How to Buy a Sofa in a Box

Florine Tanner
On 5 min read

You’re probably aware of the changes in mattress shopping. The days of pushy salesmen and showrooms are gone. A few clicks and you can have a mattress delivered right to your doorstep, conveniently packed in a compact box that is easy to move.

Are you ready for more great news? Now you can have your sofa delivered in an actual box. The sofa industry is following the lead of boxed mattress manufacturers, so buying a couch has never been easier.

What is a sofa-in-a box?

The sofa-in a-box is exactly as it sounds: a full-sized couch that’s been packed into boxes for easy shipping. The boxes can be moved through doors and up stairs easily, unlike a single-piece couch. They can even be used in an elevator.

Delivery costs are also reduced by the sofa-in-a box. For large, heavy couches that cannot be stacked on top each other, shipping fees can be high. Sofa-in-a box ships in small boxes that meet the FedEx or UPS commercial weight guidelines. This saves you the consumer money.

How a Sofa comes in a Box

You may be thinking that if you want the sofa to fit into a box, it must come in a million pieces. It will take hours to put together. A sofa-in-a box is usually easy to assemble.

Three boxes will usually be included with a 3-seat sofa. One box contains the cushions and the seat sections, while the other box has the legs and armrests. It’s easy to put together: simply attach the sections of the seat together with the provided screws and place the cushions.

Still, you might need to get help moving the boxes and putting the sofa together. Each Burrow sofa is 40 pounds in weight. You should have two people at each end to place the assembled sofa.

Sofa-in-a Box Pros and Cons

Convenience is the main reason why people choose a sofa-in a-box. Gadget Review CEO Christen Costa says that big showrooms are no longer in fashion. Many rural areas don’t even have them.

Sofa-in-a box allows anyone to buy stylish furniture and have it delivered right to their door, no matter where they are located. The custom options are another selling point. Modular sofa-in-a box styles allow you to choose the shape, size, and color of your choice.

Costa states, “No one wants furniture that is static.”

What’s the deal? Some people weren’t satisfied with the size. The sofa-in-a box is designed for quick and inexpensive shipping so most styles will be smaller. Sofa-in-a box is not recommended if you are looking for a large sectional with thick, cushioned cushions.

Here are some pros and cons to consider when you look at a sofa-in a-box.


  • Convenient packaging that is easy to transport
  • Simple assembly
  • Shipping costs are low or negligible
  • You can customize the product to suit your space and personal style. You might be able choose the number of seats and the type of fabric depending on the brand.


  • Some cushions may be too firm. You will have to decide which brand you choose, but certain brands may be more comfortable due to the modular and easy-to-ship components.
  • It is smaller than regular sofas. There are many sizes of sofa-in-a box styles, including ones that can seat four and those with a chaise. For taller people, the sofa’s back might be too low or they may prefer more depth.
  • Delivery can be a problem. It could take up to six to eight weeks for a custom-made sofa to be delivered. Many sofa-in a-box websites promise quick delivery for in-stock products. However, even quick-ship orders have had delivery delays due to the pandemic.
  • Returns policies in fine print Check the return policy. Manufacturers of sofa-in-a box may charge a restocking fee, or you will be responsible for returning shipping costs.
  • Assist with assembly. Although most reviewers found the instructions for assembly of the sofa-in a box to be simple, that doesn’t mean there won’t be problems. Sofa-in-a box brands are entirely online so it might be difficult to contact someone to help you. Some brands, such as Albany Park, offer assistance in the form a Task Rabbit discount.

How Much Does a Sofa-in a Box Cost?

Prices for sofa-in-a box sofas vary just like regular sofas. A three-seater sofa-in-a box will cost you between $1,000 and $2,000. The price may rise if you add white glove delivery, shipping and additional options such as a chaise.

Here are some top sofa-in a-box brands, and the prices you can expect to pay.

  • Albany Park
    • Three-seat sofas starting at $1,399 to $1.599
    • Shipping is free on all orders (no shipping to Hawaii and Alaska).
    • Add-ons for custom: Matching ottoman that doubles up as a chaise.
  • Burrow
    • Three-seat sofas starting at $1,395 to $2.195
    • Shipping cost: Free, no minimum purchase;
    • Add-ons custom: A movable chaise or ottoman, lumbar pillows, or a sleep package (a bedding set that transforms your sofa into a mattress).
  • Elephant in a Box
    • Three-seat sofa priced at $1,699
    • Shipping cost: No Charge
    • Add-ons custom: An ottoman, decorative pillows, and an armrest with an integrated USB port.
  • Floyd
    • Three-seat sofas starting at $1,895
    • For orders over $1,000, shipping cost is $149
    • Add-ons custom: A chaise for more leg room
  • Sabai
    • Three-seat sofas starting at $1,295
    • Shipping cost: No shipping charges for orders over $100 within the continental U.S.
    • Add-ons for custom orders: Cushion inserts and covers.

Tips to Buy a Sofa-in a Box

Do your research when shopping for a sofa in a box. You should look for the right size, cushion softness, and fabric durability to meet your needs.

You might feel tempted to click-and-ship for an instant seating solution. You’re still making an expensive purchase. This couch will be used every day for many years. You should also be aware of the return policies to ensure that you aren’t stuck with a couch that you don’t like.

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