A Closer Look at our Home Reserve Sectional

This post is sponsored by Home Reserve. As always, all thoughts and opinions about sponsored products are my own. Thank you, Home Reserve, for sponsoring my One Room Challenge!

When we decided to finish our basement to create an open concept family game room, I knew we would need to prioritize a lot of comfortable seating. The room is around 400 square feet, which provided an opportunity to include a large sectional. I searched far and wide for a sectional that would meet our list of needs:

  • Changeable / Washable / Stain-Resistant Fabric Covers
  • Customizable Layouts and Sizes for Any Space
  • Customizable Styles
  • Pet / Family-Friendly
  • Renewability
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Convenient Delivery

It didn’t take long in my research for me to discover that Home Reserve sofas met all of the needs for our space! I wanted to find something affordable, durable, and family friendly that didn’t sacrifice on style. I reached out to Home Reserve about a partnership for my One Room Challenge, and was thrilled when they said yes!

We chose the Tux sectional in Archetype Anchor fabric.

This sectional meets all of our qualifications, and we have been totally pleased with the entire ordering, delivery, and assembly process.IMG_9877Here are a few of the reasons we love our new Home Reserve sectional:

Changeable / Washable / Stain-Resistant Fabric Covers

In our main living space, we have a slipcovered Ikea sofa. We have two dogs and regularly host friends and family, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to non-slipcovered sofas! I like for our furniture to be nice, but not so nice and delicate that people don’t feel like they can use it for its intended purpose. A slipcovered sofa provides so much peace of mind because I don’t have to worry about spills, dogs, or replacing the entire sofa if a single cushion is damaged.

All of Home Reserve’s furniture is slipcovered, but you have your choice of a few different fabric tiers and styles.

I chose the Archetype fabric from the Easy-Living Collection because it is machine washable and stain-resistant. Designed with 3 tiers of accident protection, the Easy-Living collection is ready for real life. Whether you have a mischievous puppy (or two), or kids that are naturally prone to messes, these fabrics can hold up to anything your family has to throw at them.

Home Reserve offers fabric swatches for $1 each, and the package ships for free!

Having the fabric swatch (pictured below on the woven tray) gave me confidence to design the rest of the space even before we received and assembled the sofa.

IMG_4699I sampled a few different fabrics and colors, but ultimately settled on the Archetype Anchor for its stain resistance and cozy shade of navy blue. The Archetype fabric is durable 79% polyester, 21% Rayon fabric. It is textured to the touch, is machine washable, and has stain and odor protection built into the fiber so that liquids puddle and wipe off easily! Archetype Anchor is a beautiful medium blue with the appeal of a soft heathered sweatshirt.

Customizable Layouts and Sizes for Any Space

Home Reserve furniture is totally customizable, enabling you to create the perfect size sectional for your unique space. We were tasked with furnishing a new, spacious living room, so I chose to create a large U-shaped sectional out of one Sofa unit, two corner units, and two loveseat units. You can create a custom modular sectional out of their armless units, but I chose the Sofa, Loveseat, and corner combination for a more seamless look. The advantage of creating a sofa out of the larger units is that the bottom front panels will be seamless, instead of being divided into separate panels for each individual seat.

We included two modular ottomans that are the length of a sofa cushion and the width of a loveseat cushion. They can be placed in the middle of the sectional to function as a coffee table, or can be rearranged to make every seat the best in the house!IMG_9866

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The front panel of the back section is seamless, and was created with an armless Sofa unit. The two corner units connect the sofa to the loveseat sections. Here is a photo of the back sections during assembly.

IMG_5623In addition to being customizable, the units can also be rearranged!

Home Reserve makes it so easy to rearrange units that you’ll never be locked into any particular layout again. You can go back and forth between layouts to make room for a tree at Christmas or to accommodate your family at a get-together.

If you are working with a tight budget, you can create your dream sectional one section at a time! A friend of mine messaged me after seeing our Home Reserve sofa to share that she and her husband purchased their sectional one piece at a time as their budget allowed. It is a breeze to connect the units, and I trust that we could add, subtract, or rearrange units in the future if it were necessary.

Customizable Styles

Home Reserve offers multiple styles of arms and cushions, which can complement your unique style. For our basement, I knew I wanted a sectional with clean, modern lines. I chose the Tux arm for its wide, rectangular arms and fiber filled back cushions that have square corners.

