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Top 5 check designs to suit any sofa

While you may associate check patterns with the kilts and bonnets of the Highlands, check designs have a timeless appeal that know no boundaries.

Whether it is the simple, understated squares of gingham or the intricate blends of classic tartan, check designs are a sure-fire way to win style points with your guests.

But it’s not all red and black patterns – there are many more fabric designs you need to consider before going “all in” with your check theme. For inspiration, take a look at our favourite check designs, below.

Brodie 1702

Brodie 1702 check upholstery fabric

With a pared back look that’s effortlessly elegant, Brodie 1702 is perfect for a contemporary living room.

This simple pattern uses bold lines on neutral backgrounds to create an aesthetic that is striking but not overpowering. The faux-wool material is soft and retains warmth - ideal for those cosy “cuddle up by the fire” Fridays. Pair it with other bold colours, like deep blues or jewel tones, to put your prized stripes in the spotlight.

What’s more, our Brodie sofa cover fabric can be easily cleaned in the washing machine without any risk of fabric damage. Perfect!

Glencoe Tartan

Glencoe Tartan upholstery fabric

Conjuring up images of magnificent mountain ranges and enchanting lochs, our Glencoe Tartan fabric brings the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands direct to your lounge.

Traditional plaid patterns blend autumn colours together for a rustic and charming look. Whether you opt for the bold reds and blues of Mellis or the understated darker shades of Sinclair, our Glencoe Tartan fabrics look just as charming on regal armchairs as they do on full sofa suites.

Top tip: Tartan is the perfect pattern for making bold statements. Decorate your sofa or armchair in daring check and give the rest of your décor a pared-back breather.

Kingston Check

Kingston Check upholstery fabric on armchair

Our Kingston Check fabric has the cool classic look made famous by interior designers.

Large squares draw the eye while the faded inner squares give the appearance of more space. For example, the calming blues on cream check of Midnight are ideal for a nautical colour scheme. On the other hand, Ruby Kingston Check is reminiscent of gingham fabric, making it the perfect fit for rural homes.

For a beautifully co-ordinated living room, try this pattern alongside our matching timeless Kingston Stripe fabric.


Incorporating a zig-zagged dogtooth design, our Stirling fabric is the perfect fabric for eclectic homes.

Choose our brilliantly bold Coral tone, with its burnt orange stripes and grey squares, for a convivial theme. On the other end of the spectrum, Dove is far more subdued, with calm grey and eggshell blue tones balancing even the busiest homes.


Mull check upholstery fabric

For timeless elegance and unparalleled versatility, look no further than our Mull fabric.

For bold living rooms, you can’t go wrong with our vivid Red Mull fabric. As for subtler setups, you can go for the more neutral, but no less charming, Oatmeal or Caramel colourways.

These fabrics are only a very small sample of the Plumbs plaid patterns that can define your living room’s look. For our full range of check patterns, head over to the Plumbs website.

Sophie Page
Sophie Page

Sophie is a great granddaughter of the founders of the business - so fabrics and furniture are almost part of her DNA! Her interests include home interiors and upcycling, and her favourite show to watch after work is The Repair Shop. Some of the topics she covers on the Plumbs blog include sofa reupholstery and furniture protection.

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