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6 Sofa Buying Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid!
March 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm 0
Sofa Buying Mistakes by Danetti

Buying a sofa is big investment for your home. With so much choice available, we wanted to help you get it right first time with our 6 Sofa Buying Mistakes You'll Want To Avoid!

1. Not Considering Your Sizing

First things first: will it fit through your door? Maneuvering a sofa into a space isn’t the easiest of tasks, but this can be made far easier on the day of delivery by checking your sizing and considering how it’ll fit through your door.

Top Tip: wait to attach the feet of your sofa before getting it through your door. Those couple extra inches of space will make all the difference!

2. Not Considering Your Placement

You’ll want to double check the measurements of your sofa in the space. No one wants to squeeze past the back or tuck in their feet every time someone walks past. Be careful of placing leathers close to radiators or fabric sofas in direct sunlight to avoid damage to the material.

Ellis Large 3 Seater Leather Sofa

To help with your placement, draw out a bird's eye view floor plan and block in your furniture. You could do this by drawing it on or cutting out to scale size drawing of each item in the space. This will allow you to play with the placement without the heavy lifting involved in actually moving the furniture!

3. Not Considering Your Existing Space

How do you use your current sofa? Do you like the position it’s currently in or are you wanting a new arrangement? How often and who uses the sofa? These are all incredibly important questions to ask yourself when choosing a sofa for your space, as they will help you narrow downsizing, style and materials. If you choose a sofa that’s not practical for your needs or fit for purpose, it’ll really disrupt your room.

Studio 3 Seater Right Hand Fabric Sofa with Chaise
Studio 3 Seater Right Hand Fabric Sofa with Chaise

Top Tip: A sofa will generally tell you how many it can seat. However, it’s always a good idea to still check your measurements. This way you’ll get a better feel for how many you personally think you could sit.

4. Prioritising Style Over Comfort

No one wants a good-looking sofa that’s not comfortable to sit on. Some people like to sit back, others want to stretch out and there are those that just simply want to sit.

Mona 3 Seater Leather Sofa
Mona 3 Seater Leather Sofa

A deeper seat will allow you to snuggle up, while a high back will offer more support when sat upright. Opt for lower armrest if you like to lounge on your sofa, as this will offer a place to rest your head. A sofa can be both stylish and comfortable, so make sure you consider both factors.

5. Not Doing Your Research

Many sofas look the part, but it's a good idea to consider what’s going on on the inside too. Factors such as the frame, seat padding and what support the seat has are all contributing factors to the comfort and longevity of sofa.

Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa
Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa

Central leg supports, high-density PU foam, Zigzag springs and elastic webbing are all additional features to look out for the give a sofa that stamp of quality engineering and design ingenuity.

6. Prioritising Price Over Longevity

That sofa selling for a fraction of the cost of others on the market may seem like a steal, but will it still be sitting pretty in your home in two, three, ten years to come? In many cases, you get what you pay for. So if you choose a sofa because it’s cheaper but lacking the points mentioned above, chances are you’ll end up unhappy with the lack of comfort and quality. Make sure you do your research and if the price seems to good to be true, you’ll know why!

Good To Know:

It’s widely suggested that your try a sofa out before you buy. However, when ordering online this isn’t an option. But don’t let that stop you...

  • When shopping online, check your measurements, read up on the construction of the sofa and order swatches.
  • Watch videos and read the product descriptions- the information is all there for you to take in and will give you a feel of the sofa that’s almost as good as sitting in it.
  • Read up on the warranty and returns so that you know if, for whatever reason, the sofa isn’t right, you can exchange or return it hassle-free.

To shop the Danetti range of sofas, head over to our website. You can also read our sofa cleaning and buying guides for even more information.


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Colour, Living, Sofas
Real Leather: How to Care for your Real Leather Sofa
February 2, 2018 at 11:51 am 0
Ellis 3 seater Sofa and Armchair

Ellis 3 Seater Sofa and Ellis Armchair

As any interior designer or furniture specialist will tell you, a sofa is one piece of furniture that you should really invest in. This means choosing a sofa that is built to last, that performs well over time and that can stand up to daily use in a busy home. Real Leather ticks all of these boxes, which is exactly why real leather is such a popular choice for a sofa; it is undoubtedly the most durable material available. You can’t beat it for long-term performance, durability, ease of maintenance and of course… Modern Style!   Leather Swatch

Luxe Sofa Range Swatch

 

What Makes Real Leather So Durable?

The leather we use for our range of sofas is extremely thick and falls into the Top Grain Leather category. Top Grain leather goes through a considerable process to remove any marks and blemishes on the hide to create its uniform appearance and makes it more desirable for home furnishings. Our pigmented Top Grain Leather has been dyed and treated with a protected surface. This offers great colour uniformity and maximum resistance to spills and stains, while it's thickness also increases its strength and durability. All together you end up with a high-quality leather that looks great but also is very fit for purpose. Thinner, lower quality ‘Split’ leather is commonly used in cheaper sofas but will not offer the same durability. It will wear quicker and be more susceptible to rips and tears, meaning you'll be replacing your furniture much sooner than anticipated.   Top Tip: Aniline Leather, often cited as the most premium type of leather, actually has little to no treatment to protect it. So whilst it is a premium material, it may not be the most practical for a modern sofa. This type of leather is used when people want to build a worn look, or patina, but it doesn't give a clean, uniformed look.   Ice Grey Leather Detail

Top Leather Grain Detail

 

Top Grain vs. Split Leather

Top Grain - The top layer of the hide usually the thickest layer when the hide is separated. Top grain is the highest quality, thickest part of the hide and such requires less processing resulting in a softer feel. Split Leather - This is the thinner part of the hide and as such often needs a protective synthetic top treatment. The result is a lower quality more rigid leather.  

