Why I Couldn’t Buy A Sofa Online


Why I couldn’t buy a sofa online isn’t as complicated a statement as you might think.

We have lived in our current home, a Victorian semi, for just about 17 months now.  It’s in sound condition for a house that is over 100 years old apart from its windows and its boiler… and its water flow which is a touchy subject with Mr Bbed. I switch off when he talks about these sort of things. That’s one of the oh so little things that I get on his nerves about after 31 years together.

As with all homes you want to put your personal stamp on them, don’t you? The windows will probably be the last job. We live in a conservation area and have to replace like for like so the windows are going to be a very BIG expense. I try not to focus on boiler issues too much unless it impinges on my shower time!

We ( the royal we that is ) have estimated around three years from a financial and time perspective before we have done most jobs that will make us feel settled  and be able to call our house truly our home. A lot of things are and will continue to be furniture purchases because we’ve come from  very modern open plan living to a home that is divided into ‘living’ rooms.

This was  our previous living room where my boys spent a lot of their childhood. You can see that it included a very large sofa and as you can guess said sofa would not fit into either our new snug or our new sitting room.



Moving onto  replacing the sofa wasn’t going to be difficult in my head or so I thought. I scoured the internet like you do. My requirements were that it had to be:

  • soft and squidgy
  • velvet
  • teal/tuquoise in colour
  • have a matching ottoman style footstool

I fell in love with so many. Here’s a few of them:

The ‘Dixie’ plush velvet from Loaf


Exactly what I wanted but how could I test it out without going down to one of their London stores?

The ‘Knightley’ from Arlo & Jacob

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Again a London showroom.

Another one I also loved from Arlo & Jacob — ‘The Darcy’


This one also looked quite lush from Maison du Monde as well.

bbed-why-i-couldnt-buy-a-soaf-onlineSo much choice and this is only just a small selection of what I found and fell in love with. I was easily able to order swatches so at least I could be sure of fabric and colour matching but what about comfort and fit? It’s a bit different to buying a pair of shoes isn’t it? They can be swiftly parcelled back up and returned but when something is being made to order and potentially you are parting with a couple of  k’s — then you really need to be sure it is comfortable and exactly what you want.

So it is for this reason I couldn’t buy a sofa online and I took my self off to a furniture store I’ve purchased from previously in the hope that they could match my requirements in comparison to what I found online. This go to designer furniture store started out in Teesside and has stores in London too  as well as a good geographical spread for clicks and mortar style shopping across the country. We ordered it in February and we’ve been told it will arrive mid May so I’ll write up about it when it arrives. There has been a tiny blip so far about the cushions but I’ll explain more when it arrives and I can show you.

I’m currently searching for what I call a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ high backed style comfy chair ( not leather so not too Sherlock)  for the snug and having much the same problem.

Believe you me I love online shopping — in many repsects for lots of purchases I prefer it —  just not this time.

Do you agree that there are some things especially large value purchases that you simply can’t or wouldn’t buy online?



  1. April 11, 2017 / 8:22 am

    We bought our last sofa online – they tell you the measurements and it was cheap of chips. We’re replacing it next year with something more expensive though and will definitely be buying from an actual shop – probably John Lewis x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 12, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      I’ve since found out on Twitter from Loaf as a response to this post that they have made an exclusive range for John Lewis. Had I known this I would’ve paid a visit to Newcastle branch. They don’t mention it anywhere on the Loaf website which I find a bit strange. The only thing about buying online for such a big purchase is the comfort test which is what bothers me for such a large financial outlay. Maybe we’ll be able to test in VR one day!!

  2. April 11, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Your home is lovely! Have fun deciding…love the teal colours!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 12, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Much love to The Hoopers — thankyou! ox

  3. April 15, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I’ve been humming and aahing over a teal sofa from Loaf for about 9 months (the butterbump) and I love the swatches (and the free hot chocolate they come with) but I just can’t bring myself to spend all that cash when I’ve never sat on it. Will definitely be checking out John Lewis to see what they’ve got in there!!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 15, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Sadly, the John Lewis collection didn’t have what I wanted this time around when Loaf shared it with me. I’m glad you feel the same although not that you can’t buy a sofa, Rachel!! The fact that other people do agree it’s a big purchase to buy unseen and untried. I’m so excited for my Barker & Stonehouse one to arrive. It takes a long time but hopefully will be worth the wait. I hope you find one soon 🙂

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