By Ruth Doherty published
The sofa: the place we sink into and relax at the end of a long day. We've all got our favourite spot, where the cushions are always at the right angle and where the perfect amount of squish meets the perfect amount of squash.
But the idea of having to wait up to six months for a new one puts many homeowners off going down the bespoke route.
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Thankfully, handcrafted furniture company Lombok are now offering a seven-day made-to-order sofa service for personalised style without the wait.
You can expect the same unparalleled craftsmanship and quality as you would expect from a Lombok piece of furniture, yet receiving the item within a week. If the hallway has just been painted and the last minute hunt has started for the perfect armchair setting – in the perfect matching colour, more importantly - that almost impossible task is now within easy reach.
From getting your home holiday-ready, or just because interiors is all about choice and it really matters, this new fast service from Lombok delivers without having to compromise on quality.
So how exactly does the swiftLombok seven-day made-to-order service work? Lombok owner Keiran Hewkin explains: 'We have the sofa made in London, and we hold inventory of the component parts, frames etc - all unfinished and in a raw colour - in our warehouse.
'We have a great agreement with our fabric partners that allows us to have lots on hand and reserved for next day delivery to us. We have two years of sales data that means we know that the 35 fabrics we have picked for the service covers 95% of our customers choices.
'We accept the order and then have an assembly line to put the sofa together that is in our logistics warehouse. Our upholsterers are also right next to our very own delivery fleet.
'The actual working time on preparing a customer's sofa is one to two days, that's the same for any process in the world of any supplier, all we are doing differently is planning our materials meticulously and making it on people's doorsteps for them.
'By taking ownership of the entire supply chain - rather than having lots of sub contractors and having to wait for certain volumes of parts/orders to be dispatched to complete a specific range - makes this possible. We believe if you order a piece and it is made just for you, it should be made just for you, right then, not wait for other people to order the same model and have it made in batches.'
Prices for the Lombok seven-day made-to-order service start from £685 for key items.
See the new Lombok seven-day made-to-order service collection below:
The Mahsai armchair
Nothing echoes the Lombok look more than the handcrafted curved wood frame that envelops the Mahsai chair, which harks back to the 30s, 40s and 50s - an era of grand change.
The Muna collection
The Muna is one of Lombok's most comfortable upholstery collections and is available within the seven-day service offering. The low arms, sumptuous cushion height and depth make it a must-have for a relaxing lounge or snug.
The Blixen armchair
The Blixen emanates subtle grandeur, from the generous rounded arms to its fluted back. Due to its design, the Blixen will keep its style and statement chic, no matter what fabric is selected. It has longevity, guaranteeing to pass the test of time without losing its beauty. The Blixen is the perfect companion for a reading room, study, or lounge, to unwind and escape into a gripping novel.
The Kai sofa
The Kai collection emanates contemporary style, adding a modern, but timeless feel to the home. The beautifully tapered arms are set back into the piece to create a light feeling, this combined with the deep seat, delivers a comfortable yet contemporary look for any space.
The Karlsson 2 seater vintage velvet sofa
This contemporary two-seater sofa with clean, sharp lines, provides a sophisticated edge to any living space. Produced in a vintage velvet fabric, the Karlsson offers elegance that is understated yet super-stylish.
The Kotak collection
With a defined shape and look optimising its timeless lines and comfort, the Kotak range is available in a variety of options, styled with a sleek wooden plinth and a tapered leg. You can choose from over 35 fabric options in the Lombok seven-day made-to-order service, including cotton, linen, wool, velvet, leather and vintage velvet, as well as five wood finishes for the legs.
The Mikado Modular Range
Influenced by iconic Italian design, the Mikado is a simple and stylish modular collection. A signature made-to-order upholstery piece, it is designed for those looking to create a statement. A configuration of a chaise, armless chair and corner piece (with the option to add to later), the Mikado is a showstopper, guaranteed to be at home in a living room for years to come.
The Kyoto bed collection
And it's not all about the armchairs and sofas... Timeless luxury is delivered courtesy of the Kyoto bed frame, with its stunning rounded shape and winged headboard for additional comfort and style. The Kyoto bed is made with velvet fabric and a natural walnut wood finish.
Visit www.lombok.co.uk for more information about the new Lombok seven-day made-to-order service.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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