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How to Find Small Scale Sectional Sofas

A sectional sofa for a small space probably appears to be an oxymoron. How could there possibly be a perfect meeting of the two?

Well, the honest answer is that in the right home, a sectional sofa could actually save you space! Centrally locating sofa pieces within a small living area not only lends to proper seating for conversation and intimacy, but could also make the space feel more spacious.

If seating in one specific spot is not to your liking, with sectional pieces you have the ability to place them however you prefer. This would lend your own personal creative touch to the living room.

Small Sectional Sofas Explained

Now that you know that small sectional sofas are available, you may be asking yourself a few questions. For instance, what would be considered too large or too small for a small sectional sofa?

Good question!

Generally, your living room or living area would dictate the size needed for a small sectional sofa. This is why it is important to take measurements before making a purchase to ensure the sofa pieces would not overpower the small living area. And I will be discussing the measurements of small sectional sofas more in depth below.

However, before going any further, the primary question should be answered, and that is what would be considered a small sectional sofa?

When looking at the number of pieces that make up a small sectional sofa set, 3 pieces are usually the starting point. When furnishing a small living space, anything over 3 to 4 pieces would typically overwhelm the space. You want to make small rooms appear larger and cramming furniture into a tight space would not be conducive to a spacious feeling.

The Right Measurements to Choose

Now that we know what makes up a small sectional sofa, we can get down to business on measurements. To get an idea of what makes up a sectional sofa set, all that is necessary is taking the measurements of a small scale sofa or loveseat and one or two chairs, and then adding them all together.

And once you’ve done that, voila! You have the necessary measurements to define what makes a small scale sectional sofa set.

Let’s go over the measurements now…

  • A small scale sofa is generally 72″ or smaller.
  • To come up with a small scale chair, you would simply divide the measurements of a small scale sofa (72″) by 3 and then you have the size of a small scale chair, which is 24″ wide.

Or, let’s consider option number two…

  • A small scale loveseat is generally 63″ wide.
  • To come up with a small scale chair, you would simply divide the measurements of a small scale loveseat (63″) by 2 and then you have the size of a small scale chair, which is 31.5″ wide.

Add those numbers together and here is what you get…

  • 72 + 24 + 24 = 120″ wide
  • 63 + 31.5 + 31.5 = 126″ wide

Now you have a starting point for the scale of a small sectional sofa.

A starting point for a small scale sectional sofa set is 120 – 126″ wide.

As for the stopping point, you can simply add on an additional 24-31.5″. The stopping point is simply the size that you wouldn’t want to go past for risk of the sectional sofa being too large.

I took the liberty of adding 31.5″ to 126″ wide sectional sofa to come up with the stopping point of 157.5″ wide.

Having a stopping point gives you some leeway. By finding a sectional sofa that falls between 120 – 157″, you have room to work with in your small space. Remember to take measurements first because a 157″ sectional sofa may be perfect for one living area, but considered too large for another.

Also, a few simple guidelines on sectional sofa sizes to consider may help.

  • 120-130″ would be perfect for a small scale solution.
  • 145″ would be a nice mid-size range for small homes.
  • 157″ would be a great size if you can afford the space.

Now that we know the specific measurements for a small scale sectional sofa, how should you go about choosing one?

Choosing the Ideal Sectional Sofa Set

When looking to purchase a sectional sofa, it would be a wise decision to locate a home furnishing store or website that sells each piece individually or as a whole. That way, if a set is too large you could subtract a couple of pieces and if a desired set is too small, you could add an extra piece.
The ability to choose particular pieces allows you to mix and match, therefore, creating your own unique signature “look”.

One place you can find a nice selection is at Marketplace.Furniture-for-Small-Spaces.com. It will link you up to a nice variety of small scale sectional sofas that can be customized according to your space, style and needs.

To Sum Up

Measurements of small scale sectional sofas have been clearly defined. Sectional sofas in the range of 120-130″ wide would be ideal if you do not have the additional space. If space allows, you could increase the stopping point of the sectional sofa to 145″ or even 157″ wide.

