Since so many people ask me about my Crate and Barrel sofa, I thought what better time to talk about this great piece of furniture.
Do you ever research something to death and then you end up paralyzed?
I think they have a term called “Analysis paralysis!”
Well a couple of years ago when I was shopping for a sofa, I visited every major brand store. I checked them out for comfort, looked under the slipcovers, and tested their fabric in regards to stain removal.
I had bugged my husband forever about getting a new sofa, and finally, he caved.
Once I got his blessing, I felt like I needed to research the dickens on every sofa.
So, originally, I thought maybe I could find a sofa on Craigslist. This plan would win big brownie points with my husband if I could find a cheap solution.
What I found was eye-opening
This is just my opinion, but I found a lot of the Pottery Barn sofas on Craigslist didn’t hold up well. I felt so badly for these sofas and their owners. They looked like they just needed to be left out on the curb and picked up on recycling day.
Ok, one sofa was taken off the list.
Next, my mission was to check out Ikea. You can find my post about my Ikea chairs. I did buy two Ikea Ecktorp chairs, and after owning them for about three years, I must admit they are so, so. Mostly, the slipcovers attract every piece of lint that comes in contact with them.
So, I eliminated Ikea off my list and I narrowed it down to the Ethan Allen and Crate and Barrel sofa lines.
The Ethan Allen sofa was nice but just not the comfy type I was looking for. So, I ended up with the Crate and Barrel Harborside sofa.
Now my old post about this whole sofa research is one of my popular posts, so I thought it would be just ducky if I reviewed my sofa after owning it for a couple of years.
A Review of my Crate and Barrel Sofa
My Five Observations
1. A few facts about the Harborside Sofa
I was just lucky that I ended up buying the three cushion version. Three cushions are better than two large ones in that the weight distributes better.
2. The reviews say that the sofa is stiff at first
This observation is valid. I’m not sure but maybe it took a few months to break in the cushions, so don’t panic if it feels a little uncomfortable at first. Basically, our sofa now feels like Crate and Barrel floor model.
Yes, my teenage daughter has broken it in with her long lounges on the weekends.
3. The slipcovers are superior fabric
It is a cotton-blend and lint just doesn’t stick to it. Not sure why this material wicks off dirt but it does.
My Ikea ones are an entirely different quality. I did a post about them, Ikea slipcover cleaning.
4. Machine washing the slipcovers is easy
My couch potato kid who loves our sofa had a nosebleed while lying on our Harborside. Yes, fresh blood was splattered on our white slipcover. This is the one thing I didn’t test for on my fabric research. Well, to clean the blood, I placed spray and wash on it and plopped in the washing machine with cold water
This was the big test, right?
After the wash, I let it hang dry in my laundry room.
And oh yeah, don’t place any oxyclean on the stain. There is a small amount of polyester that will yellow if you use oxyclean.
5. Holds up nicely to the basic wear and tear from years of use
I still love our sofa! My daughter loves it as well. We both sit on the middle cushion, and I do need to flip it so that it isn’t a tiny bit droopy. But, like a bed mattress, you just need to rotate cushions, and all is good again.
So, in the above photo, the cushion to the left got washed, and at this point, I didn’t get to the one on the right. Can you see the difference? I know it is hard to make it out, but in person, it is more noticeable.
So, many people have asked me about my sofa, and I have answered all your emails. I hope this helps many of the others. I know it always nice to hear from a regular person rather than from the brand’s website.
Oh, yeah, my daughter and I layout our beautiful Pottery Barn faux fur blanket before sitting on our sofa. This projects it from stains, and also, I look forward to this plush seat. It’s my furry little nest.