Our living room has come on in leaps and bounds over the last 18 months but sitting here right now, curled up on my lovely new Snug Shack sofa, even I couldn’t have imagined last Christmas that fast forward a year and we’d have a very nearly finished space. It’s pouring with rain outside, candles are lit, I have a blanket and the cat next to me and it’s about as cosy as it gets. It’s ALL thanks to Snug Shack though, the marvellous creators of the the original sofa-in-a-box brand (and I should mention, delivery is still available before Christmas right up until December 16th AND for every sofa sold they’re donating £28.87 to Crisis which is the cost of placing a homeless person into the shelter this festive season).
When we first moved in, our original plan had been to bring Mr D’s sofas with us (he envisaged the bachelor life and had two Italian leather sofas handmade…) but they wouldn’t fit through the door (you can imagine my tears were of the crocodile variety since filling my living room with brown leather wasn’t part of the plans). We then chose something with a bit of style but a lot of practicality to get us through puppy and kitten training, thinking we wouldn’t mind too much if they got battered in the process.
Fast forward a few years and with most of our major work taking place in the living room last year, it was time to think about replacing the sofas but I’ll be honest, I really had no clue what would work. We have a funny conundrum of having a fairly decent sized living room but only two walls we can actually put sofas against. The third “wall” is our bay window and I don’t like blocking them up with sofas and the fourth “wall” is our fireplace and alcoves. Then, there’s the small issue of our big but narrow hallway which makes PIVOOOTTTTT another redundant word (if you know, you know).
I’d been half-heartedly looking at sofas but didn’t even know when to begin and had decided it would be a 2020 project. I’d received a press release earlier in the year from a company called Snug Shack making sofas that came delivered in a box to be put together in your own home which sounded so intriguing and would definitely negate my worries about fitting through the door but could they really be comfy? And just who are Snug Shack anyway?
The idea came about after co-founder Rob Bridgman felt frustrated in his hunt for a sofa for his London flat. So many show room visits. So much choice. Would it fit? Even once you do find something, having to wait sometimes up to 3 months for delivery certainly takes the joy out of what should be an exciting new purchase. As Rob explains:
“The ethos behind the brand is simple, to create a good quality sofa, that is delivered quickly, is doorway friendly, easily assembled and is easy to move from one room to the next. We want our customers to focus on what they want to do – not what they don’t, tiresome showroom visits followed by waiting for weeks on end for delivery is not fun for anyone. With the launch of Snug Shack we want to make buying a sofa an easy, simple and stress free experience.”
It sounds almost too good to be true so I popped along to an event that Snug Shack held a few weeks ago to try the sofas for myself and oh my goodness. As soon as I sat on one I knew I’d found the perfect sofa, at least in terms of comfort. They’re big enough to curl up on but not too big to dominate a room. I spent about 4 hours trying everything out just to make sure it wasn’t beginner’s luck, too.
Currently Snug Shack offer a Teal, Blush Coral and Mid-Grey colour in easy care, stain-resistant fabric and also a Navy Velvet. Legs come in either black or brown. Don’t you just love the simplicity of it? I find too much choice overwhelming. You can purchase a 1.5 seater Snuggler (perfect for two bottoms), the Rebel 3-Seater Sofa (but totally perfect for four), a Footstool to either be stand alone or turn your Sofa or Snuggler into a chaise-style and last but by no means least, the Modular for those of you lucky enough to have great big spaces. Most importantly, delivery is free AND takes just THREE DAYS. Imagine that! There’s also a 30 day trial period so if you really don’t love your sofa (which I can’t imagine ever happens) the sofa can be returned.
So what did I go for? Well, the lovely team at Snug Shack very kindly offered to replace my three seater sofa and with our soft green walls I decided teal would be the perfect colour to match and make a nice change from the dark grey we’ve had for the last few years. Since it was due to arrive the day after Mr D’s birthday and he didn’t know about it I also bought a matching footstool. I’ve been dreaming about an L-shaped sofa for so long but didn’t know how to make it happen with our space restrictions.
Then the real challenge – was it as easy to put together as Snug Shack claimed? The parts came as the base, the back, two arms, two seat cushions and two back cushions, plus a separate smaller box with legs. No tools are needed, it’s a simple click and slot system and although I think I would have benefitted from someone to help me just because I’m a bit lazy, it was really all done in less than 10 minutes. It’s super sturdy and all the legs come with small rubber stoppers to protect the floor and prevent anything from sliding around.
I honestly couldn’t be happier with the sofa, or more impressed with what Snug Shack are setting out to do in revolutionising the industry. The prices are incredibly competitive and I really can’t wait to see what this amazing business have lined up for 2020, it’s going to be such an exciting journey. Plus as I mentioned at the start, you can still order for pre-Christmas delivery AND for every sofa purchased, they’re donating £28.87 to Crisis to help get a homeless person off the streets this Christmas. If there’s anything else you want to know just pop me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get right back to you.
Disclaimer: Snug Shack kindly gifted me the Rebel 3-seater sofa in return for an honest review. I purchased the foot stool myself. All words, opinions and images are my own unless otherwise stated.