Locate home furnishing establishments that allow you to purchase a sectional sofa as a whole or piece by piece. That way, if the sofa you desire is too large, you can knock off a few pieces to accommodate your small space.

In addition, if you wanted to be creative, you could mix and match different colors and patterns. This would lend a unique personal “stamp” to your home décor.

Having said all of that, remember that nothing is ever “carved in stone”. The bottom line and the deciding factor is what is best for you and is most conducive to your lifestyle and taste in home furnishings.

Tameka Norris has been living in small spaces since she was 10 years old. She now runs a website titled Furniture for Small Spaces [http://www.furniture-for-small-spaces.com] to help people who go through the same frustrating circumstance of trying to make big bulky furniture fit in places that barely offer enough room. She offers nifty tips and tactics, a Q & A section for people in need of answers, photos of her own small space trials, projects for the DIYer and recommendations on furniture choices.

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How to Wrap a Sofa-Bed for Moving and Storage With Moving Blankets

Wrapping a sofa bed for moving with moving blankets requires some skill and experience. Sofas, and especially sofa-beds, are bulky and heavy furniture. If you do not have experience, wrapping a sofa bed with moving blankets it is probably better left for professional household movers on the move day. On the other hand, a Quilted Sofa Cover can easily be used for moving a couch, and then reused to cover a sofa for long term storage, protection from dirt, dust, pet claws, fading from sun exposure, etc. Regular sofas normally do not present much of a challenge, because even though they are large – they are light-weight, but a large heavy sofa-bed might cause you trouble on the move day.

Before you attempt to move your sofa:

Before wrapping a sofabed (“hide-a-bed” couch) for moving, make sure that the sofa can fit through the doors and can be safely moved out and brought into your new home. Try to remember if the sofa bed was moved in as one piece or if it was assembled inside. Was there any remodeling done, that might have narrowed the hallway?

If you think that the sofa would not fit through the door, call the original store or sofa-bed manufacturer and see if they can come and disassemble it for you and then reassemble in the new place. This service might cost around $175.00 and it is well worth it.

Bear in mind that the blanket wrap will add an inch or two to the dimensions of your sofa and this can make a big difference. Sometimes it is better to just move the sofa out as is and then wrap it in the moving truck. Most of the time experienced movers can maneuver the sofa-bed out by skillfully rotating it around the corners and carrying it through doorways just at the right angle. But that is not always the case and forcing the sofa through a tight spot is the recipe for moving damage, which can be done to the sofa itself or to the walls and doors of your home.

Prepare sofa-bed for wrapping:

So how to wrap the sofa bed correctly as professional movers do?

First, inspect your sofa-bed. Some are constructed with solid padded sections under the fabric, in others the fabric is stretched over a hollow frame.

NOTE: if the sofa-bed with hollow frame is incorrectly laid on its back on a moving dolly, the frame may crack under the weight of the sofa-bed. Also, if you load anything heavy on or against one of these hollow sections – the fabric might deform permanently and this will damage the sofa.

Take cushions off the sofa. You want to make the sofa as light as possible, especially if you have to carry it up or down the stairs. Place the cushions in a wardrobe box or tie up together by a strap or rope facing each other.

To avoid wrinkling of the “Skirt” of a couch – lift the skirting and rubber band it loosely against the fabric. (NOTE: very tight rubber band or tape can leave an impression or dent in naugahyde and velvet finishes.)

Next, if this is a sofa bed – tie up the bed frame to the sofa frame. You can use any type of packing rope, moving strap, or make a tie up out of a packing tape.

Cover sofa with moving blankets.

Now it is time to start wrapping. It takes 4 moving blankets of regular size (72 x 80 inches) to cover a sofa bed.

Move the sofa away from the wall so you can walk around it. Place the first blanket to cover the front down to the floor (allow enough to go under the bottom) and just to fold over the back.

Place the second blanket to cover the back. Make sure to allow enough blanket to cover the bottom under the sofa and somewhat overlap over the front blanket.

