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!

      • Sonya Blackmore
        7 October, 2019 / 9:31 pm

        We are thinking a out buying this sofa but not sure now .
        Might sound silly but what stuffing does yours have cause there is 3 different fillings this might make a difference on the sliding

    • Tina luscombe
      5 January, 2019 / 12:29 am

      Yes we also find the seats fall forward. Have to keep pushing them back. Very annoying !

      • Madalina
        1 April, 2019 / 11:09 am

        In the end, we sold them, for the half of the price we bought. We lost some money but to be honest, I’m glad we got rid of them.

  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?

    • Tina luscombe
      5 January, 2019 / 12:31 am

      Just that the seats slide forward and hang over the edge making it untidy. Fabric is very good. Strong. Had ours two years looks like new still.

      • JG
        31 March, 2019 / 5:32 pm

        Had ours for maybe a year, cushions slide off and the fabric has gone very bobbly and puckers

        • Jo Middleton
          1 April, 2019 / 9:53 am

          So sorry to hear that as genuinely, ours is still in really good shape! It’s our main sofa and we have three cats too, so it gets plenty of wear. I wonder if they had a bad batch??

  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.

      • Laura
        29 December, 2018 / 8:26 pm

        Hi jo – I want to get this sofa but am worried my cat will ruin it as he always scratches our sofa.
        Since getting your cats, have they pulled the threading at all, and is it now starting to bobble?

        • Jo Middleton
          2 January, 2019 / 11:39 am

          Hi Laura – my cats scratch it a lot too, and sharpen their claws on the arms, but honestly, it doesn’t show at all, I’ve been really impressed! (Especially when you compare it to an armchair I got on ebay recently that they ripped to shreds in minutes…) I can send you some pictures of the arms and back if you like? There’s nothing really to see though, the tweed-type finish seems to suit being scratched!

  12. Adam
    7 January, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    Just ordered the cuddler in leather. Excited for delivery! Anybody have any issues with the leather version?

    • Jo Middleton
      8 January, 2019 / 10:55 am

      Oooh, exciting! The cuddler looks ace :-)

  13. Ellen
    12 January, 2019 / 12:57 am

    Hi Jo,
    Have you ever washed the covers of this sofa yourself? Not sure the service care is worth it or just sales hype…

    • Jo Middleton
      14 January, 2019 / 11:28 am

      No – I’ve only ever done quick sponge jobs on them when we’ve dropped bits of chocolate or things like that. The fabric doesn’t show marks or wear very much at all, so I haven’t felt like they needed anything so far.

  14. tim Donovan
    13 April, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    We just went sofa hunting and this came out as the first choice, yay!. We loved the look and feel, although after reading this page we now have some significant resevations.
    Also read about DFS furnature durability being below expetions and a cute BBC article titled ‘DFS sales tactics’.
    Guess I will be standing up a little longer…The hunt continues

    • Jo Middleton
      15 April, 2019 / 12:27 pm

      Yeah the comments are a bit of a mixed bag aren’t they?? All I can say is that I’ve had over two years now and never had any problems with it, none of the issues with the cushions and it has worn really well, even with three cats scratching it!

  15. Michelle
    14 August, 2019 / 7:52 pm

    Hi I have this sofa & love it so you know if you can take the cover’s off & wash them?

    • Jo Middleton
      16 August, 2019 / 8:54 am

      That’s a good question! Honestly, I don’t know, as I’ve never done it. When we’ve spilt things or left marks I’ve just sponged it. Probably best to check with DFS as I wouldn’t want to advise the wrong thing!

      • David
        18 August, 2019 / 2:14 am

        DFS don’t recommend it, as it’ll affect the fire retardant nature of the fabric.

  16. Ric
    11 September, 2019 / 1:04 am

    We’ve had the three seater Zinc that matches the one in this post for around 4 years. It has also survived cat scratching attacks, and having had a toddler spill numerous drinks and wipe his nose on it etc without too much damage, so I would say that its best feature is that it is hard wearing fabric.

    Style-wise it also looks classy, but those are the only two good points for us.

    We also have a constant problem with the cushions sliding forward every time we use it. It is very frustrating and makes the sofa look really scruffy, unless you tidy it after each use. This has been an issue since the first year of owning it.

    The problem is down to the depth of the seat cushions. I wish i’d spent more time sitting back on it when trying it out in the showroom. The seat cushion is deeper than most people’s upper legs, so for anyone under 6ft to sit back against the rear cushion, the angle required of your back makes you slouch and push the seat cushion forwards with your bum. I’m 5’11 and this happens for me without fail. The only way i can actually sit upright without slouching is to sit with my legs crossed!

    The other big issue that I have with this sofa is the fabric dye has faded really badly in sunlight. The rear and top of the rear cushions/ top of side arms are often in sunshine as the sofa is positioned in a bay window. It began to fade after 1.5 years, and in places (particularly the top of back) is now closer to white than the original teal!

    We certainly wouldn’t buy another one, and I’m kind of looking forward to being rid of it. But alas, we will have to wait until our children are old enough that we dare buy a new sofa without it getting trashed. Next time comfort will be prioritised over style.

    We haven’t washed the covers on this sofa, but if you do here’s a top tip: Put them back on the cushions while still slightly damp so you can stretch them on and remove the creases.

    • Jo Middleton
      12 September, 2019 / 9:19 am

      Thanks so much for your comment Ric! I wonder if DFS made some changes to the design at some point, because the cushion slipping thing really seems to split people and I can honestly say mine don’t do it, and I’m only 5’5″! I’ve just been to have a look at the fading issue, as mine has been sat right in a window for over two years now since we moved house – you can see a line if you pull the back cushions forward, where it’s faded a little on the top half, but I wouldn’t say it’s any more than I would expect, especially as the window is south facing. I can only conclude that they must have had a lot of feedback on these issues and made changes? It’s really interesting to hear your experiences and definitely a good tip to test thoroughly in the showroom.

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