Best sofas: 12 brilliant picks to update your living room

Looking for the best sofas? Well you're in luck because these are the nicest, comfiest designs money can buy

Best sofas: 11 picks to update your living room
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The best sofas need to deliver on quite a few fronts. After all, these are large, big-ticket furniture pieces that we tend to spend a lot on, so there are lots of expectations they need to live up to. The focal point of your living space, the sofa has to look and feel amazing, and be comfortable enough to spend hours on, whether you're reading, watching TV, or doing a bit of work on it.

The amazing best sofas on our list fulfill all the criteria for a great sofa, guaranteed to bring style and substance to living rooms big and small.

Our top list includes a wide range of styles, constructions, shapes and sizes to suit everyone's home, budget, and needs. Keep scrolling to browse and make sure you head over to our living room ideas hub page for more style advice. 

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John Lewis sofa bed

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1. John Lewis & Partners Chester sofa

The best sofa overall – comfy, stylish and classic

Specifications
Dimensions: H61cm x W169cm x D98cm
Upholstery: choice of materials
Filling: foam and feather
Self assembly: no
Colours: teal (shown), and 134 others
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of colour options+Three sizes+Classic design 

Top of our list of the best sofas is the John Lewis & Partners Chester sofa, it's just a total classic that would suit all styles...

What size is it?

There's nothing worse than finding a sofa style you love only to realise it comes in one size that's either too big or too small for your home. With the Chester you get a few sizes to choose from – a two-seater, three-seater and a four-seater. So no disappointment here. 

Which room styles will it suit?

A Chesterfield sofa is never going to go out of style, it's a classic, so you know you are investing in something with longevity. This model will suit literally any space. Its buttonback details tips it slightly into the more traditional style, but it would still be at home in a modern room. Its simple design and neutral colour options mean you can always add throw cushions to blend it even more with your style. 

Colour and finish options?

A great thing about most John Lewis sofas is you can pick from literally hundreds of colours and materials for your upholstery. Above the Chester has been upholstered in Lucca Soft Teal Velvet but do go and have a look at the huge selection you can choose from. 

the best leather sofa: Made.com leather sofa

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2. Made.com Jarrod 3 Seater Sofa

The best leather sofa with a modern vibe

Specifications
Dimensions: H72cm x W215cm x D90cm
Upholstery: 100% Semi-aniline leather
Filling: foam and feather
Self assembly: legs to be fitted
Colours: outback tan (shown),truffle brown
Reasons to buy
+Easy to clean +Leather wears nicely 
Reasons to avoid
-Firm sit

If it's the best leather sofa you are after, the Made.com Jarrod 3 Seater Sofa is our top pick: its style is contemporary, but the design is a classic that's always going to be on trend.

What size is it?
It's a three-seater, so probably best for larger living rooms, but the low slung design and tall, thin legs do make this sofa appear less bulky. And there is the option of a two-seater version of the Jarrod which is equally cute and would be better suited to smaller rooms. 

Which room styles will it suit?
As with most Made.com sofas, the design is more contemporary. Even though it's a leather number which can usually come across as quite traditional, the sleek, square shape and contrasting slim metal frame give it an industrial feel. 

Colour and finish options?
There is a darker version of the Jarrod too. It's a cool, greyish brown and has a more matte finish. 

best sofa: Next Buttercup large sofa

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3. Next Buttercup large sofa

The best sofa for traditional style

Specifications
Dimensions: H74cm x W210cm x D96cm
Upholstery: plush velvet (shown), tweedy blend
Filling: foam
Self assembly: no
Colours: rose (shown), and 27 others
Reasons to buy
+Modern take on classic style+Brilliant choice of fabrics+Cushion plumping not required
Reasons to avoid
-Not for feather-cushion fans

The Next Buttercup large sofa is a beauty. It gives traditional elements an update that make it ideal for many a room scheme.

What size is it?

This sofa is a generous 210cm wide which should help avoid intrusion accusations from family members sitting alongside one another. Smaller room? Check out the medium version, which is still a three-seater but a more compact 180cm wide, or go down in size and capacity on the 150cm wide two-seater.

Which room styles will it suit?

Try it in a classic scheme, where its scrolled arms, button back and turned legs will be perfectly in keeping, or soften a contemporary room with its curves. The low back gives it a modern vibe so it’ll work just fine. 

