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The best sofa in a box in 2021

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Best sofa in a box: Snug Big Chill
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In some ways, the current sofa in a box revolution isn’t new: Ikea has long advocated the benefits of flat-packed furniture. But the best sofa in a box models have dramatically raised the bar. These high-end, custom-crafted couches are delivered to your door in conveniently sized boxes - so you don’t need to worry about cramped hallways or awkward stairs. And they can be assembled in less than five minutes without any tools. 

They’re comfortable, come in a range of colours - using the latest quality materials, including stain-resistant fabric - and they arrive quickly. Very quickly, in the case of UK company Swyft: within 24 hours. Many sofa in a box brands are also socially and environmentally conscious, using sustainable resources and recyclable packaging, or partnering with tree-planting charities to help reduce their footprint. 

As you'll see, the best couches in a box come with free delivery and a risk-free trial, just like the best mattresses in a box. If you've shopped for one of those, then it's the same deal here: if you’re not satisfied with the sofa you choose, you can return it within the trial period for free (just keep hold of the original packaging) and get a full refund. Easy. Ready to go sofa shopping? Read on for the best sofas in a box you can buy in the UK... 

best sofa in a box: Snug The Big Chill

(Image credit: Snug)

1. Snug The Big Chill sofa

Snuggle into this comfortable couch in a box

Specifications
Size: 2 or 3 seater
Width: 162cm or 210cm
Material: velvet or polyester
Colours: 6
Assembles in: 3 mins
Delivery and returns: free
Trial period: 30 days
Vegan friendly: yes
Frame guarantee: 5 years
RRP: £769 - £939
Reasons to buy
+ Stain resistant +Two different sizes+Choice of three leg materials
Reasons to avoid
-Could have more colours 

The Big Chill is a chunky self-assembly sofa from UK company Snug. Available in either a two or three-seater version, this high quality flat-packed sofa comes in six different colourways - blush coral, forest green velvet, mid grey, navy velvet, taupe velvet or teal. You can also choose between three different modern-style legs: metal, or black or brown wooden options. Whichever legs you choose, they’re designed to be extra supportive - kids can jump on the Big Chill and it’ll remain sturdy.

Made from pocket springs and foam fibre, the Big Chill sofa in a box is designed to be extremely comfortable. The fabric is vegan and it’s stain resistant too, so if you have an accidental spill you can just wipe it off. The cushion covers are removable to make cleaning easier. However, bear in mind the velvet fabric doesn’t have the same added stain resistance as the polyester fabrics, so will need a little extra love if you have a spillage. 

Delivery is fast and free to the UK mainland on weekdays. Both the two seater and three seater versions come in three boxes, and you get a 30-day risk free trial period to make sure you love it. (Keep hold of the boxes so you can return it - free - if you need to. If the original packaging isn’t available you can put it in alternative packaging, but you’ll be charged a £60 repackaging fee.) 

Best sofa in a box: Swyft

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2. Swyft Model 02 sofa

Elegant, high-end and it'll arrive in 24 hours

Specifications
Size: 2 or 3 seater
Width: 175cm or 205cm
Material: velvet or linen
Colours: 7
Assembles in: 5 minutes
Delivery and returns: free
Trial period: 100 days
Frame guarantee: 15 years
RRP: £1,095-£1,195
Reasons to buy
+Looks great+Super-fast 24-hr delivery+100-day trial
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap

The Swyft Model 02 sofa brings classic mid-century styling into the 21st century, with a smooth slot-together system that enables it to be delivered in three easy-to-move boxes. Available in two-seater and three-seater versions, the Model 02 sits on a solid wood plinth, and boasts beautiful seam and piped detailing. It comes with two bolster cushions included and all the fabric is coated with a stain-resistant treatment, so it’s suitable for homes with kids or pets.

Swyft claims the sofa can be put together in just five minutes. Like the Big Chill sofa above, you don’t need tools: all Swyft sofas use bespoke fasteners that enable the different parts to click together.  

However, where this sofa really stands out is Swift’s ultra-fast delivery: if you order before 1pm, you’ll get free 24-hour delivery. You also get an industry-leading 100-day trial to make sure it’s the best sofa in a box for you - and there’s a generous 15-year frame guarantee too.

best sofa in a box: Argos Evie 2

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3. Argos Evie 2 sofa

The best sofa in a box for lower budgets

Specifications
Size: 2 seater
Width: 143cm
Material: polyester
Colours: 2
Available: click and collect
Trial period: none
Frame guarantee: 10 years
RRP: £200
Reasons to buy
+Much cheaper+Click and collect
Reasons to avoid
-No trial period-No three-seater option

The Evie 2 is a much cheaper sofa in the box that's available at Argos. This slim two-seater sofa has tapered legs and comes in just two colours: charcoal and natural. It promises to be quick and easy to assemble, and you can get hold of it quickly (if you have a car) because this one's click-and-collect. So no waiting for delivery...

Made from 100% polyester, the Evie 2 has removable seats with foam fibre wrap filling, and reversible cushions with fibre filling. It's professional clean only, as you might expect from the lower price, and it has a decent 10-year frame guarantee. Argos will cover manufacturing faults on frames, feet, arms, internal springs or webbing, and will arrange a repair, replacement, exchange or refund if needed.

The Evie 2 boasts an average of 4.4 out of 5 from over 700 user reviews on the Argos website. It isn't as high-quality as the Big Chill or Swyft Model 2 sofas above, but if you're looking for a more affordable sofa in a box, it's well worth considering. 

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Julia Sagar

Julia is editor-in-chief of retail at Future, where she works across a wide range of leading consumer tech and lifestyle brands, including TechRadar, Tom's Guide, T3, Woman & Home and more. A former editor of global design website Creative Bloq, she has over 15 years’ experience in online and print journalism, and was part of the team that launched TechRadar (way back in the day). When she isn't reviewing mattresses, she can usually be found writing about anything from green energy to graphic design.