One Leather Doesn’t Fit all...

The term ‘leather sofa’ is used very broadly, so it’s easy to forget that the leather itself comes in a whole variety of styles and, more importantly, standards. Here’s a quick breakdown of the most popular choices for a leather sofa:   Dillon 2 Seater Leather Sofa

Dillon Real Leather 2 Seater Sofa

 

High Protection Leather

  • Pigmented Leather - A top grain leather that's had dye and protection applied to the surface. As a result, this offers protection from marks and stains and evens out surface appearance. Features of Pigmented leather are great durability, very even colour and grain and a soft feel.
 
  • Bi-Cast Leather - A split leather with a thick synthetic layer placed over the leather which is embossed with a look-alike grain. The features of Bi-Cast leather are a stiff texture (more suited to contract settings), consistent grain and easy cleaning.
 

Medium Protection Leather

  • Waxed Leather - The surface of the leather is buffed, then waxed and has a smooth, very shiny appearance with almost no grain which can be wiped clean. Waxed leather will show scratches but can be re-waxed although has a stiffer feel and can be prone to cracking.
 
  • Semi-Aniline - A top grain leather that is pigment dyed and treated with a very light protective treatment. It has some of the features of aniline leather but with a harder feel and increased durability.
 

Low Protection Leather

  • Aniline Leather - A top grain leather dyed with aniline dyes but with no protective treatment applied. Features of aniline leather are that it is very soft and luxurious in feel and will show natural blemishes, scratches and scars found in the hide. Aniline leather also has variation in colour consistency.  People often see Aniline leather as the best in class but it doesn't have the protection that other leathers have.
 
  • Nubuck - a top grain leather which has been treated so the natural fibres produce a velvet-like surface. Soft to the touch it has an almost fabric-like look and feel but has no protection at all from marks or spills.
 
  • Vintage Leather - Leather that has been double-dyed and purposefully buffed in areas to give an aged look. A feature of aged leather is that the uneven surface can be quite forgiving but it has very little ongoing protection.
  Pure White Real Leather Swatch

White Real Leather Swatch

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Real leather

Because leather sofas are so durable, it makes them even easier to care for. Marks and spills from food and drink are easy to remove compared to marks on a fabric sofa. However, stick to our do’s and don'ts of cleaning to make sure you keep your real leather looking its best:     DO use an absorbent cloth or sponge to wipe the affected areas as soon as the spill occurs. Lukewarm water or diluted mild detergent should do the trick! DO be sure to dry your leather furniture after cleaning with a clean, soft cloth rather than leaving your leather furniture to air dry. DO check the label before using any product to check that it’s not too drying on leather. If you’re not sure, spot test an inconspicuous area first! DO invest in a leather maintenance kit. Find one which will look after the leather before, during and after cleaning to make sure your leather furniture lasts for years to come.      BE AWARE that keeping your real leather sofa in direct sunlight can cause some fading and deterioration over time. Sunlight will have the same effect on fabrics so just give it some thought when you consider the placement. BE AWARE that brand new clothes, especially jeans, can mark upholstery. To clean marks left by clothing, use something such as a magic sponge immediately for the best results.   Luxe Leather Sofa in Heather

Luxe 3 Seater Sofa in Heather

 

Give Your Real Leather Furniture Some TLC

Real leather is strong and very durable, however, you still need to give it some TLC to keep it looking its best for longer! With this in mind…
  • Don’t drag your sofa when putting it in position, but rather lift it to manoeuvre it in your space.
  • Sofas can be very heavy, so it’s important to protect your flooring. Many sofas will come with floor protectors but make sure there’s some kind of protection on the feet, especially if you're placing the sofa on wooden or hard flooring.
  • As tempting as it may be, try not to sit on the arms of the sofa. This will not only weaken the structure of the sofa over time, but it will also pull on the upholstery.
  • When cleaning, don’t forget to get in-between all the small nooks and crannies of the sofa cushions. Vacuum regularly to keep your sofa spick and span.
  • Do not use chemical-based cleaners on real leather. Spot clean with warm, soapy water, and invest in a high-quality Leather care kit. 
  • If the cushions on your sofa can be moved, it's a good idea to rotate them regularly, giving them a good shake and plump up.
  • Give your sofa a quick but regular clean to stop marks from building up over time. Just be sure to wring out your cloth thoroughly and dry as soon as you've finished.
  • Everyone has their favourite spot, but it’s best to use your sofa evenly. This will stop some parts becoming more used and worn than others.
  Have we convinced you that a leather sofa is definitely a smart choice for your home? Be sure to let us know in the comments! :)
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Ideas and Inspiration, Living, Sofas
Your Sofa Buying Questions, Answered
August 25, 2017 at 4:06 pm 0

A few weeks ago we gave you, our loyal and stylish customers, the opportunity to ask our product experts and stylist your sofa buying questions. In this blog, we will be answering your questions and sharing our top tips for the little bits which can sometimes be overlooked.

