Sit back and re-watch your favourite episodes of the show from the comfort of a stylish Grand Designs sofa
Made in the UK, all the pieces of furniture in the Grand Designs sofa collection at DFS are made with eco-friendly materials. The choice of three upholstery and cushion fabrics are made from recycled polyester yarns, and the back and scatter cushions filled with 100% recycled polyfibres, made from plastic bottles. The seat cushions’ filling is called Quallofil Blue, a polyester made with 50% recycled plastic from Plastic Bank. While the frames are composed of FSC-certified timber, there’s a free 15-year guarantee on the sofa frames and frame springs.
Take a look at the distinctive characters of the different styles on offer and discover how they can enhance your space.
Designs for every scheme
Choose from eight fabric colours for the Tenby sofa
The Tenby is a contemporary design with a deep seat and low, straight arms. It can be configured to create a left or right-hand facing corner arrangement or bought as a standard sofa, with a range of sizes available.
Great for: A big, open-plan living space. Its clean lines and boxy shape make it ideal for a contemporary scheme.
Style with: This sofa looks great with a big Jute or Seagrass rug, a minimalist metal-framed coffee table or the matching footstool from the collection.
With its low arms and button-back detail, the Kent sofa is both smart and a comfy place to lay back and relax. It stands on feet, made from solid timber with a raw finish.
Great for: Traditional and modern schemes, the Kent’s neat proportions also make it suitable for both big and smaller rooms. Pair up two matching sofas to create an intimate seating area in front of a fireplace or the TV.
Style with: Scatter cushions with a graphic pattern or bold colour, and add a fine wool throw for cosy elegance.
The Kent sofa’s arms are removable, for ease of delivery
Edinburgh has a touch of mid-century modern styling about it. Its splayed arms and wooden feet combine to give this design a more traditional look.
Great for: Creating a modern vintage look in a period home, the Edinburgh Grand is a three-seater with plump seat cushions that works well in a spacious room.
Style with: A wooden coffee table or a design with a glass top and metal frame. Team with a deep-pile wool rug for an extra touch of luxury.
The three-seater Edinburgh Grand sofa is a generous 270cm wide.
The three-seater Farnham Grand sofa is a statement piece of furniture, measuring 314cm wide.
A contemporary design, the Farnham has a low back with loose cushions and comes in a number of corner configurations, as a standard sofa in several sizes, and an armchair.
Great for: Bring a relaxed look to the living area with a generously-sized corner sofa or choose a more compact sofa for a big bedroom or open-plan kitchen with seating area.
Style with: A set of pale wood side tables and a textured rug.
Grand Designs scatter cushions are available as optional extras.
The upright Padstowe armchair is perfect for those who want some back support. At 95cm tall, it has a seat height of 49cm, for great comfort with elegant styling.
Great for: Create a cosy reading nook in the corner of a living room by teaming up two Padstowe chairs by a round side table. Or place by a picture window and enjoy the view outside.
Style with: A big scatter cushion for extra back support, a rustic side table and a big mug of tea.
Ben Frost, Furniture Designer at DFS, explains the ethos behind the Grand Designs collection.
What was the inspiration behind the range?
‘It pays homage to English heritage, which is reflected in the names of the furniture; Kent, Edinburgh, Tenby and Farnham, as well as the accent chair, Padstowe, with its coastal charm.’
What considerations have been made to source sustainable elements?
‘All the components have been chosen to reduce the impact on the environment. Despite using plastic, the fabrics are just as soft as other manmade upholstery products, nor do they compromise the luxury look and feel.’
Where are the fabric suppliers based?
‘The Grand Designs chenille fabric is produced by one of DFS's trusted suppliers in Belgium, while the weave and velvet fabrics are from a supplier partner in Turkey.’
Are the fabric dyes sustainable?
‘All of the substances in the manufacturing process for the range, including the fabric dyes, are made using OEKO-TEX approved products. OEKO-TEX is an organisation comprising 18 independent test and research institutes, which offers a portfolio of certificates and product labels to verify products which are safe, environmentally friendly, and which have been manufactured in a socially responsible way.’
How can I dispose of my old sofa?
In partnership with Clearabee, DFS have launched a convenient, 'Sofa Rescue' scheme where your old sofa can be collected from your home to be recycled. Responsible disposal will always beat the dreaded trip to the tip, both environmentally and in terms of convenience. This option saves you time and energy, not only to transport the furniture, but also filling out household wasted declaration forms (HWDFs).
The goal is to reduce the number of sofas ending up in landfill, and the service now operates across the whole DFS group. Last year approximately 50,000 sofas were collected across the UK, and the company is confident they will beat that total for 2021.