Your guide to buying a fabric sofa

So, you love the comfort and beauty of fabric, and are ready to pick your perfect sofa. A fabric sofa is a family-friendly choice, making it durable and versatile, giving you lots of looks to choose from. So, whether you want something contemporary and chic or more relaxed and cosy; here’s our experts guide to finding the right fabric sofa that looks and feels right for you.

Fillings, it’s what’s inside that counts

So, you love the comfort and beauty of fabric, and are ready to pick your perfect sofa. A fabric sofa is a family-friendly choice, making it durable and versatile, giving you lots of looks to choose from. So, whether you want something contemporary and chic or more relaxed and cosy; here’s our experts guide to finding the right fabric sofa that looks and feels right for you.

relax on a fabric sofa

Foam - soft and supportive

Firmer foam filled cushions. Foam cushions helpfully spring back into shape the moment you stand up, they feel firmer than fibre and are ready to give you the same level of support next time you sit. Our tip: If you have loose seat cushions then just turn them over regularly to keep them in great shape.

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Soft fibre - as soft as a big hug

Soft fibre filled cushions. If you like your sofa to feel like it's giving you a big hug at the end of the day, fibre could be your perfect match. Fibre gives a soft and relaxed feel that invites you to sit down and sink in. Our tip: Plumping and turning cushions every day will maintain the feather like feel.

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Fibre encore - soft and supportive

Our exclusive fibre encore cushions. Family life means your sofa has to be different things at different times - a place to play, cuddle or chat. Fibre Encore's foam core in a fibre quilt wrap gives support for sitting up and softness for chilling out - and keeps its shape beautifully through the years. It's standard in our Country Living range. Our tip: Plump and turn your cushions regularly to keep them looking and feeling fabulous.

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Fabrics To Suit Your Home

Fabrics to suit your home

Super soft - microfibre

The super soft touch of microfibre offers great durability as well as exceptional comfort. Made of polyester fibres on a cotton base, it's the closeness of fibres that give it an irresistible feel. Beautiful and hardwearing, it's an ideal choice for a sofa that's at the heart of busy family life, making it a place to cuddle with the kids as well as a relaxing haven at the end of the day. Shop Bingley Range of Sofas
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The perfect all-rounder

There is no need to choose between practical and chic because flat weave offers the best of both worlds. Made by combining natural cotton with manufactured fibres for a hardwearing finish, it's perfect for holding its shape. Thinking of going bold or wanting to try a dark colour, flat weave fabric is a great choice. Shop Zinc Range of Sofas
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Natural quality - cotton

When it comes to quality and beauty, natural cotton is hard to beat. Luxurious to the touch, it looks best in subtle or neutral shades and works well on relaxed or tailored styles. When it comes to ensuring that your fabric cotton sofa is looking its best, we offer the option of loose covers for easy cleaning. Shop St Ives Range of Sofas
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Rich texture - chenille

Chenille is a textured pile fabric that is soft and luxurious to the touch. The rich textured appearance reflects light in different ways giving an interesting variety of shades and colours. Manufactured in a variety of natural and man-made fibres, you’re sure to find the right option for you. Shop Elegance Range of Sofas
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Luxurious comfort - velvet

If you are looking for something that is soft and durable but gives you a luxuriously comfortable feel, velvet is a woven cut pile fabric that gives your fabric sofa the right balance. Shop Palace Range of Sofas
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Sumptuous velour

A knitted fabric with a cut pile that appears similar to velvet, our velour fabric are soft and stretchy. Made with a mixture of man-made and natural fibres, this fabric is comfortable making it perfect for lounging in luxury. Shop Ella Range of Sofas
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Looking after your fabric sofa

Here’s what you need to know to get the best out of your fabric sofa.

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Remove all your cushions and give your sofa a quick vacuum once a week to remove any collected crumbs. Make sure to set your vacuum on a low setting as you run it across all your cushions to lift off any surface dirt and dust using an attachment with a soft brush to avoid damaging the fabric.

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Watch those new black and blue jeans on your light-coloured sofa as there's a chance that the dye might transfer onto the upholstery.

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Stay away from the washing machine. Our fabrics aren't designed to be washed and giving covers a spin at an even low temperature could affect how fire retardant they are, as well cause the colours to seep and the fabric to shrink.

Make sure to set your vacuum on a low setting