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.

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    1. We’ve had it for 4 months so far and I’m still really loving it, minus the fact that the cat fur tends to stick to it more than I’m used to (since I only ever had leather before). The kids are always pretending the floor is lava so the seats of the couch are getting more than their fair share of full-body-weight jumping and bouncing and nothing has broken so far. And the cat has yet to gash any cushions with her claws, so there’s that too. I’m really happy we got it.

    2. just curious if you noticed a strong odor from the sofa. I just assembled a sectional in my sons room and the offgassing is unbearable. It has been three weeks now. We keep the window open when possible. I purchased charcoal bags from amazon and I’m running a hospital grade air purifiers and we are still sick from the fumes.

      1. Yes! I just got one and it’s so strong!!!! Is yours still off gasing? How long did it take to go away ?!

        1. It’s been a while for us, but I think it was maybe a week or so that I could still smell it. It didn’t last too long though.

    3. We purchased a Home Reserve sectional for my daughter’s tiny apartment 3 years ago. It has held up beautifully. Fabric still looks great and the cushions are still very comfortable. We like it so much that we are getting ready to purchase another unit for my dad who is getting ready to move into assisted living. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this furniture for small spaces. I want to point out that if you have room for a regular sized sectional sofa, go that route because larger will definitely be more comfortable, especially for taller people. But for a small living room you won’t find anything better and the storage in the seats is such a plus.

  1. Do your cats scratch or sharpen their claws on the fabric at all? We’re considering purchasing, but they have DESTROYED my furniture by ripping it to shreds. Not sure how well the fabric will hold up to the assholes

    1. Haha! Friggin cats! We’re actually down to one cat and she does not have any front claws so I can’t vouch for the durability to cat scratching.

  2. Hi I purchased the maltese fabric in our sample piece which arrived yesterday. I put it together myself in about an hour..It was pretty easy, like putting together a puzzle. Everything fit together nicely. That being said, I was a bit disappointed with how short the seating is. Wish it were just a little bit bigger. The seat cushion is about 5 inches shorter from front to back so its more noticeable. I’m wondering tho, does anyone know if it is “green” and free from harmful chemicals like PVC?? That is very important to me.

    1. Just wanted to add that I find it attracts fur and other materials more than I would like. Wondering what other material is as durable as this one seems but doesn’t attract fur etc.

  3. I was referred to this place for a replacement sectional in a small apartment. I find it overpriced, and clearly the quality is just not there. I’m sorry for the purchase, but wouldn’t do it again, and wouldn’t recommend anyone else do it.

    PS – I found it interesting that moving companies will not insure against damaging Ikea furniture because it is so poorly made. Home Reserve is a close second.

    So while they’re saving money having you build and assemble – you’re overpaying on stuff you have to build that doesn’t have the quality of other products.

    1. sorry to hear that, I would look for another moving company

      Poorly made, hmmmm, compared to what? I feel like perhaps you are reading a blog that does not pertain to you, your tastes, and your lifestyle. We have a couch and 2 ottomans that are ten years old, really no signs of wear. Matador “leather” fabric is awesome. Kids are now 21 and 24 so the pieces have seen some use! Peace.

  4. We bought a Home Reserve sectional with the washable pet safe covering. We have had it for approx 6 years now..and still loving it ! 2 to 3 times a year i throw the covering in the washer just to freshen things up, So far there hasnt been any threading splitting loose or issues with it being washed in the washer. And the fabric hasnt shown any signs of fading, we have a dark fabric and i feared it might fade over time, but it hasnt. We also have a large dog and cats that are allowed on it .The cats like to kneed the cushions and they have never torn or damaged the material, and the dog nails have never punctured it either(keep in mind ,i can be picky and have searched for damage ,lol). We tend to fall asleep on it on weekends and the cushions will get a little smashed down BUT that is easily kept up with by turning the cushions over and rotating, they will get thier shape back. We have never replaced anything on it. And I feel it still looks just like it did when it was new.

    1. I forgot to add…i also actually run my vacume on it several times a week and we also use a Hurricane FurWizard to keep up with the pet hair…the furwizard is awesome !!!

    2. Hello Shawna — Have the cats ever scratched through the material? What fabric did you go with? Thank you!

  5. I have been looking for a sectional for over a year and home reserve just popped up on my computer this morning. I don’t know why it did not come up sooner, but I sure am happy to have found it. I have a small living area, four cats and a messy dog. My cats have shredded our upholstered furniture which is why the idea of slipcovers is appealing. They shred, I replace! Did I mention the shedding? That too! Can anyone recommend a fabric that may hold up to the clawing, or a fabric that cats find less appealing? Also, if I call home reserve, will they help me design a layout to best suit my needs. Thanks for any suggestions and advice.