Now place one blanket on each side, making sure it covers the sides and the back and front corners and has enough to go under the bottom. These moving blankets would overlap the front and back blankets. At this point your sofa should be completely covered in blankets.

To secure the moving blankets on the sofa you can use rubber bands or tape.

NOTE: If you are wrapping sofa in the moving truck or it is possible to just roll it out on a moving dolly – rubber bands would suffice. But if you are planning to maneuver the sofa-bed through the doorway or move the couch down the stairs, you have to use packing tape. Rubber bands do not provide sufficient hold and blankets can slip off the sofa. Mover would have no “grip” on the sofa to carry it.

Securing moving blankets on the Sofa.

Start taping the blankets on sofa in the middle (vertical), somewhere half the total height of the sofa and then go along the seating area from side to side. Starting just under the armrests and going along the frame right under the seat from one side to the other. Make sure to tuck and fold loose corners of the blanket neatly around the corners of the sofa and catch them with tape, so they cover the sofa sides and corners properly and do not hang loose. This will hold all four blankets in position. Go around over the same layer of tape at least 4 -5 times. This will provide strong support for carrying the sofa.

Next, roll the tape around the armrests to secure side blankets in place then, go along the back of sofa. At this point you should have the blankets secured the long way.

Now stand the sofa up on its side and wrap across in at least three sections: right over the armrests, and in the middle. For very long sofas make two midsection bands to catch the edges of the side blankets. Fold the excess of the moving blankets over the bottom. (There is no need to cover the whole bottom, unless you want to, but it is important to cover the corners.) Remove the legs, if removable. If legs cannot be removed – wrap and tape the moving blanket around the legs of the sofa-bed. Flip the sofa and do the same for the other side.

Now your sofa-bed is wrapped and ready to go.

How to wrap a sofa bed using a sofa cover.

If wrapping sofa bed with moving blankets sounds like a lot of work – get a quilted sofa cover. Quilted sofa covers are made out of the same premium quilted moving blanket material and have three tie ups at the bottom.

The whole process becomes very simple: cover the sofa with a sofa cover, stand it up on its side, or lay on the back and tie the tie ups together.

Tips:

1 – if you have a light colored upholstered sofa – place a plastic sofa cover first before wrapping with moving blankets.

2 – to make a tie out of a packing tape – unroll as much tape as you can with your arms stretched. Then fold it sticky surface in. Squeeze the tape so it sticks to itself – now you can tie up your sofa bed frame securely.

3 – if you have a leather sofa – use cardboard corners to protect the edges and corners of the sofa.

4 – Do not put sofa on blankets, put moving blankets on sofa! You might have seen recommendation to put blankets on the floor first and then put sofa on top of the blanket to wrap it. Doing it this way is very inefficient, labor intensive and time consuming. (Time is money, especially when you hire movers. And in this case what is good for mover is not necessarily good for you). This method requires additional floor space to lay down blankets, while the sofa is still occupying its own space. Then you need a helper to put the sofa on the blanket and to keep the falling ends of the blanket up when you try to tape them. And last, but not least the sofa bed legs (if not removed) will create holes and destroy the blanket when the sofa is pushed around in the moving truck.

For detailed instructions on how to wrap a sofa bed for moving with moving blankets, or if you need to get moving supplies, go to http://www.MoversSupplies.com.

If Wrapping sofa bed with moving blankets sounds like a lot of work – get a quilted sofa cover.

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Modern Furniture

The term ‘modern furniture’ is actually pretty confusing. There have been gradual changes in furniture patterns since the World War II, and in the last few decades there has been a snowballing transition in furniture styles. Recent furniture patterns are different than those of just a few years ago. Modern furniture today uses a wide array of unconventional materials like vinyl, tubular aluminum alloys, cane and jute. Not just the construction materials, but also their styles, have undergone a sea change. Modern furniture has greater unconventional designs than their predecessors – the sharp straight look is gone; curves and abstract lines are in.

