From the mattress-in-a-box craze to boxed sofas. There is a growing furniture category adapting to this trend of easy assemble, boxed delivery and, of course, the free trial period. The sofa-in-a-box.
Inside Furniture decided it was time to un-box this sector and took a closer look at the four main names already out on the marketplace.
The Snug Shack claim to have over 50 years in the furniture industry and have come up with the ideal solution that marries up quality product with short lead times. The sofa-in-a-box.
On its website, they say: “We invented the Sofa in a Box – stylish and comfortable self-assembly sofas that get delivered in 3 days and take just 3 minutes to put together – no tools required!”
Three is certainly the magic number for Snug Shack and they even offer another three – with a zero on the end – in the form of a 30-day trial where consumers can buy, try and send back with a full refund if the sofa doesn’t pass the ‘comfort test’.
Its one model in three variations start at £599 for a 1.5 seater, £899 for its three-seater, while its modular version starts from £1,599.
Another brand trying to reinvent the sofa shopping experience is Swyft, which is quick to name drop its headline stockist, being London-based Lombok.
The brand claims to delivery in just two days with an assembly time of 5 minutes, while also pointing out that no tools are needed.
The main difference here is their trial period is 100 days – very similar to the boxed mattress 100 nights trial. Furthermore, they promote the fact that they plant two trees for every one it uses during the manufacture of its products.
Adding to its sustainable mantra, they said: “The world we live in is a lovely place and we want to keep it that way, that’s why Swyft is made from FSC certified wood. We’ve also minimised our impact as best as we can (and will continue to try and be better)
“Our packaging is made from recycled materials that are biodegradable. Including the plastic which has d2w added that over time with the presence of oxygen turns the plastic into a material with a different molecular structure. At the end of the process, it is no longer plastic and has become a material which will biodegrade in the open environment in the same way as a leaf.”
Again, only one model is on offer, Model 01 (a fitting name), and is available in three sizes. The armchair is priced at £595, while the two-seater and three-seater sofas are priced at £895 and £995 respectively. Swyft are also partnered with flexible payment provider Klarna.
Evie at Argos
Argos has entered the game with its cheaper alternative, Evie. Priced at £200, the boxed two-seater sofa comes with a 10 year frame guarantee and can be delivered or set for store pick up.
As stated on the Argos website: “Quick and easy to assemble, it’s neatly packed into 2 boxes so it’ll fit into most cars, through doorways, and up stair wells. There’s no waiting in for delivery, simply pop in store to pick your sofa up! Easy-peasy! It’s got a slim design with smooth hardwearing fabric and tapered legs that give it a subtle retro nod.”
Sofi at John Lewis
Offering a 10-year guarantee, the Sofi two-seater sofa comes with reversible cushions and a ‘no tool needed’ assembly plus.
Furthermore, John Lewis says that the sofa comes delivered in modular parts in small boxes and is priced at £447.
Sofa in a box at Furn-on and Tender Sleep
Two more cheaper alternatives come in the form of Furn-on and Tender Sleep. Priced at £299 and from £149 respectively, the boxed sofas sit at the lower end of the market. Both offer standard delivery as part of the company’s policy and don’t appear to promote a free trial of any sort.
In conclusion, these are just a few names in the boxed sofa marketplace across different price points. It will be interesting to see if this grows at the same pace of mattress-in-a-box brands and if its a sustainable market.
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