Thursday, July 18, 2013

Our sofa decision

This whole sofa-choosing process was a little more stressful than I thought it would be! Which is saying a lot, because we knew pretty much exactly what we wanted: a super comfy, good quality, light neutral colored, slip-covered sofa. While we found 2 pretty much right away, the final decision was a little more difficult.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, we narrowed it down to 2 sofas:

The Belgian Slope Arm Slipcovered Sofa from Restoration Hardware

The Emory Grand Slipcovered Sofa from Arhaus

We decided on.....

The Emory sofa from Arhaus! But....we didn't buy it from Arhaus. We actually found it at a local furniture store the next day for $800 less! It is literally the exact sofa, made by the same manufacturer....the exact sofa! Not just a knock-off, cheaper version of it. I couldn't believe it...I was so thrilled! 

But, let me rewind for a minute. Josh and I were kind of in love with the Restoration Hardware sofa in terms of looks right from the start, but I had some concerns about the quality. I noticed in the showroom that the cushion was sunken in, and that made me wonder how well it would hold up over time. 

So, I turned to my trusted friend, Google for answers. Reviews on either of theses sofas were pretty difficult to find. But after some deep searching, I found that many customers were saying the same thing over and over about the Restoration sofa....the cushions and back pillows go flat and look terrible in about 2 years. I also found out that in recent years, the company has shifted most of their manufacturing to China, and the quality of their furniture overall has gone downhill (yet the prices have remained high). Don't get me wrong, we buy a fair amount of things made in China, but my problem is that most people were saying the furniture just wasn't the quality you think you're paying for at those prices.  

We were kind of sad to find that out, but also relieved that we hadn't invested thousands of dollars in furniture that wouldn't last. At that point, we knew we wanted the Arhaus sofa, but decided to just check in at a local place to see if they had anything. I honestly wasn't hopeful at all. But all it's slipcovered glory...there it was!

At our local place, they call this The Cloud Grand Slipcovered Sofa. We were pretty much instantly sold. The price was $800 lower than Arhaus, it was the exact same sofa, and it's made in North Carolina (known for quality furniture). Yes. We were definitely sold!

I'm not joking when I say Audrey loved it too!

She was cuddling with the fabric swatches (sorry, furniture store!), and even had me cover her up in one like a blanket! back to the actual furniture. In my last post, I had mentioned I was a little unsure of the arm style on this sofa, but I ended up deciding that I liked it in the end. To me, it's not too traditional or too contemporary, so I feel like in the event that my tastes change, I'm not stuck with a sofa that only fits one particular style. (Although I doubt I'll ever be a lover of contemporary). 

In addition to the sofa, we purchased 2 chairs. They're actually chairs-and-a-half, so they can accommodate 2 people each. These are just as comfy and amazing as the sofa! 

The fabric color we ended up going with was the one pictured on the right of the arm:

It's a cotton and linen blend and the color is called "Linen". It's very light, but I think it will hide every day wear and tear better than a pure white. It's machine washable (a must) which I'm so excited about. I just don't think it would be realistic to take all of these slipcovers to a dry cleaner on a regular basis!

I'm really relieved that this decision is over, and I'm so happy with the outcome!

Now, we just have to wait 8-12 weeks before we can enjoy sitting on it!


  1. How do you like the sofa?do you have itbyet? We are thinking about purchasing the same one, and did find it at Arhaus first before stumbling across it much cheaper at I believe where you got yours. Do you like it? Any input you have would be great!

    1. Which store did you find the sofa at?

  2. I love your blog. This is a cool site and I wanted to post a little note to tell you, good job! Best wishes!!!

  3. Any update on your Grand Cloud sofa? I recently decided on the Arhaus Emory, and found this blog regarding Grand Cloud. The folks at Belfort say its the same exact sofa while the folks a Arhaus, say that's not so. Regardless, would love to hear an update from you. Thank you, -jan

    1. Hey Jan! Sorry for the delayed reply! I'm not checking the blog much these days. We are still loving our sofa and chairs from Belfort. I've washed the slipcovers many times and they're holding up really well. At the time I purchased them, I looked into the manufacturer of the Arhaus and Belfort sofa, and they were the same (made by a company in NC, I believe). I could find no differences in them and the fact that they were made by the same company leads me to believe they are the exact same. Hope that helps!

  4. Rachel, would you please tell me who made your sofa, the company in NC. im also looking at an Arhaus sofa adn would like ot find it for less $. We do not have a Belfort here. Thank You-Toni

  5. Rachel, Would you please tell me who made the sofa? I have been searching for about 8 months now and I am exausted and tired. I think i've settled on one at Arhaus, but I'd like to pay less for the sofa. We don't have a Belfort here and knowing who made it would help me locate a local dealer. Thanks-Toni

  6. Do you know that brand of the sofa???? What is the back height? TIA!

  7. Hi, would so be so kind as to share the manufacturer. We actually need 2 of the Emory sofas, but have heard nothing but horror stories from Arhaus customer service. Thank you. Happy Holidays!


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