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The best sofas: John Lewis Chester sofa
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We ask a lot of the best sofas. They are the centrepiece of your living room, a place to put your feet up, a place to binge-watch box sets, a place to accidentally fall asleep after your putting your feet up and binge-watching box sets. So it's no wonder then that the right version of this essential piece of living room furniture can feel tough to track down. So we’ve done the hard work for you and selected 11 brilliant sofas to meet your demanding criteria.  

Our best sofas include a wide range of styles, constructions, shapes and sizes to suit everyone's home, budget and needs. Keep scrolling to browse. Need more practical info on choosing your sofa? After a bargain? See all our sofa deals this month.

Which is the best sofa?

We think it's too subjective a subject, so here's a quick glance at our list. Keep scrolling for more on each:

The best sofas

John Lewis Chester sofa

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1. John Lewis & Partners Chester sofa

Best sofa: this John Lewis sofa is our top pick

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 
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

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. 

best sofa: Next Buttercup large sofa

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2. Next Buttercup large sofa

Best traditional sofa

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. 

Best grey sofa: Argos grey sofa

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3. Argos Dune sofa

Best grey sofa

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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4. Habitat Kota sofa

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 modern sofa beds in our buyer's guide.

Green velvet sofa from Dunelm

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5. Dunelm Rupert sofa

Best green sofa

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
-Too traditional for some

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.

Furniture Village Salvador leather corner chaise

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6. Furniture Village Salvador leather corner chaise

Best leather sofa

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

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 velvet sofa: Sofa.com Saturday 2,5 seater sofa

7. Sofa.com Saturday 2.5 seat sofa

Best velvet sofa

Specifications
Dimensions: H86 x W198 x D108cm
Upholstery: velvet
Filling: feather-wrapped foam seat cushions
Self assembly: no
Colours: peony (shown), and a huge range of other options
Reasons to buy
+Jewel colour+Soft texture
Reasons to avoid
-Not very upright

If you want a sofa that shouts ‘aren’t I gorgeous’, the Sofa.com Saturday 2.5 seat sofa in this peony cotton matt velvet should be at the top of your list. It’s strokable and oh-so relaxing as well as stunning.

What size is it?

We like this 2.5 seat version that creates extra curling up or stretching-out room. There are plenty of other alternatives, though, from the smaller loveseat and two-seater to the three-seat that’s 231cm wide. There’s a matching armchair as well if it’s taken your fancy but space is scare.

Which room styles will it suit?

Like many of our best sofas, this design has traditional lines that make it a top choice for a classic room scheme. Alternatively, create a look that’s bang on trend by contrasting this standout colourway with dark, moody walls. Equally, it could soften an industrial scheme, or work among Scandinavian-style pieces if you opt for a different fabric in a light hue. 

Colour and finish options?

We love this boldly coloured velvet, but there are other show-stopping shades of equal appeal to select from, together with more subtle tones. Prefer upholstery in wool, linen, cotton, leather, or chenille? You won’t be disappointed, and there are patterned fabrics available as well as plains.

More statement velvet sofas in our buyer's guide.

Best small living room sofa: Floppy Jo sofa

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8. Floppy Jo sofa

Best small living room sofa

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.

Best guest bed sofa: Ikea Friheten sofa bed

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9. Friheten corner sofa bed

Best guest bed sofa

Specifications
Dimensions: H86 x W230 x D151cm
Upholstery: polyester
Filling: foam and wadding
Self assembly: yes
Colours: dark grey (shown), Bomstad black, Hyllie beige, Hyllie dark grey, Skiftebo blue, Skiftebo dark grey
Reasons to buy
+Chaise longue goes either end+Built-in storage
Reasons to avoid
-Upholstery colours are low key

If you’re searching for a corner sofa that doubles as a guest bed for two, take a look at the Ikea Friheten corner sofa bed. It even has storage incorporated into the design so you can stash bedding and linens away.

What size is it?

There’s room to lounge on this sizeable sofa, and it’s flexible, too, as the chaise can go on either side and you can swap as you want (rather than committing when you buy as is generally the case). It turns into a bed for two with little effort as well. And although it’s generous in its proportions, it’s actually a home space-saver as you can store things in the base of the chaise section.

Which room styles will it suit?

If you like contemporary style, you’ll be delighted with this streamlined modern design. 

Colour and finish options?

The colour choices are classic neutrals plus blue, none of which will go out of style and which should prove easy to fit into an existing colour scheme or to harmonise with a new one. 

Browse our selection of the best guest beds

Best yellow sofa: Kant sofa by maison du monde

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10. Maisons du Monde Kant sofa

Best yellow sofa

Specifications
Dimensions: H86 x W165 x D95cm
Upholstery: velvet
Filling: foam (structure and armrest padding), foam, fibre and feathers (seat cushions)
Self assembly: yes
Colours: mustard yellow (shown), burgundy, grey, midnight blue
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous yellow shade+Retro-inspired shape
Reasons to avoid
-The opposite of understated

Combine two trends with the Maisons du Monde Kant 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, check out the four-seater option which is a capacious 235cm wide. The upright lines are space-efficient as well as pleasing, and the oblique 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. Burgundy looks equally rich and warm, blue velvet is tempting, and grey could be teamed with accents of yellow in cushions and accessories to create a pairing we love.

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

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

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11. Made.com Margot sofa

Best sofa 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.

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