Snuggle up with your little ones on the best family sofa

A mother and child cuddling on their family sofa

by Rosie Floyd |
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There is no better feeling than cuddling your little ones on your family sofa at the end of the day. The sofa is the perfect spot to unwind and take a moment of peace amongst all the chaos of life.

The living room is the heart of the family home as it is often the place where everyone comes together. With this in mind, the sofa you choose can play an important part in family life. It is where you can teach your little ones to read as you tell them a bedtime story and where you can soothe them when they're crying. It is a space where you can catch up with extended family, as well as where you can enjoy quality time with your significant other once your babies are asleep.

What to consider when choosing a family sofa?

The style and comfort of the sofa will be a factor when you are choosing a family sofa. The biggest thing you will want to consider is how practical your family-friendly sofa will be. After all, we know that kiddies can make a lot of mess and accidentally knock things over. Can you wipe clean mucky fingerprints off the seats? Are the cushion covers removable so you can wash any food and drink messes? Will the colour show up every little stain of accidental spillages? Is there enough room for everyone to nestle up together?

We know that families come in all shapes and sizes, but so do sofas so you can find the one that is the best fit for your household and ticks all the boxes of your requirements.

The best family sofas 2022

To help with the search for the perfect sofa for your tribe, we've put together a list of the best family sofas for snuggling with your little ones.

Ideal for lounging

The Reagan will add style and sophistication to your lounge. The dark grey colour will mean that stains and spills will be easily disguised. This family sofa has built-in storage in the chaise-end, and it also converts into a sofa bed, so you'll be able to host extended family wanting to spend the night.

Key features:
Material: 100% fabric
Overall size: 90 x 225 x 160cm
Seat depth: 74.5cm
Review: "Perfect. It is a lovely colour. The added features of storage and the ability to change to a sofa bed are great. The sofa was a little firm at first but seems to be softening up and we are happy with it!"

Easily wipeable

The Milano is made from leather, meaning any sticky fingerprints can be easily wiped away. Designed to seat four - there's room for everyone on this family sofa. It has a beautiful, natural finish with solid wood feet and subtle stitching on the seats and cushions.

Key features:
Material: 100% leather
Overall size: 88 x 210 x 86cm
Seat depth: 51cm
Review: "Bought this a month ago. It is very good quality and spacious - the family loves it. Would recommend."

More room for the whole family

The Barbican sofa will certainly add style to your family's living space. It has a curved silhouette and stitched back details for a retro-style vibe. We particularly like the finish of the plush velvet navy, but there are over 100 fabrics and colours to choose from so you can customise it to your personal taste.

Key features:
Material: Matt velvet, made with recycled fabric fibers
Overall size: 90 x 256 x 98cm
Seat depth: 56cm

Review: "I am delighted with my new sofa - a retro-contemporary design that looks great. Stylish and very comfortable - the perfect level of firmness and softness, which has not changed after several months of use. I spent a long time searching for the right sofa and I'm very happy that I chose this style from JL."

Removable cushion covers

This plush family sofa is designed in a reversible L-shape. It has scatterback-style cushions that have removable covers, so you can take them off to give them a thorough clean. It also doubles as a sofa bed, which is an added bonus.

Key features:
Material: Cord
Overall size: 87 x 262 x 162cm
Seat depth: 53cm

Review: "Such a comfortable yet stylish sofa. We have been sleeping on it for the last few nights whilst we get our bedroom sorted and honestly some of the best night's sleep I have had in a long time. Very pleased with our purchase and would highly recommend."

Socialable sofa

This U-shaped sofa is the ultimate family-friendly sofa. There is space for small families to stretch out and plenty of room for large families to all sit together. The seats and cushions are filled with foam for extra support and comfort.

Key features:
Material: Fabric
Overall size: 96 x 312 x 198cm
Seat depth: 54cm

Best for flexibility

The clever design of this family sofa means the chaise end unit can be slotted onto either end of the sofa section to create a left-hand or right-hand facing unit. We love that this means you can rearrange your living space or when you move house, you will be able to change the layout of the sofa to suit the needs of you and your little ones. It can also be used as a sofa bed.

Key features:
Material: 100% Polyester
Overall size: 81 x 300 x 170cm
Seat depth: 55cm

Review: "We love our new sofa - it's very stylish and modern. It is easy to put together and made from easy to clean material. It is big enough for 4 people to sit on comfortably. My kids love when I put it into a sofa bed - you can easily fit 3 people on it when converted into a bed."

Timeless, classic design

This family-friendly sofa has a timeless, distressed finish, with subtle creasing in the wipe-clean leather and scroll-style arms. There is minimal assembly required, you just need to add the feet and you'll be enjoying this sofa with the whole family in no time.

Key features:
Material: 100% leather
Overall size: 90 x 220 x 94cm
Seat depth: 57cm

Review: "So glad I bought this sofa from Argos - it is fab! It is high quality and looks so much more expensive!"

Plenty of room

There's lots of space for you to pop your feet up and snuggle with your kiddies on this sofa. It is upholstered in textured chenille so it's nice and soft to sit on.

Key features:
Material: 100% chenille
Overall size: 85 x 215 x 215cm
Seat depth: 58cm

Review: "There's plenty of room on the suite. The kids love it and it's easy to clean."

Best value

If you're on a budget but looking for a family sofa and sofa bed combined, this three-seater is great value. It has a clic clac mechanism so the back of the sofa can fold down flat. It has a modern design, finished in a contemporary grey colour.

Key features:
Material: 100% Polyester
Overall size: 78 x 180 x 90cm
Seat depth: 53cm

Review: "Bought for the conservatory. Lovely quality. Easy to assemble. Very comfortable to sit on. Easy to convert to a bed and seems like it would be comfy to sleep on occasionally. Very happy with my purchase."

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