Dunelm's new curved sofa looks designer – but is a fraction of the price of high-end alternatives

At £600 it’s an affordable designer lookalike

Ivy Pacific Velvet 3 Seater Curved Sofa
(Image credit: Dunelm)

The trend of curvaceous furniture has gone from strength to strength since last year when it exploded onto the interiors scene. And it’s clearly not going anywhere anytime soon as more and more affordable brands embrace the look. In a big way. Just take Dunelm and its new Ivy curved sofa. 

We’re always on the hunt for the best in everything, best sofas included. And when it comes to looks, the Dunelm Ivy 3 Seater Curved Sofa is currently winning with its chic, softly curved shape and bobbin legs that are also right on the bobbin trend

Selling for £599, the sofa is available either in sky blue velvet or textured chenille in ivory, both of which are the perfect lookalikes for high-end designer styles. 

Ivy Pacific Velvet 3 Seater Curved Sofa

(Image credit: Dunelm)

Dunelm Ivy curved sofa

Dunelm's an expert at making stylish, sell-out seating for the living room – the Dunelm Beatrice snuggle chair is the perfect example. The Ivy sofa we predict could be another sell-out success as it's right on the money when it comes to the cocooning curved home decor trend which is taking over our homes. 

‘The concept of cocooning with curves has really captured the mood of the nation and from round interior arched walls that lure you in, to oversized curvaceous sofas and chairs that combine comfort and practicality; this is one of the most visually appealing, key interior trends for 2024,’ says Lucy Mather, design expert from Arighi Bianchi.

She continues, ‘Rounded edges are more convivial. They bring life and sensation of movement to spaces. Rounded, smooth shapes are pleasing to look at, with curved furniture being subconsciously seen as warm, inviting and comfortable.’

And this can definitely be applied to the enveloping, curved back rest of the Ivy sofa which is mirrored in the seat’s shape, too. 

‘To style this trend effectively, it's essential to strike a balance between softness and structure,’ says Alex Stubbs, Flitch interior stylist. ‘Pair curved sofas with complementary elements such as round coffee tables, organic-shaped rugs, and abstract artwork to create a cohesive look. Embrace texture and layering to add depth and visual interest to the space.’

The only thing left is to decide which to go for – will it be the blue velvet or the ivory chenille? 

Sara Hesikova
News Writer

Sara Hesikova has been Ideal Home’s News Writer since July 2023, bringing the Ideal Home’s readership breaking news stories from the world of home and interiors. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors. She feels the two are intrinsically connected - if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.