Have you ever wondered about the history behind your beloved soap opera companion?

Today, we are going to tell you all you need to know about the history of your sofa!

The term sofa originated from ancient Egypt (2000BC) from the Arabic word ‘suffah’ that loosely translates to ‘bench.’

For thousands of years, much like us modern folk, people have enjoyed the comfortableness of being able to simply sit down and put their feet up. Fortunately for us, sofas are a lot more plush to sit on than they use to be!

Back in the day, 2000BC, sofas were only used by the wealthier members of society such as Pharaohs. Fast forward to the late 16th century, the class divide did not distinguish who could and could not afford a sofa. Europeans reimagined the sofa to be a practical and comfortable addition to the home. In the 16th century, sofas were often stuffed using horsehair, hay and even moss! Thankfully, you will not find any of those materials in today's modern sofas, which are often filled with foam, feather, or fibre!

In the 1800s, pattern books and design records across the age started to circulate within social circles of furniture makers; these patterns and designs were elegant and functional. By the 1900s, the flamboyant designs had lost their appeal and a more practical sofa was designed and idealised. The industrial revolution allowed textiles to become more widely available and mass produced, introducing the much-loved modern-day sofa.

The humble sofa that we all appreciate today has come a long way from its royal origins, engineered for practicality and comfort rather than as a status symbol. We now have a wide variety of options available when it comes to sofa design and comfort, here at the Furniture Factory Outlet, Gloucester. Why not check out our range of sofas and chairs?

Great News!

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We’re working within the new Coronavirus Government Guidelines and are here to help.


Here at the Furniture Factory Outlets, we take seriously your safety and the safety of our staff during the Coronavirus pandemic. With this in mind, we have reopened our showroom to the public following these strict guidelines.


If you would like to visit us we have a few guidelines to bear in mind during your visit …

  • We ask that you keep at least 2 metres apart from other people in order to keep within the social distancing measures
  • We will have hand sanitisers available for you to use upon entry of our showroom
  • We are only permitting 10 people in our showroom at any one time, so queuing may be possible upon arrival. (with groups of no more than 2 people)
  • If you are showing any symptoms at all relating to the Coronavirus, please do not visit us, please just call us with your enquiry; we’re here to help


If you would prefer a private viewing in the showroom, please call us to book so that we can arrange this for you.


What about my delivery?
Don’t worry, we are still delivering. Our drivers have received training on social distancing measures. We ask that you stay at least 2m away from them throughout the delivery and we are supplying them with personal protective equipment where necessary. Our delivery drivers will have hand sanitisers with them for thorough hand sanitising. Please note that if our driver(s) feel that you are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms, then we reserve the right to politely refuse delivery until a later date.


Can you leave our delivery elsewhere rather than coming into our home?
Absolutely we can. If this is something that you would prefer we can deliver to your garage or your drive/doorstep and give you advice regarding getting it into your home safely and any assembly details if needed. If you prefer not to sign for the delivery, we can simply take a photo of the furniture outside your home/in your garage for proof of delivery.
We are trying our very best to give you, our customers a great service during this time, so if you have any queries, please feel free to contact us on 07770 963344 or on 01452 741880 after June 15th 2020.


We look forward to seeing you soon, stay safe.