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Get Inspired

Time to get inspired and learn whats makes a beautiful Handmade British Sofa

Andrew Cussins

What makes one sofa look a million dollars and another look like Frankenstein’s monster?

Is there such a thing as good style?

Should my sofa make a real fashion statement?

These are some of the types of questions we answer day in day out at Sofas and Stuff, and which our new “Sofa Inspiration” software is designed to help you solve. However, to get you started we have put together a few basic rules which might be useful to follow before you decide to go totally "off piste".

Large Haresfield Sofa

Create a look that will stand the test of time

A sofa is probably one of the most expensive things you will buy, after your house and your car. So you will want to make it last and last, and become a firm family friend.

The High Fashion look is great for a few months or may be a year, but it is amazing how quickly it looks like last year’s news. So avoid fast fashion on more expensive furniture and buy things that a) you love and b) will last the test of time.

If you do fancy some high fashion, express that desire through cushions or throws. Items that cost much less and you can afford to change when the mood takes you.

Grande Graffham Sofa

Is there such a thing as good style?

There is no such thing as good style, just your style. Buy a sofa you love, and not what others say you should have. Its your home after all.

This is why we offer such a vast range of fabrics too. Because everyone’s style is different, we want to interpret your ideas accurately and make you the sofa of your dreams. To do this, we need lots of alternatives for you to choose from.

Petworth Sofa

A few tips to help

When using several different fabrics on one sofa it is important that there is a colour palette behind what you are doing.

Once you have agreed on your basic colour palette, then you need to tonally find fabrics that work together. Just because the fabrics are all blue does not mean they will work together.

Your colour palette does not, of course, have to be in just one colour group. Soft pinks and lime greens will for example make a wonderful combination.

Large Aldeburgh

Work your way up

When starting to use our "Sofa Inspiration" software, it is best to build up the "layers" from the bottom. Take the body colour first and move to the seat cushions, then the back cushions, and only then go on to scatters and bolsters.

Generally, you will find the effect more pleasing if your seat cushions are of a darker hue than the body. When it comes to the back cushions try a lighter fabric again, and then "punch it up" with scatters and bolsters.

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Sofas & Stuff Handmade Manufacturing

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Still want to know more?

If you still want to know more about what makes Sofas & Stuff the place to come for quality handmade british sofas then why not check out our blog and customer photos.

Here you can see some of the beautiful handmade british sofas we have built and what out happy customers think of them.

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    West Sussex

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    Parsons Green

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    Tunbridge Wells

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    Bishop's Stortford

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Come visit us

Now that you know who we are and what we do why not come and visit us in one of our 12 nationwide showrooms ranging from London to Edinburgh.

Visiting us is a breeze: Free parking, a fresh cup of coffee or beer at the weekend and a sit down.

click on a sofa on the map to the right to view the showroom details

West Sussex Sofa Store
West Sussex Sofa Shop
  • The Dairy,
    Tripp Hill Farm Buildings,
    West Sussex
    RH20 1ER

  • Mon-Fri 09:00-17:30
    Saturday 10:00-17:30
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-17:00

Parsons Green Sofa Store
Parsons Green Sofa Shop
  • Unit 7,
    Parsons Green Depot,
    Parsons Green Lane,
    SW6 4HH

  • Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-17:00

Battersea Sofa Store
Battersea Sofa Shop
  • Arch 67 Queen's Circus,
    SW8 4NE

  • Mon-Fri 09:00-17:30
    Saturday 10:00-18:00
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-17:00

Manchester Sofa Store
Manchester Sofa Shop
  • 40 Dearmans Place,
    The Bridge,
    M3 5EW

  • Mon-Sat 10:00-17:30
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-16:00

Tunbridge Wells Sofa Store
Tunbridge Wells Sofa Shop
  • The Estate Yard,
    Nr Tunbridge Wells,
    TN3 9JR

  • Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-16:00

Woodchester Sofa Store
Woodchester Sofa Shop
  • Woodchester Mill,
    North Woodchester,
    GL5 5NN

  • Mon-Sat 10:00-17:30
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-16:00

Hungerford Sofa Store
Hungerford Sofa Shop
  • The Creamery,
    RG17 0TA

  • Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-15:00

Basingstoke Sofa Store
Basingstoke Sofa Shop
  • The Walled Garden,
    Herriard Park,
    RG25 2PL

  • Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-16:00

Edinburgh Sofa Store
Edinburgh Sofa Shop
  • Unit 3 8-11 Angle Park Terrace,
    EH11 2JX

  • Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00
    Saturday 09:30-18:00
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-17:00

Bishop's Stortford Sofa Store
Bishop's Stortford Sofa Shop
  • Unit 3 Barley Barn,
    Wickham Hall,
    Bishop's Stortford,
    CM23 1JG

  • Mon-Sat 10:00-17:30
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-16:00

Harrogate Sofa Store
Harrogate Sofa Shop
  • The Clock Tower,
    Oakwood Park,
    Fountains Road,
    Bishop Thornton,
    North Yorkshire,
    HG3 3BF

  • Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00-16:00

Leeds Sofa Store
Leeds Sofa Shop
  • Redbrick Mill
    218 Bradford Road,
    West Yorkshire,
    WF17 6JF

  • Mon-Wed 09:30-17:30
    Thursday 09:30-20:00
    Friday 09:30-17:30
    Saturday 09:30-18:00
    Sunday & Bank Holidays 10:30-17:00*
    *Browsing 10:30am - 11am

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