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Kitchen sofa ideas

Give your kitchen a cosy makeover with the addition of a sofa and turn it instantly into the hub of the home.

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No longer a room just for cooking and keeping your cupboard staples, the kitchen has recently found a new identity as a multifunctional space for relaxing and socialising.  Adding a sofa to your kitchen is a quick, sure fire way to turn it from a place of function to an inviting hideout for family and friends alike.

Let’s explore how you can turn your kitchen into the heart of the home...

Can you put a sofa in the kitchen?

Yes, you certainly can!

Putting a sofa in the kitchen can be a great way to bring the whole family together throughout the day, rather than being separated in different rooms of the home.

Whether you’re preparing meals, relaxing or doing some studying, a sofa in the kitchen means you can share the space with your loved ones, even when you’re doing different activities.

What’s more, putting a sofa in the kitchen can provide some extra seating for when you’re hosting, so your guests won’t have to sit in another room while you’re preparing dinner.

A sofa in the kitchen can also help make your space feel more comfortable and cosy, creating the perfect environment for socialising or simply enjoying some me-time. 

5 considerations for choosing a sofa for your kitchen

There are a few things to consider before putting a sofa in your kitchen:

1. Do you have enough space?

First of all, if you’re thinking about getting a new sofa for your kitchen, it’s important to consider what size of sofa will work best for your space.

It's hard to know what size kitchen sofa is best. There are many different sizes of sofas to make the use of the space available. If you have a smaller kitchen then something compact will be better so it doesn’t dominate the room. If you have space to spare, you can splurge for a larger sofa that has more seating room for when guests come over or for hosting family gatherings.

Secondly, think about how many people will be using this particular piece of furniture on a regular basis.

If it’s just for one or two, maybe consider getting something smaller and simpler. A 2 seater sofa will take up less space and be ample for a guest or two.

If you have children who like to play games or hang out with friends at home, a larger sofa might be better suited because it will give them plenty of room to lounge or pop a board game in the middle.

A corner sofa is great for slotting into corner spaces or acting as a room divider to separate the relaxing space from the kitchen area.

2. Comfort is key

It will be second nature to think of your kitchen as a functioning entity, but adding a sofa will give it a new, cosier feel. Make sure the sofa you choose for your kitchen is just as comfy as the one you have in your lounge. It’s all about creating a welcoming and enjoyable space. 

3. Will it work with your décor? 

Whichever sofa size you choose, you’ll undoubtedly want to choose a sofa that complements you décor.

Luckily, we’ve got a large selection of upholstery colours for you to choose from, so you’ll always find one that will work for your colour scheme. Keep it simple with a versatile colour such as a timeless grey or cream, or go for bold with a daring shade and keep the rest of your décor simple to make sure your sofa is a real stand-out piece.

4. Which material is best?

Sofas come in all different types of fabrics. From soft chenille and plush velvet to genuine leather and luxurious suede including leather, velvet and chenille to name a few. You should choose a material that best matches your style and needs.

When choosing your sofa, it is important you consider your lifestyle and who will be using your sofa. For example, if you have children, a leather option will be easier to wipe clean, however may not be the most suitable option if you have pets as it may scratch easily. If you plan on using your sofa for mainly socialising, then you may want to indulge in something more glamorous, like crushed velvet.

5. Easy to clean sofas

It’s possible that having a sofa in your kitchen may lead to accidental spills and stains. When you are shopping for your sofa, check if the cushion covers are removable as it’s always handy if you can chuck them in the washing machine in case of any mishaps.

If your sofa cushions are not machine washable, then our fabric care guide will walk you through how best to keep your sofa protected.

Alternatively, it may be worth looking at sofas that have specially treated, easy to clean, fabrics. Our range of Aquaclean sofas are specifically designed to remove household stains using only water, making it a perfect choice for kitchen sofa. 

Aquaclean Mollie sofa range

Pros and cons of having a sofa in a kitchen

Whether you’re looking to relax after a long day or you just need a welcoming space to sit and enjoy your breakfast, having a sofa in your kitchen can be an excellent choice.

As with most purchases, there are some pros and cons to consider:

Pros of having a sofa in a kitchen:

  • Extra seating when you have guests over for dinner or other social gatherings
  • A communal space for the household to gather
  • Provides a place for children to sit, read or do their homework where you can keep an eye on them if you’re busy in the kitchen 
  • Acts as a room divider to create ‘zones’ e.g. living space vs kitchen space

Cons of having a sofa in a kitchen:

  • It can take up valuable floor space in the kitchen, especially if it’s a smaller room
  • It can get dirty easily, especially if you have children or pets
  • It’s an additional expense so consider your budget first 

Choosing the right sofa for your kitchen will depend on several factors: the size of your space, your lifestyle, your style preferences and your budget, but with the right choice, you can turn your kitchen into a multifunctional, open-plan relaxing area for everyone to enjoy.

Check out our top picks for sofas for your kitchen below or shop our sofas to find the right choice for you and your home.

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Ashleigh Ellis

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Director of Upholstery & Furniture

at ScS

14th February 2023

Having been a part of the ScS family for over two years, Ashleigh is intricately woven into the fabric of the upholstery world, a legacy she inherited from a lineage of Manufacturing Directors within her family. Ashleigh's journey spans manufacturing, upholstery suppliers, and furniture retail across 23 years, and her expertise is only enriched by her lifetime of passion and knowledge. Balancing her professional life in Doncaster, she's a proud mom to two teenagers and two playful mini sausage dogs. To Ashleigh, upholstery holds a special place in her heart which is why she actively advocates for inspiring younger generations to consider the upholstery manufacturing industry. Her dedication and first-hand insights breathe life into every sofa she encounters.