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What to consider when buying a sofa

We know that buying a new sofa can be a big decision. It’s where most of us spend a lot of our time relaxing, entertaining, and occasionally snoozing! Not to forget that it’s often a big investment too, so it’s important to get it right.

Key questions to ask yourself:

  1. Which type of sofa would you like?
  2. How much space do you have to work with?
  3. What fabric, finish and colour are you looking for?
  4. Are there any specific features or personal requirements you would need to maximise comfort and convenience?
Sofa types

There are lots of different sofa types out there, so try and do your research to see which one you prefer:

  • 2-seater sofas (sometimes referred to as medium sofas)
  • 3-seater sofas (sometimes referred to as large sofas)
  • Corner sofas
  • Recliner and footrest sofas
  • Modular sofas
  • Storage sofas
  • Chaise sofas
  • Corner chaise sofas
  • Sofa beds

Measure up

Before you head out to stores or online, it’s important to measure up your home first, especially if you have a small space to work with as although some sofas look small in stores, they can be bigger than you think. Take a note of the max width, depth, and height and keep this handy when you’re looking.

Once you’ve measured the space where your sofa will go, don’t forget to also consider how you will get it in. Will it fit through the doors? Are there any obstacles to consider such as stairs? It’s worth measuring these spaces up too in case your sofa cannot be delivered in sections.

For small spaces, we would suggest you consider 2-seater sofas, sofas beds (to kill two birds with one stone) or compact sofas.

For extra help on measuring up, please visit our measuring guide.


When it comes to choosing the fabric, think about the type of material, finish, and colour you’d like and what would suit your home. A good starting point is to decide if you’d like fabric, leather or velvet, then think about the colour. For inspiration, follow our social channels and keep an eye out for our mood boards.

Another consideration is who will be using the sofa regularly. Do you have pets or a busy family home with young children? If so, you may want to consider a darker colour and easy to clean fabrics such as Aquaclean® fabric. Alternatively, you can opt for luxurious chenilles or velvet-style fabrics which are soft to the touch.

We suggest you also order a physical sample to get a true feel for it or flick through the swatch books in stores. At G Plan, you can order up to 8 samples for FREE from our collection of fabrics, leathers, and velvets. Plus, they come with a little treat to enjoy while you’re deciding which one to go for…

Personal requirements and comfort

Finally, do you have any personal requirements or features that you’d like?

Do you need a sofa with an additional headrest and lumbar support, if so, we would suggest looking out for high backed models. Or would you like a sofa with built-in technology, such as a USB charging port for added convenience?

Having a beautiful sofa that perfectly complements your decor is important, but it should also offer you the ultimate in comfort. You should consider your height and leg length, how firm or soft you would like your cushions to be and whether you want to sit straight or relax and curl up on your sofa.

At G Plan, we understand that people come in all shapes and sizes, so we offer a range of sofas with different fillings and posture characteristics. Make sure you visit a retailer to experience the sofas for yourself. Don’t be shy about taking off your shoes, putting your feet up and recreating the way you would use your sofa at home.

How to care for your sofa

In addition to the above, it’s also important to consider how to care for your chosen sofa. For example, how often should you clean it, or how often should you plump the cushions.

If you’re interested in a G Plan model, please visit our care guide for this information or ask your nearest retailer.

For more details on what to consider when buying a sofa, please visit our buying guide, or if you have any questions, please contact us or your nearest G Plan retailer.

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