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The Upholstery Event

Sofas, Couches & Love Seats

One of the most important furniture investments you’ll make is a sofa. The universe of sofas, couches and love seats is large, which means you’ll likely want to do some research and pre-selecting of styles before committing to a purchase. We know a thing or two about quality furniture here at Pottery Barn, so let us give you tips on how to best choose a sofa that fits your unique needs.


There’s no shortage of sofas upholstered in fabric, but what counts is the type of fabric you select for a couch or love seat. For the most family- and pet-friendly sofa, consider one upholstered in a performance fabric that requires minimal maintenance yet lasts longer than a normal fabric. Performance fabrics are water-repellent, easier to clean and both fade and abrasion-resistant.


Another family-friendly sofa is one upholstered in leather, which looks just as comfortable and beautiful in a farmhouse as it does in a penthouse. There’s an enormous amount of craftsmanship that goes into a quality leather piece, which means a sofa can last for decades. Leathers each have their own characteristics and aesthetics. Signature leathers are smooth and uniform in appearance with a soft matte finish. Legacy leathers are distressed with a glossy finish. Burnished leathers have high and low color variations for an aged appearance, and vintage leathers have a more broken-in appearance and patina


Sleeper sofas come in all sizes, from queen-size pull outs to twin-size sleeper chairs. Pull-out mattresses have evolved over the years to be more comfortable and durable than ever before. You’ll find newer style innersprings that eliminate the need for that annoying metal support bar under the mattress that used to keep guests awake. For ultimate comfort, look for sleepers crafted with the top-quality Tiffany 24/7 Convertible Mechanism that completely does away with any metal bars or springs and houses a luxury pull-out mattress that’s 2" longer than the average sleeper mattress.

Small Space

For apartments and compact homes, you’ll have your choice of smaller sofas and couches, including settees, that fit into reduced footprints without sacrificing anything in style or comfort. Pieces designed specifically for compact living include smaller, more streamlined arms and lower, sleeker silhouettes in general. Overall dimensions may be slightly smaller than the average sofa or couch. For example, an apartment sofa may measure 75" wide by 38" deep and 33" high but does not look like a love seat. A typical size sofa may measure approximately 87" or wider with varying depths and heights depending on style, for example.


Wish you could quickly throw clutter under your cushions when company arrives? You can when you pair a sofa with a storage chaise. The cushion of the chaise lifts up to expose a large compartment to hold extra blankets, pillows, toys, books and magazines to minimize your living space’s clutter. Today’s upholstered full-size sofas also come with optional secret storage underneath the lift-up cushions. Store extra bedding, small toys or throws there for convenience. Pair seating with a storage ottoman and a storage bench in the entry and you’ll effortlessly live clutter-free.


The ultimate family-friendly sofa or love seat will have a custom protective couch cover made from performance fabric or another durable fabric option that’s easy to slip on, clean and then slip right back on. Customized slipcovers give your furniture a smooth fit and feel.

Regardless of what you cover your sofa, couch or love seat with, you’ll want to consider the quality of construction of your furniture. Look for seating with higher grade fabric, more resilient layers of foam (especially on the armrests), kiln-dried wood frames to prevent splitting and warping, denser fiber padding that allows for reversible cushions plus stronger steel for better and more comfortable support.

Upholstered furniture beckons you to come take a seat. Sink into the comfortable cushions, and you’ll be so glad you brought one of these pieces into your living area.