Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our Living Room Sectional (Pottery Barn Pearce) - A Review

Our sectional is from, the Pearce Chaise Sectional to be precise and I wanted to let you know the pros and cons in case you are considering this sofa for your home.  Overall, I would buy this couch again, but I wish the back cushions held their shape better.


This sectional comes in four pieces and can be configured so that the chaise is on the left or right. You have to be careful when placing your order so you get the correct piece.  

The couch is big!  It's long enough seat several people and also to take an afternoon nap.
For our space, the sectional fits our living room perfectly.  I love having the chaise lounge and you can typically find me there.  I claimed it from the very beginning.  Well, James and I claimed it. 


The fabric on our sofa is Everyday suede in Light Wheat, but it also comes in a variety of different fabrics and colors.   Light Wheat is a neutral dark tan.  You can take swatches of their fabric home for free.  The suede is great because it is soft and wipes clean easily.  The only stain I haven't been able to remove is an ink pen.  All spilled milk and other unidentified spots have disappeared with a scrub of soap and water.  




My disappointment in this sofa is the back cushions.  They get so "mushed" and lose their shape- especially the ones that get the most use.   I continually have to refluff them.   The cushion covers do unzip, so I guess I could purchase a new insert- I haven't looked into that, but might consider it. For now, I've added another pillow insert into the one cushion that goes where I sit.  

Be mindful that with a sectional like this (with the chaise), you can't have a very large coffee table in the middle.  There are about 70 inches inside, but you need to have room to walk around the coffee table, so the widest coffee table you can reasonably have is about 40 inches.  


I think this couch is popular- I've seen it in my friend Courtney's home (A Thoughtful Place).  I'm not sure we have the same fabric/color though.  And her cushions don't look as smushed.  :)


Balancing Home has the Pearce in Oat.  


If you have any questions about this sofa, let me know and I'll answer in the comments. 

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Have a great weekend!


34 comments:

  1. I have a (very expensive) Flexsteel leather sofa that has similar loose back cushions. After about a year, the cushions were squooshed beyond recognition. Ugh! For the price, you'd think they would last longer. Like you, I placed a bed pillow in the zippered cushion where I sit the most. Last year, I gave up the fight and took the back cushions to a local upholstery shop. The cushions came back BETTER than new. I think I paid about $50 each...I have a 2 seater love seat and a 2 seater couch, so my cushions may be larger than the ones on your sofa. Well worth the money.

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  2. Your sofa looks great. I know you can get pen out of many things using hair spray. I would try a bit in an out-of-the-way place first, but it just might help.

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  3. we have the same couch and we LOVE it! but i totally agree - those back cushions get mushy easily. and with 3 kids romping around on the sofa with us, there is a lot of fluffing going on here ... constantly.

    :-)

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  4. I have almost the exact same couch from Macy's and we love it too...from how large it is, to the chaise lounge, to the easy-to-clean fabric. But our back pillows mush too! Still love it though! ;)

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  5. I love,love,love your blog so much!
    Your house is so beautiful!!

    Melanie

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  6. The smoothie looks delicious and your couch is screaming my name for a nice long nap.....

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  7. My husband wants a big sectional sofa like that someday. The idea is growing on me. I do like the way yours looks in your house. Thanks for sharing such an honest room.

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  8. A friend of mine has the same sectional and she loves it. Hers is fairly new, so no complaints. I just bought a white slipcovered sofa and chairs from Ikea and I'm a little worried about the cushions holding up over time, too. I'm sure my three boys will destroy it before that's a real concern though, lol.

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  9. We have the PB comfort sectional in our family room. The cushions do give out after a while. I ordered new inserts during a recent 15% off sale and they just arrived. Looks like a new couch (plus they're way more dense than the cushions that originally came with the sofa).

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  10. Your whole family room looks great (sectional and all!) Love the way you layered the hide rug over the sisal. I'm planning to do the same in our den soon (link below). Very pretty!!

    Susan

    http://simplymodernhome.com/2013/03/18/sunday-fun-with-olioboard/

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  11. I thought for sure that the pearce was going to be my number one choice, but because every time I went into the store I noticed the mushed back cushions too. I was told by a friend (not sure if this is true) that Pottery Barn will refill your cushions for free. I don't know about that, but I thought that was a perk if it is true! I decided on a similar couch from Ethan Allen and I do love the look! I will let you know if my back cushions hold up any better! Wish the pearce would have fit in my space...it looks so comfortable!

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  12. Hi Meagan!
    I have the Pearce in Oat and love it also. HOWEVER, I completely agree with the back cushions "smushing" down. That really is my only complaint, but a big one. We replaced the cushion inserts on the ends of the couch once (couch is 3 yrs. old), but the new ones are doing the same thing. The couch is super comfy and has held up to my twins and 105 lb. dog, but I wish PB would correct the cushion issue.