Furniture in homes today is considered a representation of the owners’ identities. Every family wants a unique style of furniture, and they don’t mind the cost. People are willing to go to any lengths to make their furniture different from ‘the Joneses’. The age of looking at catalogs and ordering furniture is gone. People today want furniture makers to conceptualize new styles for them. The more different the style from the norm, the more chance it has to be approved. Colors, patterns, curves and even utility have undergone an immense change.

Furniture designing has become as important as fashion designing or building architecture. Several furniture architects have gained wide repute. A few among them are Herman Miller, Florence Bassett, Hans Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames. They are pioneers in various new designs of furniture, which include modular sofas and highly abstract lamps.

One striking aspect is that several features that were considered landmarks of old style furniture have simply been chucked out of the window. Wood is out; vinyl is in. There are no more dark contours with musty wooden smells; they have been replaced by bright colors with patterns as varied as butterflies, flowers and even religious motifs and abstract shapes. Browns and blacks are no longer to be seen as abundantly as turquoises, tangerines, crimsons and chartreuses. Similarly, wrought iron is no longer used. It has been replaced by tubular alloys of aluminum and steel. This transition is mainly due to new furniture-manufacturing technologies of the past decades. Machine-made furniture molds can easily craft any shape of furniture that may be desired.

Needless to say, furniture today is priced more for its design than for its make. There is a lot less handwork in the furniture and more machine work. This makes manufacturing costs lower, as furniture parts can be manufactured on an assembly line. However, the design is all that adds to the cost.

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England Furniture Fabric – Handsome Java

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Handsome Java is but one of the many fabric choices that you have with England Furniture.  When choosing England you get to pick from over 500 fabrics and leather options.  What combination will  you create today?

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Details
  • SKU: HANDSOME JAVA
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Velvet
  • Grade: D
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: SW
  • Direction: Non-Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 11
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Shockley Sofa in Handsome Java

England Furniture Fabric – Munchkin Cranapple

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Munchkin Cranapple Fabric is one of over 500 Fabric options available with England Furniture.  What piece would you put it on?

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Details
  • SKU: MUNCHKIN CRANAPPLE
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Non-Chenille Plain
  • Grade: C
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England
  • Status: New

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Shown: Eliza Sofa in Munchkin Cranapple

England Furniture Fabric – Leno Red

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With over 500 fabric and leather choices, England Furniture has something for every design.  Leno Red is one that will match almost every design and lend a touch of elegance.  Take a look at some of our other fabrics as well!

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 63% Acrylic, 28% Polyester, 9% Olefin
Details
  • SKU: LENO RED
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Ditsy
  • Grade: I
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: S
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Savona Full Sleep in Leno Red

England Furniture Fabric – Milan Seaglass

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Milan Seaglass is one of England Furniture’s 500+ fabric options available on sofas, chairs, loveseats, and more.  Take a look!

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 64% Polypropylene, 36% Polyester
Details
  • SKU: MILAN SEAGLASS
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Non-Chenille Plain
  • Grade: F
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: SW
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England
  • Status: New

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Shown: Swain Full Sleeper in Milan Seaglass

England Furniture Fabric – Pearson Indigo

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With it’s rich blue, Pearson Indigo may be a great choice for almost any design concept.  One of over 500 England Furniture fabrics available!

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Details
  • SKU: PEARSON INDIGO
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Chenille Plain
  • Grade: D
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: S
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Whitney Sofa in Pearson Indigo

England Furniture Fabric – Churchill Aloe

 

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Churchill Aloe is one of over 500 fabric choices available from England Furniture!

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester

Details
  • SKU: CHURCHILL ALOE
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Herringbone
  • Grade: F
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: W
  • Repeat Width: 1.6″
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Seabury Full Sleeper in Churchill Aloe

 

England Furniture Fabric – Savant Antique

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Savant Antique is one of England Furniture’s 500+ fabric options available on sofas, chairs, loveseats, and more.  Take a look!