  Dillon 2 seater leather sofa

Dillon 2 Seater Leather Sofa, £1349

Getting Started

Before you start looking for new sofas, you must do your homework and check the size of your room. The last thing you’ll want is to spend your hard-earned cash on a couch which doesn't fit your space.

  Robin 2 seater leather sofa size and detail

Robin 2 Seater Leather Sofa, £1249

 
  1. Height - this is from the floor to the top of the cushions
  2. Length - The overall length of the sofa
  3. Depth - How deep the sofa is
  4. Seat Height - How far from the floor the seat is
  5. Seat Depth - How deep the seat is (this is key to comfort!)
 

It’s key to check these measurements against where you will be positioning your new sofa. Double check spacing around any doors and walkways, so you're not side-stepping around your house!

You Asked, We Answered.

  Luxe leather sofa range in heather

Luxe 2-3 Seater in Heather, £1799

What are the colour trends for this season? What trend should I invest in?

 

Colour trends for interiors tend to hang around for a few years, with subtle updates for each season. This year we’ve seen the rise of millennial pink, luscious greens and the continued dominance of grey interiors.

AW17 plays on these key colours, refreshing with a warmer, more opulent twist. Millennial Pink becomes Plaster Pink. Palm Green becomes Emerald, and Cool Greys are updated with warmer tones and natural accessories.

“Fashion comes and goes but style lasts forever” - Yves Saint Laurent

Dillon 2 seater leather sofa

Dillon 2 Seater Leather Sofa, £1349

  However, it's important to remember what is in fashion right now may not be in 5 years time. That's why when you’re buying a sofa, you need to look for a classic, timeless style; something that will last you for years to come. Your sofa is an investment piece. You’re probably looking to spend upwards of £800 on a sofa, which you won't want to be doing every couple of years. That's why we recommend playing with your soft furnishings and wall colours to reflect trends and keep your settee stylish and timeless.  

Stylist's Tip: If you want your open plan area to feel light and airy, opt for a slightly lower backed sofa. This is a more modern shape and allows you to see above and across your space.

 

What are your tips for zoning an open plan room?

Open plan living is on the rise. With more of us knocking out walls for a family-friendly, more social home, creating the perfectly zoned living area can be a challenge.

  siena Corner sofa with Riva and Arc dining set

Siena Corner Sofa, £2999 

 

For this, we would recommend first understanding how you naturally flow through your home. For example, placing a couch in the middle of a walkway is not ideal. Start by drawing a rough plan of your open space and decide what destinations you need. This could be a living area, dining area and kitchen, or perhaps just a work zone in your living room.

This way you can physically draw on the zones, clearly see your walkways and place your furniture accordingly.

 

Stylist's Tip: With open plan homes, you tend to see all 4 sides of your furniture. Make sure when you’re shopping that you have a good look at the back of the sofa, and make sure it's pretty to look at!

  Dillon sofa range back stitch detailing

Dillon Range Back Detail

 

So, to answer your question, there is no right or wrong way to zone a room. It’s a lot of trial and error, but having a plan of the areas you want, and an idea of the space you have helps! 

 

How do I keep my sofa looking like new?

There are many things you can do to keep your sofa looking ‘box fresh’. One of the most important tips is using fabric protectors! You’ll kick yourself after that first spillage if you don't protect your sofa from day 1.

  Siena 2 seater fabric sofa

Studio Fabric 2 Seater Sofa, £699

 

We would highly recommend using a fabric protector, specifically one designed to repel stains and allow for a quick and fuss-free cleanup. There are plenty of products on the market, however, we recommend Scotchgards Fabric and Upholstery protector. Just be sure to read the instructions correctly before use and test an inconspicuous area first.

When it comes to keeping a Real Leather Sofa clean, it requires a little more care and attention. Avoid any heavy chemicals on leather as this can cause damage and discolouration.

  1. Firstly, using a soft brush attachment on your hoover, give your sofa a good once over to pick up any crumbs, dust and spare change.
  2. Take a bowl of warm water and add a touch of white vinegar.
  3. Next, dampen a clean microfibre cloth in your solution and wring it out very well- you want a damp cloth, not a wet one.
  4. Wipe down the entire sofa, starting from the top. Rinse out your cloth as and when.
  5. Take a clean, dry towel and dry off your sofa. It's tempting to dry with a hairdryer, but this will dehydrate the leather, which we don't want.
  Luxe leather swatch in parchment

Luxe Leather Swatch in Parchment

 

Once your sofa is clean, you can use a leather conditioner (found all over the high street) to protect the leather even further and keep it hydrated. Just be sure to follow the manufacturers directions carefully!

 

What’s the most durable sofa material?

