I find it strange the sofa hasn't been replaced. This isn't recent damage. Are TV sofas very expensive?
Yes - you're looking at a much bigger cheque for a decent bespoke TV sofa made by a proper furniture manufacturer, than for a retail build (Tens of thousands of pounds would be a sensible amount to budget)
A lot of TV sofas are custom made by Davison Highley. They made the current Breakfast sofa, The One Show sofa, the Graham Norton Show sofa etc. : https://www.davisonhighley.co.uk/bespoke.html
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You have three real choices when designing a studio set with a sofa :
1. Buy or hire an existing commercially available seating solution (often these are designed for comfort and don't look great on camera - but there are sofas that work fine). Doing this does mean you have no guarantee that other shows won't use the same seating and have the same look.
2. Get your set construction company to make the seating. Whilst this may be cost effective, furniture construction is a specialised area, and a set construction company will probably just make a wooden structure and pad it, then upholster it simply. It won't be that comfortable, won't be that durable, but for a short run it may solve a problem cost effectively.
3. Go to a furniture manufacturer and order a bespoke designed sofa. This is by far the best solution for long-running shows. You end up with a unique sofa designed specifically for you, but built to high standards by people who know how to build sofas (other industries like retail, restaurants, high-end corporate hospitality etc. also often bespoke seating designs from these companies so they have in-house design and construction teams for bespoke construction). For long-running shows with a decent budget, this is by far the best solution. It is also the most expensive.
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