The 10 Best sofas

We spend a good proportion of our time sitting on our sofa, so it's a piece worth investing in. Here's our pick of the best

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1. Loaf Monty, £1,195, loaf

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Loaf are the masters of laid-back style and they’ve come up trumps again with this recent addition to their collection. The Monty’s pleasingly retro-looking with a comfy scoop back. And it’s the little touches that make a difference – we love the smart button detailing. Seen here in Peacock brushed cotton, it’s available in over 60 fabrics.

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2. Made Lovebird, £1,199, made Lovebird.jpg

This compact sofa created in collaboration with the Design Museum is ideal for, err, bijou living spaces. There are two handy pull-outs; a coffee table with a storage compartment and a large cushion which combine to make a comfy bed for guests. Clever.

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3. Avalon, £660, sofa Avalon.jpg

Who needs cushions? Avalon requires no plumping and has a comfy sprung back – plus it’s sleek-looking and takes up less space than your average two-seater. Choose from 75 fabrics. Our pick for winter is the Peregrine Plaid Recycled Wool.

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4. Leather Chairs of Bath Three-seater Lansdown, £3,895, leatherchairs


A handsome hand-dyed leather number from this family-owned business, the Lansdown is super-comfy once worn in and it gets better with age. Yes, it will show scars, but we think that gives it lived-in charm.

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5. Ikea KIVIK three-seater, £799, ikea


The ubiquitous Swedish furniture company can be relied upon when it comes to good-value, modern-looking furniture. The KIVIK’s deep seat filled with memory foam means it’s pleasingly squishy. The Isunda orange is a new addition but it comes in a range of colours and sizes. The covers are removable, so cleaning won’t be too expensive. 

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6. Green Woods Furniture Warwick sofa, £975, greenwoodsfurniture

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Crafted from sustainably sourced beech wood and stuffed with a filling made from recycled bottles, you can lounge on this smart sofa safe in the knowledge that the utmost has been done to minimize the impact on the environment in its manufacture.

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7. Furniture Divas Bespoke chaise longue, £1,182, furnituredivas

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Okay, so we know it’s technically not a sofa, but a chaise makes a great statement piece. Furniture Divas offer a bespoke service; you can bring your own fabric and choose the size and finish, without wiping out your piggy bank. 

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8. Raft Manhattan, £2,325, raftfurniture

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First, a confession: I own this sofa. It earned its place in this list as every single person who sits on it comments on how comfy it is. Many friends have crashed out on it without bothering to get out the (optional) sofa bed. British-made, it’s available in hundreds of fabrics and comes with scatter cushions.

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9. House of Hackney Martello Leonine, £2,495, houseofhackney


The husband and wife team behind HofH started out in 2010 with an aim to “take the beige out of interiors”. They’ve certainly done that with this modernist 60s-style wood and chrome sofa. In fashion, animal prints are hot and their latest velvet print Leonine pays homage to that.

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10. John Lewis Hayworth, £1,500, johnlewis

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JL’s rather smart take on the classic Chesterfield design. It’s part of their new “Any Shape Any Fabric” collection with 50 other models and more than 400 coverings to choose from. We think it looks pretty funky in Fraser Apple.

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