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I had a teensy rush of blood to the head, and bought this sofa for £199 from made.com. And then I had another rush and bought this side table for an amazing £35:

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I like very much what made.com do. The philosophy behind their online furniture business (based in the UK, but I hear that it is branching out to the US soon) is that they believe that “the high street and expensive designer brands give consumers a raw deal. That’s because everyone along the way takes a cut, from agents to landlords. And you – our discerning customer – pay for that cut. So we’re making a stand: taking on the high street to offer you original furniture design at affordable prices.”

It’s a clever business model. They have no showrooms – everything is virtual, and the reason that they can sell fantastic-looking furniture so cheaply is because every 7 days, they combine all the current orders for a piece and put them into production. By only manufacturing what’s been ordered, they reduce  costs, and pass the savings directly to the consumer. They also have a seven day return policy which is handy. The main drawback is the wait: it’s estimated at dispatch within 10 – 14 weeks (you can track your order), and the shipping, which added a not inconsiderable £44.88 onto the total.

I’d been contemplating a new sofa for my office for a while, but wanted something that could be slept on by me or a guest if necessary – I have a one bedroom apartment – but which definitely wasn’t a fold out sofa bed. (There’s no room.) I love this alternative: it basically just folds flat.

I do take slight issue with their projected savings tho. The glorious Bouji chair I have fallen for is £189 on Made.com – they believe it retails on the High Street for £799, but I saw it in Graham & Greene in Primrose Hill last Saturday for around £250…it’s still substantially cheaper, (maybe they bought it from Made?!) but nothing like the projected saving.

But, having looked around, my sofa is about £100 cheaper than its nearest competitor, and an awful lot nicer. (The John Lewis version is £299, doesn’t have fabric covered legs and looks much more basic.)

I ordered it on 04 March – it’s not estimated to arrive until 10 June. You do have to wonder why it takes *quite* so long…basically I’d ignore the whole, we put it into production every seven days part of the spiel and just accept that it’s going to take a bloody long time!

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Interesting reading – my husband was tempted by their sofas recently, until he read the projected savings bit, did more research, and found that Trading Standards upheld a complaint against them with regard to their advertising; they still seem not to have changed it at all… That said, I’m sure your sofa will be beautiful!

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I have a fold flat bed like think in my NYC studio and it’s GREAT. Takes up so much less room than a folded out sofa bed, and it’s a lot more comfortable to sleep on, because there aren’t any lumpy mechanical bits under the mattress!

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I’ve just bought a gorgeous stag head cushion from them – took about a week, despite their projected 3 month delivery time. Happy bunny, all told.

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Have heard less than glowing reports about quality – really hope you are luckier. It looks fab and the side table….amazing.

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LLG, I love you for this post – we are renovating at the moment, and I so want a new sofa, but the regular price tags kind of kept putting me off. Thanks!
And re the wait – our last sofa took 10 weeks until it was delivered.

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I ordered a Louis-type chair from Made last year and it said it would take about 3 months but it actually came a lot quicker! I was really impressed with their quality etc. Also if you refer friends you can get credit!

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ooooo I hope they do make it this side of the drink! I just checked out their website and found the sofa I’ve been looking for. Want a couple of the chairs too.

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Please do keep us posted whenever you do receive your furniture and how they are. It does seem like an awfully long time to wait for a sofa but at least it’s just for your office!

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Love the sofa, not sure about the table though?

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I ordered the purple Kubrick armchair from them a fortnight ago. Their estimated delivery time was 14 weeks but it ended up being delivered in 1 week instead!

I was a little nervous due to some negative reviews I’d read online although these mostly pertainted to Yodel which is the delivery company they use. I was told delivery between 11am and 4pm, it arrived at 5.30pm. A little irksome but nothing major.

And I absolutely love the chair. For the price I think the quality is really, really good.

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