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Details
  • SKU: SAVANT ANTIQUE
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Ditsy
  • Grade: H
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: S
  • Repeat Height: 0.75″
  • Repeat Width: 1.75″
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Walters Sofa in Savant Antique

England Furniture Fabric – Crocodile Brown

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Crocodile brown is one of over 500 fabric choices available from England Furniture!

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Fiber Content: 85% Polyurethane, 15% Rayon
Details
  • SKU: CROCODILE BROWN
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Embossed Suede
  • Grade: F
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: W
  • Repeat Height: 8″
  • Repeat Width: 10″
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 14
  • Brand: England
  • Status: New

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Shown: Melbourne Sofa in Crocodile Brown

England Furniture Fabric – Collindale Chianti

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With it’s rich red, Collindale Chianti may be a great choice for almost any design concept.  One of over 500 England Furniture fabrics available!

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 57% Acrylic, 43% Polyester
Details
  • SKU: COLLINDALE CHIANTI
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Chenille Plain
  • Grade: G
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: W
  • Direction: Non-Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Sigmond Sofa in Collindale Chianti

England Furniture Fabric – Perdue Putty

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With Perdue Putty you get a more subtle herringbone effect, along with a lovely color.  England has over 500 fabric and leather choices available on our sofas, chairs and more.

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Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Details
  • SKU: PERDUE PUTTY
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Herringbone
  • Grade: D
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: SW
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England
  • Status: New/li>

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Shown: Savona Sofa in Perdue Putty

England Furniture Fabric – Kobe Cognac

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With Kobe Cognac, you get the best of both worlds.  Fabric, but also long lasting leather pieces as well.  Kobe Cognac is but one of the 500+ fabric choices available through England Furniture.  Take a look!

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Disclaimer

Triple layer performance fabric: Polyester suede fabric with polyurethane face & bonded backing including leather chips. NOT TO BE REPRESENTED AS AN ALL LEATHER PRODUCT.

Fiber Content: 80% Polyurethane, 20% Leather
Details
  • SKU: KOBE COGNAC
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Bonded Leather
  • Grade: K
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: SW
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 13
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Margie Sofa in Kobe Cognac

England Furniture Fabric – Duke Cayenne

 

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Duke Cayenne is but one of the many fabric choices that you have with England Furniture.  When choosing England you get to pick from over 500 fabrics and leather options.  What combination will  you create today?

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Details
  • SKU: DUKE CAYENNE
  • Fabric Width: Fabric Width
  • Cover Type: Knitted Velvet
  • Grade: C
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: W
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 11
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Shockly Sofa in Duke Cayenne

The England Furniture Spring 2014 Sweepstakes is on!

Our Spring Sweepstakes is now over. Thanks to everyone who participated, and be sure to keep an eye out for the winner announcement and next sweepstakes!

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England Furniture Fabric – Leno Lapis

England Furniture Leno Lapis

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Disclaimer

Due to characteristics of this fabric, natural variations including shading may occur. These variations should not be considered flaws.

Fiber Content: 63% Acrylic, 28% Polyester, 9% Olefin
Details
  • SKU: LENO LAPIS
  • Cover Type: Ditsy
  • Grade: I
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: S
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England

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Shown: Abbie Sectional with a Bentley Collection England Furniture Rug

England Furniture Fabric – Fortress Seal

England Furniture Fortress Seal

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Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
Details
  • SKU: FORTRESS SEAL
  • Cover Type: Solid Chenille
  • Grade: C
  • Wearability: M/H
  • Cleaning Code: W
  • Direction: Railroad
  • Fabric Cutting Code: 1
  • Brand: England
  • Status: New

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Shown: Jeremie Sectional in Fortress Seal

The Quality of England Furniture

Are you interested in learning more about the quality of the furniture that England Furniture produces?  Take a look at the England Furniture Quality website!

Some of the things you will see on the Quality website include:

  • Details about the rigorous tests that England Furniture puts the fabrics and upholstery through
  • The Coil Enhanced Cushion available only on our furniture
  • “The Olenator”
  • And much more!