Sofa guide

How to choose the perfect sofa

All our sofas are handmade in Europe and tailored to your wishes in a timeless and durable quality – and a 10-year guarantee. All the wood we use is FSC®-certified, our leather upholstery is 100% traceable and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® certified and all our upholstery fabrics are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified. So all you have to worry about is enjoying your sofa.

And which size, which design, which model and which colour should you choose? It isn't always straightforward, so we've created a sofa guide that'll help you tailor-make your perfect sofa.

Sofa guide step-by-step

We'll guide you through the many options and decisions in 7 steps, which will help inform you about which sofa to buy. Each step covers the most common questions and considerations, from size and design to colour and upholstery fabric.

The size is the first thing to consider – how many seats and how much space do you need? Also think about how many people will usually be sitting together and whether you mostly sit or lie down on the sofa. If you have a lot of space, it's good if the sofa only takes up a small part of the room, so a corner or modular sofa will often be best. In a smaller living room, a classic 2- or 3-seater sofa will typically be more suitable. If you live in compact space,  a sofa bed can free up some room.

    • 2-seater Sofa

      A 2-seater sofa is a classic and stylish choice that doesn't require much space. A 2-seater sofa can work alone or as part of a furniture set-up where there needs to be enough space for both armchairs and a sofa.

    • 3-seater Sofa

      A 3-seater sofa takes up slightly more room, but on the other hand creates much more space for guests and evenings with the family. A 3-seater sofa is ideal for a home where the sofa shouldn't take up too much space visually, but should still provide ample seating space. It can also be combined with an armchair or a 2-seater sofa.

    • Modular sofa

      The most important feature of a modular sofa is its flexibility, as it can be assembled exactly as you like. You can remove or add more modules any time if your needs change. A modular sofa is the perfect choice if you have plenty of space and dream of the ultimate lounge-style sofa.

    • Corner sofa

      If you've got enough floor space and want a large sofa with room for the whole family, a corner sofa is the ideal choice for you. The corner sofa is good for rooms where many people gather, creating a beautiful setting for conversation and cosy times.

    • Chaise longue Sofa

      The popular combination of relaxation and great comfort. A sofa with chaise longue doesn't necessarily take up much space in the room, but it still gives you all the benefits of a large corner sofa.

    • Open-end Sofa

      An open-end sofa only has armrests on one side, which adds an airy feeling to the interior space and makes the design look sophisticated. An open-end sofa works well in smaller homes or if you want to create an exclusive look in your interior design.

    • Sofa bed

      In a studio apartment, teenage or guest room, the sofa bed is the perfect sofa. During the day, it looks like a beautiful, ordinary sofa, but with one simple movement it is transformed into a full-length sleeping space with exactly the same comfort as a bed.

    • Daybed

      A daybed is a discreet yet luxurious sofa, which is suitable for smaller homes that don't have space for massive statements or large homes where it can be used as an extra element in your sofa set-up. A daybed also makes a beautiful addition to the entrance hall.

    Once you've chosen the size of your sofa and which model is best suited to your needs, you'll need to consider the design of your sofa. Are you into inviting shapes with generously proportioned surfaces, or do you prefer simple sofas with timeless qualities in a clean and stylish design?

    As its name suggests, a classic sofa is classic. Clean lines and loose cushions in Scandinavian design and a sofa with a timeless quality. Click on the arrow to see the many classics that are among our most popular sofas; Veneda, Caro, Elton, Scandinavia, North and many more.

    • Modular sofas

      The modular sofa is characterised by wide surfaces and a deep seating depth and with several modules that can be combined in different ways. The great flexibility of a modular sofa enables it to grow with you and your family as new needs arise. Our many modular sofas include Malin, Cosima, Noora and Jerome.

    • Cosima Modular Sofa

      Soft, inviting and flexible. Does that sound like the right sofa for you? The German design duo kaschkasch have created the Cosima modular sofa based on two principles: Soft comfort (you should want to throw yourself onto it) and the possibility to combine a few modules in many ways. Cosima’s modules are available in two depths and can stand alone or be combined independently in a variety of ways. Filled with soft down and feather filling, which is sewn in channels to give superior durability and ensure it retains its iconic shape.

