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Fabric Sofas Guide - An Introduction

The fabric sofa is commonly found in many UK homes in the living room area, lounge or common area. Many consumers select the fabric sofa because of its versatility with the surrounding décor, its ease to maintain and comfort. Fabric sofas may come in a variety of colours, textures, and patterns. Consumers may consider purchasing fabric sofas in black, brown, cream, red, white, grey or green. Textiles, suede and leather are all common types or textures of sofa upholstery fabric.

Designs are available that will fit virtually any décor. The designs range from the traditional fabric sofa to the modern fabric sofa or contemporary fabric sofa. Consumers may also desire to buy a designer fabric sofa. Variety is available to assist the consumer in selecting a sofa that meets their needs for comfort, style, and functionality.

A sofa is generally described as an item of furniture that seats a specified number of people. The back of the sofa is usually vertical with two armrests. Traditionally, individuals sit upright on the sofa. However, the design has evolved to accommodate those who may sleep on the sofa for a limited time. Convertibles, such as the fabric sofa bed and futon are specific designs that include this type of functionality.

Fabric sofas also range in size. A 2-seater, 2.5-seater, or 3-seater is available to the consumer. The fabric sectional sofa or fabric corner sofa may seat 3 or more individuals. The chaise longue or ottoman are designed for only one individual and may also be classified as a sofa. Many companies also offer the fabric recliner sofa. Either part or the entire sofa unit will contain a reclining portion that will allow the individual to recline, as well as, elevate the feet.

Fabric sofas may also be accompanied in a set. The sets may contain the sofa, as well as two accompanying chairs. These sets may be referred to as sofa suites or Chesterfield suites.

Tips to consider before buying Fabric Sofas

  • Measure the room. Determine the type of fabric sofa that will fit reasonably in the room given the dimensions.
  • Determine the number of guests that require seating. Select the largest sofa that will reasonably fit within the space that is allocated.
  • Select a fabric that is in keeping with the décor of the room. Select a color and texture that complements the décor.
  • Consider the quality of the fabric and compare it to the cost of the item. If the quality outweighs the price then it is a bargain. However, if the price is more than the quality of the material, the consumer may pass on this item.
  • Select a fabric that can handle the amount of traffic that the room endures. A dark, heavy upholstery fabric with a texture or a leather fabric sofa may endure high volume areas better than a light, thin upholstery fabric. Most of the fabric sofas may be covered with a fabric protector to resist dirt, stains and repel liquids. Ask the manufacturer if the service is provided with purchase or what solution can be purchased to accomplish this goal.
  • Choose a budget. Select a fabric sofa to remain in the budget.
  • Determine if features such as recliners, sofa beds, or sectionals are important features. Select a sofa that contains all desired features while in keeping with the budget.

Types of Fabric Sofas

2 Seater Sofa

This design contains two seat cushions and two back cushions. This allows two people of moderate size to comfortably fit on the couch. The prices vary depending upon the type of fabric and the manufacturer.

2.5 Seater Sofa

This design is a larger version of the 2-Seater Sofa. It accommodates 2.5 moderate to large people and has two larger seat cushions and back cushions. The type of fabric and the manufacturer are major determinants of the price of 2.5-seater sofas.

3 Seater Sofa

This design typically has 3 seat cushions and 3 back cushions; though some designs have only two. It accommodates 3 people of moderate size comfortably. The prices vary depending upon the type of fabric and the manufacturer.

Chesterfield Sofa

In the UK, the fabric chesterfield sofa is known for its low rolling back. Deeply inset buttons are characteristic of this particular design. Most Chesterfield sofas are made from leather fabric. The prices range from the low 300s to over 1000 pounds in the UK.

Chaise Longue

The chaise longue has one armrest, a raised back, and a long sofa that accommodates one individual. The person typically sits with their feet elevated on this sofa. If seated upright, the chaise lounge will accommodate as many as the length of the sofa will allow. The prices vary depending upon the type of fabric and the manufacturer of the chaise lounge. However, 250 pounds and up is a general price range.

Futon Sofa

The futon is a sofa that will fold out into a bed. The cushion is one contiguous piece that acts as both a mattress and sofa cushions. The design may or may not have armrests. Futon sofas are typically more reasonably priced and more lightweight than the traditional fabric sofa. The design is often thought as more casual; however, the style has evolved into the modern, contemporary décor. The prices begin in the mid 100 pounds in the UK.

