Australia’s first sofa made from recycled plastic
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When it came to moving a few months ago, I couldn’t bear the thought of paying a delivery driver to haul my stained and sinking sofa from A to B. So when the opportunity arose to testing the new Eva All Day sofa – Australia’s first sofa made from recycled plastic – I absolutely jumped on it. It was time to cool off, especially after the year or years we have been through.
The Eva All Day sofa appealed to me for several reasons. A sofa saves around 200 plastic bottles from landfill which means I can feel good about the selection every time I sit on it, that it’s made from wood from sources durable and has foam cushions with washable covers (essential). It also has a fabric suitable for pets (which you can get samples of before purchase).
Sounds like a dream, right? Let’s see how the delivery, unpacking and assembly process from start to finish went, then you can make your own informed decision.
Eva sofa delivery
My delivery day was moving day which conveniently removed the need to see my old sofa in a new setting. It’s also free next day metro delivery, so it made sense on all fronts.
The delivery of the Eva sofa was between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on a Saturday, and my delivery driver gave me a buzz with a more accurate two-hour window. He also gave me a 30 minute notice (which I politely requested) and the delivery truck arrived within that time.
I had an Eva mattress at the same time (you can read the full Eva mattress review here) because if you want to start from scratch you can go all out as well. Needless to say, the ground floor of my new home was box city that day.
The living room – which is three flights of stairs from the ground floor – was where I had to take my new sofa. As far as transporting the sofas to a new environment, by comparison, it was a cinch.
There were three boxes in all – the back and arms, the seat and the cushions (with the feet and bolts stored in a separate box among the pieces). Considering the size, this was a two person job but not very heavy where you have to call a backup (mom and dad) for help.
Once opened it was great to see that the plastic wrap was made from flexible and recyclable packaging. Keep in mind that you’ll have plenty of it – luckily for us our new roommate, who moved in a week later, had access to trash cans.
Since I’m by no means a handyman, this little box had everything I needed to build. This included instructions (which I found a bit difficult to read, to be honest, but I used the onsite video as a backup), chair legs, and bolts. No tools were needed, which is just a dream, really.
Assembling the sofa took a little under an hour, but it was not without stress. If I have learned anything from these situations, it is to be patient and not to be overwhelmed by the idea of something new. (If you know, you know.)
I could have benefited from really sitting down and understanding the instructions before diving. On our first attempt, we connected the backrest to the seat in the wrong direction. It’s really silly, considering there is a green print that tells you exactly which way it needs to go.
Once my roommate and I had the back and seat properly joined, securing the arms took a hot minute. Getting one side into the holder was fine, but trying to fit the other without the other coming out was a bit difficult.
The four legs were super easy to put on. That being said, there were two bolts (which held the sofa together), which couldn’t be screwed in all the way, so the base touched the wood. That being said, they were as tight as they could get so we weren’t worried.
It’s been a month and no one fell off what is about a foot from the couch to the floor, so it’s neat!
Sounds damn good, I admit – even though my house is still in the process of being furnished. It’s also more comfortable than I expected.
The back cushions are quite large and provide excellent back support – I regularly go from my desk to the sofa for this exact reason. They also serve as great pillows (my roommate took a nap on them for an hour during the madness of the move).
You can imagine my inner panic when someone spilled red wine on it after only two weeks. I remembered that they were washable pillow covers (a luxury I had never had before), but, interestingly, they didn’t even have to be. I just applied soapy water right away.
I also like that it is raised on legs which is different from a lot of other sofas. It brings a minimalism that bulky sofas can’t. It is also very easy to vacuum underneath with a stick vacuum. There are also handy pockets on the outside of the arms, where you can put your remote control (genie) or magazines and books.
I’m pretty happy overall, my only wish is that it be L-shaped for a shared bed. That being said, it wouldn’t look so good either and would likely create an odd division in our open plan living-dining room, so you need to choose what’s a priority for you.
Price, range and warranty of the Eva sofa
I have the Eva All Day 3 seater sofa in Midnight Navy, which costs $ 1,650, but you can also get the 2 seater sofa for $ 1,350 if you have less room to play.
Since launch, Eva has also added a 5-seater ($ 3,200), 6-seater ($ 3,500) and 7-seater ($ 3,800) to the mix, as well as an ottoman ($ 350), which I am considering at 100% buy. for ultimate binge-watching vibes. All options are also available in Loft Gray as color, at the same price.
The warranty of the All Day sofa is top notch. They come with a 5 year limited structural warranty on the frame, a 10 year warranty on the fabric and a 2 year limited warranty on all other upholstery and components.
It also comes with a 120-day free trial, which is good peace of mind, where you can return it for a free refund at no cost.
You can buy the Eva All Day sofa here.