Your guide to measuring for your sofa - From the experts at DFS

Our measuring guide for the perfect fit

Measuring for your sofa can feel a little daunting – but we go
the extra mile to make sure your perfect sofa fits just right. From
useful tips and our free room planner app to our expert delivery
team, we'll make sure it all comes together on the big day.
Here's our experts' measuring guide to help you get started.

Why not lay out newspapers to check the space your sofa will take up?

Giving your sofa the space it deserves

Your first step is to look at the room where you plan to put your sofa. Decide where it's going and if any doors or radiators will get in the way.

Then search for a sofa style that works with your space. Do you have room for a big 4 seater or perhaps a corner sofa would fit perfectly?

Finally, get down into the detail. Map out the space your sofa will take up with newspaper (measuring from end to end rather than just the base) to check if there's room to walk around it.

Click to see our guide to sofa dimensions

Getting the right corner group

Before you order your corner sofa, you need to be clear on two things. Have you ordered a chaise sofa or a corner sofa? And is it right or left-hand facing? Take a look at our easy guide or call a personal shopper for advice >

Try our free room planner app

Not only can you check if your sofa fits, you can plan your space and browse our ranges with our free room planner app.

Available on the App Store

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Where there's a will, there's a way

Don't worry about getting your sofa into your space – we'll take care
of it. We have lots of ways to work around tricky access. From sofas
with bolt-on arms that can be fixed once your sofa's in place to smaller,
modular pieces. You can even talk to your store team about taking a
look at your home's access or doing a trial run after you've ordered.

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Chaise end sofas

  • Left hand facing chaise end sofas

    The chaise is on the left hand side as you look at the sofa from the front.

  • Right hand facing chaise end sofas

    The chaise is on the right hand side as you look at the sofa from the front.

Corner groups

  • Left hand facing arm

    The arm appears on the left hand side as you look at the corner group from the front.

  • Right hand facing arm

    The arm appears on the right hand side as you look at the corner group from the front.

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  • Corner sofas made easy

    Measuring for corner sofas can be tricky, so it's a good idea to follow our diagram for a perfect fit. Taking two separate measurements for width as shown, means you'll leave enough space for the corner to fit properly.

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  • Get it right for recliners

    Check there's enough space for recliners when you put your feet up. Remember to allow for any extra features such as audio. All our recliners use a forward motion so can be positioned against a wall.

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  • Measuring for modulars

    Our modular ranges are great to make the most of your space as you can add chaise ends and footstools to suit you. Just use the diagram to make sure you've included all the measurements for a perfect fit.

    Ask in store or speak to a personal shopper on 0800 110 5000 about modular furniture.

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  • Seater savvy

    Whether you're planning for a 2, 3, or 4 seater, being clear on how measurements work will help you make the most of your space. Use our easy-to-follow dimension diagrams to check everything from width to seat height.

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