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Best seat in the house; No living room's complete without a sofa, but choosing a new one can be stressful. Gabrielle Fagan reveals the expert tips that'll soon have you sitting pretty.

SOFAS are one of the hearts of the home -where we slouch, lounge, surf and even snooze -and choosing the right one is all-important. There's little point having a slimline model if, in reality, its high-end design will disappear under a pile of cushions, kids and pets, while deep, squashy high-backed sofas probably suit informal rural or period settings, rather than streamlined urban lofts.

"It's a good idea to spend time deciding what you really want. A rushed decision could mean you'll end up with that little something missing, which keeps your sofa from being the safe, warm and cosy centre of your living room that it can and should be," said Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor at Furniture Choice.

"When it comes to picking the perfect sofa, think of all its many functions -something you can curl up on at the end of a long day, or sprawl out on for a lazy weekend. Ask yourself whether you want it to blend in seamlessly, or stand out and be a centrepiece."

Comfort, of course, is also key.

According to research by sofa specialists Sofology, the average Brit spends three to four hours a day on their sofa (though for some, this figure is much higher!), while one-in-five also use the settee as a setting to do work from.

CAPTION(S):

<BThe Bailey velvet maxi sofa, royal blue, PS1599, available from DFS

<BThe Grande Dame small sofa, upholstered in Moon Earth Airforce, from PS1,989, available from Sofa Workshop

The Hunker sofa, from PS1245, scatter cushions from PS20 each, from Loaf

The Pompeii two-seater sofa, PS1299, and armchair, PS998, from DFS

<BThe Monaco, with bold lines and chic contrast piping, from PS1670, available from Delcor

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2016
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