Ex-display Sofas Buyers Guide

Ex-display Sofas Buyers Guide

When buying a ex-display sofa, it takes patience and careful consideration. Read the buyers guide to buying ex-display sofas and chairs. Think about the style of sofa you want to buy and how it will look in your home. There are many sofas options available, so you can choose whether you want the style and comfort of fabric or the luxury of leather.

It can be an hugely important decision to buy a sofa. You need to think about style and comfort when buying a sofa. Our buying guide makes it easy to make the right sofa-buying decision. You can find out the four main points we recommend - and more in our buying guide.

1. Choose the type of sofa that you would like

2. Take measurements of your space

3. Choose a material that fits your lifestyle and color scheme

4. Select the best filling

Different types of sofa backs

ex-display sofas are made of different parts that can affect the overall look and feel. You will be able identify the different styles of back, legs and arms, and you'll begin to understand what you like about a couch. Look at the silhouette of a sofa from the back. You can choose from scattering, fixed or cushioned backs.

  • Fixed-back sofa This sofa features a spring-covered back. This design tends to have slightly more firmer seating.
  • To create a casual look, the upholstered back frame can be covered with scatter cushions.
  • Cushion-back sofa

Different types of sofa arms

The arm design of a sofa or chair is what distinguishes it from a chair or couch.

A sofa with low arms will be more traditional. Modern or contemporary ex-display sofas will have more arms.

Some people prefer to lie down on a low, flat arm. Some people prefer to be supported by something higher.

These sofa arms are very popular, and come in a variety of shapes from square to scroll.

  • Scroll arms Synonymous for classic ex-display sofas and chairs. Pleasing or insert panels give it a more traditional look.
  • Flared arm These can be as wide as a square or long-arm.
  • Howard armClassic design The arm is shorter than the sofa or chair and stops just short of the seat.
  • Square arm This is the most popular type of contemporary upholstery.

Different types sofa legs

The legs or feet provide support for the base of the sofa. Adding feet to a sofa can give it a new lease on life. Your sofa's look can be affected by the choice of legs. You can have them turned, modernized in metal or without legs.

  • Glides There are no visible feet. This is so that the sofa can be moved easily.
  • Sabred/splayed legsCurved wooden legs, often tapered at the ends.
  • Flat feet For a subtle, low-impact look, opt for flat feet.
  • Plinth There are some ex-display sofas that appear to be placed on a platform. This is a great way to create a clean appearance.
  • The classic style of turned legs Made from wood, this style can also be used on castors.
  • Stiletto A thin, sleek, modern leg made of metal.

Selecting a couch fabric

You have the option of soft leather or relaxed-look linen. Your living space's mood will be determined by the fabric used for its upholstered sofa. A manmade fabric that is stain-resistant is a good option for everyday seating in a room you use frequently. Leather of high quality is another durable option. Man-made fibres are the most durable. Textured flat weaves have the best durability and are more resistant to stains than other fabrics.

Popular sofa fabrics

  • Leather
  • Cotton blend
  • Wool blend
  • Cotton/linen
  • Synthetic

Here are the main benefits and drawbacks of these popular sofa fabrics.

  • Leather - With time, natural leather ex-display sofas can stretch and crease. The sofa will feel softened and more durable as it ages. Leather ex-display sofas can withstand daily use. To clean them, you will need a damp cloth. A real leather sofa can cost twice as much and last four times longer than a faux leather sofa. Leather ex-display sofas are cold in winter and hot in summer.
  • Cotton blend - It's versatile and can be used in many ways including pure or mixed. They are easy to clean and comfortable. 
  • Wool blend - Wool is soft and warm, and adds texture. This sofa will need some maintenance.
  • Cotton linen - Cotton linen ex-display sofas look casual and comfortable. If it comes into direct contact with fabrics, the surface can turn fuzz-like.
  • Woven fabrics - Woven fabrics can be very durable and are great for ex-display sofas that are used often by children or pets. Flat weave, which looks similar to cotton, is strong and tightly woven. It is made of a mixture of natural and manufactured cotton fibres. Woven fabrics can be strong and hold their shape, so they are often used on ex-display sofas with a more rigid shape.
  • Velvet fabrics - Velvet has become a very popular option in recent times. Velvets may develop natural lines and bruises. You'll need to take care of your velvet.

How to choose the right sofa shape from corner ex-display sofas and couch beds.

Once you've ordered your samples and narrowed down your options, it's now time to begin cutting the fabrics.

There are many styles and sizes of ex-display sofas, including elegant chaises longues and practical couch beds. Your use will determine the size of your couch.

You need to know how much space you have in order to get the best look. A large sofa can look cramped in a small space.

Think about how you like to relax. A sofa with a chaise or recliner might be a good choice.

You should measure up before you sit down on your couch.

