Celia Rufey answers your furniture questions
Find a Knole-style sofa
I’d like a two-seater Knole-style sofa but with simpler lines for around £3,000.
Some companies that make more modestly priced sofas will adjust proportions on request. For example, the Descartes (pictured) from Sofa.com has the essential Knole feature of the same height sides and back. A two-seater is priced from £1,245 covered in linen/cotton. If you choose the Avalon, however, which is the same sofa without buttoning, the price for a two-seater drops to £845. It can also be ordered with removable covers which would conceal the legs, making it resemble a Knole more closely. If you were to have the arms and back of the Descartes or Avalon made higher by 10cm, it would increase the price by 50 per cent, but you would still get the sofa you want for around £2,000. Seriously Sofas offers similar height
adjustments on its Stevenson sofa. Different legs can be specified, there’s the option of removable covers and, in a fabric from the company’s range, the adjusted sofa would cost around £2,000. Another sofa that can have the sides and back height adjusted within your budget is the Barker from Bespoke Sofa London You could also commission a sofa from an independent upholsterer.