When it comes to a sofas durability, there are so many different finishes and textures to choose from. You first off need to understand your lifestyle and what your sofa will be used for. If you're shopping for a playroom, you are going to need something much tougher than a sofa for an occasional room. That said, you'll be hard-pressed to find a sofa which isn't durable! Heres a run down of the fabrics on offer and their benefits;   wren leather swatch in cloud grey
Wren Leather Swatch in Cloud Grey
Leather: Typically, a leather sofa can last up for 4 times longer than a Fabric Sofa. This is down to the makeup of leather. It's super tough and flexible, meaning it's less likely to tear or wear away. It's also easier to clean, as spills tend to naturally run off.
Elise Faux Leather Swatch in Cool Grey
  Faux Leather: A slightly cheaper alternative to a real leather sofa, but giving the same, luxurious look. Faux leather is not as flexible as real leather but will still move and age in a similar way. It's also a very low-maintenance material.   Plaza Velvet Stool
Plaza Velvet Stool, £99
Velvet: Having a huge resurgence in the interior world, Velvet sofas are super luxurious and bang on-trend. However, tread with caution as Velvet requires a lot of care. If you're interested in a velvet sofa, be sure to gather samples and check the quality of the velvet. Linen: Linen has such a beautiful look and feel to it, making your seating look comfy and stylish. It is also naturally hyper-allergic as its made from all natural fibres. Linen sofas are susceptible to staining though, so make sure you protect it!   Studio fabric swatch in cloud grey
Studio Fabric Swatch in Cloud Grey
Cotton / Polyester Blends: this is a very popular fabric for sofas, as you get benefits from both Cotton and Polyester. It's strong and durable and easy to keep clean! Wool: A more traditional sofa fabric, wool is tough and warm. It's also a really sustainable material, biodegradable and recyclable- helping the environment all the way. Wool also doesn't lose its form and will naturally bounce back to its original shape.  

Stylist's Tip: The fabric you choose for your sofa can change the feel of a room instantly. For modern interiors, choose leathers and flat weave fabrics. More tradition interiors will suit prints, wools and linens.

 

What style of sofa will suit my modern home?

With a modern home, there are a few key details which make a sofa more suited. Traditional sofas tend to have higher backs, curved armrests and decorative legs. However, when looking for a modern sofa, look for styles with sleek and minimal legs, lower backs and more ergonomic shapes. Our Siena Sofa Range has many features which make this a modern sofa;

Slim Angular Legs

  Siena range leg detail   The minimal style of the Siena's leg helps with the modern look. As they are thin, they are not a key feature of the sofa, but more of a subtle style suggestion. the Matt Black finish also means they do not overpower the simplistic style, as a chrome finish may.  

Adjustable Headrests

  Siena adjustable head detail   The great thing about adjustable headrests on a leather sofa is that you can choose the most comfortable position for you. This can vary when chilling down with a movie or entertaining. When the sofas not in use, you can lay all headrests down flat to open up the room even more.  

Low, Sculpted Armrests

  Siena sofa range arm detail   Having an armrest which is an extension of the seats, rather than a high armrest, keeps the shape smooth and stylish. This is also a more comfortable seating position when relaxing and is less formal.  

Stitch Detailing

  Siena corner sofa stitch detailing   The stitch detailing is a key design feature to this modern leather sofa. It showcases the craftsmanship that has gone into your handmade sofa and is a key feature of a leather sofa. The Siena is just one of our modern styles. Check out our modern sofa collections right here.  

How can I clean my couch without removing any cushion covers?

Removable cushion covers can be a great idea, however, once they've been through the wash once, they never fit the same way again. This is why lots of sofas nowadays do not have removable covers. Plus, with modern technologies, maintaining your fabric sofa without putting it through the washing machine is common practice.   Siena corner sofa with chaise

Studio Fabric Corner Sofa, £1599

  If you do get those unsightly spills and stains, here are our top tips for maintaining your fabric sofa:
  1. For any small little marks, you can usually clean them off with some warm soapy water- as long as you catch them quick enough! Put 1 tablespoon of dish soap (such as washing up liquid) into 2 cups of warm water.
  2. Take a clean white cloth and dampen it in your soapy water. Pat over the stain (DO NOT RUB) and use a dry white cloth to absorb the water. Repeat this 3-4 times until stain has gone.
For a deeper clean, you can add a touch of vinegar to your cleaning solution, or try a professional carpet/upholstery cleaner. Just be sure to follow manufacturers guidelines!  

Stylist's Tip: Micro fibre cloths are you best friend. They're great for cleaning all sorts of surfaces, be it dining tables, bar stools, even window sills. Have a little stockpile of them as they're amazing... Plus you can chuck them in the washing machine and use over and over again! 

  If you want more tips and tricks for fabric cleaning, check out our blog: How to clean a fabric sofa – Our insider secrets for keeping your sofa newer for longer.  

What's the best seating arrangement for a small living room?

Finding a sofa for a small living room can be challenging, that's why you need to know your measurements. There are a few options which will suit a compact living room, however it's really down to the overall feel of the room you want to create.  

Corner Sofa

Siena corner sofa with chair left handed

Studio Corner Sofa, £1599

A corner sofa is great for compact living rooms. They can come in many different sizes, so double check the fit. Most corner sofas are available in a left and right handed option to slide into any home.  

Armchair

Ellis 2 seater sofa and arm chair scene

Ellis 2 Seater Leather Sofa, £1899 and Ellis Armchair, £1099

  If your room is more of a cozy snug, or not used for entertaining, mixing and matching a couch with an armchair is a great option. Position a 2 seater sofa agains the wall, with an armchair sat adjacent. This promotes a casual and cozy feel, without making the room too crowded!  

How do you style a sofa?

