Whilst there are plenty of furniture companies overseas that sell nice sofas, there are many situations in which you might be better off buying one from an Australia-based furniture company. Here are some examples of those situations.
You're very fickle and will probably to return the first (or second) sofa you pick
If you're extremely fickle, then sofa shopping can be hard, as you might struggle to commit to spending lots of money on an item for your home that you know you might change your mind about keeping. If you're facing this dilemma, then it might be best to shop only in furniture stores where Aussie-made sofas are sold.
The reason for this is as follows: if for example, the sofa you end up buying comes from a French furniture store and after a week of having it in your living room, your fickle nature rears its head and you decide you don't really like the colour or the shape of the sofa, then you will have a hard time returning it and getting a new one. This is because, even if the foreign furniture store has a free returns policy, it will still take a long time for the sofa to arrive back at the French company's premises, due to the great distance between your home and this store. If you need your refund to be processed before you can afford to order a new sofa, you may have to wait weeks before you can purchase the replacement and may then have to wait a further two or three weeks for this second sofa to arrive.
However, if you choose a sofa made by an Australian-based business, then it won't be a big deal if you decide you want a different one, as it will only take a few days for the old sofa to be returned to the Australian premises, for your refund to be processed and for the other sofa to then be sent out to you.
You love unconventional furniture and want to support Australian furniture companies who make it
If you love furniture that looks different from the typical items you would find in most furniture stores and you want to support the Australian furniture companies who make these type of unconventional pieces, then you should buy your new (quirky and interesting) sofa from one of these Australian companies.
The reason for this is as follows: more people buy classic-looking sofas than characterful ones, furniture companies who specialise in the latter don't always make lots of money. As a result of this, many of them can end up going bust after a few years. If there is an Australian company that produces unique and lovely sofas, you can do your bit to keep their business afloat and encourage them to carry on making creatively-designed furniture by buying one of their products.