    • Noora Modular Sofa

      The elegant design of the Noora sofa series gives you a modular sofa that combines excellent craftsmanship with aesthetics and comfort. A sofa with a simple look and fine, handmade details that enhance the luxurious design. A sofa made to last.

    • Malin Modular Sofa

      Malin is a series of beautiful modular sofas offering great comfort, created by the Danish design duo Says Who. Removable covers that can be cleaned or replaced as needed means Malin is designed to last for generations. Customise your Malin to suit your aesthetics and interior design by choosing one of the two cushion options – do you prefer a clean and simple look or more of a luxurious lounge atmosphere?

    • Orlando Outdoor

      Orlando Outdoor is designed by Glismand & Rüdiger with the purpose of creating a sofa designed for outdoor use, without compromising on either the comfort or aesthetics.

    • Caisa Modular Sofa

      Caisa is a modular sofa with a refined and elegant look. The simple silhouette and unique details of the design have references to the very essence of Scandinavian design. The minimalist look is reinforced by elegant legs that create a luxurious weightlessness for the voluptuous modules. The armrests are available in two depths, which divide the sofa into different sections and seating areas, and this flexibility and spaciousness make the modular sofa ideal for any home, office, hotel or lobby.

    • Jerome Modular Sofa

      Jerome is a modular sofa with a classic yet contemporary expression. The various modules can be combined to suit your needs and can easily be separated if new needs should arise. Its extra seat depth and soft padding give the sofa an elegant and comfortable design, which possesses clear references to clean, architectural lines. The modular sofa is also available with accompanying wooden trays and can be put together as a beautiful 3-seater sofa or with an extra large chaise longue if more space is needed.

    • Cosy Modular Sofa

      The Cosy modular sofa fuses voluminous and simple elements with good quality. The skilled craftsmanship details can be seen in the solid wood base and in the fabric frame, where the stitching is deliberately visible to create an exclusive look. The slender legs are supported by a steel frame, making Cosy light, but still robust. The result is an exclusive sofa with a classic look.

    • Orlando Modular Sofa

      The Orlando modular sofa combines simple design and functionality with a delightful lounge ambience. The ORLANDO sofa consists of various modules which, thanks to a solid 'click' system makes it easy to put together the combination that best suits your living space. Also, the depth of the seating units means the Orlando is ideal for overnight guests. The ORLANDO is handmade Danish design which, with its 5-year guarantee against it changing its shape, gives it a long lifespan. Kick off your shoes, put your feet up and enjoy the ORLANDO backrest in soft cushions.

    • Angle Modular Sofa

      Angle is a modular sofa consisting of six different building blocks that can be combined in shapes and colours – with a surprising and eye-catching result. With its characteristic, asymmetrical and quirky lines and soft, organic expression, Angle adapts perfectly to both small and large spaces. Made with beautiful stitching that emphasises skilled, precise craftsmanship.

    • Classic sofas

      Explore our classic sofas, which are all the essence of Scandinavian aesthetics. Clean lines and excellent comfort with a timeless look. Click on the arrow to see the many classics that are among our most popular sofas; Scandinavia, Elton, North, Sepia and many more.

    • Scandinavia Sofa

      The Scandinavia series is a beloved classic designed by Glismand & Rüdiger. Designed with removable upholstery that gives you the freedom to adjust your aesthetic and functional needs over time, as well as significantly extending your sofa's lifetime. A sofa in a classic, timeless quality that can be passed down through generations.

    • Elton Sofa

      Elton, designed by Glismand & Rüdiger, is a beautiful and timeless sofa, which echoes Scandinavian design. With its clean silhouette, surrounded by the handcrafted wooden frame and soft cushions, Elton rises above the ground, allowing every tailored component and crafted detail to be visibly exposed in its honest and clean form – and every single component is replaceable as the years go by. An elegant series with clean lines, strong craftsmanship details and well-thought-out functions.

    • Veneda Sofa series

      Veneda is a beautiful and timeless series of sofas and pouffes, with fully removable covers. The luxurious combination of down and foam filling is incredibly soft and inviting, while the design features a simple expression that is inspired by modern English design and is not constrained by fleeting fads and trends.

    • Scandinavia Remix Sofa

      Scandinavia Remix is a respectful reinterpretation of the design classic, Scandinavia. An elegant and timeless sofa with sleek arms and legs, which will complement any home for years to come. Choose your own colour and let your sofa match the rest of your living room.

