New Year hibernation with DFS

This post about my new DFS sofa contains three of my favourite things:

  • Winter
  • Cosiness
  • Sitting down

I’m not going to be one of those people, and call it Hygge just because I put a blanket over my knees, (I ranted about this), but I will say that I do like a cosy winter’s evening at home on the sofa.

What’s not to love really? Christmas is all done, spring is on its way, and in the meantime you have an excuse to put your pyjamas on at 4pm every day. Snuggle up with a cocoa, light some candles and crack out the Fresh Prince back catalogue. (Sooo excited that this is now on Comedy Central.)

My snuggling has been severely impaired until now by the fact that our biggest sofa was also the least cosy sofa in the whole world. It had no arms, no squishiness – what on earth is the point of a sofa with no arms? You may as well just sit on the floor and lean against the wall. That’s not very cosy is it? That’s like being 13 and on a school camp in an old mansion house and hanging out on the floor in the corridor because you think you’re cool.

No more corridor floor chic for me though.

I’ve got a new sofa from DFS – the Zinc 2 seater sofa, designed by French Connection. You see how comfy yet stylish I look?

DFS Zinc sofa review

DFS Zinc sofa review

I love the mid-century vibe it’s got going on – simple lines, wooden legs and button back – but primarily we bought it based on comfiness.

Belle and I went to our local DFS store one Tuesday evening at about 7pm to test them out, because we’re rock and roll like that. We sat down on all of the sofas we liked the look of, (fabric sofas only as I don’t like the whole sweaty thigh thing you get with leather sofas), had a little bounce up and down, squeezed the cushions and generally made ourselves at home. This is very important when it comes to sofa buying. You can’t just buy something online as there is often an indirectly proportional relationship between how cosy a sofa looks and how comfy it actually is – you have to have a real life lounge about on it.

(You can go ahead and order the Zinc sofa online if you want to as I can vouch for it’s squishiness.)

Squishiness aside, I really like the sofa’s fabric. It comes in lots of different colours and a couple of fabric types, but the one I’ve chosen has a lovely tweedy feel to it. It looks and feels much more expensive than it is, which is always a good thing if you’re on a budget.

The sofa comes with two cushions – the blue and white ones – and then I’ve added my own contrasting cushions for a bit of extra pizazz. (And to match the phone – yellow is my favourite colour.)

DFS Zinc sofa review

DFS Zinc sofa review

DFS Zinc sofa review

DFS Zinc sofa review

The DFS Zinc sofa fits beautifully into our living room and is just the right size for me to sit on with my feet up. Everyone else has to sit on the floor and lean against the wall obviously if I do that, but for during the day when I am ‘working from home’, or quiet evenings when Belle is practising make up looks in her bedroom, it’s perfect for a casual spot of reclining.

See? I fit just nicely.

Everyone else best get comfy on the floor.

DFS Zinc sofa review

We were sent the Zinc 2 seater sofa by DFS for the purposes of this post. All opinions are my own. Side tables and magazine rack from Dwell, telephone from Red Candy, mustard cushions from Arlo & Jacob and black and white cushion from Happy + Co.



  1. 3 February, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Oooh I love this sofa!! Do they do a 3 seater… 4 seater… off to look!! :P
    The whole set up looks great by the way.

    • Jo Middleton
      3 February, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Yep, they do a 3 AND a 4 seater version! Go go go!

  2. 3 February, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    I’d love a little sofa for my bedroom, super squishy! It has become harder to find comfy, affordable furniture, and those that have it and are smart have been reupholstering instead of springing for new, so no second hand in my family or friends to re purpose for our use. I finally found (and after 13 weeks it came) a large sectional, but obviously too big for a little spot in a room that already has a bed. Sadly, I don’t think your version is available to us in the US.

  3. Boo Oatham
    3 February, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Jo you look very cosy. Makes me think I might need a second settee as my leather one has not got the squishyness factor yet (I think it may take a few more years to get that lived in look). Guess where I shall be heading this weekend if I can persuade the other half? Or possibly will go on my own!!

