Editor Heather Young shares her favourite sofas for stylish and practical living

A sofa is a hefty investment, and it’s got to withstand all the potential spills, marks, wear and tear we put it through every day. If you’re looking for a sofa to suit busy family life with young children, this actually makes life easier. 

How? Because you can immediately rule out all the pretty-but-impractical options, narrowing things down to a much more manageable selection. ‘When I had my twins we had a beautiful sofa I loved, but it was beige and the fabric wasn’t stain-resistant,’ says Ideal Home Editor Heather Young. ‘It didn’t last long!’

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