The sofa: a prime spot for a cuddle with the kids, somewhere to park yourself when you get home from work, or a place to just sit and enjoy a gossip and a glass of wine with a friend. Finding the perfect one to join your family can be a tough job, though, with comfort, style and quality all on the checklist. If you’re shopping for a sofa in Singapore, here are some recommendations from readers, with tips on how they picked their perfect piece.
Soul & Tables
Carlene Castaneda, American, Charles Warren, British, and Tala
“We had just moved into an unfurnished space, so buying a new sofa was a necessity!
We really wanted a modular piece, as it would have to grow and evolve with us wherever we were. It also needed to have good depth and length to accommodate my husband’s tall frame!
I had purchased a pair of second-hand lamps online, and when I collected them from their owner, I was mesmerised by the beauty of the bookshelf in her home. That was my introduction to Soul & Tables!
When we saw this sofa in their Tan Boon Liat showroom, we fell in love with it immediately, even though we had already ordered one from a different retailer. (Oops!) We were obsessed by the design and were thrilled to discover just how comfortable it was.
We ended up cancelling our initial order and bought this one instead. It met our requirements and exceeded our expectations. We never looked back.
It was a wonderful shopping experience with Soul & Tables. The customer service is top notch, and we appreciate how their items have a lifetime warranty. We have several pieces from them now, as we love their design aesthetic as well as how responsive and helpful they always are.”
Mervin and Michelle John, Singaporean, with their cats, Miyake and Maddie
“As we were moving into our new place, an original vintage condition 40-year-old HDB flat, it definitely needed a new vibe with a new sofa!
Being a small apartment, we wanted the furniture to have a smaller profile but be tasteful and thoughtful. We have always loved the simplicity and beauty of Scanteak furniture. It suits the look of our indie-vintage themed house.
We have furnished nearly all our home with Scanteak products! The sofa is part of the Prologue Series and we purchased the full set, which includes the duo sofa, single sofa and coffee table.
The Scanteak team is so easy to work with and we will absolutely turn to them again for any future spaces. I love the durability of their furniture. Some of the pieces are over five years old but still look as good as new. Their pieces definitely age gracefully.”
Gallery 278 by Esco Leasing
Zoe, William and Doogie Stone, Singaporean
“When we renovated our house, we decided to combine the family room with the dining area rather than have two rooms on separate floors. This allowed the family to spend more time together, especially during the week when we eat at different times.
We had some very specific requirements for our new sofa to fit this new space. The material needed to be tough and durable to withstand rough family treatment.
We had decided on denim, but washable denim was a difficult material to find.
The sofa also needed to be sturdy and retain its shape. It had to be over four metres long and deep enough to fill the space but also to allow the family to sink into it. Finally, we wanted it low to the ground in case the little ones rolled off.
We found Gallery 278 to be the only store that was able to create a quality customised sofa of this size and in the material we wanted. The team was exceptionally easy to work with and the dark sea-blue colour looks great with our beachy feel in the room.
After a year in the trenches (the kids and Doogie like to catapult themselves onto it at top speed!), the sofa has held up, the material is comfortable, and the chocolate, Ribena and other stains have been easy to clean off. In spite of telling the kids not to, it’s amazing what they try to hide down the back of the cushions!”
Grey and Sanders
Dr Deepali J Roy, Singaporean
“We recently purchased a new freehold landed house and wanted to make it into a home with people and good furniture. Our aim was to only buy select, quality items to help increase the warmth and ambience of our spaces.
We weren’t in a hurry and we took our time hunting for good furniture from all over the region, including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and India.
We ordered a full leather sofa from Grey and Sanders. We love that it is durable but also how classy it looks; it’s also lovely and cosy. The cost was reasonable, and the quality is excellent. We found Grey and Sanders very easy to work with; they were so enthusiastic and we will definitely buy from them again in the future!”
Gino and Katie Potesta, American
“We have just moved here from the US and only brought a few furniture pieces with us, so we were on the lookout for a new sofa straight away!
We like furniture with really clean lines and minimal detailing. Our colour scheme was important in the selection of the sofa as well. We have a spectacular view of Marina Bay and I wanted the furniture to complement that view and not be distracting.
We had looked up a couple of different furniture stores and visited their showrooms. WTP had a design aesthetic that fitted with us very well and I really felt that Naazli, the owner, understood our desires for the apartment and could help us achieve them. We worked with her and ordered two of the Aiden sofas in grey fabric, and we customised the pieces by removing the buttons they usually come with.The whole team were exceptionally easy to work with and, in fact, we are working on another small project with them now.”
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