  4. Dan
    14 April, 2017 / 11:12 pm


    We have just bought this and struggling to fit the screws in the feet?

    Did you use the screws?


    • Jo Middleton
      17 April, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Hi Dan, I don’t remember having any problems with the legs I’m afraid!

    • Claire
      12 May, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      I have the exact same problem! Did you find a solution??

  5. Dan
    15 May, 2017 / 1:58 pm


    Yes I spoke with DFS and they sent the wrong screws so I went and bought some smaller screws


  6. Fran
    21 July, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Whilst this sofa looks lovely, the cushions slide off ALL the time. It’s so frustrating so wouldn’t recommend it, or the DFS after care service.

    • Jo Middleton
      21 July, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      That’s so weird, because ours genuinely don’t do that at all! I wonder if they have had feedback and changed the design?? Ours is our main sofa, and we sit on it all the time.

    • Terry Upton
      12 June, 2018 / 2:12 pm

      Ours also slip off all the time. I might look to buy some non-slip matting to put under the sofa cushions.
      It is really annoying and the side arms also seem to slide off too.

      • Jo Middleton
        12 June, 2018 / 2:54 pm

        This is so odd as mine just don’t do this at all! I wonder if they had feedback and changed the design??

    • Madalina Ellé
      26 November, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Finally someone with the same problem. I’m so disappointed to be honest, when I first saw these sofas I felt in love, bought the 2 and 4 seats, for our living room, now I’m so upset because of the cushions sliding off all the time, every day before going upstairs I need to put them back, what a disappointment. Tried everything, bought some mats to put underneath, nothing works. And it seems the 4 seats is worse than the other one. :(( If you ever find a solution please share it with me. Also I have notice that these sofas (I have the fabric ones) are like a lint magnet, another big disappointment. I’m so upset not finding these reviews before.

      • Jo Middleton
        26 November, 2018 / 7:42 pm

        So sorry you’re having the slipping problem! We use our two seater every day and it has never done that – I’ve been impressed actually by how new it still looks, even with the cats on it all the time!

  7. Fran
    22 July, 2017 / 9:43 am

    It’s really strange but we’ve only had them a few weeks. If we didn’t keep adjusting them we’d be in the floor at the end of the day! We’ve tried carpet grip fabric and that doesnt work either…

    • 28 December, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      Same problem. So annoying tried carpet gripper didn’t work.. did you find a solution??

      • Janet Going
        23 November, 2018 / 5:29 pm

        Sounds like a velcro job to me.

        • Madalina Ellé
          26 November, 2018 / 7:06 pm

          I have the same problem, and I was thinking about velcro as well, that’s my last hope.

  8. Mary
    11 February, 2018 / 7:56 am

    Hi Fran & J

    I was just thinking to buy the zinc cuddler and sofa. What material is your sofa in?


    • Jo Middleton
      13 February, 2018 / 10:42 am

      It’s whatever the standard is – a sort of tweedy feel to it? I LOVE the velvet though – I really want an armchair in that!

  9. Rob
    22 July, 2018 / 11:53 am

    Hi jo, I’m thinking of getting the same sofa….how has it held up?

  10. Ellie Lou
    14 August, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Hi, looking at buying this sofa. Anyone had any problems?

  11. Aaron
    4 November, 2018 / 11:58 am

    Hi Jo,

    I’m thinking of getting this sofa, how has it stood the test of time? Thanks!

    • Jo Middleton
      5 November, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Hi Aaron, yes, it’s still going strong! It’s our only sofa, so it gets a lot of use every day, but still looking good. We’ve got cats since having the sofa and even though they scratch it it stands up to that very well too :-)

      • Monica
        30 November, 2018 / 12:04 pm

        Hi. Can you tell me what colour ur sofa is

        • Jo Middleton
          30 November, 2018 / 12:40 pm

          Yes it’s the teal and blue combination.

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