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Home Reserve Review: Our Couch & Sectional Experience

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A Low Cost Sectional

We had been looking for a new sectional for quite a while that would fit in our main living space (shared with our dining room and kitchen) that would give us plenty of seating without overwhelming the minimal space we had available. Since I’m not one to shy away from assembling furniture (Ikea and I are close friends), Home Reserve came up as a great place where to look. After plenty of research and looking through the available styles and fabrics, we were sold. We knew this was the right choice for our home. So we decided to do a Home Reserve Review! 

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; built-in storage; customizable}

Before I get in to the details on just what it takes to get one of these sectionals/sofas, I want to tell you some of the features that got us excited. Also, as a disclaimer, I’m not being compensated for this post, I just really like my new sofa and wanted to share.

Our previous sofa/loveseat combo was dark leather that had big puffy arms and cushions. Very comfy, but also pretty cumbersome in our small space, and the dark color really made the room look darker than I wanted it, so we decided tpo look for new options. Also, there was only seating for 5, which is the exact number of people in our family. If we had guests over, people were sitting on ottomans, dining room chairs, or an extra chair we had moved into the room. Not so nice.

Simple Design

We decided to go with the Ray style from Home Reserve, which they describe as having a “modern, low-profile nice arm”. I love the clean, sharp lines of the cushions and the “low-profile” descriptor intrigued me because I wanted something that would give the appearance and feel of more space in our room. I was kind of over the curved, puffy cushions of our old couch, and the Ray style was exactly what we were looking for.

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; easy-to-wash; customizable}

Built-in Storage

When we looked further into the features, we found that every. single. seat (including the ottomans) has built-in storage. That is huge for us because our home has minimal closet and storage space. Having room to store my candles, our family board games, the kids’ DVD & book collections, plus other odds and ends that never seem to find a permanent home is worth it’s weight in gold.

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; built-in storage; customizable}
Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; built-in storage; customizable}

Pet Ready Furniture

But the next feature got me all kinds of excited. They offer a line of “pet care” fabrics. While we do have a dog and cat, I also consider our 3 kids to be family “pets” as well, so fabric that is protected from spills, mud, snot, pet stuff, etc that can be removed and washed?! Yeah, that’s a big deal. The only limitation to the pet care fabrics is that they didn’t have the exact color/pattern we liked in that line, so we did have to settle for our next favorite, but it still works so well in our space and I actually love it more than our original choice now that it’s in our house.

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; easy-to-wash; customizable}

I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical about the 10-year warranty on the frame when everything was delivered in flat-pack boxes, ready to be assembled. But once it was all together and set up in the living room, with kids more than willing to “test” it out, it’s definitely a sturdy piece of furniture, so I can see why Home Reserve can offer the 10-year warranty on it.

Once we got it assembled and put together, we realized we would have liked one more armless piece to fill out the end section a little bit more. Guess what? No problem at all. We just went back to the website and ordered the one extra piece. If we ever want to change or reconfigure the layout, each piece can be unattached from it’s neighbor and rearranged as we see fit. It’s 100% customizable to your exact needs.

And maybe one day I will want to go back to the curvy look, who knows. If that day comes, I can order new back cushions and a new arm for the end chair in the curvy styles and change the entire look of the sectional. It really is an ingenious way of creating your own custom and unique look for your own life.

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; built-in storage; customizable}

We can also replace any piece at any time for any reason. So if the kids decide it’s a good idea to do arts and crafts on the sofa and accidentally cut open a cushion cover with a pair of scissors, I can just reorder a new cushion cover rather than having to replace the whole section or cushion.

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; easy-to-wash; customizable}

So, that’s all the good stuff, but there’s got to be some downsides, right? Well, I guess that depends on your personality. I am in the weird crowd, in that I actually enjoy assembling flat-pack furniture. It’s like a giant puzzle and the satisfaction of standing back and looking at my “creation” is all the thanks I need. So if you don’t like to assemble furniture, but this still seems like a great idea to you, find someone willing to do it for you because it’s really worth it in my opinion.

The only other downside I’ve noticed so far is that the fabric we chose (Pet Care in Maltese Denim) attracts our pets’ fur, so we have to be a little diligent in pulling that off at least once a week. It’s worse in the warmer months, but that’s to be expected.

