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Guides & Help 2019-04-09

What is a Snuggle Chair?

Also known as ‘love seats’, here at ScS, we have a wide range of snuggle chairs, perfect for getting cosy with loved ones. But, what exactly is a Snuggle Chair? We’ve delved into the history of this dainty chair and rounded up a selection of our favourite pieces available both in store and online.

ScS News 2017-06-12

The history of ScS!

After 120 years of trading, ScS has gone from a single, family run furniture store to one of the UK’s largest sofa and carpet specialists, with 100 stores nationwide.

ScS began trading as a general home furnishings store in Sunderland in 1894, under the name Sunderland Suites Centres, before growing steadily within the North East over the next 100 years.

By the 1980s, the business operated from eight stores in the North East of England, moving from general furnishings to specialising in selling upholstered furniture.

Following a management buyout in 1993, the business began to expand outside of the North East, and focused on establishing ScS as a major UK sofa specialist, operating from larger and more modern stores in retail park locations.

With new management in position, a store extension programme was put in place to ensure continuous expansion of the business and by 2007 ScS had increased to 95 stores nationwide, under the guidance of the company’s Chief Executive Offer David Knight, who was appointed in 2002.

History of ScS!

In 2012, following the launch of flooring products at ScS, the company was re-branded ‘Sofa Carpet Specialist’ and a number of operational initiatives were also undertaken, including upgrades to business processes, management information and information technology systems.

These improvements within the business led to ScS Group plc being listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2015, following a successful initial public offering.

Following this, five more stores were opened, taking us to a total of 100 stores across the country from as far north as Aberdeen all the way down to Plymouth, and we now employ more than 1,400 people across the UK.

Throughout this growth process, we have ensured that the needs of our customers have remained at the core of everything we do, and our mission is to deliver excellent service, value and quality through the passion and care of our employees, that is why all of our specialists are all expertly trained in their field.

We pride ourselves on giving our customers a unique shopping experience allowing them to shop easily in-store, online or by phone, with experienced sofa and flooring professionals on hand to provide expert knowledge and advice.

ScS News 2017-05-24

Seaham Coast U7s football team kick off with support from ScS

ScS has donated £1,000 towards the Seaham Coast Football Club, allowing the U7s squad to develop into a full team and become a member of the Durham County Football Association. The club has also signed up Lee French, Senior Business Reporting Analyst at ScS, to manage the team.

The club approached Lee to coach the youngsters as his son currently plays on the team along with ScS’s CFO Chris Muir’s son. Wanting to take on the challenge of building and developing a football team, Lee accepted the position.

Seaham Coast Football Club has teams ranging from under 7s right through to under 18s and began 10 years ago. Quickly becoming popular in the region, the club has over 150 children registered to its teams who each compete in leagues across the North East.

Lee French, Senior Business Reporting Analyst at ScS, says: “The biggest challenge, even for a grass roots under 7s football team, is the red tape. Costs such as insurance, purchasing strips, coats for the kids, organising and paying for training facilities, league fees, pitch fees and referees fees can all add up especially when combined with the cost of training equipment like bibs, balls and cones.

“I quickly realised that, just to get the under 7s team started, I was going to need in excess of £1,000 so I approached ScS for support and funding.  Kevin Royal, ScS MD and his wife Ann, agreed to support the cause and without their generosity we wouldn’t have been able to get the team to where it is today.  We have been able to purchase all necessary items and the team has been given a great start to their footballing career!

“The great side of coaching the team is seeing the kids progress, develop and play the game they love. We have recently joined the Russell Foster Tyne & Wear Youth League which is excellently run and we now play our games at a pitch that has brilliant facilities.”

Seaham Coast U7s

Seaham Coast U7s football team with coach Lee French, Senior Business Reporting Analyst at ScS

Lindsey Duncton, Marketing Manager at ScS, said: “ScS is incredibly proud to support the U7s team at Seaham Coast Football Club. It’s great to support a local cause that is encouraging young children to be passionate about sport.

“It’s also great that Lee has been signed by the team to help coach the young squad. He will be able to develop the skills of the team which will hopefully lead to league success.”

Guides & Help 2015-03-13

A Guide to Buying a Corner Sofa

A Guide to Buying a Corner Sofa

Choosing a new corner sofa can seem a bit daunting but it shouldn’t need to be. Although it is an investment purchase, as long as you measure and do your research, buying a new sofa should be plain sailing. There are many things you need to take into consideration before purchasing a new piece of furniture, but here at ScS, we’ve put together a handy guide to buying a corner sofa to take away all the hard work and make choosing your new sofa as stress free as possible.

Before buying any new pieces of furniture you need to consider a few things…

  • Do you want something practical or luxurious?
  • Are there any pets in the house?
  • How many people will be using the sofa?

Once you’ve established what kind of sofa you are looking for and what style will best suit your needs, it’s time to start browsing. There are a wide range of styles and sizes to choose from, but depending on the size of your room, you need to take into consideration what would work best for your home. Corner sofas are especially good for larger living spaces – they can easily fit into a corner and free up space – or can create a divide in an open plan living area. Available in leather or fabric, recliner or static, there are tons of different styles to choose from.

Measure, measure, and measure again…


So you’ve decided you want a new sofa and you’ve started to look at different styles, now it’s time to get the measuring tape out. All of our pieces of furniture come with a handy measuring guide on our website, giving you all of the important dimensions you will need. Measure the space where your new sofa will be placed, as well as any doors where the furniture will be carried through. Make sure to double check any measurements taken; even the tiniest amount can make a huge difference to how your furniture will look.

Left or right hand facing…

Chances are if you’ve been looking at corner sofas online, you will have seen either RHF or LHF next to products. But don’t let furniture jargon baffle you – this simply means either right hand facing or left hand facing and determines where the longest part of your sofa will lie. See our blog post here highlighting the difference between RHF and LHF corner sofas.

Fabric or Leather…

When it comes to choosing what sofa material to buy always take into consideration your lifestyle. If you have any pets or children around the house who are prone to the odd accident, leather can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth; any spillages can be taken care of right away. Whereas, fabric is more suited to non-scratching or biting pets and can withstand gentle vacuuming to remove any mess.

Static or recliner…

Corner sofas are available in various different styles, so you can choose the right one for your home. Lounge around with the whole family on a reclining corner, or choose a stylish static fabric sofa. Also available are corner sofa beds, perfect for to free up some space when you have extra guests staying over.

Match your sofa to your interiors…

Your new sofa will be the focal point of your living space, so it’s best to either buy a piece of furniture that fits around the décor of the room or add a few accessories to tie into your colour scheme. For a piece that will fit any interior design, opt for neutral colours of beige and cream with bold scatter cushions to create a cosy feel. Whereas for a modern décor and to create a focal point, opt for darker colours of black, grey and brown.

Added Extras…

Once you’ve decided on a style and colour scheme to suit your living space, now it’s time to think about any added extras. Choose from foam, fibre, and standard or scatter back cushions for extra comfort. Foam cushions are firmer and give added support, whereas fibre offer a softer more comfortable feel; many of our sofas are complete with foam seats as standard but are also offered as an upgrade on various ranges.

Once you’ve taken all of these things into consideration you should be well on your way to choosing the perfect corner sofa for your home. To browse our full range of corner sofas and get some much needed inspiration visit our website