Once upon a time, seating was a rather lonely affair. After a brief period of popularity that ran from ancient Egyptian to Roman times, the sofa (from the Arabic word, “suffah”, meaning bench) fell firmly out of favour, with society confined to a more solitary seating arrangement for the next thousand or so years. Happily, taking a pew became a far more sociable pastime 17th century, with shared couches becoming de rigeur once more; ever since then, we’ve all been sold on sofas.

These days, the sofa is the heart of any living space, with sectional designs offering the most flexibility out of all the many available options. Ideal for entertaining, and great for small or otherwise awkward spaces, a sectional sofa should always feel as great as it looks. Here are five of our favourites from the Timothy Oulton collection.


Let It All Hang Out: Shabby Sectional Sofa

Shabby is the leather sectional sofa that refuses to be hide-bound by tradition. Incredibly comfortable but never over-stuffed, Shabby’s generous proportions make it the ultimate spot from which to relax, unwind and let loose at the end of a busy week. Built for many hours of happy lounging and for as many people as you’d like, this is a slouchy sofa, a casual couch and a curved sectional sofa whose lavish cushioning and soft ribs elevate the art of taking it easy to a whole new level.

Flexible enough for any space, Shabby is available in sizes from one- to four-seater, with corner, chaise, footstool and even coffee table additions ready to fit your home. We love Shabby in a super-soft Savage leather finish; however, if you prefer the feel of fabric, there’s bound to be one to suit. If rigidly formal spaces bring you out in hives, this slouchy-chic sectional sofa is surely the solution.


Loft Lover: Nirvana Sectional Sofa

A very modern sectional sofa, find your Zen with our Nirvana collection. A low-backed, slightly squared-off style, Nirvana’s edges are softened with layers of plush, pocket-sprung cushioning, creating an invitingly padded haven in which to kick back.

Nirvana is the ideal solution for making tight spaces feel more spacious; each one-seater section can be paired with left- or right-handed sections, or even central corner pieces to create seating that works with, rather than against, the shape of your room. The matching footstool is a must, creating an instant chaise, a low table, or occasional seating for fuss-free entertaining. Lovely in linen, vibrant in velvet and luxurious in leather, Nirvana’s contemporary good looks and flexible options make it perfect for creating your urban oasis.


All Back To Yours: Zenna Sectional Sofa

Another of the greatest hits from our modular sectional sofa collection, if you love to entertain then Zenna is your Friday night failsafe. As plush and pillowy as Zenna’s channel-stitched, fluff-free feather cushions are, they are underpinned by something a lot more solid.

A carefully designed suspension system of pocket springs and strong fibre webbing sits atop a sturdy hardwood frame, painstaking crafted by our expert team of furniture-makers to create a robust piece that is built to withstand even the most raucous of parties for years to come. Get creative and pick your own combination of one-seater and corner sections to build a generous seating space that’s always ready to party.


Cool, Calm & Collected: Skye Sectional Sofa

Unfussy in design, but every bit as comfortable as its more glamorous peers, Skye’s understated elegance means it will seamlessly fit every type of décor – from family home to urban apartment. Skye’s cool, clean lines, generous proportions and meticulous detailing invite you to settle in for the evening, be it with the family, good friends, or simply a glass of wine.

This sofa’s subtle styling means that it looks great in almost any finish or colour way, and is available in smooth, textured or buttoned leather, sumptuous velvet, or crisp linen. Select your individual elements from single-seat, corner and footstool pieces to piece together a sofa that will always look invitingly elegant.


Modern Classic: Lux Sectional Sofa

We think that this may be one of our most intriguing designs and that, in the Lux, we’ve created a sectional sofa that is all things to all (wo)men. At first glance, Lux appears to be a solid example of a modern sofa, but on closer inspection, you’ll discover the sort of detailing that ensures this couch is equally comfortable in both contemporary and traditional surrounds.

Its classic profile looks stylish while ensuring excellent support, while its outrageously comfortable feather-filled back and scatter cushions envelop the body, leaving you floating on air. This modular maven’s wide menu of fuss-free fabric and durable leather finishes ensures that Lux is sure to find its place in your home, whatever your style.