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  13. Spray a little hair spray on the ink... it will come right out ;)

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  14. This was super helpful information! We are currently saving up for/looking for a new couch and we really want to get a sectional. I'll definitely keep this in mind for our hunt!

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  15. There is so much to love about Pottery Barn, yet sometimes I geta little frustrated with their pricing in relation to quality. Its not BAD quality but it can be a little overpriced for what you get. I usually try and find a comparable product at the same price before I buy anything from pottery barn and I have even seen a console table from them for half the price on overstock.com.

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  16. I spy my living room! Thanks for the shout out. We have had ours for over six years now. However, we had to have one custom made to fit our room so it's a copy of the Pearce from a local furniture store.

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  17. Our sectional is not PB but the cushion issue is universal I think! But, having four kids I must say, the space is wonderful :) Yours is gorgeous, love the color.

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  18. That is one beautiful couch!! I love Pottery Barn!

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  19. Love that couch! Pottery Barn has such amazing products!

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  20. I have bought several furniture items from Pottery Barn and none of them have held up! Our dining room table has weird cracks in it in random places and so does our hutch (neither of which have been used much, except for a few holidays). I will never purchase furniture through a store like theirs again. Instead, I'll absolutely go the furniture store route where you can get a protection plan. I purchased the Guardsman plan from Bassett Furniture and they have replaced and/or fixed anything that was ever damaged or stained from my kids. Totally worth it! I love the look of PB, but I'm finding that their stuff doesnt last more than a couple years. They also don't stand behind their product!

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    1. You should consider expressing your concerns. I have heard of them replacing / compensating for such issues.

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  21. I also recommend trying aerosol hairspray to get the ink out. Spray it on and scrub it out. Have a great weekend!

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  22. Contact your store where you purchased it! We have more PB pieces than we should, cough cough, but they have ALWAYS ALWAYS stood behind their product. We had an issue with our kitchen table...we had NEVER put the leaf in it, didn't need to until 2 YEARS after we purchased it...it didn't fit, wouldn't budge...called, they replaced our ENTIRE TABLE!!! We had a lamp that kept blowing bulbs, REPLACED, no questions asked. YOU NEED TO ASK!!! While they may not replace for free each time, they DO stand behind their product and will work with you!!! And, there is a difference in pillows, some are down "wrapped", some not. Might be the issue! I am a firm believer in letting a company know if you have issues. We had an entire sofa/love seat/chair set replaced from Havertys due to an issue with the fabric...we had it cleaned according to mfg. instructions and the stripes bled! I wasn't having any part of it!! Just be firm!!

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  23. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this sectional, Megan. Your family room (as well as the rest of your house!) is gorgeous!! We are in the market for a sectional and it's great to hear how yours has held up. We had two very expensive couches from Ethan Allen that had the same issue with the back pillows. It's amazing that companies haven't found a solution to that issue.

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  24. My son colored all over our brand new sectional with an orange sharpie a few months ago. Rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball took it right out! I couldn't believe it! I had to rub it on there a couple times, but the orange work of art completely vanished! And the rubbing alcohol did not discolor the upholstery whatsoever. Ours was microfiber though.

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  25. I would definitely contact Pottery Barn to see if they can help. I worked there as a manager and we replaced cushions or refilled them all of the time.

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  26. We like to look up sofas we're considering on craigslist. We didn't buy this one because the used ones on craigslist all had mushed cushions!

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  27. Love your couch and color scheme, your photos are inspiring my living room remodel. Where did you purchase your ottoman?

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  28. Love all of the touches! Great job Megan. I love how you have such an amazing ability to bring adorable details to any space. We replaced cushions and a new couch and we really want to get a sectional for New Construction Home. I'll definitely keep this in mind for our hunt!

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  29. Can you tell me the fill on your Pearce sectional? I'm considering buying the grand Pearce sofa which only comes in Down. For the "mushed sofa" cushions, was that down filled or poly filled? Thank you!

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  30. Tim
    We bought a PD Grand in 2005. Got the upgraded down cushions and a walnut slipcover. The cushions collapsed after a few months, and the slipcover self-destructed in 6 1/2 years. Good luck trying to get any results from the PB furniture department after you buy something. Very expensive junk.

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  31. Love the site and photos, etc. We recently ordered a couch in everyday suede light wheat and are now trying to figure out what color to paint the walls in the room it will go...any suggestions? We want to stay away from greens and I am leaning toward a neutral cream/very light tan. What do you think would go well w/ the light wheat color of the couch??
    THanks for your help

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  32. My wife and I are thinking about getting this sectional from PB in everyday suede and we want to know you everyone is still enjoying it. Are the seat cushions still sagging? Any response is appreciated.

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    1. We still enjoy this couch, the only complaint in the back cushions getting so squished. I keep meaning to call PB to try to get a replacement, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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