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Buying Guide Sofa Beds, Sofas

SIZES

Whether you’re looking for something more traditional or more contemporary, at Willow & Hall we’ve got a great selection so you can easily find the perfect style which ticks the boring but practical ‘it fits’ box.

To ensure it fits, it’s best to measure up before you order. Take a peek at our handy Dimensions & Delivery Guide which walks you through the best way to do this.

SHAPES

When looking at shapes it's important to understand the styles of backs, seats, arms and feet.

BACKS

The style and comfort offered by the back is super important and should be considered just as much as the seats.

Cushion Back

Cushion Back

The most popular back type, fibre cushions of an equal size are placed across the back of the style. They're super handy as they can be turned and moved to even out wear and tear and the covers can be removed and washed as per our Fabric Guide. If this is your favoured style, consider comparing the ‘total height' measurements between designs in our Dimensions & Delivery Guide to get a good idea of which will offer you the right height back support.

Scatter Back

Scatter Back

A more informal look, an array of fibre scatter cushions are placed across the back of the style. This back gives fabulous flexibility to ‘mix it up' with how you organise the scatters to give you the look and feel you want. If you like to really sink back into a cloud of cushions at the end of the day then this could be the winning back for you.

Fixed Back

Fixed Back

A smart and more formal look, the back frame of the item is itself sprung and upholstered. It scores top points in the low maintenance and sleekness stakes but you won't get that squish factor like the other backs so it depends what you're after.

SEATS

As with backs, seats are really important to get right and are a very personal decision.

Cushioned Seats

Cushioned Seats

More conventional, cushioned seats can be turned and moved to even out wear and tear and the covers can be removed and washed as per our Fabric Guide. Our seat cushions are filled with either reflex foam, siliconized hollow fibre or grade A Duck Feather-wrapped foam. Each offer a different type of sit and require different levels of maintenance. Have a gander at our “Fillings” section to see which ones are right for you.

Fixed Seats

Fixed Seats

This is when the seat of the item itself is sprung and upholstered. Like a fixed back, this offers a super-neat, tailored appearance which requires no maintenance. As there are no cushions to turn however, wear can be really focused on the specific points where people park their cheeks.

ARMS

The arm is really important in the furniture world. It's the key thing which determines how classic or modern a style is and should also be considered when thinking about the space and proportions in your room of choice.

Scroll Arms

Scroll Arms

These are synonymous with classic designs. They can be fantastically traditional, with pleating and piping, like our Barrington, or very clean and simple, where they're almost contemporary, like our Langridge.

Howard Arms

Howard Arms

This is a really classic style. The arm is low and stops short of the front of the design to be hugged by the seat cushion, like our Downton. This is a very popular look in period homes.

Flared Arms

Flared Arms

These come in lots of shapes and sizes but generally flare outwards slightly from the bottom of the design to create a welcoming appearance, like our Elmley. A flared arm can take up as much space as a wide, square arm, so be careful to consider this when thinking about the space in your room.

Square Arms

Square Arms

Square arms are the most popular shape for a more contemporary look. They come in a variety of widths from our Somerton, which has wide, striking arms, to our Foxham, which has wafer-thin arms.

FEET

All our feet are made from beautiful solid wood and are screwed into the hardwood frame of the item. These feet are seen across most of our designs, however a small handful have glides instead. Glides are plastic and are designed to blend in more with the look of the item and make it easy to manoeuvre.

Bun Feet

Bun Feet

Round, shallow feet which tend to be classic in style

Turned Feet

Turned Feet

A classic style which gives a bit more height than the bun.

Sabre Feet

Sabre Feet

Angled wooden feet, which give an elegant, unfussy appearance to the design. They should always be turned so that the foot flares inwards, not outwards.

Stiletto Feet

Stiletto Feet

Very fine, delicate and elegant feet.

COVERS

Fixed Covers

Most of our designs come with fixed covers. Fixed covers are permanently attached to the frame and are generally smarter in appearance than designs with removable covers. The fixed covers can still be dry cleaned in situ and we offer removable seat, back, scatter, and side cushion covers on nearly all our styles as well as protective arm caps. So, if you or a wildly gesticulating friend, throws a glass of red over the cover, all you need to do is take the offending cushion cover off and give it a good clean. Hey presto, it should be good as new. You can read more about how to clean our fabrics in our Fabric Guide here.

Loose Covers

A small selection of our designs come with loose covers. Loose covers differ from fixed covers in that the fabric covering of the design can be removed offering versatility for cleaning and updating your look as well as offering a more casual and relaxed look and fit. They’re an ideal option if you have children or pets or enjoy entertaining.

