Home Reserve Sectional Review

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 very viable option. 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.

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. 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 to drag into the room. Not so inviting.

Simple Design

We decided to go with the Ray style from Home Reserve, which they describe as having a “modern, low-profile 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; built-in storage; 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; built-in storage; 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; built-in storage; 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; built-in storage; customizable}
Home Reserve Sectional Review {kid & pet friendly; built-in storage; 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; built-in storage; 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? Spoiler: we think it is, but check out our complete review of all the benefits to see if Home Reserve is right for your home.

Last Updated 03/04/2019

14 Responses to “Home Reserve Sectional Review”

  1. Not sure when you made this post, but how is it holding up? Do you still like it?

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    • 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. 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

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    • 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.

  3. 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.

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    • 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.

  4. 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.

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    • 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.

  5. What pieces do you have in your sectional? I love the layout!!

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  6. 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.

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    • 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 !!!

  7. 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.

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  8. 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?

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  9. 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.

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