Given the amount of time you, your friends, family and guests will spend sitting on a sofa throughout your lives, investing in the right sofa is not a decision you should make lightly.
Whether you’re on the market for a settee upgrade to enhance your living interiors, or you’re currently at the research stage before settling on a sofa for your first home, there are a number of considerations to pay careful attention to before you invest.
Making the right decisions when it comes to size, practicality, comfort and design will inevitably guarantee years of enjoyment – so it’s paramount to keep these preferences in mind before you shop.
At Delcor, they have years of experience under their belts when it comes to helping their clients settle on a piece of true luxury for their home. Each of their furniture specialists is trained to offer impartial advice, to help you understand the various sofa sizes, fillings and finishes that would complement your individual interior goals.
If you’re not able to book your own design consultation with their experts, here are a number of recommended tips and tricks from Delcor specialists on how best to choose a quality sofa.
Order sofa swatches
The team at Delcor are often asked ‘what is the best material for a sofa?’ and whilst they have a number of favourable options from their 1000s of fabrics and leathers available, it ultimately depends on clients’ individual preferences.
For example, if you’re a growing family looking for a reliable, comfortable sofa that will withstand messy fingerprints and frequent spills, then an easy-to-clean, wipe away material is recommended.
Or, if you envision your sofa as a standalone accessory to complement your interiors, that won’t have to withstand frequent use, then Delcor has a number of opulent fabrics that require more maintenance.
Delcor offers their clients the chance to request up to 5 free sofa fabric samples from 80 of our bespoke upholstery fabrics. From velvet to chenille, to plain and weft – their easy fabric filtering system helps clients define their exact sample preferences and is completely free of cost, to help you make the right fabric decision before you choose a sofa.
We know all too well that online swatches are very limiting in the sense that you’re unable to envision what colourways or textures look like under different lighting conditions, which is why we definitely recommend taking Delcor up on this offer and take advantage of the free fabric samples.
Live with them, test them in artificial and natural light, see how they hold up against spills or even let pets have a scratch at the samples, these small but efficient tests will give you a rough idea of which fabrics are right for your family.
Whether you opt for a hard-wearing leather, or a matt-finish velvet, Delcor offers their clients the ability to apply any fabric preferences to each of their bespoke sofa designs. As they build everything in their own Northumberland mill, their specialists are able to craft a unique sofa to clients exact preferences, right down to specific fabrics, sizes and colourways.
Longevity often comes hand in hand with budget preferences and, while a cheaper sofa may appear more affordable on the surface, the deteriorating quality of the sofa over time reveals that the opposite is often true.
Whilst it may be tempting to purchase a more affordable sofa, chances are that cheap sofas will end up becoming more expensive in the long run, as frequent upholstery requirements or full replacements can become costly.
Delcor recommends that each of their clients who are looking to purchase a new sofa consider buying from a reputable supplier that can offer a solid sofa frame. Spending as much as your budget allows on a solid, hardwood frame will see you through many years of lounging, as hardwood frames can withstand a lot more usage over metal alternatives.
When it comes to settling on a sofa, it also pays to be mindful of the manufacturer’s sofa guarantee. This gives clients the confidence to invest in a sofa that will confidently last a number of years – with reassurance that, if anything goes wrong, the sofa guarantee will offer a replacement.
At Delcor, the timber they use for their bespoke sofa designs is hand-selected and cut at their own sawmill in Northumberland, so they can confidently guarantee the quality and longevity of their sofa frames. As well as paying close attention to detail, they also proudly wear the Manufacturing Guild Mark of Excellence, an established award given to a select number of Britain’s top furniture manufacturers.
Practicality often goes overlooked – but it’s one of the most important deciding factors that will allow you to make the most of your new sofa in the years to come.
Many people remember to take specific dimensions, but often forget to measure limited access spaces your sofa will have to pass through on delivery. If access is limited (common access issues range from low ceilings or narrow doorways) then Delcor would recommend opting for a low-back style of sofa, removable leg options or a settee that can be cleverly delivered in sections.
It also pays to be mindful of the overall depth of your sofa, as depth rarely ever changes from smaller to larger sofas and, whilst you may believe your chosen sofa size has the right dimensions for a room, the depth could limit walking space and future interior plans. The good news is that it’s never been easier to customise a sofa (size, depth and all) to make it really work for you and your space at Delcor.
Since all of Delcor’s custom sofas are made in-house by their team of talented craftsmen, their clients have the ability to customise every aspect of their sofa design, from dimensions, to sofa stuffing and more. Using one of their existing sofa designs as a blank canvas, their high-quality sofas are then able to be built to size and customised entirely – right down to feet furniture options.
How to choose the perfect sofa at Delcor
From Loveseats to Chesterfields, Sofa Beds and Oxford’s – whatever style sofa you’re looking for, bring your vision to life at Delcor. With years of experience and a stellar industry reputation, their close-knit team of talented craftsmen work alongside clients to help make your sofa dreams a reality.
Whether you prefer to see their bespoke sofa designs in person by visiting one of their five signature furniture showrooms across the UK, or you chat to the team firsthand, either via a free bespoke design consultation or over the phone, no job is too big or small for their technicians, and they offer impartial guidance and advice every step of the way.