The Alstons family have been in the furniture trade for 150 years and are very proud of their heritage. Back in 1860, two brothers, William and Ambrose Alston, opened a furniture shop in Sudbury’s North Street instead of following the family line into the weaving trade. Master cabinet-makers by trade, the brothers’ shop quickly prospered, with loyal customers spreading the word about the brothers’ charming, well-made cabinets. The business grew steadily and was occupying a number of satellite factories in addition to its Colchester base which was run by the fifth generation of Alston brothers, John and David Alston. Today the business continues to thrive under the same values and ethos that the Alstons family created. Their values are still the same as they always were: excellent quality, British-made products and steadfastly impeccable service.


Alstons success has been down to their continual determination and focus on creating Sofas for Living. They take design inspiration from exhibitions, galleries, textile mills and anything in the world around them that provides us with creative ideas. All of which are channelled into commercial designs with a recognisably British twist.


Alstons offer exactly what you require with over 350-interchangeable fabrics. They search the length and breadth of the continent for new and beautiful fabrics. Working closely with their suppliers, they have access to some of the finest textile mills in Europe. These mills produce everything from simple, modern cotton weaves to luxurious velvets and chenille’s, in a wealth of styles and patterns.


Alstons believe strongly in the importance of quality British manufacturing. Their philosophy is quite simple: quality comes first. All their sofas are made-to-order at their factory in Colchester by our team of highly skilled craftsmen. The skill of their people is something of which they’re incredibly proud. These are men and women that know their trade inside out: most have trained and worked together at Alstons for generations.