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Choosing a fabric

Comfort and style are essential when choosing fabric for your new sofa or armchair, but practicality should be your main priority. For example, leather and faux leather fabrics are easily scratched by pet claws, but leather upholstery can be wiped down easily if food or drink spillages occur.

These are some of the most popular upholstery fabrics at Next:

•  Matt velvet
•  Distressed velvet
•  Antique velvet
•  Elegant velour
•  Cosy boucle
•  Belgian soft twill 
•  Textured weave
•  Soft woven check
•  Wool blend
•  House leather
•  Premium leather
•  Luxury leather
•  Faux leather

Most of the fabrics in our range feature NextGuard™, a moisture-repellent treatment that helps prevents stains from setting in.
If you have children or pets, consider choosing a darker fabric shade to hide any stains that may occur.

Selecting a foot style

Most of our sofas have a choice of foot colour and material, including light, standard, grey and white ash wood. Some models allow you to customise the foot style, while others have a fixed design. When choosing feet for your new sofa, you might want them to match the shade of your furniture or other wooden accents in the room. Turned, metal and castor feet are also available on selected ranges.

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Cushions and armcaps

We also offer custom-made cushions and arm caps in your chosen sofa fabric, so you can add the perfect finishing touches. Arm caps will protect the arms of your sofa, preventing the material from being worn down. If you want to make dining chair covers, footstools or other accessories that match your new sofa, we sell all our upholstery fabrics by the metre.

How to care for upholstered furniture

Caring for your upholstered furniture is essential to ensure it lasts a lifetime.
These are the best ways to clean your sofa, from leather to soft fabrics.

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Cleaning leather upholstery

1. Blot any spills with a damp cloth immediately to avoid staining. Never rub the surface as this can cause discolouration and push the stain deeper into the leather. 

2. To clean your leather sofa or armchair thoroughly, wipe down the surface using a damp cloth and mild soap solution. Then wipe the area with a clean cloth to remove any soap residue, and dry the surface well to prevent water marks. 

3. Finally, use a leather cream to protect the leather from staining or scratching. This is an optional step, and you should always test the product on a hidden area or fabric swatch before applying everywhere, as it may alter the leather’s colour and finish.

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Cleaning fabric upholstery

1. Use an absorbent cloth or sponge to blot any spillages before they soak into the fabric and cause staining. Never rub the area, as this can spread the stain or set it into the upholstery. 

2. Try a specialist upholstery shampoo or stain remover if the mark is still visible. Test these products on a hidden area or fabric swatch before applying everywhere to ensure they won’t discolour the fabric. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. 

3. Remove any excess product with a clean cloth and lukewarm water (not hot).

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