Design and DIY

5 Reasons To Buy a Sofa Without Sitting On It First

December 30, 2018

A lot of momentous events happened in 2018. Brian and I split. We sold our house. Opal went to two weeks of board and train. And I signed my first lease as a single woman. But the most daring venture of all? Ordering a custom Interior Define sofa without ever sitting on it. Cue the gasps! In a year filled with uncertainty, I was certain about one thing: I wanted to design my very own sectional from the ground up. And it was going to be awesome! Here’s five reasons why I never balked at the idea of buying a sofa sight (and sit) unseen.

From the moment I started customizing my Sloan sectional, I knew I was in good hands. The Interior Define website is user-friendly and brimming with high quality photos and in-depth product knowledge. Not to mention, a design specialist is available 7-days a week via live chat if you have questions!

1. Free Swatches

Before making any crucial decisions, I took advantage of Interior Define’s free swatches in order to experience them in person. They arrived in a matter of days and any shadow of doubt that I had instantly vanished. It’s not an understatement when I say that the quality of their fabrics are immaculate. In the end, I chose the Cross Weave in Plow – a soft cloudy grey with a cross stitch weave that is kid and pet friendly! 

2. Comfort Guide

While I am not overly picky about how comfortable furniture is (Obviously… I used to own metal dining chairs!), I know that most people are. In fact, many of you were horrified when I ordered a sofa without ever putting my fanny on it. Which is where Interior Define’s Comfort Guide comes into play. They have thought of everything! Including this useful manual that helps you match their sofas with your sit style. For me, the Sloan was the perfect balance of sleek and soft with a sit profile made for a range of body types. 

3. 100% Customization

What’s better than being able to fully customize your sofa from the ground up? Even more customization! That’s right – need a length or configuration that isn’t offered on Interior Define’s site? Just contact them and one of their team members will gladly assist you. Now here’s the real kicker: Extra-soft seat cushions are available at an additional cost. So for all of you worried about a comfortable sit, worry no more! Instead focus your energy on choosing the fun aspects of your sofa, like the legs. (Cause I know you’ve been admiring my tapered natural oak legs this entire time!)

4. Guideshops

If you’re still not 100% sold on ordering a sofa sight unseen then take your tuckus to one of Interior Define’s Guideshops! With 6 locations in major cities as well as several pop-up stores, they are the perfect place to assess the product in real life. Not near a Guideshop? Then do the next best thing. Download Interior Define’s augmented reality app to see how their pieces fit in your space!

5. 365 Return Policy

Aside from the fact that Interior Define offers free shipping and white glove delivery, they also have a 365-Day return policy. That’s right folks, you have an entire year to decide if you like your sofa! But I’m betting you’ll be too busy cuddling up on your custom piece to remember this. With 2019 just hours away, do something daring for the new year: Design your next sectional without sitting on it!

My Sloan Sectional Customization:

  1. Style and Configuration: Sloan Sectional with Left Chaise
  2. Length: 104″
  3. Fabric: Cross Weave in Plow
  4. Leg (Shape and Color): Tapered Round Wood in Natural Oak

This post was in collaboration with Interior Define but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Emilyeveryday up and running!

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  • Reply Judith H Darsky December 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Where did you learn the word tuckus? Did you know it’s derived from the Hebrew word for “under”? Which is tachat, with a guttural ch.
    Happy New Year. I enjoy your blog.

    • Reply emilyeveryday January 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      Lol I went to school for journalism, I’m basically a walking thesaurus. Happy New Year Judith! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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