  6. Home Reserve seems to offer all that I require—cost, selection, pet-resistant. The only thing holding me back is the particleboard-type framework. My husband is asthmatic and very sensitive to chemical odors; particleboard and polyurethane especially. Do these pieces smell?

  7. Hi we are considering Home Reserve. I purchased some fabric samples. The only thing I find a bit concerning is that no place do I find anyone talking about not here in this blog not on their website about how comfortable these pieces are? Why? I do love the idea of them but I want to know how comfortable this product is? Thank you.

    1. Hi Nadia, Sorry I’m so late in replying (I wasn’t getting notifications on these comments for over a year). I think the seats are comfortable, but I do feel they’re just a tad shorter (front-to-back) than I’d like). We’ve had it over two years and I’d still recommend it.

  8. How has the furniture held since your review? I’m looking for a modular set that will withstand children and pets. Our current set is still in good condition, but it is dark (I’d like something lighter). We also need more furniture for our rec room. A friend recommended love sac sactionals, but they are much more expensive. I don’t want to pay more money if a cheaper alternative has the same quality.

    1. Hi Jesseca, Sorry I’m so late in replying (I wasn’t getting notifications on these comments for over a year). I did consider the Lovesac sectional but also passed on it because of the price. It probably is more comfortable but I’m still super happy with our Home Reserve purchase, even 2.5 years later. The kids haven’t destroyed it yet 😉

  9. I also would like to know how comfortable the pieces are. Someone has already asked in the above comments, but I have yet to hear a reply. Please share your thoughts on the comfortability factor and the smaller length of the cushions. thank you

    1. Hi Joy, Sorry I’m so late in replying (I wasn’t getting notifications on these comments for over a year). I definitely think they’re comfortable, enough that we often take mid-day naps on them. But they are less deep (front-to-back) than I’d like. That’s definitely one downside, but I’m willing to accept that with all the other positives. I know for some it’s a no-go, but we’ve gotten used to it.

  10. Thank you so much for making this blog post! My husband and I are getting ready to make our first “real move” with the military. We have been very fortunate to live in our home state of Florida for the past eight years. We went from the east coast to the west coast, and we are heading up to Minot, ND. We are selling all our furniture here and starting over.
    I loved the Sactional line from LoveSac, but the price tag was painful! I found these after searching for something similar. Your review was very helpful!! I would love to know which layout you went with. I think this is the one I would like to do, minus one piece in the center. I am hoping to create a lounge couch so we can all snuggle up and watch movies while it’s cold outside!

  11. I’m wondering how comfortable these are too! Moving to a new home and these seem like a great option as the new living room is a little oddly shaped.

    1. Honestly i have this couch and i find that its not very comftorable. Basically the couch is too shallow which makes it fell very cramped and you have to sit very straign up in it. Cant relaly lounge back in it. IMHO if it was 2 to 3 inches deeper it would be ALOT more comftorable.

  12. Hi, thank you for your review. It did help in my final decision to purchase a HR sectional. I just got mine and put it together yesterday. I love it it is more beautiful and comfortable than I imagined! But i did notice it has a strong particle board odor that is somewhat irritating to me. Did you have this problem and does the odor wear off over time? I’m hoping so because I find it does leave me with a bit of a headache. Thank you again for youe time.

  13. I’m so glad to have found your review! It looks like you’ve had your sofa for about a year or more – how is it holding up now? I’m tempted to try out Home Reserve because of the price point, durable fabric, and configuration options. Just curious now about longevity. Thank you!

    1. I’ve had mine for four and a half years and everything is holding up. But two years ago I ordered the feux leather covers and shortly after I started having sinus problems and headaches with fatigue, and itchy burning eyes. I’ve been trying to solve the mystery as it’s stolen my life. I looked up when I ordered the new covers and it was just before the symptoms started. I went on vacation for three weeks and felt so great it was crazy. I dreaded coming home. With in two days of being home I had a headache and within the week my symptoms were back. So I’ve been trying to find out what in my home is making me sick. Hoping I have solved the mystery with removing the sofa from the house. I don’t know if it is related to the OSB board they use or the fabric or resin. Still researching. Day two of no sofa in the house and feeling somewhat better.