Now you have your new couch, it's in position and protected, you can have fun with styling! Its a good thing to keep styling simple with your seating area - less is definitely more. There's no point in piling on the scatter cushions, as you'll only end up taking them off when you're sitting down!   Luxe chesterfield sofa in Heather

Luxe 2-3 Seater Leather Sofa, £1799

 

Here are our Stylist's Top 6 tips for Styling a Sofa:

  1. As previously mentioned, keep scatter cushions to a minimum. I would say a maximum of 5 on any couch. Also, a general rule of thumb when styling- things always look better in odd numbers.
  2. Throws can make or break a sofa look. In the winter pile on the heavy knits, faux furs and add soft lighting to your side tables. In the summer, swap out your chunky blankets for lighter linens and cotton throws.
  3. Avoid your seating area looking too twee by having mismatched cushions. Stick to a complimentary colour scheme, but play with patterns, textures and shapes. Throw in 1 large cushion, a couple of square cushions and an oblong one for an easy, yet stylish feel.
  4. Rugs and sofas go hand in hand. Make sure you get the sizing right though. Ideally your rug should be larger than you sofa, to frame the room and add warmth underfoot.
  5. For extra comfort, choose an ottoman rather than a coffee table.  You can place a tray on top for any decorative items, and have a super sleek place to rest your feet!
  6. Don't over style. Your seating destination will look much more welcoming when it's looking natural and lived in. If your cushions are perfectly plumped and your throw is expertly folded, it wont look as inviting.
 

Siena leather ottomanSiena Leather Footstool, £349

 

Insider Tips

Although we had loads of great questions sent in, there are a few tips that we, as your experts, think it's important to take into consideration when shopping for sofas...
  • Believe it or not, the frame of your sofa can make a huge different to the longevity of your chosen piece. Traditional sofas tend to be glued and stapled together. This is a cheaper method of building sofas, however it wont last as long as modern sofas.
  • Modern Sofas are made out of many different types of wood to make them much more durable. From softwoods for stress areas, and plywood for added strength.  You can also get sofas with a metal frame, however this will require a little more care over the years.
  • When sofa shopping, it's pretty obvious but check that any corners and edges are padded. Especially if you've got young ones as this will avoid any unsightly bumps on the head!
  • It's also really important to consider your lifestyle. A sofa in your playroom probably won't last as long as your living room, so choose a more cost effective sofa, or perhaps a sofa bed, for when your kids have sleepovers.
  • Be careful with a leather sofa and new denim or heavily dyed fabrics. The colour can transfer, and due to leathers nature, this will soak in and be tricky to remove without specialist care.
  • The most important measurement for your comfort is the seat depth. A deeper seat will be more cosy, comfortable and supporting. If you have a narrow seat depth, you'll always be sat more upright and not so relaxed.
  • If you have wood floors or brand new carpets, use floor protectors to avoid any dimples in your flooring. Flooring is one of the most expensive costs of your home, so you don't want to be damaging this.
  • And Finally, the most crucial piece of knowledge we can bestow onto you is this:

CHECK YOUR NEW SOFA WILL FIT THROUGH YOUR FRONT DOOR!

I can remember a time where we had to remove the window to get our sofa into our rented flat. Luckily we put the window back in seconds before the landlord showed up. So save yourself this awkward situation and check you'll get it in your house!

Go For It!

Now you're armed with all the facts and tips when it comes to sofa shopping, it should be a breeze! Remember though, if you have any other questions, we're more than happy to help! Once you've got the most Instagram worthy living room we'd love to see your pictures! Tag us in your pics and use #mydanetti to be featured on our pages!
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Cleaning Guides, Sofas
How to clean a fabric sofa – Our insider secrets for keeping your sofa newer for longer
June 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm 1

Studio 2 Seater Fabric Sofa, £699

 

How to Clean a Fabric Sofa (and other upholstered furniture)

  So, you’ve just unwrapped your brand new sofa, sat down to enjoy it, and along come your little monkeys to put sticky bolognese fingers all over it! Accidents happen, but sometimes there is nothing worse than red stains on a grey sofa. It sounds silly, but do you really know how to clean a fabric sofa?  

Thats why we have compiled a step by step guide to clean a fabric sofa. Ranging from little spot cleaning to a full deep clean, our handy tips and advice will keep you sofa looking brand new for years to come!

Studio Sofa Fabric. This mélange fabric is easier to keep clean as it is made up of lots of different shades of grey (so hides any little marks!)
 

Spot Cleaning

 

1. For any small little marks, you can usually clean them off with some warm soapy water- as long as you catch them quick enough! Put 1 tablespoon of dish soap (such as Fairy) into 2 cups of warm water.

2.  Take a (this part is important) clean white cloth and dab it into your soapy water. Pat over the stain (DO NOT RUB) and use a dry white cloth to absorb the water. Repeat this 3-4 times until stain has gone.   3.  If you have a slightly more stubborn stain, then try adding 1x tablespoon of white vinegar into your soapy solution. White vinegar is a great household cleaner and can be used in all sorts of cleaning solutions. Don’t worry about the vinegars smell, as this will disappear once dry.  

If you catch a stain before its dried in, the above method is great at removing small stains and is super gentle on your upholstery. As long as you don't rub, you shouldn't be able to see any evidence there was any marks!

These spot cleaning tips work great for all sorts of Fabric, including the super on trend Velvet. Just be sure to dab, otherwise some colour may rub away!

