To celebrate the natural creativity of youngsters, we teamed up with Ashley Manor, a UK award-winning upholstery expert, to launch a nationwide design competition called ‘My Sofa is’.

Gracee Denning, aged 10, has been crowned the top designer, with her school inspired sofa winning first place in a national vote. The Essex youngster entered her design (below) with the caption: “My sofa is… all about my school, it’s bright and will make people happy when they see it. I came up with this sofa because I realised school has lots of equipment and subjects and I’ve put all these into our super school sofa.”

My Sofa Is

Ashley Manor will work with Gracee to make her sofa a reality and donate it to Gracee’s school, Noak Bridge Primary School in Basildon. Gracee has also been given the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris. On winning the competition, Gracee said:

“I am extremely happy! What came as a surprise for me was not only my sofa being made for my school, but also a trip to Disneyland!! As well as all this, I have the lovely comments that people wrote about me.

“I hope to carry on with art in the future, and with my job when I am older. I would like to be a photographer, or sell my pieces of art and become an amazing artist. I am so so happy that I won, thank you so much.”

Children across the UK were invited to enter the competition, with us receiving over 300 entries. Some of the runners up can be seen below:

My Sofa Is

Learning through the Seasons – Evie-Grace, aged 6 years – Bhyll Acre Primary School, Wolverhampton
My sofa story: ‘My sofa is… all about the different seasons as we’ve learnt about them at school recently. I love learning and being at school with my friends all year round.’

Sweet Treats – Lauren, aged 8 years – Dame Janet Primary Academy, Ramsgate
My sofa story: ‘My Grandad loves liquorice, so my sofa is… a colourful, yummy sofa for us to eat his favourite sweets and watch a film together.’

Magic Tree – Jacob, aged 7 years – Ton-Yr-Ywen Primary School, Cardiff
My sofa story: ‘Inspired by my school badge, my sofa is… a tree with many different leaves. It will make you feel like you’re sitting in its branches with our school mascots Nuts the squirrel and Walt the owl.’

Unite in Comfort – Marie, aged 9 years and 5 months – Dame Janet Primary Academy, Ramsgate
My sofa story: ‘My sofa is… a place all countries can unite together in comfort, all ethnicities and origins relaxing as one.’