Colour and finish options?

The joy of this design? It comes in a gorgeous selection of velvet shades, including this grown-up take on pink. But we reckon it might be a close run thing between those lovely hues and the tweedy blend fabrics from which you can also select. These have the look of wool in a range of elegant neutrals or understated colours, plus they’re hardwearing and easy to care for. 

Argos sofa bed

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4. Argos Dune sofa

The best cheap sofa – budget friendly and super stylish

Specifications
Dimensions: H85 x W177 x D87cm
Upholstery: polyester
Filling: foam and fibre
Self assembly: add feet only
Colours: light grey (shown), charcoal, navy, yellow
Reasons to buy
+Under £500+Great for small rooms+Fab contemporary colour choice
Reasons to avoid
-Upholstery is practical rather than luxe

The Argos Dune sofa is a steal at under £500. You won’t tire of its neat lines, and – with back legs lower than the front to create a slight slope – you won’t tire of sitting on it either. 

What size is it?

A great option for smaller rooms, this sofa is compact yet still seats three. The elegant saddle design of the arms means they aren’t bulky, but you won’t miss out on somewhere to rest comfortably either. The tapered legs keep it off the floor, which will also help make the space feel uncrowded because you can see underneath. Three-seat version one place too many for your room? There’s also a two-seater 136cm wide.

Which room styles will it suit?

This sofa’s a versatile little number. It would look great as part of a Scandi-influenced room scheme teamed with other neutrals and pale wood finishes. It wouldn’t look out of a place in a modern country scheme, either.

Colour and finish options?

This light grey finish is go-anywhere, and one reason grey sofas are such a popular choice. However, it comes in other shades that are bang on trend – we’re talking yellow and charcoal – as well as that sofa classic, navy.

Browse more best grey sofas in our guide.

Habitat sofa bed in orange

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5. Habitat Kota sofa

The best sofa bed

Specifications
Dimensions: H90 x W189 x D102cm
Upholstery: 65% polyester 35% linen
Filling: : foam and fibre
Self assembly: legs only
Colours: orange (shown), charcoal, black and white (grey), teal
Reasons to buy
+Eye-catching design+Nice price
Reasons to avoid
-Not for trad homes

This Habitat Kota sofa is a striking modern sofa and there’s a brilliant bonus: it will put up overnighters as well. The look is definitely top end, while the price is a whole lot kinder on your bank balance.

What size is it?

The sofa will seat three, and the bed will sleep two, so this is a useful addition to any living room scheme. Consider it if your home’s small: with no arms it’ll leave space for circulation without compromising on the number of people accommodated. 

Which room styles will it suit?

It’s definitely a design for contemporary homes, but with its plump buttoned design, it looks like an inviting place to take the weight off and will soften the lines of a modern room.

Colour and finish options?

We adore the orange finish, which makes it a fab focal point and fashion forward, too. Like the idea of something more sober in tone? The charcoal and so-called black and white (that is, grey) will please you. Or try the micro pile teal velvet fabric for a pop of colour plus a stroke-me finish.

More best sofa beds in our buyer's guide.

Habitat sofa

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6. Habitat Fenner 3 Seater Sofa

The best sofa for Mid-century style

Specifications
Dimensions: W225 x H55 x D95cm
Upholstery: Velvet
Filling: :foam (seat), fibre and feather (back)
Self assembly: part required
Colours: 23 fabrics to choose from
Reasons to buy
+Plenty of fabric choice+Stylish, modern shape+Comfortable seat
Reasons to avoid
-Quite expensive for a simple design

A sofa in lush orange velvet? Yes, please. And this Habitat Fenner 3 Seater Sofa is a super trendy Mid-century shape to boot. 

What size is it?

This is the three-seater version, and – thanks to its slim arms – will give plenty of space for you to relax. Elegant slim legs leave the floor on show to help the room it’s in feel spacious, too. There are two-seater, four-seater and chaise alternatives if more of you want to share, or two of you want more space to spread out.  

Which room styles will it suit?

This sofa has very retro lines and details, and will look happily at home in a contemporary scheme. It does come in so many fabric finishes though you can pick something that would suit your home best. 

Colour and finish options?

