Top Five TV Sofas and Chairs

We at Martin & Parker like to think we know a thing or two about sofas and chairs. The sofa is a perfect social hub where we can talk, relax and commune. Television writers clearly understand this which has led to countless sofas and chairs becoming as much an icon of their show as the characters themselves. We had 5 minutes in the showroom today and compiled a top five of our favourite TV sofas and chairs. Let us know if you agree…

  • The Simpsons

This famous brown four-seater first appeared on our screens back in 1989 and has subsequently survived 26 years of chaos and mayhem. If you remember correctly it originally belonged to their Christian neighbour Ned Flanders who disposed of it outside his home. Homer saw an opportunity for a free sofa and it has resided in the Simpson living room ever since.

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  • Friends

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the cultural impact Friends left after its decade long run. One of the most iconic elements of the show was their local Manhattan coffeehouse ‘Central Perk’ and the orange mohair sofa that so frequently brought the characters together. A bit of TV trivia for you – this gorgeous Victorian style sofa was originally found unloved in a Warner Bros basement before being salvaged for some very famous bottoms to sit on!

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  • Mastermind

The conceptual origin behind Mastermind and its iconic black leather chair is actually rather sinister. Bill Wright who founded the show in 1972 drew inspiration from his traumatic experience as a POW in World War II. The notion of being interrogated in the spotlight had distinct parallels to his treatment by the Gestapo thus heightening the pressure on contestants to answer questions. Despite being axed by the BBC in 1997, the show once again returned to our screens in 2003 with the leather chair in tow.


  • Big Brother

Known as ‘the diary room chair’, the Big Brother chair has become an icon of the show and has featured in many hours of addictive tv viewing. This famous seat has been the focus of tittle tattle and drama for well over a decade now.

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  • The Two Ronnies

How could we forget Ronnie Corbett’s endearingly droll armchair monologues. A staple of The Two Ronnies sketch show, this beige armchair became home to his rambling anecdotes for a good sixteen years. We hope you enjoy this video

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Restyle Your Home With Confidence

Restyling our homes should be an enjoyable, creative experience but with the endless variety of interior design styles and influences it can become a headache. Minimalist, Art Deco, Shabby Chic, what to choose?

If you are going to concentrate your energy and money on just one area, make it the lounge.It’s the room where you want to entertain guests and relax after a hard day’s work.

To guide you along your interior journey, Martin & Parker have compiled a list of tips that will aid you in your quest for design equilibrium and domestic harmony…

  • Sofa

There’s nothing nicer than stretching out on a huge sofa to relax but in order to ensure it doesn’t engulf a room use this trick; anchor the large item of furniture by putting it flat against a wall and use a couple of bold, eye catching pieces for balance such as a large mirror or a jumbo print. Believe it or not numerous small pieces of furniture make a compact room look even smaller so fewer pieces that are bigger will work better.


  • Television Placement

Despite what certain design catalogues may demonstrate, placing a flat screen television above an operational fireplace (wood-burning or otherwise) is a bad idea. Not only does the heat damage the screen but positioning it so high willcause eventual discomfort in the neck of viewers forced to arch their view upwards. Televisions should be placed three times the length of their screen away from seating and ideally at eye level from where you are sitting. Try placing the television in a corner at an angle so the flow of the room is uninterrupted.

  • Coffee Table

The coffee table is a strong connective point that brings your furniture together both aesthetically and practically. It is generally advised that you place the table approximately 12 to 24 inches away from seating so you bring a balanced sense of space and have room for knees!Having an ottoman with a large tray on top instead of a traditional coffee table is currently very on trend, this also provides further seating if the tray is removed making your furniture multi functional.

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  • Contrast

Mixing different patternssuch as maxi floral prints and super sized stripes can look vibrant and fun if you get it right, the trick to mixing is to pick a colour theme that will anchor the space and tie the whole room together.  If you prefer a more simple colour palate then an all white space is uber chic but to avoid it looking ‘hospital like’ introduce textures such as a crocheted throw, linen sofa and knobbly rug to add depth to this monochromatic look.

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  • Don’t stress!

If a full room make over is more than you can bear then keep your furniture and décor neutral and just update small items, as you would update your wardrobe. A few new seasonal, on trend accessories can really freshen a room, such as cushions, throws, pictures and plant pots. This way you can play with colours and patterns without blowing the budget.

Martin & Parker can now offer a complete room redesign service through our highly recommended interior designer Kay Ward who can help you decide on anything from a colour scheme right through to project managing your complete room refurbishment.

If you have any tips of your own please don’t hesitate to share them with Martin & Parker on Facebook and Twitter.