Sink-into seating for small-scale spaces

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  • We've picked the best of this season's love seats, snugglers and small but perfectly formed sofas. All offer compact and super comfy options for bijou country living rooms

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    1 Classic comfort

    ‘Love seats are the ideal solution for a bay window, alcove, or any space that won’t take a standard two-seater sofa,’ says Aissa Gonzalez, Product Development and Buying Manager, ‘Most of ours are between 110cm and 135cm wide, though we do go up to 162cm wide. The Bluebell, with its classical design, low arms and beautifully turned legs is perfect for creating a focal point. It’s not only stylish but also super comfy with feather-wrapped cushion pads for a relaxed, inviting appeal.’

    Bluebell love seat in Gull Herringbone, H91xW126xD107cm, £970,

    2 Contemporary twist

    ‘This snuggler is the perfect oversized chair to curl up in with your favourite book,’ says Helen Reeks, Creative Development Director, Neville Johnson. ‘Based on a classic shape, it has been given a modern twist with chrome capped feet and fresh contemporary fabrics. In super soft, tactile chenille fabric and with vibrant cotton cushions, it will look at home in any period property or country cottage. It’s available in 10 fabrics in the combination of your choice.’

    Matisse Snuggler in Aspden Agate with cushions in Aspden French Blue and Darcy Begonia, H95xW127xD104cm, £2,478, Neville Johnson.

    3 Extra depth

    ‘A love seat is the ultimate spot for chilling out,’ says Charlie Marshall, Founder, Loaf. ‘We make ours extra deep so there’s plenty of room to sink back and relax. Add to the mix a comfy feather-filled seat cushion and plump scatter cushions and you’ve got something that is cosy and incredibly inviting. The looser weave of the vintage linen cover adds to the laid-back look; the fabric is popped through a press several times to give a light and beautifully uneven colour that works brilliantly with this relaxed feel.’

    Hunker love seat in Ringabella Plain Genius linen, H75xW126xD98cm, £1,495, Loaf.

    4 Perfect proportions

    It isn’t just the sofa size that matters, the shape plays a part too, and you may find you can seat more people than expected. ‘A large piece of furniture such as a sofa has the potential to overwhelm a small space, so it’s important to take this into account when browsing for one,’ Kate Tansley, Creative Director, Multiyork. ‘Opting for a more compact size with a fixed back instead of cushions and small arms will create a neat, clean outline, giving the illusion of space and order.’

    Atlas Buttoned Back Sofa in Harlequin Chenoa Blush fabric, from £1,169 for small size, H88xW145xD97cm, Multiyork.

    5 Buttoned up

    Paying attention to the smaller details such as hand-tied buttons turns a sofa into something extra special. ‘This design gives a nod to tradition but in a fresh and elegant way,’ says Kate Thompson, Head of Home Buying, House of Fraser. ‘The buttoned detailing brings a sense of heritage which, combined with the petit curvy shape and the fabric’s neutral hue, makes it a welcoming addition to a modern country living space that’s short on space.’

    Dahlia petit sofa in Chevron, Stone, H96xW124xD81cm, £1,285, House of Fraser.

    6 Settle down

    ‘This roomy hybrid lies somewhere between an armchair and sofa for one,’ says Emily Proctor, Brand Guardian, Raft Furniture. ‘Its spacious proportions encourage you to settle in, ready to watch a favourite film at the end of a hard working day. The gentle curves suit a country home interior and the soft chenille upholstery enhances the comfort aspects. We can also make it up as a bespoke item, with the oversized back cushions customised for an individual look.’

    Lincoln Chair and a Half in Fade Liquorice, H90xW144xD108cm, £1,865, Raft.

    7 Floral presentation

    ‘I love the impact a bold floral print can make in a room,’ says Megan Holloway, Marketing Manager, Sofa Workshop. ‘The right print can add pops of colour to a neutral colour scheme or create drama against a dark wall. Large-scale prints can really make a statement, but they’re not for everyone. If you prefer a more subtle approach, use them on a smaller piece of furniture such as this compact sofa or go for a small-scale pattern in tonal shades as an alternative to a plain fabric.’

    Miss Behaving sofa in Sanderson Chelsea 224322, H98xW140xD89cm, £1,999; Miss Behaving footstool in Sanderson Chelsea 224322 and Tiger Stripe DMUSTS207, H33xdia55cm, £699, both Sofa Workshop.

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