London-based furniture start-up, Swyft, has produced a sofa that can be assembled relatively easily by a single individual without the need for any tools.
Most (if not all) home-assembly flat-pack furniture items, require some basic tools to put them together, be it a hammer, screwdriver or Allen key. The Swyft sofa, however, only requires the user to simply click the pieces together using the brand’s Swyft-Lok mechanism. Swyft-Lok is a locking mechanism that comprises a die-cast aluminium dock into which a grooved, folded steel unit locks the two elements together. It slots together before clicking into place.
The innovative Sofa comes in three sizes – a three-seater sofa, a smaller two-seater model and an armchair size. The ease of assembly is helped by the fact that, depending on the size of the sofa ordered, the various elements are delivered in either two or three boxes, each of which can be easily lifted by one person. Each box is coded so that the user knows which to open first, and comes with instructions on how to put the pieces together. It can also be disassembled and put back together again.
“The ease by which the sofa can be put together also means we are not outsourcing a logistical headache and additional extensive labour to the customer, as is the case with most flat pack furniture. “Normally there is a certain rigidity with flat-pack furniture, in the sense that certain parts are designed to fit together with a specific part. Swyft-Lok technology changes that and will be key in all our future product developments.”
Keiran Hewkin, Founder Swyft
The three-seater sofa has six docks embedded into the base that forms the seat of the sofa – two on each side and two on the back. Each side element of the sofa has two corresponding grooved units that slot into the base. Another grooved unit halfway up the edge of the side element that attaches to the backrest secures the basic frame in place. The sofa is then complete with solid wood legs, and seat and back cushions with triple-layered cushioning, upholstered in a selection of six colours that come in a velvet or linen finish.