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Get The Look: Comfy sofas for cosy winter lounging

Each year, we have to face the sad reality that the warm, sunny days are over and the cold, winter days are on the way. As unfortunate as that is, though, winter doesn’t have to be all bad. Winter is a great time to sprawl out with a blanket, some candles, and a good television show, or even bake some cookies.

If you really want to get the most out of winter, you need to make sure you have a great spot for lounging around, and that means finding a nice comfy sofa.

When looking for a comfortable sofa, you should look for a sofa that’s the right height and depth for you. It should support you properly and sitting should feel comfortable. You can also look for soft cushion materials and the right back height, and you have the choice of a straight-back sofa or a pitched sofa.

Sofas don’t have to be fancy to be comfortable. In fact, many of the more low-key sofas are actually the most comfortable. This Slowcouch Sofa from Loaf is a great example; it’s got a soft, puffy fill and a good angle. Loaf describes this sofa as something you sit in, rather than on. It’s available in a love seat, a small size, or a large size.

If you need something that can accommodate the whole family, this wool 4-seater from Habitat fits the bill. It’s got a nice square design that’s perfect if you enjoy a low back height and wide armrests. Plus, it comes in a variety of fabrics and sizes for ultimate customisation.

Some people like to have a bit of extra space when relaxing on the sofa. We love this John Lewis Molly 2-seater sofa because it’s got a spacious design that comfortably seats two people. This is the perfect sofa for two to people to curl up on and watch a nice movie.

Leather-look sofas are always a popular choice for their looks and comfort. If you love the look of leather, try this Arizona 3-seater microsuede sofa from Maisons du Monde. It comes in a two-seater or three-seater and features an oversized club style that looks and feels great.

Sofas are great, but what about when you want to sprawl out? One great way to add a larger seating space to your living room is to get a sofa with a chaise. This Dexter chaise end sofa from Multiyork comes in tons of fabrics, so you can customise it to look exactly as you want. It comes in both right-hand facing and left-hand facing to ensure it fits any living room.

If you have a large living room, a corner sofa can provide plenty of seating while leaving the centre of the room open. This Forde grey fabric corner couch from Habitat provides plenty of seating and a small chaise. Its overstuffed cushions and slightly reclined back make it a nice choice if you’re looking for something cosy in the winter time.

Just like beds, some people prefer sofas soft while others prefer them firm. For anyone who lands on the soft side of the sofa debate, Loaf’s Cloud sofa is an excellent choice. It’s overstuffed, features nice, wide armrests, and comes in 5 sizes and 157 fabrics.

Materials affect how comfortable a sofa is, too. Looking closely at the materials used in a sofa can help you more easily find what you’re looking for. If you’re not a big fan of leather and don’t want any velvet or suede materials, look for a good cotton sofa, like this Butterfly 3/4-seater sofa from Maisons Du Monde. Each cushion is generously filled and three throw pillows add to that comfort.

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  • Ellie lives in a village outside Oxford and works in fashion in London. She loves the vintage look, traditional English afternoon tea, prosecco and hiking in the Lake District.

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