Why Pick An S.W. James

Made By Hand, Made In Britain,
Made For Comfort, Made Just For You

The Chesterfields luxurious, deep buttoned style has become internationally recognised.
At S.W. James we are proud and committed to supporting an English manufacturing institution, keeping this handmade art form very much alive.

Our Story

Welcome to S.W. James

The beginnings of the S.W. James story can be traced all the way back to school days. Started by two former classmates Jamie and Warren, we’re a family-run business that’s passionate about making British Chesterfields. At S.W. James, we are proud to still be creating handmade, British furniture in the manner they were made traditionally.

Each S.W. James Chesterfield is handmade using the finest materials and traditional techniques that are sadly dying out; in fact, our small team is made up of four bench staff, whose average age is 67. Our stunning, one-off pieces take weeks to create, and the end result is a true masterpiece that we’ve put our heart and soul into – that’s where ‘Sofas with Soul’ comes from.

No two items of S.W. James furniture will ever be the same – with each one boasting its very own character and quirks, making it uniquely yours. Every piece we make is exclusive to S.W. James, and handmade just for you. We don’t hold stock, so each piece is a one-off commission; no S.W. James is ever the same.

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Ordering with Peace Of Mind

It all starts with good old fashioned customer service

Much like our commitment to good old-fashioned furniture making, we work hard to deliver an old school customer service experience to match. It’s for this reason that we have only five-star reviews on Trustpilot. We want the buying process to be as relaxing as sitting in an S.W. James.

Your S.W. James is a staple piece of furniture that will stick with you and develop beautifully over time, taking on a life of its own.

An S.W. James will become a true member of your family, which one day we hope you’ll pass on to the next generation for them to enjoy.

When you purchase an S.W. James of your own you become a member of the S.W. James family for life.

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S.W. James Heritage

We Only use the Finest Materials

We have spent countless hours selecting our vintage leathers, fabrics, sumptuous cushioning and comfort focused design. All our items use only the finest materials we can source and are designed & built by a small team in Greater Manchester, England.

S.W. James – The Worlds Most Comfortable Chesterfields

A Comfortable Chesterfield To Call Your Own

Here at S.W. James, infusing luxurious comfort into our Chesterfields and sofas has always been our most important goal. You’ll be pleased to know we’ve succeeded in creating the most comfortable and sumptuous Chesterfields you will find. In fact, we’re proud to say we are The Home of the Comfortable Chesterfield.

All of our S.W. James products are made perfect with our signature blend of soft, squidgy foam cushioning as standard – in addition to plenty of intricate, no-sag springs that promise premium relaxation. Over the years, we’ve taken the time to perfect our exclusive filling to create a plush seat – carefully blended to add character and comfort to your S.W. James.

Made entirely by hand. The story of every S.W. James begins in our production studios nestled just outside Manchester, in the north-west of England. Each S.W. James is lovingly handcrafted to order by a small and profoundly accomplished team of furniture makers.

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What Makes us British

When you’re building something so symbolic of British culture as the British Chesterfield, it’s only right that every last stitch is perfected right here in the motherland. So, we’re sure you’ll be pleased to know that each S.W. James Chesterfield is designed and manufactured in our Manchester based production studio.

It’s all part of our commitment to making the best handmade Chesterfield sofas in the UK. Every single element that combines to create an S.W. James Chesterfield is sourced in Great Britain – the exception to this rule being our beautiful leathers, which we obtain from the industry’s best Italian-based tanneries.

This decision allows us to provide the finest, most durable bovine hides for all our British made Chesterfield sofas. The result? A stunning collection of hand-designed, wrapped, and built British Chesterfields, sofas, and chairs that wear the S.W. James name with pride.

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If you have questions, talk directly to Warren

Try our free swatches to experience first hand the quality of our upholstery


S.W. James co-founder

If you are considering an S.W. James, I feel picking a selection of swatches is the best place to get started. You can experience first hand the quality of our upholstery. If you have any questions, call me on 0161 359 5462 or email us

Why order Swatches

Touch and Feel

To truly understand how inviting our leathers and fabrics are, let your senses explore the textures for themselves.


To get an accurate sense of our colour range, you need to experience them first hand. (We have been as precise as we can to represent accurate colour on our website, but it's always best to see colours for yourself.)

Wear, Tear & Characteristics

Touch them, scratch them, spill on them. Try out the resilience of our fabrics and leathers for yourself to judge if they right for you.