Plaza Velvet Stool, £89

Deep Cleaning

 

If you have some worn in stains, or feel your furniture is in need of a real deep clean, it couldn't be easier! Don’t worry about spending hundreds going to a pro- just grab some baking soda and a dry carpet cleaner (such as Vanish or Shake’n’Vac) and follow the below steps;

  • Take your baking powder and sprinkle generously over the seats. If you need to remove seat cushions place on a clean sheet to save any extra dirty marks!
 
  • If you feel a deeper clean is needed, at this stage you can add a dry carpet cleaner, and brush in along with the baking powder. Make sure you use a clean, soft brush so as not to damage the fabric. You can purchase specific carpet and upholstery cleaning brushes, but using a clean brush from your dustpan and brush will work just fine. 
 
  • Leave the powder to soak in for 20 minutes. Now is the time to go pop the kettle on and put your feet up.
 
  • Once the baking powder has worked its magic, vacuum it all up! Most vacuums will come with a upholstery attachment, which will usually have red felt pads around the edges to protect the fabric.
 
  • Take your time when vacuuming. Start on one side and work down in lines, to ensure nothing is missed.
 
  • Fabric Dining Chairs (such as our Riva and Zilo) are also subject to spills and stains, so the baking powder will also work wonders for these, too. Follow the same method as above to keep your chair shiny and new!
   

Arc and Riva 4 Seater Dining Set, £475

Future Protection

 

Hopefully now your sofa is looking good as new and smells fresh as a daisy! If you want to protect your sofa from future stains, try using a product such as Scotchgard Fabric Protector. This will coat your sofa and keep cleaning to a minimum. Check out the manufacturers instructions here, and be sure to test in an inconspicuous area first!

As long as you are gentle, follow any manufacturers instructions, and pat instead of rubbing- your colourful fabric will stay bright and cheerful forever! And thats how you clean a Fabric Sofa.

Zilo Fabric Dining Chair, £69

Helpful Info

 
  • When you're thinking about how to clean a fabric sofa, take a trip to your local supermarket! There are some great products on the market for cleaning upholstery, such as Vanish Power Foam and Shout. Just be sure to follow instructions carefully and test a patch first. Do not to leave on too long to avoid any discolouration.
 
Easy Clean Riva Fabric Chairs are ideal for families!
 
  • Make sure you do not use any coloured cloths to clean your sofa. Using a white cloth will allow you to see if any colour comes off. If so, stop using the product immediately. This is why its so key to test a small patch first!
 
  • It goes without saying that sofas are not designed to eat dinner on each night. Thats just an accident waiting to happen! Check out our lovely dining tables to ensure your eating area is as desirable as your sofa!
 
  • Kids are messy. Its a fact of life. Darker colours always work best for families, as marks don't show up so much, but if you do opt for a light colour sofa, a fabric protector is an essential.
 
  • Blue jeans are your sofas biggest enemy, be it Fabric or Leather! Make sure any new blue jeans go through the wash to avoid any colour transferring. (Or make PJ’s a must have when chilling on the sofa… win win!)
 
Our Velvet Plaza Stools are super soft to the touch.
 
  • When cleaning velvet make sure you do not rub the fabric. Because velvet is a cut pile the fibres are only attached to the base weave. By rubbing this you'll end up pulling out some fibres and potentially creating a bald patch! Not a good look...
  Fancy more cleaning tips? Check out our blog post about keeping Faux Leather fresh and clean right here.  

If you have any great tips for cleaning fabric sofas, please share them with us in the comments below. Also be sure to show us your brand new Danetti Sofa on Instagram, Facebook at Twitter using #mydanetti!

 

Angelo Occasional Chair, £276

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Sale, Sofas
Big Sofa Sale – 15% Off Real Leather Corner Sofas for a Limited Time Only!
February 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm 0

Our range of contemporary, comfortable sofas radiate style and elegance and are unlike anything you have seen in the shops. From modern soft leather corner sofas to comfy real leather sofas with a chaise and matching footstool, we have something to suit all types of modern living room in a variety of trendy, neutral colours.  For a limited time only, take advantage of our 15% off Sofas Sale and grab a comfy bargain!  Use code SOFA14 at checkout before midnight on Sunday, 2 March 2014 to get 15% off one of our already low priced sofas - in-stock and ready for despatch now!

The Davini Leather Corner Sofa WAS £1999.00, NOW £1699.15

Davini Leather Corner Sofa NOW £1699.15

Davini Leather Corner Sofa NOW £1699.15

Kick back and relax on the gorgeous Davini Leather Corner Sofa which has the added bonus of a chaise longue at one end. Upholstered in high quality foam padding and natural, soft genuine leather, this corner sofa is the perfect place to snuggle up at the end of a busy day.

The adjustable headrests create additional comfort and style and can be positioned horizontally or vertically to support the head and neck. The leather quilted seats are enhanced by plain backrests and arms.  Available in Champagne Cream and Whisper Beige real leather, the Davini comes with either a right hand facing chaise or a left hand facing chaise to suit your room layout.

The Anglo Leather Corner Sofa WAS £2299.00, NOW £1954.15

Anglo Leather Corner Sofa NOW £1954.15

Anglo Leather Corner Sofa NOW £1954.15

The Anglo Leather Corner Sofa provides the perfect blend of modern style and lasting quality. Crafted from high quality, soft leather in gorgeous modern shades, this corner sofa will enhance any contemporary living room, either in a corner or as a centre-piece in the room.

