Interiors: Sofa so good

Concorde Corner Group: Currently available online at �999, Harveys Furniture Store and (below) a Hayworth high-back buttoned sofa: available from John Lewis from �1,800.
Concorde Corner Group: Currently available online at �999, Harveys Furniture Store and (below) a Hayworth high-back buttoned sofa: available from John Lewis from �1,800.

If your sofa’s past its best, now’s the time to snap up a new model without breaking the bank, Gabrielle Fagan picks out the best of the bunch.

Are you sitting comfortably? After a busy Easter holiday, it’s common for households to send out a living room SOS.

A Hayworth high-back buttoned sofa: available from John Lewis from �1,800.

A Hayworth high-back buttoned sofa: available from John Lewis from �1,800.

Playing musical chairs because there isn’t enough seating or having unwelcome close encounters as everyone tries to squeeze on to the same saggy sofa can leave you desperate for new furniture.

Luckily, the spring sales make this is a great time of year to bag a bargain. But don’t just look at the price tag – sit on the sofa you want to buy and test it out in the same way you would a bed.

For instance, deep-seated sofas don’t suit short people, while those who love snuggling into a squashy sofa will struggle to warm to a lean low-backed contemporary number, no matter how trendy it looks.

Get smart about seating by following our guide to some of the best sofa bargains around.

CLASSIC SEATING

Classic sofa styles, mimicking or inspired by vintage looks, can work well in any setting. Generally, it’s best to narrow your search by considering which sofas suit your room’s design and scale. it’s also wise to opt for loose covers, particularly if you have a family and pets.

A gently curved reigate sofa, with polished wooden legs on castors, starts from £648, and the Hudson, from £913.50 in fabric upholstery, offers an update on a traditional Chesterfield with a deep button-back. Both from Laura Ashley online.

Add a splash of colour with a deliciously decadent romance Love Seat, upholstered in Aqua Orsett velvet, £799 from Marks & Spencer, currently on offer online in certain fabrics from £454.

A Hayworth high-back buttoned sofa comes in a range of fabrics and couldn’t fail to impress. From £1,800 from John Lewis (pictured below).

COOL & CONTEMPORARY

SOFAS often make a statement by virtue of their size, but it’s their design credentials that should draw the eye.

Matthew Hilton for Case Metropolis is a slimline range from John Lewis, from £1,200 for a medium sofa.

A Byron Loveseat in Westin Wool Ochre from Marks & Spencer is more chunky but still flies the flag for style.

It’s currently on special offer online at £599. Pick up on the passion for pattern with Laura Ashley’s Newman sofa, available in a funky retro print called Wallace Neutral, from £819 online for a two-seater.

CLEVER SEATS

We’re all trying to find ways to use every available inch of space in our rooms, and seating which fits into corners or can be extended with a chaise (footstool/seat) can be a brilliant solution.

If you like a sleek, contemporary look, Barker & Stonehouse’s Kalina Set Two Corner Group, currently on special offer at £2,499, could appeal.

For sheer indulgence, it’s hard to beat an Italian-designed velvet Chester sofa with chaise which can be placed at either end. It’s currently on offer for £1,520 from Habitat.

Style aficionados could be wooed by the Dinky Small Sofa, from £1,895 from Heal’s, which is petite but bang on retro trend.

BARGAIN NUMBERS

You’re never going to sit comfortably if you’ve bust the budget by shelling out more than you can afford on a sofa. Fortunately, you can sit back and relax because competition is keen and you can bag a well-designed piece at a comfortable price of under £600.

Sainsbury’s has excelled itself with its plump, comfy Darcey regular sofa, now £299 online, available in a variety of colours.

Dunelm Mill is rarely caught napping when it comes to style and price, and it’s just reduced it’s Lilly furniture collection, with a large two seater sofa now from £479.20.