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There’s something interesting happening in the furniture world: a plentiful crop of online-only, direct-to-consumer retailers are popping up everywhere, offering incredibly good looking (and often much more competitively priced) merchandise with the caveat that you need to purchase sight unseen. With something as large of a commitment as a sofa, it might be easy to hesitate on taking the plunge, regardless of the upsides (quick shipping, generous return policies, modern styling, budget pricing). One of these companies (that you asked for enthusiastically in the comments of our introductory Sofa Squad post earlier this year) is Article.
The Sven is the brand’s most popular leather sofa—and it’s no surprise why. The classic silhouette is available in a wide range of colors and materials like fabric, leather, or velvet upholstery with or without a chaise sectional. Since I’ve always loved the look of a really worn-in leather couch (my Pinterest doesn’t lie!), I opted for the right side Sven sectional upholstered in navy blue leather.
What is the lead time for customization, manufacturing, and delivery?
Coordinating furniture delivery can be a hassle but Article takes as much of the guesswork out of the process as possible by using your zip code to estimate delivery date ranges for all its inventory. As a general rule of thumb, most in-stock orders are available to be shipped to your home in two weeks or less.
Before my Article fabric sofa arrived, I was contacted by the team via email to schedule a delivery date and time window. On the actual delivery day, the Article team called 30 minutes in advance of their arrival time to alert me they were on their way. In the interests of staying COVID-safe, I had the leather sofa delivered to my doorstep using contactless delivery, which Article offers for a flat rate of $49 on orders below $999 and comes free with orders over $999. If you live alone or you’re worried about carrying heavy weights, for $99, the brand offers in-room delivery to have your boxes brought to whatever room you’d like. In-room delivery and assembly is also available for $169, in which case the delivery team will bring the Article furniture into your home and assemble it on the spot.
The Sven sofa is 34 inches tall and 100 inches wide while the chaise itself is 67 inches long and the loveseat metal sofa cushion is 37 inches deep. I have four members in my family of varying heights (from 5'1 to 6'1), so it’s important to have ample space to accommodate everyone. I’d say the Sven sectional is an excellent choice for a family or household of three that can fit maybe four adults at max thanks to the added section. Article also provides exact measurements for all its products and recommends measuring your space beforehand to ensure a proper fit. In my opinion, a sectional is always a good choice for an open floor plan (which is the case with my home) and even in a studio if you’re trying to create the illusion of separate regions for a living room, dining area, etc.
I’m on the petite side (about 5'1), and find I have more than enough room to sprawl out on both the loveseat or chaise section of the sofa (my dad who’s 6'1 also finds it comfy). However, because everything from the material to the fill is on the firmer side, I don’t see myself taking any luxurious naps or using it as a makeshift bed anytime soon. That said, it’s still definitely an ideal children sofa for lounging about while reading or watching TV.