  14. Has anyone experienced headaches and fatigue from this furniture? Ive been suffering since ordering the fake leather two years ago…on day two of not having the sofa in the house and feeling better already.

    1. We’ve had our home reserve sectional in our basement for a couple of years now, and I’ve never experienced headaches from it. I’m sensitive to allergens, too. We didn’t buy the leather though. We went with the black corduroy fabric that they offered when we bought our pieces. Despite the fact that black fabric attracts every piece of fuzz and it stands out like a sore thumb, I’m still extremely happy with it because the couch is so ridiculously comfortable. We bought ours because our basement doorways are super narrow in our old house, but we wanted to get furniture that would be more comfortable than our old college futon. The compact boxes easily fit through the doorways, and assembly was so easy! We bought 7 armless sections, two arms for the ends and 2 ottomans, and we had them assembled and put into place in a couple of days having time to work on them only in the evenings. They’ve even survived the few times that our basement took on water from heavy rains. We put each section (3 + an arm and 4 + an arm) and the ottomans up on bricks until everything dried out, and they held up perfectly to multiple moves around the room as we worked to clean up the water. I’d like to get these to replace my living room furniture, but I am afraid that the pieces will look short upstairs. I wish they offered two heights so you could choose which one would best fit your room.

    2. My guess would be you are reacting to whatever chemicals they use in the foam, particleboard glue, fire retardant, and stain/pet treatments if you got that. Or the fake leather itself.

      This product looks really interesting but your experience confirms to me that his product is not eco friendly or nontoxic. I couldn’t find a detailed materials list on their website so I was looking at reviews hoping to find some info.

  15. This is the color couch I would like to order from Home Reserve, but I’m afraid it may end up being too dark for my liking. The photo on the Home Reserve website and my Maltese denim fabric swatch look much darker than your sectional in these photos. Did you adjust the color in these images, or does natural sunlight make this fabric color truly appear that much lighter? Is this what your couch looks like in person when you look at it? Thank you so much for your help!

    1. Hi Nadia, Sorry I’m so late in replying (I wasn’t getting notifications on these comments for over a year). Our living room had a TON of natural light, so it may have looked a lot lighter in there. I do think it’s a tad darker looking in our new house, but not by too much.

  16. Hi Kendra,

    Since moving away from Colorado I have been able to buy a house and get it nicely furnished along with remodeling without adding a single penny. I was a bit skeptical on Home Reserve couches until I came across your’s. Just wanted to say thank you for the in depth review! We have a mutual friend too: IKEA! Did you know IKEA is 4 letters just like LEGO? What a coincidence. Anyway, thanks again for the groovy review and I wish you all the best!


  17. I had my furniture for a year, and 3 of the wood from the storage broke already, and the tread on the material is messing up. I’m reading everyone reviews, and I’m wondering was mines defective or what because everything keeps getting messed up.

    1. We had one kid jump directly on one of the seats and heard an audible “CRACK” sound and I freaked out. I checked the storage lid and it had a slight crack in it, but in the 2.5 years since that happened, it hasn’t gotten worse and none of the pieces have broken (even with a move to a new house). Have you contacted Home Reserve about it?

  18. Hi, I am considering buying a Home Reserve sectional, the Tux in Cantina Peanut, but want to make sure it is comfortable and will hold up. We have a 2 person household and two dogs, and everyone loves to lounge on the couch, so it needs to be comfortable and durable.

    1. I think it’s comfy, but maybe not quite deep enough. All 5 of us fit on and watch movies together, some of us even doze off, which I think speaks to the comfort level. I hope that helps 🙂

  19. I’ve been debating this sectional for a while. Do the bottom cushions slip out very often? That is one thing I HATE about my current couch, but the downside to getting bottom cushions that are attached is you can’t wash them. I’m stuck on what to do.

    1. Our bottom cushions don’t slide out at all. The only issue I have with cushions shifting is the one on the end, next to the chaise-type section. Since there’s no arm or end of the sofa there, the back cushion tends to shift off to the side. A little irritating, but not a deal breaker 🙂

  20. Hi. I know I’m late to the party! I’m wondering how much each section weighs? Are they heavy? I’m wantimg to piece one together for my rv. Thanks.

    1. Definitely not heavy at all. When we moved, I carried each section (sans cushions) over my head up the stairs. Super lightweight and I think they’d be perfect for an RV.

    1. 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).

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