Scotland On Sunday
Escape to the country for unique designs
A barn in Perthshire is where fabrics and sofas find their ideal match, says Anna Dove
Choosing furniture to complement your home is a big decision, especially when it comes to sourcing larger items such as sofas. Throws and scatter cushions are easy to refresh as tastes change but sofas and chairs are likely to become long-term fixtures so quality and durability is important.
Ordering a bespoke item to suit your room is the best way to ensure what you’re paying for is exactly what you want.
A barn in rural Perthshire may seem an unlikely place to source the perfect sofa, but Miriam Galt who runs Country Sofas near Pitlochry is busy with orders for her tailormade, reasonably-priced pieces.
“What is different about the way we are going about it is definitely the price,” Galt says.
Customers are getting absolutely stunning quality and just what they want at a price that’s unbeatable.
A quick browse of the “offers” section on the Country Sofas website is all it takes to confirm that’s the case.
By cutting out the overheads of big manufacturers, the cost of a beautiful wool or tweed sofa is much lower than most people would imagine.
“People really enjoy buying from us because it’s a fun process and a guided process,” explains Galt.
“I don’t see it as selling – I’m having a relationship with people around what they want and what they are looking for. That’s very much our approach.
“Very often people will come in with one idea of what they are looking for and come away with something else. It’s about understanding the customer’s needs and working with that.”
There is hardly a fabric Galt can’t source and by constantly adding new suppliers, she is keeping on top of the latest trends.
“Suddenly a sofa style will become very popular and it’s the same with fabrics,” she says.
“At the moment herringbone and plainer weaves are popular. You might choose a sofa in tartan and the chairs in the plain weave.
“The plain colours are really quite elegant and some of the new herringbones are stunning.”
With customers from as far afield as Switzerland and the United States inquiring about Scottish sofas, ordering online is one option, while browsing the Pitlochry showroom is a chance to flick through a full range of swatches.
“I absolutely love fabrics and sofas,” says Galt. “Any style can look totally different depending on the fabric that’s on it and if somebody sees a Advertisement feature Homes and gardens style they like, I like to be able to show them it made up in different fabrics.
I have lots of sofas, chairs and stools as well as scatter cushions and chaises.
Most of us will be familiar with the long wait for larger items of furniture to arrive but with a maximum delivery time of six to eight weeks, Country Sofas offers a quick turnaround.
“We like to do it in good time,” says Galt. “The whole process is important from start to finish.”