Jakarta Sofa Set from Asda Direct Review

Today’s post features the Asda Direct Jakarta sofa set.

So it would appear that this glorious weather is set to continue for a little while. Great news for those us braving the school holidays currently, and for those who love to spend time outdoors.

It’s been a long held wish that we invest in some stylish outdoor furniture. Like many people, we can’t afford to treat ourselves to these things all in one go, so each year we build on what we’ve done with the garden, in the hope that we will eventually get there.

You may remember last year, the garden had a lovely makeover and I’ve already posted on how some of the plants look a year later.

The Jakarta Sofa Set

So, this year I planned to update it with some extra luxuries. However, no sooner had I started looking, than I was contacted by Asda Direct, who asked if I would like to take a look at their garden range. I’m going to be brutally honest, and say it isn’t the first place I would go for stylish garden furniture and accessories, but I decided to take a look.

Now, I’m no stranger to supermarket ranges, and think they’ve really upped their game in the last few years. They’re great value too, and pretty much follow the interior trends so you can rely on them for super home decor, but I wasn’t sure in this case.

After some deliberation, I decided to give this, the Jakarta Sofa Set – 4 pieces in Charcoal a go, hoping to give the garden an injection of style, comfort and practicality.

sofa suite

Jakarta Sofa Suite from Asda Direct

Jakarta chairs

Here’s what we thought of the Asda Jakarta Sofa Set:

Style – Of course, on first glance it looks really stylish. Bang on trend, lovely angular design, and great charcoal cushions. Once it was put together and positioned here, outside our back door where the sun falls early in the morning until late in the afternoon, I was thrilled with how it looked. It’s exactly as you see on the website. Quite large, chunky and bold. It’s a lovely statement piece for the garden, and couldn’t look better.

Sofa backdoor

Relaxing sofa suite

Practicality – It’s great for family of four. We’ve had it up for a week now, and of course the weather has been kind, so we’ve sat here reading, playing board games, snacking and drinking. As it’s just outside the door, I am able to sit with my morning cuppa contemplating the day before things really get going. Wonderful. Oh, and the cushions are waterproof. Leave them out in the rain (although not over Winter) and they dry off quickly in the sunshine.

Obviously, this darker colour is going to fade if left exposed to the sun all Summer, so I may take them into the shed during periods of low use.

DIY Skill Level – Do remember that you need to build it yourselves. It arrived in a massive box, so big that it couldn’t get to the back of the house. I had to strip it out of the packaging and carry it piece by piece into the back garden. Ok, so not a deal breaker, but something to take into account. My husband put it together over about 2-3 hours (with a little help!).

Sofa prep


Quality – Once built, it’s really sturdy and solid and seems very well made. It didn’t go together well though. Many of the pre-drilled holes didn’t match up so it took a bit of force to get the pieces together. However, once we had finished, I think we have a very good quality set here that will last many years.

Value –Ā The Jakarta Sofa Set in 4 pieces costs Ā£349 which, having looked around is a good price for such a large set. As I’ve said, it seems great quality, and is very comfortable to sit on.

Overall, I’m thrilled with this set, and happy to have my mind changed over buying stylish garden furniture from Asda Direct. As you can see, we don’t have a huge space but it’s big enough for a set like this, so don’t let a smaller garden put you off.

What do you think?

If you’d like to find out more about this particular set from the Jakarta range or browse the Asda Direct collection, click HERE.

** Yellow cushion not included

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
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  1. Life With Munchers
    July 29, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    It looks gorgeous! (Also love the models own cushion!) I must admit I find the same issue with the pre-drilled holes on affordable furniture. It’s so frustrating and I’m not sure how they can get it so wrong.

  2. Carolin
    July 29, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    This looks like a lovely set for the patio. I love the colour. Looks elegant and you won’t see every little splash of rain or dirt on it x

  3. Amanda Cottingham
    July 29, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Love the idea of the waterproof covers, we bring all our furniture in, in the winter, so this would work well for us in the summer months. Lovely area to enjoy the evening and morning rays šŸ™‚

  4. Penny A Residence
    July 29, 2014 / 6:23 pm

    What a complete bargain and how lovely this looks in your garden, perfect for the family to enjoy together šŸ™‚

  5. Donna
    July 29, 2014 / 10:14 pm

    We’re moving soon so I’ll be doing a lot of renovating posts myself. The garden is an area we want to try and sort out before the end of the summer so I’ll certainly take a look at the range from Asda. x

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