric upholstery is ideal as it’s easy to vacuum and you won’t need to worry about scratches. Leather is durable, easy to clean and stain proof making it easy to wipe away mishaps, this might be a better choice if you have young children.



Everyday life

Everyday use and comfort

Choose a sofa that fits into your lifestyle and provides the utmost comfort.


Harper Black Leather 2 Seater Sofa | Time & Tide


When going to choose a sofa, take into account the optimal seating space to fit everybody at home, as well as potential seating for guests.  You should also consider how you will spend your time on the sofa. Do you like lying down to relax and watch telly? If so, you’ll want to go for a longer sofa like the Emila Sofa. Armrest hight and seat depth are also things to think about – a larger depth is ideal for curling up in comfort, whereas a shorter depth works well for those who lie on their sofa or prefer to sit in a more upright position and in easy reach of a coffee table.

Top Tip: Many of our sofas are available in multiple different sizes or are modular so you can customise the sofa to the size you would like. If you like a certain sofa make sure to ask if its available in more sizes.


The biggest component when finding the perfect sofa is the comfort it provides. Everything comes together and is put into perspective when you determine the comfort of a sofa like with this extra padded Dale Sofa Think back on past sofas you’ve owned to get an idea of what’s best for you. Why not go into our St George’s Cross store in Glasgow and test the comfort of the sofas for yourself. This way you’ll be sure to know what sofa you find the comfiest.


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