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Sofa Shopping Guide

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There’s no such thing as your average sofa anymore, there are so many choices to suit your space, lifestyle and design style. So, if you haven’t been sofa shopping in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the style choices on offer. And here’s a sofa style guide to help steer you in the right direction.

On average we invest in a sofa every 7 years and there are so many factors to take into consideration; choosing between leather and fabric is just one of them. So let’s look at what each has to offer.

There are a lot of great things about leather: it’s a natural material, both luxurious and practical. It’s durable and can easily withstand the rigors of everyday living. And whilst it’s perceived to suit a minimalist style, it can also bring a relaxed, homely feel to any room.

A fabric sofa allows you to add personality to your living space using colour and texture. And Freedom’s standard fabric selection makes the choice a little bit easier when deciding on a sofa style.

The great news, leather and fabric will last, as long as they’re cared for properly. Still can’t decide between the two? Then why not have the best of both worlds: a fabric sofa and a leather armchair.

Go Configure!

Choose a configuration that works for your room and your lifestyle. Which scenario best describes your living space needs? Are you a …

Conversationalist- Opt for two sofas (2S + 3S) or a sofa & two armchairs – facing each other will stimulate good conversation.

Show off- If you have something to showcase then arrange your furniture around this focal point. Maybe it’s your home entertainment unit, French doors, fire place or spectacular view.

Busy Bee- If you’re a busy professional living in an apartment, a chaise offers the perfect mix of style and comfort.

Frolocking Family -If you’ve got a big family or you’re upsizing the herd, an expansive L-shape leather modular would be ideal. A good size modular should comfortably seat 6-8; look for generous proportions, deep seats and extra-thick durable leather that’s easy to clean.

Crash at Mine- If you’re always putting-up friends and family from out-of-town and space is an issue, then a sofa bed is an ideal addition. Look for a good quality mattress.

Get the Look- Decide on a look you love: casual, traditional, fusion, country, modern contemporary, French provincial, Victorian, 1950s styling, scroll arms, square feet, armless, rolled arms, low back, stiletto feet … whatever it is - commit to it.

The Perfect Fit:

Try before you buy and download the new Freedom NZ APP where you are able to visualize your chosen sofa in a 3D real size replica to ensure you won’t have any troubles getting the sofa through the door once home and that you have invested in the best sofa configuration for your space!

Not sure what look you’re after? Why not head into your local Freedom store or online at

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