SIT PRETTY: 8 of the best New Season Sofas

Buying a sofa is a considered purchase.A good one should last for at least ten years, so if you want one with looks and longevity, it pays to take your time and do your research before diving in.

Before you even start your research, accurately measure the room it's to go into, as well as doorways and stairs, so that you know it will fit through the door.

Sofas can often look smaller in a large showroom than they will in your living room, so if you have your eye on one, mark out its footprint in your room by laying out newspaper and taping it on the floor, so you can see how much space it will take up – and the circulation area around it. Better still, mark out the area first, so you know what size sofa will work in your space, before setting your heart on one that could be too big or too small.

Think about other large pieces of furniture that will be in the room too. Will your sofa be sharing the space with a dining table and chairs? Or could you fit two sofas opposite each other or an L-shaped piece instead of a regular two or three-seater?

The next thing to consider (other than your budget) is shape, style and colour. What look are you going for in your room? Simple Scandi, Industrial, Glamorous, Maximalist or something else?

When it comes to upholstery, will your sofa have to withstand sticky fingerprints from little ones or red wine spillages? If so, think about leather or easy-to-clean fabrics.

Work out what you like and create a mood board, then take samples of your paint colours, or wallpaper and flooring swatches with you to the showroom, so you can easily see what looks good together. Likewise, bring fabric swatches home, or order them online, so you can see how they look in natural light.

Check out these new season sofas for inspiration.

Find ideas here for elegant living rooms, cosy living rooms, or colourful living rooms.

amabile maxi in plush royal rose fabric, £1,249, barker & stonehouse

amabile maxi in plush royal rose fabric, £1,249, barker & stonehouse

The graceful curves, gold tapered legs and plush button-through upholstery on this stylish sofa will deliver an air of classical elegance to your room.

matera in treacle daino leather, £2,799, Heal's

matera in treacle daino leather, £2,799, Heal's

Taking its name from the southern Italian town in which it was built, this design has all the characteristics of contemporary Italian furniture; clean lines, metal legs and attention to detail.

wild card london in butterscotch jacquard, £7,074, House of Hackney

wild card london in butterscotch jacquard, £7,074, House of Hackney

A reworking of the traditional Chesterfield, the 'London' sofa is made in the UK and shown here in 'Wild Card' leopard-print jacquard, for an edgy yet elegant statement.

stay in canvas 254 wool-mix, £5,499, Gubi at clippings

stay in canvas 254 wool-mix, £5,499, Gubi at clippings

The sculptural shape of this sofa makes for chic and comfortable seating. It's available in three sizes and has the option of a large or small lounge chair within the collection.

Gladstone in sky linen, £2,751, Love your home

Gladstone in sky linen, £2,751, Love your home

A modern update on a classic Chesterfield, with its sleek shape and buttoned back style.

Gladstone in sky linen, £2,751, Love your home

Gladstone in sky linen, £2,751, Love your home

A modern update on a classic Chesterfield, with its sleek shape and buttoned back style.

zeus in elegance 953 wool-mix, £4,415, FLlexform

zeus in elegance 953 wool-mix, £4,415, FLlexform

Designed by Antonio Citterio, this striking sofa will take centre stage in your space.

slipper sofa bed in seafoam blue velvet, £349, MADE.com

slipper sofa bed in seafoam blue velvet, £349, MADE.com

Doubling up as a guest bed, this piece is brilliant value for money and a stylish space saver.

bellini in black velvet, £389.99, My Furniture

bellini in black velvet, £389.99, My Furniture

This smart two seater is upholstered in rich velvet fabric and finished with chrome studs for a look that oozes Art Deco elegance.