Before you buy

Sofa buying guide

Sofa buying guide

Here at ScS, we know buying a sofa should be a time filled with excitement. Unlike clothes shopping where we spend hours on our feet, shopping for sofas is quite the opposite and involves a lot of sitting down trying to decide which suite is the most comfortable. To make the process easier we’ve put together a handy buying guide to answer all of your sofa questions, such as: What size sofa should I choose? Would I prefer fabric or leather? Do I want a recliner? The list is endless.

In our easy-to-use guide we’ll cover the basics, from choosing the right sofa size and the best material to suit your lifestyle, to covering additional extras such as luxurious foam seats. Plus we’ll introduce you to our famous sofa brand family: La-Z-Boy, G Plan, Parker Knoll, SiSi Italia and Endurance. We’ll also take you through how to spread the cost of your new purchase with our interest free finance offers, as well as the delivery process and keeping your new sofa in pristine condition.

Finding the perfect fit

The first and most important step when choosing your new sofa is deciding what size it should be. A wide, deep sofa might sound luxurious but if it doesn't fit into your room, or even make it through the front door, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

Before you start looking at different styles and sizes, it’s best to think about your sofa in relation to the layout of your room. Measure the spot where your furniture will go, not forgetting to take into account the amount of legroom between your sofa and other pieces of furniture, so that people can relax comfortably and move around with ease.

Taking measurements for your new sofa doesn’t stop at the room where your furniture will be living; there are also other factors to take into consideration to make the delivery process run smoothly. Take note of the height and width of any doorways, hallways or staircases that your sofa will have to fit through when delivered and let us know of any access issues our delivery team may have to face. If you live in a top floor flat, or have narrow entrances or spiral staircases, keep us updated in plenty of time before delivery so we can arrive prepared.

When you view any sofa on our website, you’ll find a breakdown of all the dimensions you will need including height (A), width (B), depth (C), seat height (E), seat depth (F), and arm height (G). Make sure to measure up your new sofa to ensure the one you love will fit into your home.

It can be hard to visualise how your new sofa will fit into your room, but with a bit of creativity and a few sheets of newspaper, you can map out how much space your new furniture will take up.

Before buying your new sofa, be sure to find out how it’s assembled. If it has a split base it will be easier to fit into your home, as it will be delivered in individual pieces. For sofas with a one piece construction, always ensure that it can fit through any doors or windows, hallways or stairways, before placing your order. Our delivery team are experts and have handling techniques to get many large sofas into the home, but it’s always an idea to judge the size and shape of your new sofa against the one you already have.

Choosing the right sofa for your lifestyle

Once you have measured up the space for your new sofa and found the perfect fit, it’s time to decide which type of sofa is best for your home. Choose from four-seater sofas, three seater, two seater, or love seats, in a range of stylish designs.

We also have a wide range of spacious corner sofas that are perfect for larger living spaces and families, and also work well as a room divider for open plan living spaces. Our stylish range of sofa beds are great for any overnight guests and if you are looking to put your feet up after a long day, our range of reclining sofas are ideal. Choose from manual or power recliner action, with finishing touches such as a Bluetooth sound system.

Reclining sofas only require an extra couple of inches behind and in front of them, so you can fully kick back and relax. Make sure to take this into account when measuring up for your new sofa, so you are not left disappointed.

When browsing our wide range of sofas available in-store and online, there are various factors to take into consideration before choosing your new furniture. How frequently will it be used? Do you have any small children or pets, and most importantly, what will your new sofa will be used for the most? These factors can help decide you what material will be best suited for your lifestyle, ensuring a long life span. Leather sofas are durable and easy to clean, great for busy homes, whereas fabric sofas offer plenty of warmth and a tactile touch. Many of our fabric and leather sofas come with fibre or foam filled seat interior upgrades, and a wide choice of cushion styles so you can tailor your perfect sofa.

If you spend a lot of time lying down on your sofa, make sure the space between the arms is wide enough to comfortably stretch out.

Get the support and comfort you need

If you require additional support from your sofa, look out for sofa styles that have foam interiors as standard, or offer a foam upgrade. Whereas fibre filled seats are soft and squashy, foam interiors offer a firmer sit and provide more body support.

An ideal choice if you require that extra bit of support are styles with fixed, high back cushions, which will help support your neck and back. We also have a range of sofas with scatter back cushions, perfect to sink into after a long day.

Be sure to browse our range of manual or power recliner sofas, which offer adjustable seating mechanisms so you can find the most comfortable seating position. We also sell specialist elevate chairs, which provide full body support and may be purchased VAT free if your personal circumstances allow.

For further details you can get in touch with our Online Sales Team, or if you’d prefer, call into your nearest ScS store to chat to a personal shopping advisor.


To help you find the most comfortable sofa, find a sofa or chair that you already own, sit down and measure the distance from the inside of your knee to where your lower back connects with the sofa. This handy information will help you to find sofas or chairs with a similar depth and ensure a comfy sit.

