Top Tips For Keeping White Sofas Looking Nice

Since the boys were born we’ve had quite a few friends and family remark that we’re ‘brave’ to have white sofas. I’m not sure if it’s brave or foolhardy but I’ve always loved pale coloured sofas. Plus, but I’ve got some top tips for keeping white sofas looking nice!

I love white sofas as they work well with most decorating schemes. They can be so easily styled to tie in with our home; particularly if I get bored of the colour-scheme and fancy a change.

We’ve always gone for loose covers though rather than the fully fitted.

Even though I absolutely love upholstered sofas because they look so smart. Not being able to shove the outer covers in the washing machine — when they’re a bit grubby — would drive me mad. So we’ve always avoided them.

In any case, I’ve always been quite good at looking after things. And my boys are also learning — from an early age — to take care of their surroundings too.

Sitting room furniture is generally a big investment.You don’t want to have to keep replacing it every couple of years. I say ‘generally’ as, actually, the sofas in our conservatory cost less than a tenner.

For the pair — from a well known auction site.

Yep. £9.99 for two perfectly good, Sofa Workshop, sofas.

I kid you not.

Bagging A Bargain

I’ve always been a fan of bagging a bargain. Why pay full price when there’s a deal to be had?

I’m a bonafide, card carrying  bargain hunter; eBay-queen and charity shop scavenger.

Although these days there are less true bargains to be had. A lot of things are listed as ‘vintage’ which automatically bumps the price up.

But it’s so worth it.

OK, our sofas may not be everyone’s cuppa — they may not be iconic, design-led pieces, maybe even a bit dated — but they work.

Plus they saved us around £1000 so that’s definitely a reason for us to love them!

For the last few years, our sitting room has been styled with chartreuse, yellow and a turquoise-teal shade.

My £9.99 sofas are covered in a variety of patterned and plain cushions. It’s so easy to alter the look and feel of the room simply by changing the covers and the rug.

white sofas
My bargain £9.99 white sofas!
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
white sofas
Prints, pattern and colour comes from scatter cushions
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

Not For Best

These sofas have seen a lot of life since we’ve had them.

They’re not the largest sofas in the world — just 2 seaters — but they’re home to play, reading, telly watching, relaxing, wrestling, tickling, cuddling and sleeping.

They have cats and kids climbing on them.

They’ve been boats, rockets and all manner of other make-believe vehicles.

And to be honest, they’re perfect for the way we live now.

Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

There’s a train of thought that suggests it’s tantamount to madness to have pale coloured sofas if you have kids but I don’t agree.

We have another — larger — sofa in the snug but that’s cream too. I think if you’re a bit mindful of your surroundings — and teach your littles to be too — there’s no reason why kids and white sofas shouldn’t mix.

Here are my top tips for keeping white sofas looking nice.

1. Choose sofas with loose, rather than fixed, covers. They may not be quite as contemporary but they offer greater flexibility as they can be washed if necessary.

If we were replacing our sofas, whilst the boys are little, I’d definitely go for loose covers again. The ability to pop them in the washing machine when needed has been the key to them continuing to look good.

2. Minor marks and stains can often be easily removed; with a damp cloth and a little bit of diluted washing up liquid. When we’ve had more ingrained stains, I’ve used Vanish before washing and that’s almost always done the trick. Even with red wine stains.

Yep. That *might* have been me (totally was).


3. Use blankets or throws to cover your sofa. This is a fab way of keeping them clean, especially if you’ve gone for fixed covers.

4. It may seem obvious but we don’t allow certain food, paints or crayons in the sitting room. The twins do have snacks on the sofa; raisins or biscuits and water in sippy cups But no chocolate or sticky food or drinks. We’ve got a kitchen table for that.

Having this simple rule means that the sofas have managed to stay looking good. And our children are learning to take care of their surroundings too :)

Sofas are a bit like beds in that they get a lot of use. Choose wisely though and your investment should last a good few years; before you need to shell out any more of your hard earned cash.

Even if it is just £9.99.

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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.

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58 thoughts on “Top Tips For Keeping White Sofas Looking Nice”

  1. What a bargain! I love ebay, charity shops, Gumtree! That is awesome! They look fabulous as well and because you have a neutral palette to work with you can jazz it up with fabulous cushions (which will probably cost more than the sofa…Unless you nip back on eBay again).

    See I want to go and hunt for bargains too now but I need to be disciplined and not go and browse eBay and Gumtree as I am supposed to be trying to increase my blog posting schedule to more than one a week!

    Love the style and layout of your website, btw. Really easy to read and navigate, pretty and easy on the eye….Grey and yellow are my fave combination (we’ve just used them as the colour scheme for our extension…So fresh!)

    • Aah me too Jane! I’m obsessed with getting a bargain — especially if it’s something I genuinely want! And thank you for your lovely comments about my blog, by the way, that’s so lovely of you! :)

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