IMG_9670There are many arm styles available, including the Laney rounded arm, the Ali sloped arm, and the Ray modern low profile arm.

The arm and cushion styles are changeable, which makes it easy to update for a brand new look.

Pet / Family-Friendly

I want our furniture to look nice, but I really care about how it functions for my family. I love that our Home Reserve sofa is durable, and invites every person (and pet) to cozy up and rest.

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IMG_9890.jpgEvery piece of Home Reserve furniture includes storage under the cushion. We are utilizing the storage in the modular ottomans for our movies and video games. Every piece of the sectional also offers storage under the cushion.

IMG_5780Renewability

Home Reserve furniture is durable, but accidents still happen. If you need to replace a single cover, cushion, or frame piece, Home Reserve will ship the single piece right to your door. Every part of Home Reserve furniture is renewable.

Renew fabric:

Many of Home Reserve’s fabrics are machine washable or liquid/Stain and odor repellant. But if something becomes stained or even torn, you can change just the damaged piece.

Renew foam and cushions:

Dog owners know some accidents go deeper than fabric level, but you can replace any individual foam or cushion and recover quickly. So, relax and invite your pet up on the furniture again.

Renew frame pieces:

Even the frame is renewable. And the frame protection goes beyond renewability, because it’s also under a 10-year warranty. So, If any piece becomes damaged, Home Reserve will replace it cost-free, no matter the reason.

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Comfortable

Buying a sofa online without sitting on it first is a big risk. What if it arrives and it isn’t comfortable? I wasn’t surprised that our sectional is comfortable, but I was relieved! How it looks is important, but it doesn’t matter how pretty a sofa is if it isn’t comfortable!

The short answer to “Is it comfortable?” is YES!

Here are a few helpful details to give you an idea of what it’s like to sit on this sofa:

  • The seat cushions aren’t overly deep (20″), which makes it comfortable for even shorter people to sit upright. The seats aren’t too low to the ground (18″), which makes it easy to sit down and stand back up again.
  • The back cushion is tall enough to lean back and get comfortable, but isn’t so tall that you could rest your head.
  • The ottomans make it possible to lean back and stretch out your legs.
  • The sides of our U shaped unit (a loveseat and corner unit) are long enough for my 6 foot husband to comfortably stretch out or lay down with room to spare.
  • The cushions are soft, but you won’t sink into them. They are on the firmer side, but still provide plenty of cushiony comfort for movie nights or afternoon naps.

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Affordable

I received this sectional in exchange for promotional advertising, but I chose Home Reserve because of their affordability. I am committed to partnering with brands that I would choose for our home and budget even without the perks of blogging partnerships, and Home Reserve meets that criteria.

While Home Reserve furniture is affordable, I am happy to say that it is not cheap quality. I trust that this sofa will serve us well for many years, and the frame is even backed up with a 10 year guarantee.

It was more affordable to create a sectional this size by combining the sofa, loveseat, and corner units instead of creating a sectional out of armless and corner units.

The total cost for our Archetype Anchor stain-resistant sectional, ottomans, and flat rate shipping was $2500.

A designer sectional of comparable size, quality, and style could cost more than double this amount, and I am very pleased with the size and quality you can get from Home Reserve for a fraction of the price of other brands!

(For comparison, a single Tux sofa in the Archetype Anchor fabric would cost $541 plus $61 flat rate shipping, totaling $605.)

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Made in America

According to Home Reserve’s website, “We use all USA made raw materials, oversee our entire supply chain, know where everything comes from, and understand how it’s made. We’re proud of this, and when you have our products in your home, you will be too.”

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Convenient Delivery

Home Reserve furniture is shipped straight to your door through convenient flat rate shipping, and is packaged in easy to move individual boxes with handles. Our giant sectional arrived in eleven large boxes. We had plenty of space to move the boxes, but this would be a great solution for apartment living where delivering an assembled sofa isn’t an option.

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Home Reserve furniture arrives flat-packed, and must be assembled. For a detailed walkthrough of the assembly process, I’ll pass the post over to my husband, Ben.

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Assembling Your HomeReserve Sectional

When I (Ben) told people I was going to build an enormous sectional that arrived on our porch in the form of 11 boxes, they usually looked at me with some mixture of pity, doubt, and scorn. I get it. Assembling furniture can be a nightmare. Two days before I even touched a box, my brother-in-law asked me if I was already angry about pieces not fitting right.