Two-seater sofas. Two-seater sofas are best for small spaces, families, and couples. They can also be used in larger settings with another sofa. The sofa can have two seats and two back cushions or one long cushion with fixed back cushion. It is ideal for two people.

Three-seater sofa. A three-seater sofa is ideal for two people who wish to spread out or for three. It often has three or more cushions.

Modular sofa. Modular sofas are versatile and can be adjusted to fit your space. Modular sofas are best for large spaces or big families. They usually have three or more seats.

Corner sofa. Corner sofas have two seating areas perpendicular to one another, usually in an L-shape. Because they can be tucked into corners, they are great for large families that want to save space.

How can you measure a sofa?

 Before you begin looking at different sizes and styles, it is a good idea to consider your sofa in relation the layout of your living room. You should measure the space where you want your furniture to be placed. Also, consider how much legroom there is between your sofa and any other furniture. This will allow people to move freely and relax in comfort.

The measurements you take for your sofa don't just have to be taken in the space where it will be placed. There are other factors that should also be considered to ensure a smooth delivery. Make sure to measure the width and height of all doors, hallways and staircases your sofa will need to pass when it is delivered. Also let us know if you have any accessibility issues that may arise for our delivery crew. We need to know if you live on a high floor or have narrow staircases or entrances. Measure the space where your sofa will be placed. You may need to measure the door frames to ensure that your pre-assembled items fit. Some people have difficulty getting their sofa through their front and back doors.

Grand  211cm+
Large  191 – 210cm
Medium 175 – 190cm
Small up to 174cm

Measurements for ex-display sofas

  • Mark the dimensions of your sofa on the ground to get an idea of how much space it will take up. Use masking tape or newspaper to mark the ground.
  • There should be enough space for you to move comfortably on the couch. You should also ensure that your arms do not get in the way of door openings.
  • Measure the space in its extended position before buying an extendable couch.
  • Make sure furniture fits through doors and hallways.
  • You might ask your neighbors to move their cars if you have trouble getting a parking spot for your delivery van.

Consider the filling

You can easily overlook the stuffing when buying a sofa.

The filling is important. You'll be sitting on your couch for hours, days and even years. It is crucial to ensure the right filling. This will impact how comfortable your sofa is.

There's three main types for sofa fillings: fibre, foam, and feathers.


Fibre may be the right option for you if your sofa wants to feel soft and cozy. It is hollow strands made of polyester, which are filled with air. This creates a soft and relaxing feeling for the sofa by compressing and exchanging air.

Fibre ex-display sofas need to be taken care of. To keep the feather-like feel, you can turn and plump the cushions every day.


Foam is a popular filling for ex-display sofas. Foam is the best choice for ex-display sofas as it provides support and has a well-structured appearance.

ex-display sofas made of foam are extremely durable. Firmness of foam fillings varies depending on how dense they are.

The hardness of new foam will decrease by approximately 10% within six months. Foam ex-display sofas will lose volume with time.


A feather-filled couch invites you to unwind and relax. The feathers, like fibre, are more structured than foam.

However, this sinking sensation comes at a cost. To keep their soft, round appearance, cushions will need to be puffed and turned regularly.

Mixing all fillings is becoming more popular. Feather can clump together if used alone. To increase cushion resilience feathers can be mixed in with fibre.

Top Tips for Style a Sofa

Styles with high-back cushions are a great choice for those who need extra support. You can also choose from a variety of sofas with scatter-back cushions that are perfect for relaxing after a long day. You may already have an idea of what style you like, but these are just some ideas to help you make the most of your sofa and the space it occupies. If your living area is small, a low-back sofa will make it appear larger.  If space is an issue, high back ex-display sofas work well in rooms with high ceilings. A corner sofa can be equipped with one or more removable chaises. It's common to squeeze large ex-display sofas into small spaces.  You might consider putting your sofa against a wall. Try putting your sofa away from a wall. After installing a sofa, it is crucial to ventilate the room.

You should ensure the sofa supports your back with a high back and cushions that are designed to support your spine and muscles in seated positions. The majority of sofa backs measure between 75cm to 1m high, which should be sufficient for most people. However, if you are looking for lumbar support or upper back support, make sure to check the style of the cushions. Although some manufacturers may offer orthopaedic seating options, most people will find that the provided cushions are sufficient for their comfort level.

These top tips will keep your sofa looking amazing for longer.

  • Keep your ex-display sofas out of direct sunlight or heat sources to prevent them from fading.
  • ex-display sofas should not be sat on uneven surfaces to avoid rocking or frame damage
  • Avoid causing upholstery distortions by not sitting on the ex-display sofas' arms.
  •  Most of sofa injuries were caused by sagging pillows
  • Rotate the seat, back, and scatter cushions each week to ensure consistent wear
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to clean your couch and pillows, and/or an upholstery brush