We’ve fallen for this gorgeous orange velvet that teams beautifully with dark colours – deeps blues and greens would be perfect. However, there are 23 other fabrics and colours to choose from and you can order samples to test out first. 

Furniture Village Salvador leather corner chaise

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7. Furniture Village Salvador leather corner chaise

The best leather sofa for a classic look

Specifications
Dimensions: H86 x W270 x D156cm
Upholstery: leather
Filling: pocket-sprung seats
Self assembly: no
Colours: Atlantic heather (shown), Atlantic cloud, Atlantic black, Atlantic dark grey, Atlantic pure white
Reasons to buy
+Lumbar support+Chaise to stretch out on
Reasons to avoid
-Metal feet aren't the most pretty 

The Furniture Village Salvador leather corner chaise sofa is wonderfully tactile in soft touch leather, and made for movie marathons. It’s also flexible to suit your room scheme: choose to have the chaise left or right.

What size is it?

There’s plenty of room on this generous number, so you can gather family or friends in front of the TV screen – as well as enjoy room to relax when there are fewer of you. Its super-comfortable curvaceous shape and generous dimensions make it ideal for large rooms and open-plan layouts. 

Which room styles will it suit?

Choose this leather sofa for a contemporary room that puts the emphasis on clean lines and modern materials. The metal feet will complement other cool metallics, and it’ll look great combined with geometric patterned cushions or rugs. 

Colour and finish options?

There’s a palette of classic leather shades on offer if you’ve fallen for this design with a choice between three deeper tones, and two pale leather finishes. 

More best leather sofas in our buying guide.

Best small living room sofa: Floppy Jo sofa

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8. Loaf Floppy Jo sofa

The best sofa for small living rooms

Specifications
Dimensions: H90 x W117 x D107cm
Upholstery: brushed cotton
Filling: foam and feather (seat), fibre (back)
Self assembly: partial – that’s the legs
Colours: navy blue (shown), and 19 other shades
Reasons to buy
+Deep, comfy seats+15 year frame guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-If a deep sofa doesn’t work in your room

The John Lewis Floppy Jo sofa by Loaf is a modern-looking two-seater that doesn’t sacrifice comfort in achieving the dimensions a small room can accommodate.

What size is it?

This sofa saves on width at just 117cm across, making it our favourite design for smaller living rooms. It won’t leave you perching, though. Plump seat cushions with foam wrapped in feathers give just the right balance of support and sink-in comfort. The extra-deep seats also add to its comfort credentials, but mean you will have to pay attention to the depth measurement to ensure it’s right for your small living room. Love the style and more living room to play with? Opt for the large three-seater instead.

Which room styles will it suit?

The shape of this sofa is contemporary, making it a great fit for modern room schemes, or spaces with an industrial vibe. Got a more country or classic look going on in your living room? The easy curves will help this sofa fit right in, too.

Colour and finish options?

There are other shades of brushed cotton on offer, as well as the navy here, if the fabric’s relaxed style appeals. There are other soft and durable upholstery fabrics to pick from as well, plus a range of gorgeous velvets. 

More sofas for small living rooms in our buyer's guide.

Maison du monde sofa bed

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9. Maisons du Monde Leon Mustard Yellow 2-Seater Velvet Sofa

The best yellow velvet sofa

Specifications
Dimensions: H86 x W148 x D71cm
Upholstery: velvet
Filling: foam
Self assembly: yes
Colours: mustard yellow (shown), blue, green
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous yellow shade+Retro-inspired shape
Reasons to avoid
-Not super comfy

Combine two trends with the Maisons du Monde Leon sofa. It’s on trend first because it’s velvet, and, secondly, because it’s a warm shade of yellow. Perfect. 

What size is it?

This design’s a good-sized two seater – in other words you’ll both have space to relax. If you need to fit more people in front of the telly. The upright lines are space-efficient as well as pleasing, and the slim, tapered legs will help keep your living space looking as large as possible.

Which room styles will it suit?

This sofa’s got the mid-century credentials many of us love, and that we’re happy to combine with more contemporary buys as part of an eclectic look. Alternatively, team the yellow velvet with gold details as part of a maximalist room, or let it take centre stage in a more minimalist scheme that needs a luxurious twist. 

Colour and finish options?