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The pieces for both corner sections laid out in numerical order.

Home Reserve took all of the pain out of assembling furniture. Which is amazing, considering how much you have to assemble. Each piece is clearly and individually marked with numbers cut into the wood (not with stickers that can fall off). No two pieces have the same number (even if they’re identical) and the instructions are as easy as connecting piece 1 to piece 2, and then piece 2 to piece 3 and so on. Everything fit really well, without ever feeling like I had to force, or worse, break anything. I love that they give you permission to use a hammer to knock pieces into place when necessary and to use a power drill to drive the screws home (you could use a hand screwdriver, but a power drill saves you a ton of time). I do those things anyway whenever I assemble furniture, but at least Home Reserve gave me assurance that hammering and power drilling wasn’t going to damage anything.

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Most of the couch is made up of identical sections, so I just created my own assembly line since I had the space.

Because everything is modular and the pieces are cut asymmetrically like puzzle pieces, I never got a piece wrong. I almost always end up getting a piece backwards or upside down whenever I assemble other furniture, but with this couch, the pieces either wouldn’t fit going in the wrong way, or it didn’t matter which way they were facing.

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The sections are held together by bolts and wing nuts, for easy rearrangement if you so desire.

Final Notes About Assembly

First, this is easily a one man job. There’s never a point where you need a helper to hold a piece in place while you drill in the screws. However, extra help will make the process go more quickly. The more people you have, the faster it goes without a point where someone is standing around with nothing to do.

Second, I had a ton of room to build this. I could lay out each piece, assemble multiple identical sections at once, and then put it together like an assembly line. You don’t need all the space I had, but it was really helpful.

Third, the plywood they use is splinter city. So many splinters. Home Reserve knows this, and they give you protective gloves and sanding blocks with each section, but the gloves are ill-fitting and not very helpful when manipulating screws. I recommend a pair of well-fitted, protective gloves of your own, or at least a pair of tweezers really close by.

Finally, the slip covers are really tight and are challenging to put on correctly. This was by far the most difficult part of the assembly. Working the cover down over the plywood sections a little bit at a time is where you will most likely need a second person in order to do it properly.

Time Investment

It took me about 10 hours to get the entire sofa and ottomans built with slip covers and cushions on them. I put 8 hours into the couch on one day, and then built the ottomans on another. That’s a lot of time, but way less than I expected.

IMG_5617We have a lot of IKEA furniture, so I have had a lot of experience (read: headaches) assembling furniture. Home Reserve provided the best assembly process I’ve ever experienced. I would absolutely do it again. No Ibuprofen were consumed in the making of this couch.

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30 Day Risk Free Trial

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Final Thoughts

I received this sectional through a partnership with Home Reserve, but I would absolutely purchase from them in the future. My husband is a pastor, and we live in a parsonage which is a home that the church owns and maintains for the pastor to live in rent-free. We wanted to finish this basement to create a hosting space, and to increase the value of this home through my blogging partnership opportunities. We decided to donate this sectional to the parsonage to stay here if we ever move, and I feel confident knowing that this sofa will last for many years! In the future, I would have 100% confidence in ordering another piece of furniture from Home Reserve, and would absolutely recommend the company to anyone who is looking for affordable, stylish, and durable furniture built for real life.

Want to see other Home Reserve furniture styles and layouts? Check out the Home Reserve Customer Photo Gallery, and read the 2500+ raving Customer Comments on the Home Reserve website!

Thank you, Home Reserve, for sponsoring this family room project. We are incredibly grateful for this piece of furniture that will serve our family and our guests!

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Want an even closer look? Head to the Holland Avenue Home Instagram and check out the story highlight “Home Reserve” for an up close and personal look at our new sectional!

2 thoughts on “A Closer Look at our Home Reserve Sectional

  1. Wow I’m amazed at the price! It is such a nice looking sectional. I love it. Thank you for your review.
    Is this couch wide enough to lay side by side with your husband? We can’t snuggle on our current couch and it is driving me bonkers. That is now a must have for any future couch of ours. Are the back cushions removable if you want to make more room when laying down?
    Thanks! K’Lann

    1. Hi! Without the ottomans, no. It is 20” deep with the back cushions on. You can remove back cushions. That’s exactly why we got the ottomans. We can lay side by side when we have one ottoman up! There are a few photos of us laying like this. But only one person fits laying down across the length of the couch without the ottoman.

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