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I recently bought a house and I am faced with the daunting task of filling it up with furniture so it doesn’t look like a collection of empty rooms. My girlfriend and I did a little furniture shopping when she was in the area and I was practically knocked unconscious at the prices. Even IKEA, the cheapest of the cheap, sells their cheapest decent sofa at $250 and I know, based on first-hand experience, that after a year or two the fabric will wear away and begin tearing. That’s why an email from Byron of HomeReserve.com was so fortuitous.

Disclaimer: HomeReserve gave me one of their chairs to try out. Byron never asked for me to write a review and he didn’t give me the chair expecting a review of any kind posted on my blog.

How do you buy furniture online?
Basically you pick a furniture piece, you pick a fabric, and they UPS it to you. You have a 30-day trial period where you can swap out fabrics anytime you want and there’s a five year warranty on the product, something IKEA doesn’t have (at least not when I looked on their website).

I requested 3 fabric samples (well, my girlfriend picked them out) which they sent to me immediately (UPS 2nd Day Air). The three I went with were Ranger Twill material and in the colors of parchment (tan), some blue and dark green; we went with the parchment. I sent along my request on a Monday and UPS notified me of its shipment on a Wednesday.

Putting it all together:
The chair comes in two boxes weighing a combined weight of around 70 lbs (47 and 30 lbs) and took about two days to ship. Putting the whole thing together was pretty easy. There are little plastic T-brackets that fit snugly into the wood frame which are used to screw into and hold the pieces together. The chair had 18 screws and I put the whole thing together in about half an hour with a regular screwdriver (they have installation videos).

Comfortable & Soft:
The chairs are really comfortable, almost a little too puffy, but I think that’s a matter of personal preference and, with age, the puffiness will be softened (which makes sense and is something they claim on the site). The seat and armrests are made of foam but the back pad is actually a pillowy material. So far everyone who has sat in the chair has said you couldn’t tell, by either eyeballing it or sitting in it, that the chair was under $200 and that I had to put it together.

Also, I don’t know about the “built in storage” because the chair is so small, but you can probably get away with putting a few little boxes underneath. It’s probably more feasible with the coach.

Finally, one thing that they do is put negative (and positive) comments on their site, which is something you don’t see very often. Also, if you’re interested about credibility, they’ve been featured in a bunch of magazines.

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8 Responses to “Home Reserve Furniture”

  1. jim says:

    Thanks for the link Karen! I’m a huge fan of hand-me-down furniture and scouring furniture off resources like Craigslist. Currently we have some couches and a bunch of chairs, all courtesy of my girlfriend’s very generous mother and their overflowing basement.

    But how many times do you see people bringing back couches from IKEA for school? Is the Swedish design engineering really worth the premium?

  2. Terri says:

    We discovered Home Reserve through a blogad right about the time we were looking for a cheap but sturdy couch to put in the kid’s playroom. One of their purple couches really fit the bill — it’s pretty fun looking for the kids, was easy to put together, and is even fairly comfortable. [And in that room, the storage is actually useful.] Plus, it’s cheap enough that we won’t cry when they crayon all over it.

    I had low to medium expectations, but I was pretty impressed.

  3. jim says:

    I am debating making a temporary night stand out of FedEx boxes. :)

  4. risk says:

    I got a three-piece Ikea PAX Wardrobe for my investment condo off from craigslist. paid $150, close to new, with all the accessaries. If bought it from IKEA? shall be above $750. Much more options in craigslist – DC. You got great deals. but you need transportation (I asked a friend of mine who owned a van)

  5. Anonymous says:

    This furniture looks perfect for a dorm room… inexpensive and a 5 yr warranty so you don’t think it’s cheap, not a bad deal.

  6. brian says:

    My Question is how is the back pillow on the chair… is it really full and you sit back 0n the cushion or are you sitting back and touching the wood

  7. mandy says:

    This furniture is awful. I spent $800 on a sectional less than a year ago and already it is broken in two places. Not only this, but the pet care fabric holds onto my dogs hair like Velcro.

    The furniture is sized very small. It doesn’t provide good back support and the seats get hard after you sit awhile. I had a baby and had to sleep on this couch sitting up for 2 weeks and it was horrible. The cushions are not deep enough for a person to lay down and even if they were, the couch is hard. I woke up with no feeling in my legs several times before I just gave up. I saved for many years to get a good couch and I invested in a piece of crap. I cry sometimes because I wasted my money and I hate this couch so much but I am stuck with it!


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