Our history



DFS is the clear UK market leading retailer of upholstered furniture with a portfolio of over 110 stores and a comprehensive online offering


DFS is listed on the London Stock Exchange and enters the FTSE 250



DFS reaches the significant milestone of 100 stores in the UK

DFS enters Continental Europe, opening its first store in The Netherlands


DFS acquires Sofa Workshop and dwell

 Sofa Workshop1
 FC Brand Partnership1


DFS enters the Republic of Ireland, opening stores in Dublin and Cork

Brand partnerships are launched with Country Living, House Beautiful, French Connection and G-Plan


DFS is acquired by Advent International, a well-established global private equity firm


DFS is acquired and taken private by a company owned and controlled by Lord Kirkham and his family


DFS becomes the largest retailer in the UK upholstery market

1993 - 2004

DFS adds 46 stores to its portfolio, growing TV region by TV region, and continues to expand and diversify its sources of supply of upholstered furniture


DFS Furniture Company plc is floated on the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of c. £270million, trading from 21 stores


Northern Upholstery acquires the assets of DFS Furniture Limited and DFS continues to expand its store footprint and acquire additional manufacturing facilities

1969 - 1973

Northern Upholstery acquires additional manufacturing facilities around Doncaster


The DFS business is founded by Graham Kirkham with a single store near Doncaster, UK, trading as Northern Upholstery