I bought my mattress online from one of those mattress in a box companies that I was constantly hearing good things about. In theory, that seems like a terrible idea, but with free returns, I decided to give it a go. I didn't regret it. Now an Australian company wants to put a couch in a box and ship it to you - and they say it only takes ten minutes to build. Take that, IKEA!
Sydney-based Companion Couch are trying to deliver on the modular furniture model that has taken off in the bedroom in recent times with the likes of Koala and Ecosa. They've transplanted that idea and sent it to the lounge room, with a couch that - according to them - can be built in seven minutes.
The couch is touted as a way to improve your life, which seems like a lofty, high goal for a thing that you sit on at the end of the day. It seems squarely aimed at those who live in small apartment spaces and need to get a couch over a balcony or pivot it around a staircase. However, there are a few little life-upgrades that this couch has made that may just make it slightly more appealing than your current two-seater.
Their lounge chair costs $650, with a two-seater setting you back $850 and a three-seater costing $1050. Each couch comes with an in-built charging dock, too, one of the more interesting aspects for me, a human being who cannot be without my mobile phone and has a couch nowhere near a wall outlet. Each couch comes with a 10 year warranty and 30-day trial.
Notably, the team behind Companion Couch also donate a portion of each sale to Maggie's Rescue, an animal welfare charity that supports getting animals into permanent homes.
Koala will also be launching a modular sofa in the near future and, the way they're tracking, perhaps they'll even be launching a modular house. It will be interesting to see how the two compare when they are finally released.
If this sounds appealing and you want to check it out, Companion Couch are currently taking orders for their next shipment.
Lifehacker will be lazing around on the couch in future and seeing if we can break the seven minute build time record.