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The Best Compact Two-seater Sofas

Any search for a loveseat nowadays is likely to be less than fruitful – rather than the traditional S-shaped set-up, where couples faced one another, you are likely to find a compact sofa. Not that we’re complaining – we love a two-seater! In this spirit, we’ve picked out our five favourite cosy compact sofas – whether you call them a ‘cuddler’ or a ‘snuggle chair’ (we’re looking at you, Very.co.uk!) you’ll find they all serve the same purpose of positioning you next to your beloved!

Doodler Snuggler by Loaf at John Lewis, Clever Velvet Belize

Doodler Snuggler in Clever Velvet Belize – £1,199 by Loaf at John Lewis

We forgot to mention the ‘snuggler’ – another word for a cosy seating arrangement! John Lewis’s doodler sofa has plump cushions filled with feathers, rounded arms and relaxed pleats. It’s available in a wide range of shades, but we’ve opted for the Clever Velvet Belize. We appreciate velvet as much as the next person, but we’re not sure it’ll solve your Sudoku puzzles for you. With weathered oak feet, a solid timber frame and a ten-year guarantee, who cares?

Scarpa Fabric Cuddle Chair

Scarpa Fabric Cuddle Chair – £449 (was £549), Very.co.uk

Very’s opulent loveseat (sorry! ‘Cuddle chair’!) has been covered in a crushed velvet-style fabric with a mottled surface that looks amazing when the light hits it. It has removable, fibre-topped seats with foam filled cushions. The sofa’s back cushions are reversible – so it’s every bit as practical as it is stylish – and the sofa itself has scrolled arms and solid timber bun feet finished in glossy black. Two contrasting scatter cushions complete the look.

Chester Red Textured Compact Sofa with Oak Stained Feet

Chester Red Textured Compact Sofa with Oak Stained Feet – £895, Habitat

Habitat’s Chester compact sofa is also available in an extensive range of colours and fabrics – everything from wool to leather and tweed, in every shade from yellow to charcoal. Designed by Matthre Hilron for Habitat, the fully-upholstered sofa has a durable and removable cover as well as a streamlined profile, and fibre seat cushion. The legs are available in an oak stained finish, as well as in the dark stained version pictured here.

Zurich 2 Seater Loveseat Sofa by Langley Street

Zurich 2 Seater Loveseat Sofa – £629.99 (was £971.99), Langley Street

We love the striking retro styling of this Zurich loveseat sofa from Langley Street. It has a shell-like back and a slim profile, with rounded shoulders as well as a lined backrest. The epitome of modern retro style, it has eco-friendly rubberwood legs that elegantly angle outwards from the base of the sofa. It’s been reduced substantially from its original price tag, with over £300 off, so there’s never been a better time to buy this beauty!

Ariana 2 Seat Sofa in Ochre Velvet

Ariana 2 Seat Sofa, Ochre Velvet – £699, Made.com

Finally, we present yet another quality sofa from the skilled team at Made. com. The Ariana sofa has deep and plump seat cushions that are filled with a soft padding – perfect to relax into. The design itself oozes class, with turned wooden legs and a dimpled, upholstered back. It’s also available in Chic Grey, Graphite Grey and Sapphire Velvet (as well as in a three-seater version or in a matching armchair).

Smart Screens: The Best Room Dividers

As our cities get larger, space is at a premium and more and more people are sharing smaller and smaller living spaces…so there’s never been a better time for the room divider to make a comeback! A great way to break a room up into two smaller ones and create a bit of privacy when sharing a space, they can actually be stylish pieces of furniture in their own right – as we demonstrate today, by sharing our five favourite currently-available room dividers.

Tom Raffield Gwelsen Screen

Gwelsen Solid Oak Screen – £1,695, Tom Raffield

We start with a stunning handmade designer piece, produced by Tom Raffield in his Cornish woodland workshop. The Gwelsen screen consists of steam-bent, twisted strips of wood which, together, create a complex arrangement of vertical opposing spirals which provides glimpses of the other side of the room. A matt finish is created by a blend of natural oils, and this piece has been created with sustainable materials using ecologically-sound practices.
Arthouse Cottage Garden Room Divider Screen

Cottage Garden Room Divider Screen – £89.99, Arthouse

Add a light, airy and ethereal touch to your living space and bring a bit of the outdoors inside with this Cottage Garden room divider by Arthouse. Butterflies, flowers and foliage cover the four hinged sections of this piece, which can be extended or compressed as you like (to a maximum width of 160cm). It’s part of a series of room dividers by Arthouse, which include prints of exotic birds, ornate patterns and even bare brickwork!

Pearl White Room Divider Bookcase

Pearl White Room Divider Bookcase – £149.99, Danish Pine

If you expect a bit more functionality from your screen, then this white room divider bookcase from Danish Pine might be the one for you. A basic but striking structure with a scratch-resistant Pearl White melamine finish, it provides the perfect space for you to store books or ornaments. If you like the shape but not the colour then it’s also available in Sonama Pine – a wood-effect melamine.

Karalis Room Dividers

Karalis Room Divider – £57 (per panel), B&Q

In the old days, those seeking to divide rooms would just hammer MDF everywhere and hope for the best. Now, a super-stylish semi-permanent room divide can be easily created thanks to this Karalis room divider. It’s supplied in single panels in unfinished (ready-to-paint) condition, each of which has an adjustable height (up to 245cm high) with adjustable feet and four non-slip pads. Simply add more panels to create the perfect living space.

27.2cm x 27.2cm Stixx Room Divider Set by Koziol

Stixx Room Divider Set – £19.99 (was £24.98), Koziol

If you want even more flexibility than long panels provide, Stixx, a modular partition, could be the answer. Designed by Frenchman René Barba to create flexible and airy interior spaces, the system consists of individual modules that are arrange to create a diamond-cut, light-reflecting look. Each pack consists of four pieces and hook connectors to join them all together. It doesn’t create perfect privacy, but would be great in an office space.

