It’s quite a bit deal choosing a new sofa. Well, it is to me for sure. It’s a really long term commitment in terms of colour, size and not to mention long term comfiness.
When Mae was teeny tiny we invested in our first set from Sofa Workshop after much deliberation. Oh boy, I have loved them.
Over the years they’ve endured smalls kids clambering all over them, friends’ last minute late night sleeps after dinner parties, regular film sit ins where we have all bundled cosily on with our duvets … you name it. Also, they have changed colour, starting out as purple and then being recovered by Sofa Workshop in to a lovely Designers Guild pink.
Although I’m extremely sentimental when it comes to such things, we’ve reached a new phase in life where we needed a new look all together but the same standard because, without wanting to sound cheesy, I have learnt to trust the quality and workmanship of the company. So, it has been the perfect opportunity to work with Sofa Workshop and review two new sofas for our home. I’ve waited a month or so to talk about them so that we could properly try them out and be as true as possible with our thoughts.
I didn’t know until speaking with Sofa Workshop also that they work in partnership with The British Heart Foundation meaning that if you want to pass on your current sofa to a charity when receiving new ones, then it’s really easy to arrange and it gets collected. We did this and it’s nice to know that some benefit will come of it.
We now have the Sofa Workshop Eden four seater which is covered in ‘ Vogue, Teal ‘ or as some friends have described it as a peacock blue ? It is an extremely soft and tactile fabric that you might mistake as a velvet as it looks and feels so soft. The legs make the sofa higher off the ground than our last ones. I chose the Eden because of my mid century taste and wanted something with good back support and generous in size to lounge around on. Because we were downsizing the other sofa, it needed to be pretty long to make up for space – it’s 244 cm which is perfect.
The legs are solid wood in walnut stain and tapered. A practical point here but easy to hoover underneath which can’t be a bad thing. The back cushions are are a blend of feather and fibre and the seat is foam. I’ve tried to think of anything I can say that is a constructive criticism of this sofa but I actually can’t. I love it and because the design is timeless I can’t see us ever tiring of it. I believe the Eden is one of their most popular styles and can totally see why.
Now on to our Broadwick. I had some real fun here choosing the fabric. Sofa Workshop literally stock so many different brands along with their own which amounts to thousands of choices. Where do you start ? Well, I have wanted animal print for some time which narrowed it down and so in the end this ‘ Cheetah ‘ print by Matthew Williamson for Osborne and Little in teal was the winner.
I clearly want blue to be the predominant colour of this room to go with yellow and grey, as you will have seen by my recent posts. But felt the second sofa needed more texture to it to avoid it being all too much the same and liked the idea of using something that would play with the classic design of the Broadwick style, which incidentally reminds me so much of my childhood and some of my relatives furniture and that’s why I went for it.
The Broadwick is super comfortable and although comes in several sizes, the Snuggler is ideal. The bolster cushions, piping and button detail give a nod to Regency times with a contemporary twist with its shape. The guarantee for the frame is 25 years long which is quite an attractive deal. Although we went for the same leg colour as the Eden, there are others to consider.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it would be as comfortable as the Eden given its rounded look but in fact it is indeed. It’s true to it’s name and very snuggly. We use it more than our old sofa because it’s easier to position. Although it looks super grand it fits in very well in our busy home lifestyle. You know when you have a piece that you know will stay with you ? Well, it’s one of those.
The service we received was good. The guys at Sofa Workshop were helpful and when I had a few questions after delivery, the lady I spoke with was really nice and swift. Customer service is very important I feel, don’t you ?
So there we are, I hope you’ve found this interesting and maybe useful ? Do leave me a comment with any questions or just to say hi.
The sofas were a gift from Sofa Workshop. I feel very lucky. All opinions as ever are my own though.