Choosing a sofa for your living space is quite the commitment. It’s a furniture piece that sees a lot of heavy use, whether you’re curling up in front of your favourite boxset, relaxing with a well deserved cuppa, or indeed catching a sneaky 40 winks mid-afternoon. It has to be comfy.

And it has to suit the whole household: if you have small children, consider a darker, wipe-clean fabric like leather, otherwise you’ll be cursing those felt-tips forever. It’s a good rule of thumb to stretch to the best quality of sofa you can afford. Consider it an investment piece that will be part of your family for years to come.

With that said, choose a sofa that promises longevity: top craftsmanship and simple, timeless design won’t look dated next season and you’ll be doing your bit for sustainability – and your bank balance in the long-run.

Like choosing a mattress, the firmness of your sofa cushions is a matter of taste, as is back support, so think about your own preferences, and those of your housemates or family members. Some styles are elegantly elevated off the floor with slim, wooden legs while others are luxuriously laid-back, boxy, and low sitting. These are super comfy but might be difficult for grandma to get out of.

We put our top sofas to the test, looking for the very best in style and comfort, craftsmanship and affordability.

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The verdict: Sofas

Perch & Parrow’s Parker three-seater leather sofa won us over for its unusual shaping, yet it offers all the benefits of a classic leather settee. Cosy and homely, the rich tan material is super soft and with its subtle variation in tone, it promises to age beautifully.

Habitat’s Hendricks four-seater sofa was a hit for its luxuriously wide design. It proved the perfect settee to spread out on in style, while being on the purse-friendly side, Made’s Amicie three-seater sofa is a glamorous statement piece that looks much more expensive than it is.

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