The sofa story: history, evolution, and modern innovations

The sofa story

Every home and every family has a story, and in many cases, the sofa is a central character. From being a seat of power in ancient Egypt to becoming a cornerstone of modern living rooms, sofas have been an integral part of human civilisation for thousands of years. Join us as we delve into the fascinating story behind the sofa, exploring its history, evolution, and the modern innovations, that make these furniture staples such essential pieces in our lives.

Sofas in history

The concept of the sofa dates back as early as 2000 BC, in ancient Egypt, where it was considered a luxury item reserved for pharaohs and nobility. These early sofas were more akin to benches and were often ornately decorated with gold, silver, and precious stones. It wasn’t until the18th century in Europe, when the sofa as we know it began to take shape.

Evolution of sofas

The evolution of sofas has been influenced by both changing tastes and technological advancements. The Victorian era marked a shift from the formal, upright seating of previous centuries to more comfortable, upholstered designs. Then came the mid-20th century, which saw a boom in mass-produced, affordable sofas designed for the modern family. Modern sofas come in a wide variety of designs and materials, from the traditional leather Chesterfield to the sleek and minimalistic Scandinavian styles. But no matter the style, the essence of the sofa remains the same – providing a comfortable space for relaxation, socialisation, and even sleep.

Modern innovations and zofa

In the 21st century, the sofa continues to evolve with advances in materials and construction methods. When it comes to innovations, zofa is certainly leading the way with our unique zof-flex technology that pushes the boundaries of comfort. Our product range, which includes the hush, 7th Heaven Midi, and Utopia, is designed with the modern customer in mind. Each zofa piece is created with comfort at its core. The back and seat cushions are reversible and filled with recyclable fibre, making the lounging experience one to remember. Furthermore, our seat cushions are moulded using our unique zof-flex technology, which guarantees they’ll never lose their bounce. And with our responsibly sourced Birch and Beech hardwood frames, you can be sure that your zofa will stand the test of time. Birch and Beech are the wood materials our team carefully selected to ensure your sofas are long lasting, durable and last a life time.

The future of sofas

As we look towards the future, sofas will continue to adapt to our changing lifestyles and needs. And with zofa, the future of sofas looks bright indeed. Whether you’re looking for a classic design or a modern masterpiece, remember that a sofa is more than just a piece of furniture. It’s a place for family gatherings, movie nights, and lazy Sunday afternoons; it’s a central part of our homes. Browse our collections here.

We want you to love the look and feel of your new zofa from the moment you set eyes on it (and sit on it of course). We’ll happily send you a box of fabric samples and who knows, we might throw a little something extra in with it too.

Our Best Sellers

Our sofas, snugglers, stools and scatter cushions are simply the best (there’s a song in there somewhere!). With a lovely range of styles, sizes, colours and fabrics we’re bound to have something for you, your family and even the pets! Here’s just a few of our fan favourites.

Inspiration & Guides

If you need a helping hand with keeping up to date with the latest tips, trends, inspiration and must haves in the world of interior style then look no further, zofa has got you covered.

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Chunky Textured Weave

The ultimate cosy fabric that is beautifully soft with an easy handle. The fabric has a heavy texture with the structure featuring a tonal weave design, creating a luxurious plush finish.

Soft Touch Velvet

A beautifully soft velvet with a modern matt finish. Available in a range of colours and family friendly, with inherent stain resistance. 100% recycled with a GreenFR finish means your sofa won’t cost the earth.

Luxe Textured Velvet

Stylish, luxury plush fabric with a rich depth of colour. Featuring an antiqued, textured finish that is super soft to touch.

Soft Woven Chenille

A subtle woven texture with an incredibly soft, brushed feel meaning it’s as good to touch as it looks.

Brushed Wool Feel

This fabric is a ‌flat woven twill with a natural wool look and lovely soft handle.

Studio Plain*

A linen look, soft flat woven polyester with a textured weft creating an elegant overall finish. *Exclusively available to the hush range.


A sought-after bouclé fabric, offers a wool-like appearance that suits contemporary styles in vogue. Available in Mink & Ivory, the fabric infuses a natural essence into furniture design, aligning perfectly with the current immensely popular trend. *Exclusively available to the Utopia range.

Cosy Chenille

A chenille weave fabric with a subtle tonal effect that adds depth and character, a perfect blend of style and comfort.


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