Homewood Advice: Buying a Couch

Buying furniture can be quite stressful. Especially when investing in a piece that not only take us space in the privacy of your home, but also just the effort it takes to decide on that one couch that you’re hoping to have for years to come. Make sure you have no regrets when investing in pieces that fill up your space because it’s these additions that make your home, home.

In this article we’ll be sharing 5 key tips to consider when choosing the right couch for you. If you do go ahead and purchase a couch with Homewood, our designers are here to guide you through the process. They know what is best when it comes to furniture that fits your needs, taste and lifestyle.


1. Invest in comfort – not just aesthetics:

We all love a good-looking couch,

but you’ll regret buying something that

you can’t stand to sit in for more than 5 minutes!

Choose a piece that not only exudes comfort,

but that actually is comfortable.



2. Get to know the bones:

Investing in a quality frame will see you

through many years of, well, lounging. Ask the

sales person thorough questions about the frame

(solid is best) and the guarantee. You can never

know too much.




3. What’s inside?

Choose the right inner for your cushions.

You don’t want flat cushions in a years’ time.

Ask about the different options for cushion






4. Choose your fabric carefully.

Beautiful fabrics can be fun and add impact to a

room. But always consider whether this style will

stand the test of time. Don’t forget to think about

where your couch will be sitting – you’ll need a

more durable, fade resistant fabric if kids, animals or direct sunlight are involved.



5. Measure, then measure again.

And again. Don’t forget to consider doors

and stairways that your couch will need to

pass through. There’s a reason the saying

prevention is better than cure came around.

No amount of prep goes to waste.

Homewood Launches in Mbombela


We have invaded Mpumalanga and have set up our newest showroom in the metropolis of Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit, and we are beyond chuffed with how phenomenal the showroom turned out.

Grand Opening

We held our grand opening on the 2nd of March 2019. And seeing that we were new in town, we only thought it right to go full Oprah and give Mbombela lots of love.

We offered an exclusive opening weekend discount of 20% off all purchases/orders, and continued in the heart of giving by giving away a item form our Smalls Range to every person that entered our snap and win giveaway, where just by sharing a pic of their favourite Homewood piece from our showroom on their social page of choice, got them that Smalls item. But obviously we were far too excited and didn’t stop there. We threw in a competition where we gave away an Imbiza Lounger, valued at R9,800! Congratulations again to our lucky winner, Dumisile Mashele!

We couldn’t be happier with well our new store was received, and we’d like to take this moment to say thank you to every person that made it through our doors and welcomed us to the neighbourhood. We honestly had such a great time and look forward to growing our relationship with each household, each business, and each lodge, hotel, Bed & Breakfast in the area.

And just in case you missed it, we’ve shared a few images from our Mbombela store. We look forward to meeting you all!

Homewood X Mbombela

The Showroom











The First Customers


It’s official! HOMEWOOD got awarded one of the top awards at this year’s DTI Furniture Design Competition with Ian Perry’s remarkable Kopanya entry. The design focuses on being multi-functional to the 9th degree.
The Kopanya kitchen unit is all wrapped up with 6 bar stools into one unit measuring 1200 x 1000 x 950 mm in size.
  • Kitchen Center Island
  • Breakfast Nook/Table
  • Server/Sideboard
  • Full 8 Seat Dining Table
  • Social Bar Counter


Another successful prefabricated – solid wood instillation complete. The Whiskey/Wine/Book unit designed for House Lauren in Garlington fits the space to perfection.

This project boasted a great story as it took us from concept to design, manufacture to installation, and this all ending with a VERY happy customer.

To see the gallery of the installation, click here.


March has seen quite a few, very cool custom wardrobes go through the factory here at HOMEWOOD, destined for various lodges around Africa.

“This is definitely one of my favourite wardrobes we’ve designed.” – Ian Perry




Forests sustainability in Southern Africa is a REAL concern. This is why we no longer buy wood from Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The natural forests in these countries are disappearing fast, which begs us to ask the question – do you know where your supplier sources their hardwood from? And does it come from sustainably managed forests? Learning more about what the reality of this entails and what is happening out there exactly doesn’t take much on your part, you gain greatly from it. Knowledge is power after all. Read more.

We have had a very exciting time at HOMEWOOD over the last week as our furniture design came second in the DTI Furniture Design Competition!

The design theme centered around MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

The number of single and two person households is on the rise, resulting in an increased demand for small and portable furniture. Consumers have also been looking for furniture that is multi-purpose, foldable, and technology-driven, especially when it comes to living in smaller spaces.

It was with this in mind that we set to work creating a bespoke design that could revolutionize the way we live/cook.

On the 12th of March, HOMEWOOD had the opportunity to showcase their incredible design that was chosen to be in the final of this year’s South African Department of Trade and Industry Furniture Design Competition. Surrounded by fellow designers, HOMEWOOD quickly stood out when they started the process of displaying their design.

After the final round of judging, HOMEWOOD landed in second place over all, making us now an award-winning furniture design company. A phenomenal feat for our first entry into this competition.

The Kopanya Kitchen unit has the following configurations all wrapped up with 6 barstools into 1 unit 1200 x 1000 x 950 mm in size.

  • 6 Bar stools
  • Kitchen Centre Island
  • Breakfast Table
  • Server/Sideboard
  • Full 8 seater Dining table
  • Social bar counter



The theme for this year’s DTI Furniture Design Competition was “Living Space”, and entrants had to design and create a piece of household furniture that was both multi functional and a space saver. The furniture piece had to reflect current trends and had to respond to the way people live and how they use their space, providing a solution for constantly changing household needs, as well as be appealing to the export market. They had to design this furniture piece for a space no bigger than 3×2 square meters.


Luckily, Homewood love a good challenge. They took to the drawing boards and came up with a piece that would not only be a multifunctional space saver, but a definite conversation starter for any household. And so, the Kopanya was born.


Why the name Kopanya? Homewood is known for their passion behind keeping things local. From only employing people from the surrounding community to join their dynamic team; to the names of their furniture ranges; they always search for ways to celebrate their country. It’s no surprise then that they found their inspiration for the name from the Sesotho word Kopanya, as it means to unite, mix and con

solidate. And that is exactly what the Kopanya kitchen unit is designed to do.

When asked how they came about this incredible design concept, they shared the following, “In the world of entertainment – reality TV is booming. With singing leading the way with programs like Idols to a surprising evolution of cooking content! But is this surprising? Is cooking really that boring as a form of entertainment? Apparently not! Homewood and its designers have noticed this trend and have come up with a remarkable idea to ‘kopanya’ the cooking and entertainment experience right in your very own kitchen! You can now cook with guests and make this whole process part of the entertainment experience when people come over. No longer are you left out busy slaving away in the kitchen whilst your dinner guests drink your best wine, leaving you miss to out as you focus on preparing the meal. Now everyone gets to socialise during the process – it becomes part of the evening entertainment!”

If you’d like to know more about KOPANYA, please feel free to contact Ian for more info. As always, HOMEWOOD is on hand to help you design and craft the perfect piece to fit your space!