Best of the Vintage-style Sideboards

They fell out of vogue for quite some time, but the trend for vintage designs brought back sideboards with it and besides…they’re just so useful, aren’t they? Our five favourite vintage-style sideboards prove that this versatile piece of furniture deserves a place in your living room!Twiggy Orange and White '60s Style 4-door Sideboard

Twiggy Orange and White ’60s Style 4-door Sideboard – £250.50, Maisons du Monde

We start with an instant mood-lifter: the Twiggy white and orange four-door sideboard from Maisons du Monde. With its cubic form, relief patterns and rounded edges, it simply screams retro ’60s style and will add cheer to your everyday life with its pop art stylings and bright colour scheme. It’ll fit right into any Swinging London boutique…or indeed your living room! As functional as it is striking, it houses eight useful compartments in its 114 by 111cm frame.

West Elm Mid-Century Small Sideboard

Mid-Century Small Sideboard – £660, West Elm

With a rather more sober take on retro style, but no less deserving of attention, West Elm’s mid-century small sideboard draws its inspiration from timeless Scandinavian designs of the ’50s and ’60s. This can most clearly be seen in its silhouette, with its slim legs and bevelled edges. It may have a streamlined shape, but it has plenty of space, with three drawers and a cabinet with a single door. It’s finished with handles in an antique bronze finish.

Carraway 3-Door Sideboard

Carraway 3-Door Sideboard – £679 (was £849), M&S

This isn’t just any vintage-style sideboard…it’s an M&S art deco-style sideboard! We absolutely love the Carraway range, which includes an equally glamorous drinks cabinet. Both are in the sale, so there’s never been a better time to add them to your collection. The fold-out doors on this sideboard have been spray-lacquered in a light grey colour, then etched with an Art Deco pattern, whereas the legs are made from dark-stained timber.

Passion for Retro 2 Door Sideboard by Mia Casa

Passion for Retro Two-door Sideboard – £341.02, Mia Casa

This Passion for Retro ’60s-style two-door sideboard really doesn’t try to hide its influences – and isn’t it fabulous? Another flashback to the ’60s, with its white, turquoise and wood colour scheme, it features sliding doors and enclosed storage. Expertly crafted from wood that’s been oven-dried to reduce the risk of cracking in the joints, this is a quality piece that will add elegance and interest to your interior decor.

Monty Retro Large Sideboard

Monty Retro Large Sideboard – £159, Very.co.uk

Another piece influenced by Midcentury pieces, this large ’50s-style Monty sideboard from Very is part of a range that includes a TV unit as well as lamp and coffee tables. At just £159, it’s an affordable way to inject some vintage style into your surroundings, with its contrasting walnut-effect finish and contrasting white drawers and its distinctive tapered legs. Both cupboards contain removable and adjustable shelves for maximum flexibility.

Five Fabulous Rattan Chairs

Rattan chairs have come a long way since their ’70s heyday. You’re far less likely to see them in an interior now – they tend to find their homes in gardens or conservatories these days (the ’70s ‘lean to’ wasn’t really made for them!) Here, we’ve picked out our five favourite currently-available rattan chairs.

Wilko Garden Snuggle Egg Chair Rattan Effect

Rattan Effect Garden Snuggle Egg Chair Rattan Effect – £275, Wilko Garden

Wilko Garden’s rattan-effect chair is a generously-sized piece of furniture that comes complete with its own cushions – a seat cushion, back cushion and two smaller-sized ones for comfort. It’s been constructed with a charcoal-coloured, powder-coated steel frame and will add a stylish but supremely comfortable touch to your patio, balcony or garden. A cover (especially designed to fit this chair) is also available.

Rattan Deck Chair by SIT Möbel

Rattan Deck Chair – £131.99, SIT Möbel

We love the fresh and bright blue colour of SIT Möbel’s rattan deck chair. This Indonesian-made chair is the real thing (rattan, that is – no ‘rattan effect’ here!) and is in a sling style – be careful or you might lose yourself in this one! This cheerful chair is also available in Apple Green or Red, as well as in this Bright Blue shown –  but it’s proving popular, so act now if you want to add this beauty to your home or garden.

Retreat Rattan Egg Hanging Chair

Retreat Rattan Egg Hanging Chair – £379.99, Retreat

Reminiscent of late ’60s or ’70s swing chairs, this Retreat rattan hanging chair is, all the same, unmistakably contemporary. The egg shape is definitely a nod to the past, as is the sturdy, powder-coated frame, but the irregular black finish of the rattan is definitely of the moment This chair comes complete with a thick cushion – all you need now is a comfortable patio and an empty afternoon!

Outsunny Rattan Middle Chair with Cushion and Pillow

Rattan Middle Chair with Cushion and Pillow – £88.99, Outsunny

The Outsunny rattan middle chair would be a comfortable but rather smart addition to any patio, garden or conservatory. Made from water-resistant faux rattan in black, it has a steel frame and comes complete with two elegant yet soft cream cotton cushions. Although it works beautifully on its own, the chair is designed to fit neatly alongside other pieces in the same range.

Kettler Pod Chair in Rattan

Pod Chair in Rattan – £279.99, Kettler

It might seem to bear absolutely no relation to rattan chairs you have seen before, but this stand-out piece is the Kettler pod chair. The chair is actually made from a high quality, hand-woven wicker, to ensure its strength and sustainability, in addition to making it weatherproof – no maintenance required here! Your chair will arrive fully assembled and complete with cushions – so all you need to do is sit (or lie) back and…relax.