26th February 2020

8 Popular Sofa Trends You Should Know About

By Darlings Of Chelsea


Choosing a new sofa for your home can, at times, be overwhelming. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, from the size to the style, the colour and the material. Then factor in the sofas which offer additional extras, including the likes of recliner sofas and sofa beds. It can be difficult to know where to start.

If you’re buying a sofa to fit into your existing living space and won’t be changing any of the décor, this will provide you with some idea of what you’re looking for, and you may be dictated by the size and existing style of your room.

If you’re planning on using your new sofa as the focal point and will be designing your living room around it, you have a lot more flexibility in terms of what to go for.

To help you make some inroads into your decision making, here are 8 popular sofa trends you should know about, which may give you some inspiration before hitting the shops.


Sofa Print

While a majority of sofas tend to be one block colour, if you want to make your sofa stand out and would like to make a bold statement with this piece of furniture, it’s worth looking at the different types of sofa print available.

Florals and geometric prints are both enjoying a real surge in popularity, as are blocks of colour – if you decide to go for a modular sofa and want a real splash of colour, you have the option to have different sections of the sofa in different colours and prints, to bring a real playful element to your décor.

Sofa Covers

When buying a sofa, practicality can often come into play. If there are children or animals in the house, chances are, at some point something may get spilt on the sofa, muddy feet may accidentally make an appearance and animal hair may need regularly removing.

If that’s the case, sofa covers could be the solution. Easily removable, couch covers can be easily cleaned, both inside and out and with an extensive choice of fabrics, including satin, wool, cotton and linen. You can choose your ideal sofa safe in the knowledge that it can be cleaned. And if you fancy changing it up in a few years, you can simply cover your sofa in a different fabric or colour.

Duresta Sofas

Champions of England’s artisan furniture-making for over 75 years, Duresta are renowned for their ‘Pure English Luxury’ and if you’re looking for an elegant, refined piece of furniture, a Duresta sofa is worth adding to your shortlist.

Created in their workshop in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, each piece is handmade using traditional furniture-making methods and comes with a 25-year guarantee. The Duresta range includes numerous different sizes, including grand chairs such as the Sasha, two-seaters such as the Domus Hopper range and corner sofas like the Domus Haywood.

As well as offering numerous styles and sizes, there is also a fantastic selection of sofa prints to choose from, alongside plush velvets and leathers.

Recliner Sofa

At the end of a busy day, most people like nothing more than collapsing in front of the television to indulge in a bit of downtime before bed. And if your sofa is a sink-into kind of sofa, even better. Next level is when you can deploy the recliner and take relaxation to the next level!

Gone are the days when the selection of recliner sofas was very limited, there is now a plethora of sofa styles to choose from which incorporate a recliner into their design.

From leather sofas with an electric recliner to an extra-large reclining chair with a manual reclining mechanism, and a loveseat, perfect for snuggling – there is a recliner sofa for everyone. The only real issue is fighting over who gets to use the recliner if you only get one!

Small 2-Seater Sofa

In recent years, the number of people choosing a city centre lifestyle has risen considerably. While this comes with the benefit of living close to all major amenities, the downside is that it tends to come with smaller floor space.

Style doesn’t have to be compromised but the size might have to be. Fortunately, small 2 seater sofas come in a small but perfectly formed package, offering a comfortable, stylish sofa in a myriad of colours and materials. If you have a little more room, a small corner sofa could utilise any dead space and give you room for a few extra guests.

Corner Sofa

Staying in is the new going out but being a host with the most requires you to offer your guests a few simple luxuries, seating being one! This is where a corner sofa comes into its own, offering more space and cushions for friends and family, in social L-shaped design.

While it’s natural to think that corner sofas take up a lot of room, they do vary in size and can be surprisingly versatile if you plan the design of your room carefully. A large corner sofa is a truly wonderful piece of furniture which can cater for a crowd but a small corner sofa can still be a real winner in terms of making the most of the space you have available.

Depending on the design you have planned for your space, there are leather and fabric corner sofas to choose from. It’s simply working out which one complements your décor and choosing the size accordingly. If a corner sofa is a bit too much, a chaise is a worthy contender, and well worth considering.


Suede Sofa

If a velvet sofa is a little too much for you but you don’t like the feel of leather, a suede sofa may be the answer. They have a velvety feel but resemble leather in appearance and are available in a range of sizes and styles.

Less conventional than other materials, the main risk with a suede sofa is that any spills can cause considerable damage if not handled properly. If you decide to go for a suede sofa, make sure to do some research on how to clean it so you’re prepared for all eventualities.

Sofa Bed

Clunky sofa beds are thankfully a thing of the past. They’ve been replaced with modern, stylish and functional sofa beds, which haven’t had to forego their looks to deliver on comfortability. So stylish are today’s sofa beds that it’s difficult to tell them apart from a normal sofa.

Ticking the practicality box, choosing a sofa bed doesn’t mean you can’t have the style you’d like. From a corner sofa bed and a velvet sofa bed (yes they do exist) to a sofa bed with storage and the more traditional double sofa beds, there is a much larger range of sofa beds to choose from than ever before.

You no longer need to hesitate when inviting friends to stay, confident you can accommodate them in the manner they’re accustomed to!