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High Back Sofas at DFS

High back sofas are more popular than ever, thanks to the additional comfort and support they provide. Once a feature that was limited only to traditional styles, sofas with high backs are now available across a range of modern shapes - meaning you can now just as easily find a chesterfield high back sofa as you can a modern high back corner sofa.

Let’s explore all the benefits of sofas with high backs, and help you find one that’s your thing…

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Good Housekeeping Emmeline Eco Velvet Sofa in Blush with Matching Velvet Scatter Cushions

What is considered a high back sofa?

With most sofa backs measuring anywhere between 66cm to 105cm tall, a high back sofa sits on the taller end of this spectrum, from about 85cm and above. You’d also expect to find sofas with high backs pretty much exclusively in a fixed or formal back style - a pillow back wouldn’t offer the same level of support - with extra supportive backrests, and often with headrests too.

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Are high back sofas good for your back?

Because they offer back support across a larger area, high back sofas relieve pressure on the spine, and help to promote better posture when sitting - so there are few better sofa options if you suffer from back pain. They’re also a great option if you often suffer from a sore neck or shoulders, too.

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Which sofas are best for your back?

When looking for a sofa that’s good for your back, a high back sofa is a good bet - but there are other features you should look out for too. Sofas that feature additional padding in the back cushions, those with recliner functionality, and adjustable headrests - either manual or electric - are all great features to support your back from top to bottom.

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What is a comfortable back height for a sofa?

Because they offer back support across a larger area, high back sofas relieve pressure on the spine, and help to promote better posture when sitting - so there are few better sofa options if you suffer from back pain. They’re also a great option if you often suffer from a sore neck or shoulders, too.

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Top pick: Most comfortable high back sofa

For a timeless, contemporary high back sofa that’s super comfortable, look no further than the Good Housekeeping x DFS Emmeline range. From luxurious electric recliners to a smart high back armchair, this range has been Good Housekeeping approved to be as practical as it is stylish. Looking for a high back velvet sofa? The Emmeline is available in 7 shades of our new Eco-velvet fabric.

High back corner sofas

If you’re looking for extra back support, there’s no need to write off corner sofas. There are some stunning sleek corner sofas with high backs in our range - like the San Antonio, which offers a contemporary Italian-inspired aesthetic, with practical features like telescopic headrests, USB charging and coil-sprung seat cushions for extra support.

Chesterfield high back sofas

Arguably one of the ultimate traditional sofa styles, high back Chesterfield sofas - with their sleek leathers, smart buttoning and head-turning scroll arms - are one of the most enduring shapes in the sofa world. If you’re looking for a Chesterfield sofa with a high back, we’d recommend the Cudworth range, or the Lanston buttoned high back sofa.

High Back Velvet Sofas

Combine luxurious style with supportive comfort with our range of high back velvet sofas. As well as being super soft and tactile, velvet is a surprisingly durable sofa fabric, and is easy to care for, meaning you can opt for bold style and still treat yourself to that all-important back support.

High back recliner chairs

Whether it’s a standalone high back recliner chair, or practical high back reclining sofa - which often come with handy features like cupholders or storage in between - these smart and comfortable styles are some of our most popular. With their adjustable recliners, reliable comfort, and a slew of extra practical features, it’s not difficult to see why.

Modern high back sofa

High back sofas used to be limited to traditional styles - but not any more! You can achieve both style and comfort with a modern high back sofa at DFS. If fabric is your thing, we love the Good Housekeeping x DFS Emmeline for a modern sofa with a high back - or, for a modern leather sofa with a high back, try the San Antonio, available in a range of classic colours like black, white, grey and brown.

High back sofa beds

A sofa bed with a high back is a great option for hosting overnight guests in comfort, while still benefiting from a high back sofa’s extra support. If your thing is homely and cosy, check out the Mollie high back sofa bed - or for an extra level of luxury, try the Ronan, which is also available with heated seats. If making a statement is just as important as sitting comfortably, check out the contemporary two-tone Ollie high back sofa bed - or keep it classically cool with the smart Cudworth range.

Large High Back Sofas

Is space to stretch out your thing? Explore our large high back sofas with plenty of room to kick back and relax, where everyone gets their own spacious seat. No more squabbling!

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