Whether you are trying to save space in a one-bed flat, or you want somewhere to keep all of the clutter that comes with a family, choosing a sofa with storage is a smart way to save space and maximise the usage of one of the most expensive household items you will buy.

Storage can make the smallest of spaces a breeze to live in, from somewhere to stuff the cushions and throws in summer, to cutting out the need for other bulkier items entirely, here’s eight of the best on the market.

Cedar sofas with bookcase, £1099, Sofology

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a book on the sofa, so why not combine the two? This is a seriously clever space saving invention - bookcases are one of the bulkier things to squeeze into your living room, so this combination will save valuable floor and wall space. Okay, so if you are a serious book lover then you might not squeeze your whole collection in, but you could always store the rest and keep your favourites to hand.  Shelves aside, this is a beauty of a sofa with a range of colours to choose from and modern metal legs. A bangin’ space saver.

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Bishopstrow Chaise five seater storage sofa, £2530, Willow and Hall 

If you’ve got a slightly bigger space to play with, but you still need clever storage solutions then this beautiful five-seater is a great option. It is a bit more expensive, but has a handmade harwood frame so it’s built to last. It comes in 100 different fabric designs, so plenty of choice, and there’s enough room to store cushions and blankets too. The real winning quality though is comfort factor; with its oversized back cushions it is perfect for sinking into with a film and a cup of tea.

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Barbican LHF Chaise sofa bed with storage, £2399, John Lewis 

This retro-inspired Barbican sofa is picture perfect. It has gorgeous wooden feet that come in a light or dark finish and the corner design means that you can seat the whole crew comfortably, without having to resort to emergency chairs. It comes with multiple fabric options too, so there is sure to be one that’s fits your home decor. This is a great option if you are always struggling for space but love to entertain; maybe keep the red wine away from that light grey though! 

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Sidney large three seater sofa with storage, £2300, Habitat 

If you are more minimalist than clutter collector, then this low-key sofa from Habitat is a treat for the eyes. It looks laid back and effortlessly cool on the outside, while storing your unsightly nic nacs on the inside. Italian-made with low, deep seating makes this one of the comfier storage sofas out there. This is a city dwellers’ sofa; perfect for hanging out with friends with removable fabric covers for washing too. Minimal look; minimal fuss.

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Dreamer storage chaise sofa, £799, SCS 

It’s the Swiss army knife of sofas — sofa, bed and storage all in one. This is a great way to maximise precious space at home, especially if you have fewer bedrooms than friends! It comes in seven colours, including a modern lime. Perfect for minimalist Scandi vibes. A great-value all-rounder for making the most out of your sofa space. 

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Sollerön, £357, Ikea

This outdoor sofa is a great solution to storing garden or balcony cushions and throws when it rains. All of the cushion covers can be removed and are machine washable and the hand-woven plastic rattan looks natural, but is super durable for outdoor use. The storage compartments are pretty sizeable so you could chuck a load of clutter in here out of the way, while giving your outdoor space a makeover at the same time. Bring on the barbecues.

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London three-seater sofa bed with storage, £2025, Furl

This London sofa has a nifty solution to storage, maximising the space in the arms of the sofa they have created masses of otherwise wasted space without the need to impose on the underneath of the sofa — they have managed to squeeze a sofa bed under there instead. For a sofa of this size, the storage space is super impressive and the arms raise effortlessly on gas pistons. Simple and and chic. 

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Kalamos 3 Seater Storage Chaise Sofa, £2199, DFS

If you’ve got a large family then this big leather sofa with tons of storage is a really good practical solution. There are 15 colours to choose from and it’s sturdy enough to stand up to excitable children or pets, both of whom will have plenty of space for lounging. Leather is also durable and wipe clean; all in all this sofa is a parent’s paradise. 

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Verdict: Best sofas with storage

If you are after storage space for cushions and covers then the London three-seater sofa bed with storage is hard to beat and gets top prizes for innovation. However, the winner has to be the Cedar sofa with bookcase for eliminating another bulky piece of furniture altogether -  top class decluttering.

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