BUYING A 2 SEATER SOFA ONLINE
A sofa made for two - that just about sums up the 2 seater sofa. It's smaller in scale than usual, designed to fit into a chic bijoux home or smaller scale living room. They are also particularly handy for compact spaces, such as the corner of a study, or as extra furniture in the master bedroom.
It can be a tricky business, buying a sofa online. On one hand you have all the information you need on the product page (no need to traipse to a store, tape measure in hand), and you can see whether or not you like the look of it by the accompanying image. Sorted? Not quite. After all, isn't the feel of the sofa equally important?
In this case, it's always a good idea to make sure that you pay attention to the type of 'fill' in each sofa (more details below), paying attention to the external fabric too. You really have to know what you want. Some people like soft, bouncy cushions, others prefer their sofa to be stiff and a little more supportive. People also vary on the types of texture they prefer to sit on.
For added peace of mind, we recommend ordering fabric swatches from Habitat. A picture is all very well and good, but nothing compares to touching the fabric, looking at it in different lights - there's no substitute for the real thing.
WHAT COLOURS, STYLES AND FABRICS ARE HABITAT'S 2 SEATER SOFAS AVAILABLE IN?
With an extensive range of 2 seater sofas to choose from, you'll find the one you're looking for. Don't know what that is? We've been there - sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. Which is where we come in...
Would something classic be on your must-have list? A leather 2 seater would certainly work for this aesthetic. The height of luxury, a leather sofa is timeless. Natural, soft, but extremely durable and strong, leather is breathable, meaning it feels warm in the winter and cool in the summer. What's more, all Habitat leather is crafted in Italian tanneries, which are renowned for producing high quality materials.
If something a little softer is more for you, then a fabric sofa is probably best, or even velvet - a texture that's very contemporary, yet still gives a nod to vintage chic. Our range also offers linen, cotton, polyester and wool, with various prices across the selection. How do they differ? Well, for example, linen is perfect for a casual, lived-in look, with natural creases that soften over time. Wool is wonderful for a cosy look and feel, while cotton is versatile, comfortable and easy to care for.
Style-wise, our 2 seater sofas come in many shades, shapes and forms. From minimalist, clean lines to modern forms that are boxy or sculptural styles. On the colour scale, we have contemporary grey and blue, classic black or neutral cream. Green, red and yellow are also on offer it you prefer to inject pops of colour to really make a statement.
And those aforementioned fillings? Well, we have foam, which comes in a variety of densities, all of which offer a mix of support and comfort. We have feather, the classic luxury filling, and polyester, although the latter tends to be typically mixed with feathers, for alone it lacks the required durability. Need more info? Take a look at our Sofa Buying Guide.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR SPACE FOR YOUR 2 SEATER SOFA
You've found your favourite sofa, now it's time to make sure it's size appropriate. All 2 seater sofa dimensions can be found on each product page, yet it's also advisable to think outside the box when it comes to testing how the sofa will fit. It isn't just a case of getting the numbers right. Why not? Well your sofa may physically fit into the desired space, but is it the correct height? Will it fit in well with other furniture, or will it tower above everything? It is too boxy? Will it sit too close to the table beside it or sink too low for you to comfortably watch the TV? Buying a big piece of furniture is always a big decision.
It may be going against the wall, it may be standing in the middle of the room, but either way, your sofa needs space. No one likes the look of a large item wedged into a tight spot; it makes the whole room look unprepared and ill thought through. And never mind how it looks, you'll feel claustrophobic the minute you sit on it.
The best way to figure out what works for your room is to consider how your new sofa will sit alongside other furniture, not to mention how you'll configure every piece. So here's a tip: buy a ball of string and pop it onto the floor, following the lines along which the sofa will go. This will outline how much space the sofa will take up - literally. If that isn't enough of a tip, take a peek at the Habitat Sofa Measuring Guide for all the extra info you might need.
HOW TO STYLE YOUR NEW SOFA
One you've made your choice and your new sofa is sitting in your home quite nicely, that doesn't mean you can sit down and put your feet up just yet. You may have the most beautiful sofa in the world (very likely, given you've bought it from Habitat) but if you haven't added a few luxe styling cushions, then you'll be doing it a disservice.
If your sofa is sitting pretty all alone, crying out for cushions and throws, then the visual impact may fall a little short of expectations. But it doesn't stop there. What does the rest of the room look like? Do you have a rug sitting in front of the sofa? If not, you should. A rug can really help bring out the colours of the sofa or enhance the texture. Similarly, a tall floor lamp will work wonders in terms of highlighting the sofa - in more ways than one once the ceiling light goes out. Artwork should adorn the walls, with splashes of nature always a good idea; be it an oversized house plant or a side table decorated with succulents.
Even a small 2 seater deserves a whole lot of love but, with all these elements now in place, you are finally ready to sit back and enjoy the comfort.