The best places to buy furniture online – The Guardian

Looking for a sofa, chair or mattress online but baffled by the choice? Look no further …
What does it sell? Have a guess. A huge choice of sofas, sofa beds, beds, footstools, dining tables and chairs, as well as a range of mirrors, accent tables and rugs. The brand champions emerging designers with its Design Lab series.
Best for… Creating a bespoke sofa, even with your own fabric.
Bestsellers Bluebell three-seat sofa bed (from £1,375); Betty armchair in St Margaret’s; Holly two-seat in butterscotch.
Delivery Free for the UK. Sofas take four to six weeks. The delivery team will bring it into your home, unpack it and attach the legs. For £50, they will take away your old sofa.
What’s new for autumn? The Alfie mini chair (£290). More from Harper, an elegant mid-century shape: a two-and-a-half-seat sofa in deep turquoise velvet (£1,500).
What does it sell? Mattresses… But now bed frames, mattress toppers, pillows, cotton and linen sheets, bedspreads, throws and towels.
Best for… Interesting collaborations: a graphic bedframe with the Danish designer Mijo Studio; pyjamas with the fashion brand Folk.
Bestseller The original mattress, from £349; its linen bedding.
Delivery Free for mainland UK: mattresses are delivered within three days, vacuum-packed in a box, so it’s easy to push upstairs and unfurl. The flat-packed bed frames are delivered within a week. What’s new for autumn? A modular frame that slots together like a jigsaw and its first bedding collaboration, with Studio Custhom.
What does it sell? You name it: sofas, chairs, ceramics, backpacks, cutlery, cookware, lighting, even bikes – commissioned direct from makers. And Talent Lab – where the public pledge £5 to vote for their favourites pieces to go into production.
Best for… Its huge range of wares; on-trend colours, from blush pink to orange velvet.
Bestsellers Designer Steuart Padwick’s original pieces for the launch of the site in 2010, particularly his Stroller desk. And the Cairn bedside table, inspired by a bamboo dumpling steamer.
Delivery If something is just off the production line, it can be with you in five days. If it isn’t, it can take up to 12 weeks. From £5 to £40.
What’s new for autumn? The second Talent Lab collection, comprising 17 products spanning furniture, textiles and accessories. New collaborations, including textiles by Margo Selby and Rebecca Hoyes (Bodhi rug, £349), accessories by Tom Pigeon, and a cookware range.
What does it sell? Sofas, armchairs, daybed and beds are its mainstay. But it also sells wooden furniture, lighting and accessories.
Best for… Squishy modern sofas, Shaker-style kitchen tables and chairs, and a wide range of velvets.
Bestseller Crumpet sofa; Pudding sofa (in burnt orange velvet, from £1,195); and its Liquorice Blue velvet fabric.
Delivery Made-to-order pieces such as love seats, sofas and upholstered beds take six to nine weeks, as they’re all handmade in the UK. Ready-to-order items such as lighting and cabinetry are delivered within 15 working days. Prices range from £4.95 to £75.
What’s new for autumn? A 16-piece lighting collection; Popcorn dining chair (£295); Fandangle coffee table (£425)
What does it sell? Upholstered furniture and accessories: Chesterfields, velvet sofas, floral footstools and armchairs. It’s the retail arm of a manufacturing company established in Derbyshire in 1921, named after the founders’ young sons. Best for… Classic shapes with a mid-century twist, such as the Bardolph range.
Bestseller The Holmes and Ferdinand sofas, in a myriad colourways. The Emilia cocktail chair, particularly in designer Kitty McCall’s graphic print (£650). And the Jemima rocking chair in pink (£585).
Delivery Six to eight weeks as each piece is made to order. Prices start at £49. What’s new for autumn? The brand has joined forces with House & Garden magazine on its third range; look out for the Lewis footstool and Poirot sofa (in Anna Spiro/Leilani pink).
What does it sell? Statement pieces of furniture from sofas and chairs to tables and sideboards, and interior accessories. It has just launched its first textile collection. It produces limited editions of pieces that are released online every day.
Best for… Plush upholstered chairs in pop colours, and statement cabinetry.
Bestseller The Duke cocktail chair (£369). Ziggy brass cabinet (from £549).
Delivery Free in the UK for orders over £50. Times vary as the pieces are made to order in small batches – from a few days to a few months. Swoon offers two-hour delivery slots, six days a week. What’s new for autumn? Peachy-toned cotton and velvet throws, quilts and cushions (Vienna quilt in mustard, £149).


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