Ever wished you could design your own sofa? Thanks to a new interactive online tool at John Lewis, that prospect is now within reach.
The new Any Shape Any Fabric interactive tool allows you to choose your perfect sofa style and size from over 50 different shapes. When it comes to the colour and design, there are 400 different fabrics available, from plain colours and lively prints, to luxurious velvets and designer fabrics. Plus, you can also choose whether you’d like light or dark wood feet on your sofa.
The tool makes the process easy and being able to browse and select so many different fabric options at the click of a button is useful. You can get a good idea of how different fabrics would look when covering the whole sofa, rather than having to rely on a single swatch of fabric. Fabrics are categorised according to price, so it’s easy to find something to suit your own budget. Prices for design your own sofas start from £499.
If you’re not worried about designing your own sofa, or need one in a hurry, then John Lewis also offer a seven day delivery service for many of their sofas, with prices from £299.
My Ideal Sofa
I’ve had a play with the tool and created my ideal sofa.
In an ideal world, it would probably be large to stretch out and relax on, with plenty of room for guests, and in a luxurious fabric.
However, in practical terms, the biggest mistake we made when purchasing our first ever sofa was not measuring the size properly in relation to the room it was going in. It was great in the shop and provided plenty of room for our requirements, but in reality when it was in situ and alongside other furniture, it looked too big for our then living room.
So if I was buying a sofa now, I’d definitely think more carefully about the space it was going into and how it would work with the rest of our furniture. John Lewis have a great range of sofa designs and plenty of options for small and medium sized sofas. After a good look through the options, the one that sprung out at me is the Bizet sofa.
As well as being small, compact and stylish, this one has a double appeal, in that it’s also a sofa bed. Perfect for small rooms and even better for providing some much needed extra space to have guests to stay.
In terms of fabric, I’ve gone down the practical route too, opting for the Arden fabric, which will be suitably hard-wearing for the use it will get. It’s in a lovely shade of duck egg blue.
The rest of the living room would look like this:
There are other matching pieces of furniture in the Bizet range, so a chair in matching fabric would be ideal. As the sofa has light oak style legs, the wood theme would be continued through other furniture and accessories, like the coffee table, lamp and rocking chair.
In terms of curtains and cushions, the sofa colour just happens to go wonderfully well with the Sanderson dandelion clocks print, so it would be rude not to include this, especially as it’s a favourite design!
For those times when you just want to put your feet up, or lounge around more casually, a knitted pouffe is a nice addition, both in terms of comfort and texture. And finally, a few select accessories, such as the coloured glass bottles, help complete the room.
Top row, left to right:
Sanderson dandelion clocks eyelet curtains – from £100
Says Who for John Lewis why wood coffee table – £175
Recycled glass vases – £5
Bizet sofa bed in ardenduck egg fabric
Knitted pouffe in smoke – £90