All surfaces are real leather, and the headrests and armrest of the Anglo are adjustable to give total comfort. The seats have a very attractive quilted design, the backs, armrest and headrests are plain. Available in Soft White, Champagne Cream and Slate Grey genuine leather, the Anglo also comes in either a right hand facing or left hand facing version to suit your room layout.

The Como Leather Corner Sofa WAS £2299.00, NOW £1954.15

Como Leather Corner Sofa NOW £1954.15

Como Leather Corner Sofa NOW £1954.15

Put your feet up and let your cares drift away on the soft leather Como Leather Corner Sofa. Adjust the headrests and sink into the comfortable, high quality padding and soft real leather upholstery of this modern, sumptuous corner sofa.

The soft leather quilted seats are enhanced by plain backrests and armrest. Available in Dormouse Grey and Whisper Grey real leather, the Como is available in either a right hand facing or a left hand facing version.

The Relax Leather Corner Sofa WAS £2799.00, NOW £2379.15

Relax Leather Corner Sofa NOW £2379.15

Relax Leather Corner Sofa NOW £2379.15

Stretch out in style on the sumptuous, soft leather Relax Corner Sofa. This is a very unique sofa as, apart from the corner section, all the other back rests can be lifted back to create an extra deep seating position to allow you to totally chill-out and lounge back.  Well padded in high quality foam, with quilted seats and plain backs, headrests and armrest the Relax Corner Sofa is available in Soft White, Caramel Beige and Slate Grey real leather.

All of our sofas have contemporary chrome, squared looped legs which will need to be attached after delivery using the screws supplied.  Each section of the sofa is connected together via a hook and slider system to keep it all together, and their sturdy frames are made from wood.  Please see our website for detailed drawings of sizes so you can check that the sofa of your choice will suit your room layout.

Can’t make up your mind which colour sofa you would like?  Give us a call or click the Request Swatch Samples button on our website and we will be happy to send you a swatch of the soft, real leather of your choice.

 
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Living, Sofas
Stylish Genuine Leather Sofas
August 19, 2013 at 10:10 am 0
Are you looking for a Real Leather Sofa that you can relax on after a hard day at work? We offer a fantastic range of genuine leather corner sofas that will not disappoint! Davini Leather Corner Sofa
Davini Leather Corner Sofa

Davini Leather Corner Sofa £1999.00

This gorgeous corner Sofa is ideal for contemporary homes. The Davini Leather Corner Sofa is upholstered in high quality, dense foam and then covered in luxurious genuine leather. The head rests are adjustable, creating perfect comfort. The seats are quilted but the arms and back rest do not have quilted detail. The deeply padded sofa is supported by stylish, square looped legs that are finished in polished chrome. This sofa is very easy to put together - connected together by a hook and slide system. It is available in classic Black, warm Champagne Cream and Whisper Beige Real Leather meaning there is a colour to suit everyone. Anglo Leather Corner Sofa
Anglo Leather Corner Sofa

Anglo Leather Corner Sofa £2299.00

The Anglo Corner Sofa has both style and comfort. It is available in a range of trendy Leather colours including Champagne Cream, Slate Grey and Soft White. The headrests and armrests are adjustable to give total comfort and relaxation. The Anglo has a sturdy wooden frame, covered in dense, high quality foam to ensure this corner sofa is very comfortable. The legs are finished in polished chrome and have a stylish looped shape. The sections of the sofa are connected securely via a hook and slider system to keep it stable and the legs can be attached using the screws supplied. This modern corner sofa will become a key feature in your home, because it stands out from the crowd. Como Leather Corner Sofa
Como Leather Corner Sofa £2299.00

Como Leather Corner Sofa £2299.00

The Como Leather Corner Sofa is perfect for putting your feet up and relaxing on after a hard day. With adjustable headrests and high quality padding it is a gorgeous, comfortable sofa. The seats are beautifully quilted with plain backrests and armrests. It is available in Classic Black with cool contrasting stitching, Dormouse Grey and Whisper Grey real leather, suitable to all tastes. The Como Corner Sofa is available in either a left hand facing version or right hand facing version. The deeply padded sofa is supported by sleek, squared loop legs that are finished in stylish chrome. This sofa can be securely connected together using the hook and slider system. Relax Leather Corner Sofa
Relax Leather Corner Sofa £2799.00

Relax Leather Corner Sofa £2799.00

The Relax Leather Corner Sofa looks great in a modern, trendy living room. It is available in Soft White, Caramel Beige and Slate Grey real leather.  It is available as a left hand facing version or alternatively a right hand facing version to suit your room layout. Upholstered in high quality foam, with quilted seats and plain backrests, head rests and arm rests. The back rests can be lifted and adjusted to create extra comfort. This soft leather corner sofa has modern chrome legs that are squared. The legs will need to be attached after delivery using the screws supplied and the sofa sections can be connected together via a hook and slider system.            
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Materials, Sofas
Modern Leather Corner Sofas Create the WOW Factor in your Home!
October 30, 2012 at 11:26 am 0
These soft real leather corner sofas will really add the WOW Factor to your living room.  You can kick back and relax at the end of a long, tiring day and sink into the soft upholstery to let all your troubles drift away.  With adjustable headrests and armrests, these real leather corner sofas really allow you to snuggle up and get comfortable. Anglo Leather Corner Sofa
Anglo Leather Corner Sofa

