Buying a new sofa can be a daunting experience at the best of times. Not only do you need to consider the best shape, size and colour for your home, but getting value for money is often less than straight forward.
Of course retailers don't help with their year round sales and peculiar finance gimmicks. What is and what isn't good value is often difficult to decipher and you can end up more confused than when you started.
Fortunately, buying your new sofa direct from the manufacturer will not only save you money, but also ensure you end up with the sofa most suited to your needs.
Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Sofa Direct from the Manufacturer
1. Product Knowledge
By talking direct to the manufacturer, you get in-depth information directly from the experts. Much of the true value of a sofa is hidden beneath the covering, so it is crucial to get reliable information about the frame and springing.
Manufacturing staff can give you exact details on the product and also advise on what fillings are best suited to your comfort requirements. And in the unlikely event that something goes wrong and you need after sales advice, they are the go to people to put things right.
2. Huge Savings
We all want the best deal possible and buying direct from the manufacturer is a sure fire way of getting value for money. When you buy direct, you effectively pay trade price free from retail overheads, such as shop rent and salesman commission. You also bypass the retailer's profit margin.
With no retail middleman to factor in and no store overheads to cover, the savings get passed straight onto you. Win win!
3. Quicker Delivery
It is a sad reflection of the times that much of what is sold in furniture stores these days is made abroad. Most retailers have opted to supply cheap inferior products from Eastern Europe or East Asia rather than well-made British upholstery. As well as compromising quality, it can take up to 12 weeks for furniture to arrive from abroad.
If you want a quicker delivery then choose a British sofa manufacturer. Sofas can be specified to your exact requirements and manufactured and delivered direct to your living room, usually in less than 6 weeks.
4. Extra Guarantees
Buying direct gives you added guarantees, the most important of which is being able to try out your new furniture in your living room without risk. Buying from a retailer allows you to try out their goods in a showroom, but this can never give you a true feeling of how your new furniture is going to look and feel in your home.
Many manufacturers who only have factory showrooms offer a no risk home trial guarantee. This can be as much as 21 days and gives you the opportunity to try out the furniture in the place that truly matters. If it's not suitable they will exchange to a different model, size, shape or colour; or offer a collection and full refund.
Without wishing to be too preachy, we all need to take responsibility for the sustainability of the products we buy. Knowing where and how a product is made and most importantly, ensuring materials have been sourced responsibly, is our collective duty.
Talking directly to the manufacturer about the origin of their hardwood for example, will give you both piece of mind that you are purchasing a sustainably sourced product and confidence that your new sofa is built to last. And remember that locally sourced goods from British manufacturers are far more environmentally friendly than imported products from unknown origins.
SofaSofa is a British upholstery manufacturer with over 30 years' experience in supplying British-made sofas direct to the public. Choose from over 50 designs in both fabric and leather for delivery in less than 6 weeks. Call 01495 244226 for a free colour brochure or visit www.sofasofa.co.uk to choose your next beautiful handcrafted sofa.