The 2nd most important purchase you will probably ever have to make for your flat is the sofa/couch. I spent ages pulling my hair out on the verge of a mini breakdown trying to find a very specific type of sofa bed. I knew I had to work with a small flat and knew I wanted a corner sofa. I knew we had no storage what-so-ever. I knew I needed it to be a bed as well, because inevitably friends and family are going to sleep over. And I knew I needed it to be cheap and under £500. You have to think about your sofa – much like your bed – being an investment and not just a quick purchase. A good sofa should last you years and should be versatile enough to get you through seasons. It should also portray your personality. I like my surroundings to be simple and clear, but thats not to say I don’t love flats with funky sofas.
Now I’m telling you from the get go… finding a decent sofa let alone a decent sofa bed for that sort of budget is painstakingly difficult. Especially when it came to all the boxes I needed it to tick. I looked everywhere. I mean EVERYwhere. I almost started crying it was that dire. I didn’t want to just settle and buy something I knew eventually would not satisfy me, but at the same time I knew I simply couldn’t stretch my budget. I needed something to fit, look amazing, do the job, and not make me die from malnutrition since I wouldn’t be able to afford food for months after purchasing it. Don’t get me wrong, I did find cheaper sofa beds than the one we opted for, but none that had as much storage space, was as multifunctional, or looked as stylish as ours. I wanted something simple, elegant, and modern. Something neutral, since neutral sofa’s are usually the best way to go. You can always bring them to life or change their look with colourful throws or cushions. I also knew I didn’t want anything 100% black. It’s great if you have the space for it, but having a small flat, black is a no no, because it simply sucks up all the light and makes everything look smaller, and the item look bigger. I also knew I didn’t want anything 100% white either as I don’t want to deal with the constant terror of getting it dirty. So… I was left with brown or grey, and in my opinion grey is a lot more workable. Not to mention grey is in at the moment. Grey is a cool colour associated with metals, but can be great as it can be made either more masculine, or feminine. It gives a crisp finish and acts as a clear canvas. As grey is also neither black nor white, it is essentially viewed as void of colour, and this gives it it’s wonderful ability of not drawing too much attention to it. This makes grey a great cloaking colour and perfect for smaller spaces. White is always best as they make rooms look larger, but like I stated already , I personally wanted to avoid white as I can’t be bothered picking out every hair and follicle that decides to inevitably make its home on a white sofa.
I finally found a Polish store on eBay that sold sofas called Meblolandnet. They were quite cheap, but most of all, a lot of them seemed to have great space saving solutions! I found ours for £399 plus £59 postage and packaging. The corner sofa came with 2 pillows and one black adjustable headrest. The service also included door to door delivery and set up. And the best part.. you didn’t have to pay UNTIL the item was delivered! Meaning we only had to pay if and when the sofa came. This made me feel a lot more secure about the whole thing as I knew I had nothing to lose.
Our sofa has 2 relatively huge storage compartments and a pull out feature for the bed. Remember a lot of the clutter from previous posts? Well, this is where the other 30% or so has managed to go into! One compartment we use for miscellaneous stuff and DVD’s for easier reach, and the other for guest bedding and pillows. One of the armrests actually has shelves built into it, utilising that space as well, and could for instance have books or DVD’s displayed in them. The other armrest has a shelf along the inside of it as well, creating a hole, and thus creating more “air around it” making the space seem larger and more usable. The tops of the armrests also have a wooden panel on them, which virtually gives you more room and functionality as well. It’s a great place to keep your drinks when you’re having a cuppa or a nice area to have candles on.
Sadly enough though the company no longer trades on eBay. And to be honest I’m not surprised. As with anything cheap it always comes at a price. The price we paid meant we had to wait for a month to receive the sofa (not too bad actually!), but when they finally did deliver they delivered at 1:20 AM! At which point it was WAY too late to start assembling the couch in our flat, even though the poor Polish delivery men said they would and could. Their communication skills with customers are lets say, subpar. The hubs was so heated about the delivery that he actually managed to grab £20 off the final price as the delivery was hideously unacceptable.
However, thats about the only negative thing I can say. The final product is amazing, the quality is great, the look is fantastic, and the sheer functionality of the sofa still makes me smile! They still sell via their own website (in Polish however), but if you don’t mind waiting or having a delivery possibly arrive in the early hours of morning/late hours of night, then definitely give them a look! Their prices are still very competitive and they have some pretty good solutions. You can also use google translate to translate their website (thats what I do sometimes) to help you navigate it. I’m not entirely sure if they still deliver to the UK, but it’s still worth a look to see what is out there and what the potential is to get with your money. All in all I’m thrilled with our sofa, where the hubs and I spend weekends with it pulled out just watching movies and snuggling up. At a total of £438, I think we got ourselves a winner! What do you think? I apologise in advance for the pictures and at my pathetic attempt to put things in the shelves, but wanted you to just have an idea of what they look like (yes yes I’ll spice the sofa up with pillows and throws later, but thats for another post! 😀 )