    • North sofa

      North is the epitome of stylish and timeless Scandinavian design. The cushions have soft feather and down filling and the solid frame is handmade in oak or walnut. The visible stitching on the armrests reinforces the quality and exclusive feeling of craftsmanship.

    • Lomi sofa

      German Meike Harde's intention with Lomi was to combine distinctive lounge aesthetics with the more rigorous Scandinavian design universe. A welcoming and elegant sofa that will look beautiful and inviting for many years to come.

    • Sepia Sofa

      The Sepia sofa series is both classic and sustainable – from the inside out and from start to finish. The solid wooden legs and frame don't just add an exclusive edge, they also add many years to your sofa's life. The cushions are available in two options: softer down filling or firmer cold foam. No matter which Sepia you choose to create, the inside will always be just as beautiful as the outside.

    • Madison Sofa

      Madison has a unique look and design, and is created with exquisite craftsmanship details – such as the durable frame in solid wood, perfectly rounded corners and beautiful, handmade stitching. Supplemented with a softly padded seat and short, elegant armrests that give the design character.

    • Cloud Sofa

      Simplicity is the key word in this sofa range designed by Yonoh. The clean lines and slim – yet solid – metal legs give the sofa a tight and minimalistic look. Cloud is tested to meet the highest quality standards, and it is the excellent choice of materials, simplicity and superior comfort that make Cloud a very special sofa.

    • Hannah Sofa

      Allow us to introduce you to Hannah. She's a flexible, contemporary, comfortable sofa with soft lines and curves, and she comes in different models depending on your mood and need. Change her legs and she'll get another look - almost like a chameleon. So say hello to ...Hannah.

    • Grace Sofa

      If you want a sofa that stands out with a sculptural design, Grace is the one for you. A ’70s-inspired design that provides the perfect combination of craftsmanship and comfort. The organic shape is precisely executed and the stitching and craftsmanship details give a luxurious and exclusive expression.

    Curated in beautiful textures and tones, our collection of upholstery fabrics and leathers is specially selected to create calm and cohesive spaces in timeless colours – whether you’re looking for bouclé, linen, velvet, recycled textiles, wool or leather. Like our sofas, the Classic sofa cushions can be ordered in all upholstery fabrics, just as all upholstery fabrics are also available by the metre – so you can complete your interior design with custom-made curtains, bedspreads, cushions and much more.

    See all of our upholsteries here and learn about their qualities.

    Bouclé

    Bouclé is an eye-catchingly beautiful and exclusive fabric – with a distinctive texture, inviting softness and luxurious expression. Woven using an elegant and time-consuming technique where small loops are combined to create that distinctive texture and feel. Choose from our beautiful Monza, Vilme and Memory bouclé fabrics.

    Leather

    Leather is a natural product that, in the same way as wood and other natural materials, varies in appearance and reacts to its surroundings. Any variations in the leather are therefore not defects, but natural characteristics of genuine leather. Our sofa leather is LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® certified and 100% traceable to ensure quality and transparency from manufacturer to your living room.

    Velour and velvet

    Velour and velvet are tactile, elegant and vibrant fabrics that catch the light beautifully and are easy to maintain, with very high abrasion resistance. Choose from Globa, Linea and Ritz. Globa is characterised by its modern retro look, Linea has a discreet and feminine texture, while the exclusive velour fabric, Ritz, is one of the best quality velours in the world and creates a luxurious and dramatic look.

    • Bouclé

      Bouclé is an eye-catchingly beautiful and exclusive fabric – with a distinctive texture, inviting softness and luxurious expression. Woven using an elegant and time-consuming technique where small loops are combined to create that distinctive texture and feel. Choose from our beautiful Monza, Vilme and Memory bouclé fabrics.

    • Leather

      Leather is a natural product that, in the same way as wood and other natural materials, varies in appearance and reacts to its surroundings. Any variations in the leather are therefore not defects, but natural characteristics of genuine leather. Our sofa leather is LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® certified and 100% traceable to ensure quality and transparency from manufacturer to your living room.

    • Velour and velvet

      Velour and velvet are tactile, elegant and vibrant fabrics that catch the light beautifully and are easy to maintain, with very high abrasion resistance. Choose from Globa, Linea and Ritz. Globa is characterised by its modern retro look, Linea has a discreet and feminine texture, while the exclusive velour fabric, Ritz, is one of the best quality velours in the world and creates a luxurious and dramatic look.