We adore this mustard shade, but the three other colours on offer could make you hesitate over which to click. Deep green looks equally rich and warm, blue velvet is just as tempting.

Browse more best yellow sofas in our buyer's guide.

Best sofa under £500: Margot sofa from made.com

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10. Made.com Margot sofa

The best cheap sofa – a gorgeous buy for under £500

Specifications
Dimensions: H72 x W130 x D73cm
Upholstery: velvet
Filling: foam
Self assembly: legs need to be fitted
Colours: peacock blue (shown), or nine other shades
Reasons to buy
+Vintage style+Opulent details
Reasons to avoid
-Very upright seat

The Made.com Margot sofa is an opulent choice that would look great in a living room, or try it in a bedroom to turn sleep space into boudoir.

What size is it?

There’s space for two to sit in comfort on this sofa. Choose it because you like the price (we do), but also because it will keep your room feeling open and spacious. The sofa sits tall above the floor on its wooden legs with brass detail, and the elegant shape means no large arms to cut across the view.

Which room styles will it suit?

You could indulge in a little Art Deco design with this sofa as one of your key pieces. Or keep the rest of the room pared-back and minimal with this as the star. As we mentioned, it’s a top choice for an opulent bedroom scheme if you’re lucky enough to have the space, with its soft lines and decorative detail.

Colour and finish options?

There’s a range of other shades for the velvet upholstery of the Margot sofa, but what they all have in common is their sophisticated tone. Among our other favourites are the antique gold and old rose, and the rich dark navy.

More sofas under £500 in our buyer's guide.

Large grey sofa by Oak Furniture Land in a light living room with house plants

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11. Oak Furniture Land Memphis Corner Sofa

If you are after the best large sofa for a big family, your search ends here...

Specifications
Dimensions: H92 x W252 x D266cm
Upholstery: Fabric
Filling: Foam
Self assembly: No
Colours: 4 available
Reasons to buy
+Great for larger families +Stylish Scandi design +Strong frame made from durable wood so will last 
Reasons to avoid
-Not our most affordable option

If your family resembles the Von Trapps (without the matching outfits), finding a sofa that will hold you all and that also looks relatively stylish can be tricky. Enter the Memphis sofa from Oak Furniture Land...

What size is it?
It's big, as we said definitely suited to larger family living rooms. You can choose between a left or right hand corner chaise too so you can pick the ideal shape for your living room. There are loads more sofas of all sizes in the Evie range too, so if you like the look but don't have the room for a large sofa, check out those. 

Which room styles will it suit?
This sofa is simple in design so would suit most styles of living room. It has a slight Scandi vibe to it that might lend it better to modern spaces but the grey is a classic and the oak wooden legs would still work in more traditional homes. 

Colour and finish options?
The Evie is available in other colours, but honestly, they are basically all just different shades of grey and cream, not that we aren't okay with that. There is actually a very vivid lime colour if you are feeling brave though. 

Dunelm sofa

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12. Dunelm Rupert sofa

The best velvet green sofa (perfect for the gram)

Specifications
Dimensions: H85 x W150 x D96cm
Upholstery: velvet
Filling: :foam (seat), fibre (back)
Self assembly: part required
Colours: bottle (shown), royal blue, steel
Reasons to buy
+Luscious velvet+Castors make it easy to reposition
Reasons to avoid
-Velvet isn't the most practical

A sofa in rich green velvet? Yes, please. And this Dunelm Rupert sofa is under £500 to boot, making it an all-round great buy in our eyes. 

What size is it?

This is the two-seater version, and – thanks to its slim arms – will give a pair of sitters space to relax. Elegant legs on castors leave the floor on show to help the room it’s in feel spacious, too. There are three and four-seater alternatives if more of you want to share, or two of you want more space to spread out.  

Which room styles will it suit?

This sofa has classic lines and details, and will look happily at home in a traditional scheme. The bottle green velvet gives it up-to-date style, though, so you could mix it with more modern furnishings without creating a clash.

Colour and finish options?

We’ve fallen for this gorgeous velvet in a shade that teams beautifully with gold accents as well as other botanical shades. Check out the eye-catching blue alternative, though, or opt to make your sofa a more understated part of the scheme in grey. 

Browse more green sofas in our buyer's guide.

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