Anglo Leather Corner Sofa £1999.00

The Anglo Leather Corner Sofa provides the perfect blend of modern style and lasting quality. Crafted from high quality, soft leather in gorgeous modern shades, this corner leather sofa will enhance any contemporary living room, either in a corner or as a centre-piece in the room. All surfaces are real leather, and the headrests and armrest of the Anglo are adjustable to give total comfort. The seats have a very attractive quilted design, the backs, armrest and headrests are plain leather. The legs are stylish, squared loop legs, finished in highly polished chrome. The sections of the sofa are securely connected together via a hook and slider system. The Anglo leather sofa has a sturdy wooden frame and the seats, armrests and cushions are made from high quality UK standard foam. Available in Soft White, Antique Cream and Slate Grey genuine leather, the Anglo comes in either a right hand facing or left hand facing version to suit your room layout. A matching white leather and glass coffee table and white leather footstool are also available. Relax Leather Corner Sofa
Relax Leather Corner Sofa

Relax Leather Corner Sofa £2599.00

Stretch out in style on the sumptuous, soft leather Relax Leather Corner Sofa. This is a very unique sofa as, apart from the corner section, all the other back rests can be lifted back to create an extra deep seating position to allow you to totally chill-out and lounge back. Well padded in high quality foam, with quilted seats and plain leather backs, headrests and armrest, this soft leather corner sofa has contemporary chrome, squared looped legs which will need to be attached after delivery using the screws supplied. Each section of the sofa is connected together via a hook and slider system to keep it all together, and the sturdy sofa frame is made from wood. Available in Soft White, Caramel Beige and Slate Grey real leather, the Relax Corner Sofa is available in either a right hand facing or a left hand facing version to suit your room layout. Davini Leather Corner Sofa
Davini Leather Corner Sofa

Davini Leather Corner Sofa £1799.00

Kick back and relax on the gorgeous Davini Leather Corner Sofa which has the added bonus of a chaise longue at one end. Upholstered in high quality foam padding and natural, soft genuine leather, this corner sofa is the perfect place to snuggle up at the end of a busy day. The adjustable headrests create additional comfort and style and can be positioned horizontally or vertically to support the head and neck. The genuine leather quilted seats are enhanced by plain backrests and arms, and the legs are stylish, squared loop legs, finished in highly polished chrome which need to be attached on delivery using the screws supplied. The sections of the sofa are securely connected together via a hook and slider system. The sturdy frame is made from wood. Available in Classic Black, Antique Cream and Whisper Grey real leather, the Davini comes with either a right hand facing chaise or a left hand facing chaise to suit your room layout. Como Leather Corner Sofa
Como Leather Corner Sofa

Como Leather Corner Sofa £1999.00

Put your feet up and let your cares drift away on the soft leather Como Leather Corner Sofa. Adjust the headrests and sink into the comfortable, high quality padding and soft real leather upholstery of this modern, sumptuous corner sofa. The soft leather quilted seats are enhanced by plain backrests and armrest, and contemporary, squared loop legs, finished in stylish chrome. The sections of the sofa are securely connected together via a hook and slider system and the sturdy frame is made from wood. Available in Classic Black soft leather with funky contrast stitching, Dormouse Grey and Whisper Grey real leather, the Como is available in either a right hand facing or a left hand facing version.
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Buying Guides, Sofas
How to choose a sofa
October 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm 0
The living room is one of the most important rooms in your home. It's where you relax, entertain guests and spend time with your family. Central to the room is your sofa - it's probably the most important piece of furniture in you whole home, and certainly one of the most costly, so you want to be sure you are making a good purchase.
Manhattan sofa from Danetti

Manhattan sofa from Danetti

The first point you should think about is the size of your room. Look carefully at the dimensions of the sofa you like (this is where buying online from Danetti comes in handy - all the dimensions are clearly indicated), and measure the space you have. Try to visualise the sofa in the space. Will it bump into other items of furniture, or take up som much floor space that the room will start to look small? If you're working with a small space, then ot for a sofa that has a small frame - no enormous padded arms. Once you've finally decided that you've chosen the right size sofa for the space, there's one last consideration - your doors. Measure the frames and make sure that the sofa will fit through! The next consideration is the style of sofa you want. Are you somebody who likes to sink deep into a sofa and fall asleep, or do you prefer designs that offer more support and are a bit more formal? Your decision might be influenced by how you mainly use the living room. If it's often filled with teenagers watching TV and is where you and your friends like to snuggle in with a glass of wine, then you probably want the sofa to be squishy and relaxed looking. If you like formal entertaining and want the sofa to be a place to sit after dinner, then you will need a firmer style. The 'rake' of the seat - that is the angle of the seat in relation to the back. Sofas for lounging in tend to have deep seats an a steep rake, so your body gets pulled into the sofa. Formal sofas will have a shallow rake, so you'll be kept more upright. When it comes to construction, good sofas have wooden frames that are glued and screwed together. Seat cushions are normally filled with high density foam or filled with layered fibre to give a softer appearance. Feather and down cushions are another option but should be pocketed to prevent a lumpy appearance. The traditional coil sprung base is popular but can limit the design, so an alternative is to have zigzag horizontal springs stretching across the frame. A high tension webbing criss-crossing a frame like a trampoline can be good for modern shapes. If you're planning to invest in a new sofa, Danetti would be happy to advise you further. Just give us a call! View Danetti's sofa range.
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