    Martindale, pilling and light fastness inform you about a fabric's durability and abrasion resistance. We use them to make it easy for you to see which is the best kind of furniture fabric for you and your needs.

    • Martindale

      measures the abrasion resistance of a fabric and ranges from 10,000-120,000, with 120,000 being the highest abrasion resistance. As a rule of thumb, the abrasion resistance for hard wear should be above 20,000, but in daily use an abrasion resistance of up to 10,000 is more than enough. The abrasion resistance of our upholstery fabrics ranges from 20,000 and up to 120,000 martindale. Substances with a martindale above 80,000 are suitable for using in public places, such as airports, lobbies and suchlike.

    • Pilling

      is the term for the small balls of fabric that form on the surface of a fabric as a result of friction and which give the fabric a slightly furry appearance. There will always be some natural pilling in the beginning until the excess fibres have gone. Pilling is evaluated on a scale of 1-5, indicating the risk of pilling or loose fibres. 5 is best and our upholsteries are always at least 3.

    • Light fastness

      describes a fabric's ability to withstand sunlight. Nylon and cotton usually have a low light fastness, while wool, acrylic and polyester have a higher light fastness. The scale ranges from 1-8, where 8 is highest and best. The higher the light fastness, the better the fabric is at withstanding sunlight without losing colour. We recommend that you don't choose a fabric with a light fastness below 4.

    Step 5: Foam or down filling?

    When you design your new sofa at Bolia.com, you can choose between firm or soft seating. The firm seating with cold foam gives a tighter appearance to your sofa, and the soft down filling is more pliable and needs to be beaten a little more into place. We only use foam of the highest quality and, as a starting point, all sofas are filled with cold foam. We use down filling to create extra softness and comfort, and our modular sofa, Cosima, is almost exclusively filled with down to create its soft and inviting form.

    • FSC-certified wood

      All the wood we use is FSC certified and complies with EU rules on responsible forestry – this also applies to the wood we use for constructing our sofas and creating a solid, high-quality foundation.

    • Traceable Italian leather

      All of our leather is made without the use of synthetic or harmful chemicals and is traceable.

    • Ocean fabric

      Our Ocean fabric is produced exclusively from surplus materials from the oil industry and manufactured without the use of any water in production.

    • Bergo fabric

      Our Bergo fabric is made from 98% recycled polyester made from plastic bottles, and combines the beauty of the textile with the durability of polyester.

    • OEKO-TEX®

      All our upholstery fabrics comply with the IWTO and are OEKO-TEX® certified. This ensures pure and safe materials.

    • A 10-year guarantee

      It's actually pretty simple. We'd like to share our passion for design, craftsmanship and quality with you. And we'd like that passion to last for many years to come. That’s why we offer you a 10-year guarantee on all our sofas.

    Step 6: Maintenance

    Your sofa will change its shape and appearance over time, and that's why it needs love and care. We've put together our best tips on how to extend the life of your sofa.

    Read more

    We hope you now feel ready to design your very own sofa. Whichever sofa you choose, all our sofas are created by skilled cabinetmakers and are tailor-made just for you. Enjoy!

    Our Customizer enables you to play with the design, change colour, legs and material, and put the individual modules together in countless ways. By using the drag and drop function, you can add and remove modules. The Customizer tells you if a design combination isn't possible and shows you where your chosen module can be added. You can explore our fixed combinations or embark on your very own design adventure.


    Try our customizer here

     

    Did you know that we've developed an AR app with 3D technology that enables you to see the sofa you want, in your own home and in the actual size, colour and shape? The AR app is compatible with iPhone 6s and later versions and works with the following sofas: Scandinavia, Noora, Cosima, Lomi, Hannah, North, MR. BIG, Jerome, Caisa sofa series.

    Download the app here

    When you visit us in the store, you'll be met by our expert store staff who always try their best to help and guide you.

    Among other things, they can give you a personalised offer to take home, which is a customised offer made specifically for you. It outlines the total price, any special offers and delivery details. You can take your offer home, along with fabric samples of all the furniture you have chosen, so you can take measurements and match colours in peace and quiet and ensure you make the right decision.