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Guide to buying upholstered furniture Part 2


Choosing the covering for your sofa is probably one of the most exciting parts of the process. What you choose for your sofa to wear will give it its unique personality.

One decision you may be struggling over is whether to choose fabric or leather.  Here are a few things to consider –

Leather will age beautifully over time with natural creases. It is durable, versatile and many different interior styles. Leather is also easy to clean and requires only the occasional care treatment to keep it supple.

However, if you decide to go for a fabric sofa there is a lot more choice out there from patterned to plain an velvets to wool and so on. The durability of different fabrics will also vary so it is important to consider how your upholstery will be used. Another benefit of choosing fabric covers is that, providing they are removable, you have the option to change the look of your sofa down the line.

It is important to remember that when choosing any kind of covering it is best to collect several swatches and view them in situ in both natural and artificial light.


Think about whether you may want to change the look of your sofa in the future. If so it will be easier later on if you choose a sofa that comes with replaceable covers. (The ability to remove covers also makes cleaning a lot easier!)

You could even choose to buy an extra set of covers at the same time as your new sofa and have the option of two looks – one summer and one winter look perhaps.


When looking for a quality sofa those with frames constructed with hardwood are going to be sturdier and heavier than those made from hardboard which is lighter and more likely to become wobbly with time.

Unlike many modern sofa manufacturers we insist on using hardwood components and the best quality springs (most of our sofas feature traditional coil springs) in our sofas. This is why we offer a 15 year frame guarantee.

Also, having invested in your new furniture it is only natural that you will want to keep it looking like new for as long as possible. This is why Multiyork offers all customers their 5 year care plan and stainguard service. Stainguard is a highly advanced formula designed for application to your sofa and will mean stains caused by normal household spills can be easily removed.

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