Self Assembly Sofa?
A good idea?
I was recently looking for a new sofa for our new house. We already had a decent sofa bed which was comfortable and spacious - for two. But there are three in this house, and it's not the largest living room ever, so the sofa had to be small in size and because we had just bought a new house it had to be fairly cheap as flush with cash is not how I'd describe us currently.
So surfing on the internet we found quite a few websites selling self assembly sofas. Sofa we have to assemble ourselves. Assemble sofas ourselves? It initially sounded like a crazy idea but after some more investigation it didn't appear to be too difficult. The site we used gave plenty of simple instruction for assembly their sofas. Plus they met the most important criteria, they seemed to have a larger range in sizes, or more aptly, a range of smaller sofas. Plus they appeared to be quite cheap and cheerful.
They can be recommended for anyone also attempting to buy a sofa to fit in a loft conversion, or someone who lives in an apartment block, as delivery is so much easier when the sofa is in several pieces.
I wasn't too worried about buying a sofa from the internet. I know a lot of people would prefer to sit on a sofa prior to buying it, but when you're only spending a few hundred pounds that doesn't seem to be too much of a worry. Plus our last sofabed was bought online, and that turned out to be great.
I was intrigued as to the quality and comfort of the sofa, and was quite excited when the day came close for it to be delivered. I couldn't wait to get home and build it once home, I was sure it wouldn't be difficult, would it?
So it arrived. I should have taken pictures of the assembly so I could post them up for you, but I was too eager to put it together, so the only picture I can post is the completed product. It came in 3 sections, the base, the back/arms/front and another bag with the cushions.
All in all it took my partner and I just over 30 minutes to put together. Simple! Everything fitted perfectly. As we paid extra for the fabric guard, as part of the deal, we received free cushions and arm covers. The arm covers we were never going to be keen on, I believe they are generally associated with the older generation which I attempt to have not reached just yet. But we are keeping them in place guessing that it may keep the arms clean/damage free for a while longer. But the cushions? How small were the cushions I hear you ask? I don't know is the honest answer, I didn't have a magnifying glass at hand to see them. I jest slightly of course, they weren't really minuscule, the just appear tiny compared to any 'normal' sized cushions.
The seat was slightly hard, but I wasn't expecting amazing seat cushions for a sofa which was so cheap. Besides, if you can't afford to splash the cash on an expensive sofa, you can always buy a cheap one and add some nice cushions. A much cheaper option overall, and when we have some time we will be shopping for a couple of nice cushions. The color was just about what we selected and generally fitted in with the other sofa we already owned, and with the furniture, and with the walls a little. Although, as I mentioned before, we've moved recently so the walls could always be changing color.
So all in all, would I recommend a self assembly sofa. Definitely! You don't need much prior knowledge to build a sofa like this. It was cheap, and appears to be quite comfortable. And it also fits perfectly into it's small space in the living room, what more could you ask for?