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; built-in storage; customizable}

Time Consuming Assembly

So what’s involved in putting together you’re own couch from what can only be described as wooden, plastic, and foam puzzle pieces? I took the day off when ours was delivered so I could dedicate the whole day to putting the sectional together. I didn’t want to get started, then have to call it a night with boxes and cushions everywhere, and start again the next day. Our sectional consisted of 6 Armless sections, 2 Corners, 1 Left Armchair, 1 Modular Ottoman (attached to the sectional), and 3 freestanding Ottomans. Thirteen pieces in all.

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; easy-to-wash; customizable}
Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; easy-to-wash; customizable}

The first piece I assembled was the Left Armchair. It took me an hour, and I assumed it would take an hour per piece. But after about the 3rd one, I really got the hang of the method and how to do it without checking the instruction manual every step of the way. By the time I had completed the 13th piece, I had put in a total 8.5 hours of work (with a break to eat about halfway through).

There were also a few vacuum breaks scattered in as well to clean up the wood and dust on the floor, and by the end of the day, my forearms were completely wrecked from the tedious work my hands did with pulling the fabric covers over the frames all day, but in the end, I had a beautiful sectional that now seats over twice as many people as our previous furniture and takes up less room. And the color we chose (Maltese Denim) really brightens the room so much.

Basically, the momentary pain and exhaustion from a day of labor was more than made up for with the fact that we got exactly what we wanted for a fraction of the cost we were expecting to have to pay for a sectional this size. And it’s custom to the exact size and configuration that we need. I really can’t think of any downsides to it.

Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; easy-to-wash; customizable}

Of course, time will tell how it holds up. I did already test the pet care fabric to see if liquids are repelled and they definitely are. The cat also felt the need to double-test the fabric (ugh) and all was well. I’m thinking I will need to update this post in a year to share how well everything holds up and thoughts on Home Reserve ownership for the long haul. But for now, consider me a happy Home Reserve customer. If I ever have need for another sofa/sectional/chair, pretty sure Home Reserve is the first place I’ll look.

Want to know if purchasing a Home Reserve sofa or sectional is worth it? We think it is, but check out our complete review to see if Home Reserve is right for your home.

JS

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

Kendra, you are far far more patient than we were. First of all, assembly was a nightmare. Had no idea it would take this much. Had we known, we probably would not have made the purchase even though I love the idea of washable covers. Secondly, it arrived with missing pieces. We were on a tight time crunch because our house is a vacation rental and it all had to be done in a matter of days. Thirdly, I don't think the couch is all that comfortable. I feel like I'm sitting on a couch in a doctor's office. But with all the work we did, there is NO WAY we can return it. Very disappointed.

Deanna Lewis

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

I'm thinking of this sofa. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It has been a few years--are you still in love? :)

You didn't mention comfort in your review. Other reviews suggest it isn't all that comfortable. What's your take on this?

Thank you!

Kendra Benson

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

The only thing I don't love about it is the depth, it could be deeper. We don't find it uncomfortable at all. Even after all these years, the cushions have held up, there's no sagging or compressed foam. I was concerned about that but have been pleasantly surprised. If you have tall people that will be using it, they might not find it too comfy, simply because of the lack of cushion depth (and height of the back cushions as well). But as far as the actual cushion comfort, 2 thumbs up.

Margeaux

Sunday 26th of September 2021

Any update on this? Found your review to be extremely helpful as we are considering getting one. But wondering how it held up. 🙏🤞

Kendra Benson

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

So far so good. The cushions have held up wonderfully, no sagging or compression. The frames are all still intact, which I wasn't expecting considering I have 2 kids that enjoy jumping on the couch. My only 2 complaints after all this time is that I don't love the fabric we chose, and the seats are not as deep as I'd like, but we've gotten used to it.

Shelby Lynn

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

So can you add the chair and a half onto a sectional because I like the wider cushions then the width of the armless. Or maybe start the sectional with a couch or love seat?

Karra

Sunday 25th of October 2020

Do you have any current pictures? How has it held up? Still like it?

Marie

Saturday 24th of July 2021

@Kendra Benson, one thing I didn’t like about this furniture is the fact that the depth of the seat is so short. Around 20”. So if you have anybody that’s somewhat tall in the family, it feels like your setting on the edge of your seat. Your knees are 5 inches past the edge of the end of the bottom cushion.?

Kendra Benson

Thursday 5th of November 2020

I don't have any current photos that don't show my living room a mess (ha!) but it has held up well, we even moved and rearranged it at our new place. It was easy to take apart and lightweight (the kids helped carry the sections upstairs with no problems). I do still like it, and it has been used a ton more now that the kids are home more often (thanks COVID).