Contemporary or classic – sofas to enhance your home

So you’ve found your perfect sofa size, now comes the fun part of choosing your favourite style. Here at ScS, we have a fantastic range of sofas in a wide variety of colours and patterns to inspire you, whatever your tastes.

Whether you are looking for a classic sofa with a timeless shape or a contemporary sofa in a bold design, you will find an unbeatable choice of upholstery fabrics in different colours, patterns and textures, as well a great range of premium leather sofas both in-store and online.

What’s more, our range of seating options doesn’t end at sofas; we also offer matching and contrasting chairs and footstools. Choose from our selection of twister chairs, snuggle chairs and accent chairs, as well as standard, storage or half-moon footstools to complement your new look. For smaller living spaces and bedrooms, also available are a range of small sofas and love seats to help maximise your space.

Once you have chosen your new sofa, please browse our wide ranges of carpets, rugs, flooring and dining and occasional furniture to complete your home. We have a great selection of classic and modern coffee tables, lamp tables, stylish storage units and mirrors to match any room. Don’t forget to have a look at our handy carpet and flooring buying guides too, as well as the ScS blog for interior design and décor inspiration.

Enjoy a premium choice with our famous sofa brands

In addition to our core sofa brands, here at ScS, we also offer a superior range of sofas and chairs from famous sofa brands.

We sell an exclusive range of the world’s best-selling recliner sofas and chairs from the iconic American brand La-Z-Boy. We’re also proud of our association with other famous sofa names including G Plan and Parker Knoll, where you can rest assured that you are buying from trusted UK manufacturers, who have been making high quality furniture for over 100 years. Be safe in the knowledge that any little accidents can be taken care of with our stylish, but durable range of Endurance sofas, perfect for the modern family home. Why not make your friends green with envy with our contemporary range of SiSi Italia sofas, crafted from genuine Italian leather, perfect to add a stylish focal point to your home.

There’s bound to be a style that’s just right for your home and many of our famous brand collections are exclusive to ScS, so you can make your home as unique as you.

Your most common questions, answered

  • How can I pay for my new sofa?

    At ScS, we accept all major credit and debit cards in-store and online, including Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and American Express, as well as payment by PayPal. In-store, you can also pay with cash, cheque or banker’s draft.

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    Alternatively, apply for finance and take advantage of our 4 years interest free credit offer, 0% APR representative, available on all sofa and flooring purchases. Choose the ‘Pay Monthly’ option at the basket. One of our personal shopping advisors will then call you to walk you through the credit application and process your order.

  • When will my new sofa be delivered and what if it doesn’t fit?

    When you buy your new sofa online or in-store, you will be given an approximate delivery date and we will contact you directly when your new sofa arrives into our Distribution Centre, to arrange a specific date. As each order is tailor made, every product has a different lead time which you will be informed of at the point of purchase. Where possible, we aim to deliver your furniture within 2 days of your sofa arriving with us.

    We understand that not everyone can take time off to wait in for their sofa to be delivered, which is why we deliver six days a week between 7am and 7pm, including a premium Saturday delivery service. Our delivery team will call you an hour before their estimated time of arrival at your home to ensure you are in to take delivery. So please provide a mobile number or daytime phone number so we can ensure the delivery goes as smoothly as possible with the least disruption to your day.

    Whilst most sofas go into homes easily, we always advise that you carefully check all dimensions of your chosen sofa, before making a purchase to ensure that your new sofa can fit through any doors, hallways and stairways when delivered. In the event that your purchase doesn’t fit into your home, we will be happy to arrange for a highly-trained independent technician to dismantle your sofa on delivery and re-build it inside your home for an additional fee.

    Please take the time to ensure that your new sofa can delivered easily, unfortunately if your sofa does not fit when delivered and we haven’t been notified to dismantle your sofa, we may have to charge you the cost of taking your sofa back to our warehouse.

  • How long is my sofa guaranteed for?

    Buying a new sofa is an investment purchase and we want to give you confidence in the quality of your new purchase. All ScS sofas and chairs, including our famous sofa brands, are covered by a 12-month parts and labour guarantee (subject to normal wear and tear). We also offer a 20-year frame guarantee, as well as a two year warranty on electrical components and recliner mechanisms.

  • How can I protect my new sofa?

    At ScS, we appreciate that you want to keep your sofa in the best possible condition, but accidents can happen! That’s why we offer five-year leather guard or fabric guard protection to protect your sofa against a range of stains and structural defects in your sofa, giving you peace of mind. Our fabric cover offers protection from a range of stains and structural defects, whereas our leather cover protects you from specific structural defects, as well as any rips, tears or burns to the leather.

    We always recommend buying one of our sofa care kits and having a read of our sofa care guides to help ensure your new sofa stays in pristine condition and you get the best value for money.

  • What can I do with my old sofa?

    Unfortunately we are unable to dispose of your old sofa or remove it from your home. However, we work closely with the British Heart Foundation, who offer a free collection service for old furniture – you can call them on 0808 250 0030 to arrange a time and date best suited to you. Alternatively, your local council can arrange for old furniture to collected and disposed of, or recycled properly.

    Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information and advice.