Sofa buying guide

We all love the feeling we get from sinking into our sofa at the end of the day. The duvet day downstairs. Reading on winter mornings. Gazing out of the window. Snuggled up with our loved ones. Watching TV with our families.

Here at Cimmermann we sell sofas that are made to last for a long time and we curate the modern sofas we sell very carefully. With sofas being the ultimate purchase for your home, here’s our advice about how to choose the right one for you.

Modern sofas made to last

We sell a range of chaises, contemporary day beds, small sofas, 3 and 4 seat sofas as well as modular and corner sofas. All are products we would buy for our own homes and all are crafted to the highest specification from brands we trust.



Made for reclining, magazine in hand, chaise longues have long been a favourite. We sell iconic designs as well as more contemporary day beds from brands like Vitra and Knoll. click to shop chaises

2, 3 and 4 seat sofas


A classic sofa for whatever your space. Small and compact, medium, over-sized family sized. Made for lounging, laughing and loving. We show you how to choose what's right for you. click to shop sofas

Modular & corner sofas


Modular sofas are great if you need flexibility. Ever-popular corner sofas give you the most sofa for your space and we sell your favourites from Hay, Vitra, Carl Hansen and SCP. click to shop modular and corner sofas

What to consider

Your space

Evaluating the space and light is the best place to start. You want to make the most of your space but you don’t want anything too big or too small. It’s a good idea to measure the space you have first, carefully with a tape measure and mark it out on the floor so you can get a good idea of how it will look. Also check access, is there the room to get your new sofa through doorways etc. The light is important too - and how it filters naturally into the room at different times of the day, in different seasons.

Your needs

The other main consideration is how many people your sofa needs to seat. What will the room be used for, and how? Will the room be used for any formal situations or is it a family space to chill out on the sofa? Will you need your sofa as an extra spare room when you have visitors? In smaller spaces you can make a room more flexible by using a sofa bed. Do you want to lounge and watch TV? It’s a good idea to have a clear understanding of whether a two-seat sofa, three-seat sofa or four-seat sofa is going to be needed. Will it work with other chairs and the furniture already in the room?

Your style

We always advise their clients to stay true to your style, not to follow trends because a sofa is a big investment. All the brands we stock make sofas made to last, so it’s worth thinking what feels pleasing and right for you.

How you'll use it

Because the sofas we sell are buy once, buy forever (well almost) its worth thinking about how you might use it in the future - will children, pets etc need taking into account? What other pieces will you choose to complement the sofa in the future?

Sofas for small spaces

Small but perfectly formed, here are three of our favourites.

Hay Arbour 2

The Arbour, Denmark’s first Nordic Swan Ecolabel sofa, has been designed to meet certain standards that cover sustainable cover usage, disposal and recycling, ensuring it is a lifelong design that limits waste over time. click to shop arbour sofa

Balder Sofa Bed

The warm Scandinavian design makes the Balder fit in in any space ranging from kids and teen rooms to dorm rooms, apartments, and guest rooms. All of its parts are designed for long term use, replaceable and recyclable too. click to shop balder sofa bed

Fritz Hansen Alphabet

The Alphabet sofa is artistically inspired by Toy Lego Bricks and was created by designer and architect Piero Lissoni for Fritz Hansen. A playful modular sofa series that invites you to be limitlessly creative, the sofa comes in a wide variety of fabrics. click to shop alphabet sofa