It's been about 3 years since I bought my first Home Reserve piece. Like a lot of people, our house was primarily furnished with items purchased at second-hand stores and garage sales. This was mostly due to the high cost of new furniture, but also the fact that we live in an older home with narrow stairwells and doorways, and getting a full-sized couch through is literally impossible. We'd resorted to the used furniture finds, as well as futons, beanbag furniture, and a variety of other discount items. As the years passed and our family grew, we needed more seating. I decided I was going to find the best, but most inexpensive, new furniture that I could. After hitting eBay and doing various Google searches, I stumbled upon HomeReserve.com.
The idea of assemble-it-yourself furniture was not foreign to me. I had checked out couches offered by Ikea and other places, which for the mostpart were wooden frames with cushions on the seat and back. The HomeReserve furniture looked like a real couch and offered different fabric choices in a variety of colors and patterns. I have to admit being a bit skeptical if they would really hold up as well as they claimed. My kids are not exactly easy on furniture. But honestly, the price was so good I couldn't help but hope. With a basic couch costing around $300, and a love seat costing approximately $250, even with shipping I could purchase 2-3 pieces for the same price as 1 nice sofa at a local furniture store. So, after discussing it with my husband, we took the plunge.
Assembling the furniture is truly easy. Most do-it-yourself furniture comes with confusing instructions and ambiguous directions. The HomeReserve pieces are not only clearly numbered (the numbers are actually cut out so there is no risk of them rubbing off or being read wrong), but also numbered in order of how you assemble them. Assembly can take anywhere from a half a hour to 2 hours, depending on the piece your buy and your skill building things. Don't let that last comment scare you. Assembly is easy even for those without a lot of home improvement experience. My tip: having a power screwdriver as opposed to a manual one helps.
One of the bragging points to HomeReserve furniture is that each piece has built-in storage under the seat cushion. While the area is not overly large, it is sizeable enough to tuck away a quilt, cds, books, toys, and other items you want handy but don't want cluttering up the room. I personally don't use the storage day-to-day, though it is easy enough to do so. For me, I love the ability to store things I use only on occasion. I have some old VCR tapes in one of the storage seats, and some dress shirts for my husband in another.
Another great feature to the furniture is the choice of fabric. As promised, their choices are top quality and look wonderful. Another positive is that you can actually purchase additional fabric to change the look. While a bit costly, new fabric is really only a bit more expensive than a nice furniture throw, and looks a lot better. For a large family, especially when you have lots of little ones, this can be a great feature and a serious consideration. One of our loveseats suffered a lot of staining at the hands of our autistic son, and even steam cleaning couldn't save it. We simply ordered a new fabric cover and it looks brand new. I should note that HomeReserve now offers washable fabric, which eliminates the need to replace soiled pieces altogether.
With any product, no matter how good, there is going to be drawbacks. With HomeReserve there are not many, but they should be noted. Since there is storage beneath the seat, no springs are in the furniture. The cushions provided are very thick and soft, however they don't have that bounce of regular furniture. Particularly for people with joint problems or difficulty standing up from a sitting position, this could be a problem. For the mostpart, the wood is very strong and holds up well, however, there are a few weak spots. You may experience a crack or two. This does not compromise the furniture or it's comfort or usability. Also, I should note that HomeReserve has a 5-year frame warranty. If any piece breaks during that time, they will replace it. I actually needed to use this for an ottoman I purchased, and I can confirm the piece was replaced very quickly, without hassle.
I would like to note my review is based on purchases of 4 couches, 4 loveseats, and 1 ottoman. Note, these purchases were made over a period of time, and were not only for us but for other family members. HomeReserve also offers sitting chairs, and more recently sectional pieces and coffee/end tables. For a large family, the combination of good quality, hidden storage, and low price make this furniture a great choice, and I highly recommend it.
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