Mistakes to avoid when buying a sofa

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Judith Archer

Buying a sofa is a major purchase, and you want to make sure that you are making the right choices. Here are some of the common mistakes that people make when choosing a sofa, to help you avoid falling into the same traps.


Measure twice, buy once. It may sound obvious, but you need to think not only about the physical size of the sofa but moving around it, and how much clear space you need to leave. Although pre-made sofas are usually built to seat two or three, if you are looking for something different or if you are looking to put a sofa into an unusually shaped space, then you may want to look at the option of having a bespoke sofa designed.

Try it out

Not all furniture works for all body shapes. If you're particularly tall or short, then you may find that standard sizing is uncomfortable for you, or that you struggle to get up again from a deep-seated sofa. Make sure that you spend some time sitting on the sofa, and if you enjoy a nap then lie down too. This sofa needs to work with your life, otherwise you will regret your purchase.

Style and fabric

This is perhaps the biggest choice you can make, and you'll need to strike a balance between something contemporary but with a style that will last. At Archer & Co, we pride ourselves on getting this balance right, using design-led textiles over designs that incorporate traditional details. Our furniture is built to last, not just in terms of quality but also in terms of fashion.

Buying a sofa is a big investment and it's something that you need to get right first time. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help create a bespoke sofa that is perfect for you.

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4 reasons to buy a bespoke sofa for your home

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Judith Archer


bespoke sofa
If you've been searching for the perfect sofa for your home and have not yet had any luck finding it, perhaps it's time to consider buying a bespoke sofa? Here are four key reasons why a bespoke sofa could be the perfect solution for you. 

1. Size

One popular reason why people choose to go down the bespoke furniture route is due to size issues. If you have an unusual shaped room, an awkward corner, or want a sofa size that isn't standard, then having a bespoke sofa made to suit your exact needs is the perfect solution.

2. Colour

When you choose to have a bespoke sofa made, it can be tailored to all your requirements. Not only in terms of size and style, but also in colour – you don't have to be limited by what's available in stock, as you would when buying from other seating companies. So if you want to match fabrics or colours already in your interior design scheme, it's no problem. 

3. Style 

Ordering a bespoke sofa also means the style of it can cater for your needs too. You're not limited to what a certain piece of furniture looks like and can have it designed to match your room and interior style. For example, if you love contemporary furniture and already have a collection of other pieces, you could have your sofa made in a style that compliments or matches your existing furniture. Or if you're fond of a particular traditional style, it could be made to reflect that also. 

4. Environmentally friendly

Finally, when you order a bespoke sofa from Archer + Co, you get the added bonus of knowing that your furniture will be environmentally friendly. It will be made from FSC certified timber, upholstered in natural British-made fabrics and natural latex will be used for padding, instead of synthetic fibres. 

Buying bespoke really can be the answer to your furniture buying woes, so why not contact Archer + Co to see how they can help you?

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4 top interior design trends of 2017

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Judith Archer

4 top interior design trends of 2017

Is it about time you gave your home a makeover? 

This year it’s all about making the most out of each unique room. Gone are the days of having to match furniture throughout the whole house. It’s time to get creative and have fun with mixing the past and present of interior design. 

Let’s take a look at what interior design trends 2017 has to offer:

1. A giant step for furniture

Houses are becoming more and more compact, making it imperative to focus on ways in which we can try to reduce clutter and increase floor space. This is where smaller furniture comes into the equation, as it helps maximise the feel of spaciousness. Say goodbye to that cumbersome sofa that you crammed into your living room and hello to smaller but still as effective contemporary furniture.
cumbersome sofa

2. Soft colours are in

Do you want to be able to relax in your home and not have to come back to a headache of colours? From neutral beige to lush greens, this year is all about bringing the outside in and embracing the colours of the natural world. Along with furniture that is made of solid, natural-looking wood, buy some indoor plants and pepper them around your home to create the ultimate outdoor experience. 
lush greens and natural-looking wood design

3. Solid, finely crafted furniture

Shying away from cheap-and-easy flatpack furniture, consumers are more likely to make a trip to a local independent furniture store to find a piece of solid furniture that is guaranteed to be unique and well made. 
flatpack furniture

4. Dramatic lighting

Your stylish armchair stands proud and majestic in the corner of your living room but something seems to be missing. A quirky lighting fixture will do wonders to heighten the atmosphere of the room. Don’t forget the finer details too: dark and deep hues of furniture can be easily complemented with light and bright lights. Try pairing a deep-velvet, bespoke sofa with a super chic and modern lamp.
super chic and modern lamp

For more contemporary furniture inspiration, browse the Archer and Company collection today.

Posted in Bespoke, compact sofas, contempoary sofas, custommade, gree, jungle prints, sofa, sofa design

Quilted Trend - News

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Judith Archer

quilted trend

The quilted trend is continuing , we love all these quilted fabrics around, this one on our Jumbo Grand sofa from Camira fabrics, also Cloud from Kirkby Design ( ) is also velvet , so two trends in one! .

Posted in fabrics, Ian Archer, Kirkby design, quilted, quilted fabrics, Romo, sofa, sofa design

A Hour with Ian Archer by Ollie Edwards - News

Posted on November 16, 2016 by Judith Archer

A great photo montage by Ollie of Ian at work, see link below the image...

Ian Archer


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