13 of the best sofas for families with young children

Including wipe-clean leather, removable covers and squishy seats – here's our pick of the best sofas for families

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Pre-kids, adults don’t tend to think of sticky, felt-tip-pen-wielding fingers when buying a new sofa. Key factors are finding the right dimensions and style.

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But if you throw a family with young children in the mix, those parameters shift, and other questions become equally important – or should do.

For example:

  • Will the colour show up stains easily?
  • Can I wipe or wash the covers?
  • Are the covers removable?
  • Is the sofa comfortable to sleep on if I get turfed out of the marital bed (when mum is nightfeeding, for example)?
  • Does it have enough seats for a growing family?

With those questions in mind, we have selected some of our favourite sofas for family life. They are sturdy, with options big enough for a huge tribe, and all snuggly enough for lots of cuddles.

Here is our pick of the best sofas for families…

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1. Sofa.com Isla Sofa, from £625

Removable covers: Yes

The Isla sofa range from Sofa.com is very elegant, but also super family friendly as the covers are removable (but are not too slouchy) and its cushions require very little plumping.

It features stylish little touches, like beautifully turned legs, and is available some great fabrics, many of which are machine washable.

Available from: Sofa.com

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2. Grande Nuovo Large New Dino Corner Sofa, Right hand, £499

Removable covers: Yes

A great-value 5-seater with plenty of space to cuddle up for a family movie night.

Ideal for larger living rooms, this comes in a choice of 3 colours, all ideal for hiding any toddler snack stains that don’t come out in the wash.

Available from: Amazon

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3. Darlings of Chelsea Jude Small Sofa, from £1,273

Removable covers: Yes (optional)

This classic looking Jude sofa comes in a great range of sizes. The fabric choice is also great, especially since Darlings of Chelsea offers a “family friendly linen” (for extra money) that is particularly durable and withstands a good bashing.

The traditional style of the sofa is also perfect for lounging about with the whole family – ideal for long snuggles.

Available from: Darlings of Chelsea

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4. Habitat Hendricks 4-Seater Sofa, £1,700

Removable covers: Yes (professional clean only)

This is a fantastically retro sofa with enough space for a quite a few family members to comfortably lounge on.

It is one of Habitat’s bestsellers, and comes with removable covers (although they need to be cleaned by a professional), and even a wipe-clean leather options.

We love this Emerald Green version – it looks very luxurious.

Available from: Habitat and QVC

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5. Next Gosford Leather Medium Sofa, £1,975 (3 seats)

Removable covers: No

This sofa from Next has an attractive buttoned Chesterfield look – so ideal for those families wanting to create a traditional feel in their living room. The 3-seater version has plenty of room and it ticks quite a few family-friendly boxes: there are a few options of dark leather, which many of our MFM readers swear by.

It’s easy to wipe clean and doesn’t show spills. Next also treats many of its sofa covers with ‘NextGuard’, a treatment that repels and resists most liquids or stains.

Available from: Next Home

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6. Ikea Lidhult 3-seat sofa-bed, with chaise longue, £1,180

Removable covers: yes (washable at 40C degrees)

This is a fantastic option for a busy family. It’s a generous L-shaped sofa at daytime – and doubles up as a guest bed at night (or if a parent gets booted out of the master bedroom by toddlers).

The chaise longue bit also contains handy storage for bedding or daytime toys, and the covers are removable and washable at home to keep everything pristine and long lasting. Available in grey, red or cream.

Available from: Ikea

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7. Cherry Tree Betti 3-Seater Sofa Bed, £179.99

Removable covers: No

You can’t really go wrong with this cheap and cheerful sofa bed. It will add a boost of style to your living room (love the dusky pink), and at that price, you won’t be too precious about a few stains here and there – reason enough to include it on our list.

It also converts easily to accommodate overnight guests, and is nice and compact, but still long enough (190cm) to sit with a few family members.

Available from: Amazon

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8. Arlo & Jacob Clara Medium Sofa, £1,155

Removable covers: No

This brand knows what it takes when it comes to family friendly sofas. Arlo & Jacob recommends a number of ‘family friendly’ fabrics that are particularly hard wearing, and its House Weave, for example, is water repellent – more time to mop up spills before they sink in.

Arlo & Jacob also has some sofas with removable covers, such as the Harriet, but we really like this modern Clara – especially in family-friendly House Weave Gunmetal.

Available from: Arlo & Jacob

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9. Made.com Juno 2-seater with footstool, Columbus brown leather, £1,199

Removable covers: No

Many MFM mums swear by a dark leather finish when it comes to choosing a family sofa – this combination is extremely forgiving and hides a multitude of spills.

Made.com has a fantastic array of modern, stylish leather sofas, and this one caught our eye for its versatility.

The 2-seater Juno is particularly useful for a compact living room and the kids will love its chunky bounce. You can also configure it to suit you, thanks to its modular design and included footstool – and even extend it, if your family (or living room) grows. An extra single Juno seat costs £399.

Available from: Made.com

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10. Loaf Sloucher Sofa, from £1,295

Removable covers: Yes

Loaf has a great array of sofas with removable covers. Be aware that this feature will give your sofa an even slouchier look and the ‘cleaning’ needs to be done by a specialist dry cleaner in situ, so not quite that easy, but it’s good to have this option for such a high-end sofa.

With comfy curved arms, feather-filled back cushions and solid oak legs, the extra-large size (from £1,645) is great for a growing family.

You can also choose from 6 sizes and more than 150 colours, including darker options that won’t show sticky marks as much. It has gorgeous curved arms, oak legs and is handmade in Blighty.

Available from: Loaf

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11. Sofology Cedar 3-Seater Sofa with Bookshelf, from £799

Removable covers: No

This Cedar range of sofas from Sofology is understated and comes in a variety of sizes to suit all living rooms. What we particularly love about it is that you can opt for an integrated bookshelf – perfect for story time or to tidy away a few toys.

The covers are not removable, but you can reverse the back cushions – twice the chance of keeping them clean!

There’s a 20-year guarantee on the sofa structure, and you can also buy ‘Sofashield’ insurance (£39 per seat), which protects you for massive spills or rips up to 5 years.

Available from: Sofology

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12. Made.com Chou Butter Yellow, £399

Removable covers: No

This is a super simple yet stylish sofa, ideal for those families who expect a few extra guests. The retro look is particularly appealing, and we love the mustard colour.

It also has some hidden storage space, which we always appreciate at the end-of-day tidy up, and comes in more stain-averse darker fabrics.

Available from: Made.com

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13. Homcom Deluxe Faux Leather Corner Sofa Bed, £350

Removable covers: No

This versatile sofa is really good value and super practical. It has storage under every seat, can transform into a sofabed, and includes an ottoman with even more storage.

The faux leather fabric is also really easy to wipe clean.

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Available from: Amazon

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