Modular Corner Sofa

The fabric corner sofa is horizontally long like a traditional sofa; however, at one end the sofa elongates at a perpendicular angle. This design is similar to having a chaise at one end of the sofa. As indicated by the name, this design of sofa will fit well in a corner. The added space will accommodate more individuals than a traditional sofa. The prices range from the upper 100s to over 3000 pounds in the UK.

The cost varies based upon the material, the number of people it can accommodate, the brand, and the accessories that accompany the sofa, such as ottomans or stools. Some have arm rests and others do not.

Sofa Bed

This type of sofa has a bed that is located beneath the pillow cushions. The bed contracts from a folded position to accommodate 2 sleepers. This type of fabric sofa is heavier than the traditional fabric sofa because of the fold-out bed and mattress. Consumers can select various grades of mattresses to increase comfort. The prices range based upon the mattress type, the fabric choice, and the manufacturer.

Brands of Fabric Sofas

Buckingham

Buckingham is a manufacturer of fabric sofas in the UK. The company’s products are handcrafted and have received awards from the Furniture Industry Research Associations for product excellence.

Canterbury

Canterbury offers contemporary furniture designs for cheap in UK stores. Consumers will find various sizes of fabric sofas, as well as, fabric leather sofas.

Sloane

Sloane is provider of discount contemporary furniture of all sizes, styles, colors, and textures.

Alstons

Alstons is a provider of traditional fabric sofas for reasonable prices. They also carry sofa beds and other specialty items such as recliners.

Slumberland

Slumberland is a provider of fabric sofas, and fabric leather sofa products. They provide quality products and modern designs for affordable prices.

Advice for Purchasing a Fabric Sofa

Determine the size and style of the room before selecting a fabric sofa. Many designers select the sofa and then, determine a design. Regardless of the method chosen, be certain that the sofa and the décor are of similar eras and styles.

Select a sofa that is within the predetermined budget. Always compare the quality with the cost of the sofa. A fabric leather sofa is generally more expensive than a fabric textile or upholstered sofa. Most of the brands selected above offer quality product for low prices. Slumberland is a great choice for contemporary furniture, and Buckingham is a great choice for consistent quality.

The consumer can find a great deal if he or she shops around. Many of the online stores in the UK are offering deals to the consumer. Therefore, the consumer may find a quality, well crafted fabric sofa for cheap. Always search for these types of deals. For instance, a fabric leather sofa for 500 pounds or less may be a good deal. However, the quality and the comfort of the leather may be inferior to other brands. The consumer should research the product prior to purchase to get the best buy.

Jargon Explained

2 Seater Sofa2 Seater Sofa This design contains two seat cushions and two back cushions. This allows two people of moderate size to comfortably fit on the couch.
2.5 Seater SofaThis design is a larger version of the 2-Seater Sofa. It accommodates 2.5 moderate to large people and has two larger seat cushions and back cushions.
3 Seater Sofa3 Seater Sofa This design typically has 3 seat cushions and 3 back cushions; though some designs have only two. It accommodates 3 people of moderate size comfortably.
Chaise LongueThe chaise lounge has one armrest, a raised back, and a long sofa that accommodates one individual. The person typically sits with their feet elevated on this sofa. If seated upright, the chaise longue will accommodate as many as the length of the sofa will allow.
Chesterfield SofaThis type of sofa is marked by its deeply inset buttons and partially raised rolling back. Most Chesterfield Sofas are leather fabric and are found in traditional designs.
Fabric Sectional SofaSectional sofas are often comprised of several pieces of furniture that are connected via an inter-locking mechanism. The sections may be displayed as either a unit or in its individual pieces. Many corner sofas are sectionals. For instance, the corner sofa may be separated into a chaise longue and a 2 or 3-Seater sofa.
Futon Sofa The futon is a sofa that will fold out into a bed. The cushion is one contiguous piece that acts as both a mattress and sofa cushions. The design may or may not have armrests.
Modular Corner SofaThe fabric corner sofa is horizontally long like a traditional sofa; however, at one end the sofa elongates at a perpendicular angle. This design is similar to having a chaise at one end of the sofa. As indicated by the name, this design of sofa will fit well in a corner. The added space will accommodate more individuals than a traditional sofa.
Sofa BedThe sofa bed has a bed that is located beneath the pillow cushions. The bed contracts from a folded position to accommodate 2 sleepers.
Sofa SuiteA two or three seater sofa accompanied by two chairs is a sofa suite. A sectional sofa with stools or ottomans may also be referred to as a sofa suite. 

Buying Guide to Fabric Sofas
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