Upholstery Buying Guide

Many of our sofas and chairs, both fabric and leather, recline for ultimate relaxation. You can have recliner actions at either end of a sofa as long as there is an arm.

Some recliners are manual, operated by a handle or catch just below the arm. Others have electric recliner controls, where you can adjust your position with your fingertip.


Your sofa buying checklist

Before you order, please make sure your chosen sofa will fit your room and can be manoeuvered into your house. Some of our larger items come apart for delivery, so ask us for help if you’re worried. Once your furniture is in production, we can’t accept your cancellation without a charge.

Visit our store to see all our ranges, test them for comfort, try some recliners and ask for more information on your favourites.

While everything comes with a standard manufacturers guarantee which vary from one year to five years, it’s worth asking about Staingard Fabric Care too. Our excellent cover plan will protect your new furniture from accidental damage including spills, stains, tears and scratches. It’s well worth the extra cost to relax and enjoy your new furniture, worry-free.

  1. Measure carefully!
  2. Try before you buy
  3. Protect your investment


Upholstery Care

With a little care and attention, your beautiful new upholstery will be attracting admiring glances for many years to come. Here’s how to keep it looking as good as new.

On Delivery

Before your furniture is delivered, please clear enough space for our delivery team to manoeuver it safely into your room.

Once you have accepted your furniture and all the packaging has been removed, take a few minutes to inspect it. Make sure you are completely satisfied before the delivery team leaves.

If you have wooden floors, use a protective felt on the feet of your new furniture to prevent scratching.

If your new sofa or chair has a recliner mechanism, always leave enough room for it to work. Don’t worry if it seems stiff at first, it will loosen over time.

Leather furniture may appear flat and creased when removed from packaging. Use the palms of your hands to smooth the cushions and leather; once air begins to circulate, they will fall into their original shape.

Day to Day Care

Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions and use the products they recommend.

Try to plump and turn cushions daily. Some cushions lose their volume naturally over time. Daily plumping will help them last longer.

Remove dust weekly with your vacuum’s upholstery or drape attachment. Try to avoid brushing fabric covers, as that can damage the pile.

Have fixed cover fabric suites professionally cleaned at least once a year.

Make sure all covers on loose cover suites are cleaned at the same time to prevent colour variations.

If you spill something on your upholstery, blot up the excess immediately. Try to avoid detergents, which may damage the fabric. If you have purchased Premier Care, contact them as soon as you can.

If you have any doubts about how to care for your furniture and can’t find instructions from the manufacturer, please call our store for help.

Making It Last

Try to keep your furniture away from direct heat or air conditioning.

Light affects the colour of fabrics and leather; avoid overexposure to sunlight if you don’t want your furniture to fade.

Open and close recliner mechanisms with care and never force them.

To keep leather sofas looking new, regularly wipe them with a slightly damp cotton cloth and a mild soap.

Try not to leave newspapers lying on your suite; ink can stain the cover.

If you’ve got a light coloured suite, in particular pale leather, be aware that colour from denim jeans or non-colour-fast dark clothing can transfer to your furniture and cause discolouration.

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