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How to Choose the Right Legs for Your Sofa

So many decisions go into making your house a home; from larger factors, such as furniture and paint colours, to the smaller details, such as what rug should go on the floor and the type of legs your new sofa should have. These features all add up, impacting the overall atmosphere of your living spaces. We understand that these can be tricky decisions to make, with so much choice on offer.

Most of us only think about the fabric and leather colours of our new sofa, as this is typically the most eye-catching element. So, let us help you make things a little simpler, starting with how to choose the right legs for your sofa.

Should I choose wooden sofa legs?

The material and finish of your sofas legs really depends on the look and style of the new sofa you wish to purchase. At G Plan, some of our sofas come with traditional high quality wooden legs, whilst others have the option of more contemporary metal feet or plinths.

Wood is a very pliable material that is very hardwearing and will withstand the test of time. It also allows a very beautiful finish to any sofa, but will be accommodating on your carpet and not leave harsh indent marks. Our Hatton, Riley and Hurst come with beautiful wooden sofa feet, bringing a sense of understated elegance to each sofa model. It’s not very often that you’ll look at your sofa legs, but when you do, it would be nice to think to yourself ‘those are some nice-looking legs’. If you’re looking for something a little more special, The Seventy One comes with a gorgeous American walnut wooden trim, with sofa legs neatly nestled into its structure. This is a very striking feature and adds lovely vintage character to any living room.

Should I choose metal sofa legs?

Metal sofa legs will create a completely different aesthetic, whilst also being very pleasing to the eye. Mid-century modern style sofas, such as our Connie, come with gunmetal grey metal sofa feet as standard, offering an air of retro charm and stylish sophistication. However, if you’re looking for something more contemporary, Jackson offers ultimate comfort on brushed metal sofa legs.

If you’re still not sure on the right legs for your sofa, various G Plan models come with the option of either wooden or metal sofa legs. Our striking Ridley, from the Jay Blades X G Plan collection, comes with ebony wooden feet or a metal plinth and foot option. You can use our online customiser tool to decide between the two, whilst also choosing what fabrics or leathers you would like your new sofa to be covered in.

What finish of wooden sofa leg should I opt for?

Here at G Plan, we offer different finishes of wooden sofa legs, so that you can pick the right colour and finish for your interior design.

American Walnut: An exceptionally dark pigmented wood, with a beautifully rich coloured grain. Available throughout our Vintage Collection.

Ebony: A dense, dark brown hardwood with a fine textured grain. Available throughout our Jay Blades X G Plan collection.

Mahogany: Known for its red brown colouring, mahogany is an extremely durable hardwood, ideal for family life. Available throughout our Lounge Collection.

Oak: A lighter pigmented wood, with a close grain and strong, hard structure. Available throughout our Classics Collection.

Walnut: Ever so slightly lighter than American Walnut, but a still very darkly hued wood. Available throughout our Lounge Collection.

Will my sofa look better with or without legs?

Not all G Plan sofas come with feet options, so if you’re having trouble deciding the right legs for your sofa, perhaps no legs are the right answer.

Many models within our Classics Collection – including Kingsbury, Chloe and Hamilton – come without sofa legs. They still have a hardwearing plastic foot attached to them; however this means that they do sit lower to the floor. Sofas with legs are perhaps better for smaller space, as they open a space and allow the appearance of more room. A sofa that sits closers to the ground can allow a living space to feel much cosier and more enclosed, as there is a smaller gap between the bottom of the sofa and the floor. Our Ellis and Harper are excellent examples of more contemporary G Plan sofa designs, without traditional wooden sofa legs.

To view the full range of G Plan sofas and view all sofa leg options, why not take a look at our selection of brochures.

What’s the difference between a sofa leg, glides and castors?

Sofa legs, otherwise known as sofa feet, are typically wooden or metal supports fixed to the bottom of your sofa. They can be removed to make it easier to manoeuvre and fit your new sofa into your home and reattached once your sofa is in place. It’s best to measure the size of the room you wish your sofa to sit in before purchasing it. Our Measuring Guide will talk you through the best way to do this, to ensure there’s no bumps along the way.

Metal castors come as a free option on many of our static sofa models. Castors are wheels that are attached to the bottom of your sofa instead of sofa legs. The idea behind this is to make it easier to move your sofa around for cleaning or rearrangement once it’s placed in your home.

Sofa glides are small discs fitted to the bottom of your sofa, in place of traditional sofa legs. These are designed to work effortlessly on wood, carpet and other flooring and allow your sofa to – as the name says – glide across your floor when needed.

We hope this information helps you on your journey of choosing the right legs for your sofa. However, if you would still like a little more inspiration, please read our Sofa Buying Guide. Within this, you’ll find more hints and tips on how to choose the right G Plan sofa for your home.

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