CHOOSING A SOFA
Generally, sofas stuffed with feathers are softer and have a more informal look. A fibre- or foam-filled sofa will have a firmer feel and is good for those with allergies. Whatever material you choose, durability is important.
COTTON AND COTTON BLENDS are versatile and hard-wearing. Covers can usually be removed and dry-cleaned (follow the instructions on the label).
LINEN AND LINEN BLENDS can have a textured look. Covers may usually be removed and dry-cleaned (follow the instructions on the label).
VELVET will develop a crushed appearance over time. Avoid getting it wet.
WOOL is warm and cosy but may bobble.
LEATHER can be sealed or unfinished. Easy to keep clean by wiping with a slightly damp cloth. It will crease and age with time, but this is part of its charm.
If you have pets and they are allowed on the furniture, placing a blanket on their favourite spot is a good way to protect the surface from grubby paws and fur