FILLINGS

The right seat fillings on your design are super important to ensure you get the comfort and maintenance which is perfect for you. Each type will offer different squish and shake factors and will change the seat height very slightly depending on your choice.

  • Squishiness
  • Bounciness
  • Love Required
  • Tailored look
1 = least 2 = average 3 = most

Reflex foam wrapped in stockinette

Reflex foam

Provide a very supportive and relatively firm sit, keep their shape really well and require very little maintenance – just a simple turn every 2-3 months. They're also smarter in appearance to their softer siblings and look particularly top-notch on more contemporary and slick styles.

Important tip: Make sure you opt for reflex foam not foam. Reflex foam will recover really well for many years, returning to its original shape and density when you hop of your item. Ordinary, cheaper imitations, such as standard foam will not.

Siliconized hollow fibre

Siliconized hollow fibre

Fibres are sewn into individual channels like a duvet, they stop the fibre all going into one place and the fibre is silicone treated to stop it from gathering and to keep it supple.

They give a slightly softer sit and a more relaxed look than reflex foam, however, they'll need a little more love - a quick plump-up after use and a real shake down once a month.

Feather-wrapped foam

Feather-wrapped foam

High quality reflex foam wrapped in Grade A Duck Feathers sewn into individual channels within the cushion to stop the feathers all going into one place.

These are really snug on your bum but like our siliconized hollow fibre cushions require a quick plump after use to keep their shape and comfort.

Don't forget, whatever you plump for (sorry we couldn't resist), when your sofa first arrives your seat cushions may feel a little firmer than expected. This is because they're brand spanking new. Get cosy on your sofa and after a few weeks of use they'll relax and feel just right.

SOFA BEDS

If you’re ordering one of our sofa beds, as well as considering the above it’s really important to think about which mattress you want. As our sofa beds use a ridiculously high quality mechanism to open the sofa up into a bed, we’re able to put our luxurious W&H signature mattresses into each and every one.

  • Open Sprung
  • Open Sprung

  • Our sofa beds come with our beautiful W&H open sprung mattress as standard:

    • Incredibly thick and luxurious at 14cm deep
    • Packed with multiple layers of bouncy upholstery and hand-quilted insulator layers for supreme comfort
    • Made from super hardwearing and individually heat treated British open coil springs
    • Hand-quilted cover made from the finest Irish damask
  • Pocket Sprung
  • Pocket Sprung

  • For an additional £80 our sofa beds can come with our perfect pocket sprung mattress:

    • Incredibly thick and luxurious at 14cm deep
    • Packed with multiple layers of bouncy upholstery and hand-quilted insulator layers on both sides for supreme comfort
    • Contains 1,000 individual heat treated British pocket springs which work independently to mould to your contours
    • Hand-tufted cover made from the finest Irish damask

    Consider opting for the pocket sprung mattress if:

    • You want an even more luxurious night's sleep - each of these marvellous springs work independently compared to the open coil which are inter-connected, meaning they can contour to your body shape better
    • Two people will be sleeping on the mattress regularly – as mentioned, each of these springs work independently, meaning as well as sleeping in absolute comfort you shouldn't be woken by a wriggling partner!
  • Memory Foam
  • Memory Foam

  • For an additional £100 our sofa beds can come with our magical memory foam mattress:

    • Incredibly thick and luxurious at 12cm deep
    • Packed with visco memory foam which seamlessly adapts to your body shape
    • Covered in beautiful Belgian damask which intelligently dissipates moisture keeping you cool throughout the night

    Consider opting for the memory foam mattress if:

    • You like maximum support whilst you sleep
    • You want to relieve joint pressure in the night
    • You have a bad back

Remember if you're looking for something for guests or yourself to sleep on occasionally, you might want to consider our Appley which comes as a 1, 2 or 3 seater. Easy to use and a real space saver with no arms, it's a really popular choice amongst our customers looking for something to use less regularly but who still want a great night's sleep.

MODULARS

Modular designs are delivered separately and attached together in the configuration you have chosen. If you’re moving your modular design in your home or moving house altogether they are also very flexible allowing you to change which modules clip together. In addition, although not offered as standard, if you ever wanted to add a module we can easily do this for you. Just give our Customer Service team a call and they can talk you through how this works.

UPHOLSTERY

Picking the perfect fabric is not always easy with so many choices on offer. It’s important to choose one that not only looks and feels fabulous but that suits your lifestyle and family needs. With this in mind we’ve put together a separate handy fabric guide to help you. Click here to read all about our fabric descriptions, compositions, durability and care instructions.