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Can you Recommend a Comfortable Sectional That Will Last 10 Years?

By Jeff Frank

We need a comfortable sectional sofa that’s also durable.

We are a young couple looking for a comfortable sectional sofa that will last us more than 10 years.

It should have a long bench seat and a chaise, or an L shape, with a maximum length of 115” and maximum width of 108″. We also need a cat-friendly fabric

Our budget is around $4,500.

We’ve looked at over a dozen different sectionals, but feel like we’re just getting more and more confused.

The ones we like best so far are:

Dreamsofa: Chicago

Crate & Barrel: Gather & Barret II

Pottery Barn: York

Joybird: Bryant

Interior Define: Charly

Although we are considering sectionals that are only available online, we would prefer something we can actually try out in a store (in the New York City area.)

Which of the brands we have looked at so far do you think has the most comfortable sectional?

We like the Dreamsofa best, but it’s cheaper than the others. Is it lower quality?


Trying out sofas or sectionals in a showroom can be deceptive.

For example, a showroom sofa with 1.8 density foam cushions will feel almost identical to the same sofa with 2.5 density foam cushions when both are brand new.

One year later, the 1.8 density cushions will be noticeably softer. The 2.5 density cushions will still feel brand new.

5 years later, the 1.8 density cushions may be completely worn out, and have lost their shape, firmness, and comfort. The 2.5 density foam cushions (or cushions made with pocketed coil spring construction) will still feel brand new.

When I evaluate specific sofa brands or items, my recommendations are based on how the seating will hold up over the long-term.

I ignore how a sofa feels when it is brand new in the showroom.

It’s easy to find a comfortable sectional in a showroom.

Finding sectionals that will remain comfortable for more than 5 years is far more difficult.

Many (most) shoppers are afraid to buy sofas or sectionals they did not first try out in a showroom.

Those shoppers may be missing out on some of the best values in high-quality seating.

Even worse, they may end up paying thousands of dollars for seating that looked and felt great in the showroom, but will look old and feel uncomfortable after just a few years.

Evaluating the sectionals you asked about:

DreamSofa Chicago 

Dreamsofa is a direct-to-consumer high end custom furniture manufacturer, located in Los Angeles. Although you may not be familiar with the brand, they make all the high end custom seating for Apt2B, a well-known online home furnishings retailer.
The Dreamsofa factory makes over 1000 pieces each week, primarily for commercial clients, including hotels and healthcare facilities that require very durable custom-built seating. Each sofa is handcrafted, one piece at a time, to each client’s exact specifications.
Because Dreamsofa is a direct-to-consumer manufacturer, there is no additional dealer markup. This allows Dreamsofa to sell higher quality furniture at significantly lower prices than furniture stores.
The price with the 2.0 density foam cushions the price starts below $3200.
  • Each style is available in unlimited custom sizes.
  • All seat depths, back heights, arm widths, and other measurements can  be customized to your exact specifications.

Dreamsofa offers 4 cushion options. The standard 1.8 density foam cushions are similar to what can be found in most furniture stores, often described as “down-blend” or “high resiliency” cushions.

1.8 density is the lowest quality of the 4 cushion options. If you choose that option, the price will appear to be several hundred dollars lower than for most furniture stores with similar quality sectionals.
Because Dreamsofa knows I do not recommend 1.8 density foam cushions, they give my readers a free upgrade to the 2.0 density cushions that last about 2 years longer.
My recommendation is the top upgrade Plush cushion option (coil spring cores surrounded by medium-firm 2.5 density foam.)
The Plush cushions add $499 to the price of Dreamsofa’s sectionals, but increase the expected lifespan of the entire sectional from 5 – 7 years (with the 2.0 density cushions) to 15+ years.
Direct-to-Consumer furniture manufacturers have big advantages over furniture stores in both pricing and quality.
Furniture dealers typically sell to their customers at double the price they pay to the manufacturers. If a store (or online retailer) sells you a sofa for $2000, they usually purchased it from a manufacturer for less than $1000
  • The manufacturer’s cost to make a $1000 couch is about $800 with a $200 profit.
  • Direct-to-consumer manufacturers bypass the retailer and sell directly to you. They can spend $1200 (50% more) to make a much better quality couch and then sell it directly to you for $1800 ($200 less than the retailer’s price.)
The DTC manufacturer earns a $600 profit (3X as much as they would make selling a lower quality couch to a furniture store) and you get a much better quality sofa for a lower price. That is what Dreamsofa is doing!

Crate & Barrel Gather sectional (with chaise) 

Frame: The plywood frame should last 15+ years.

Foundation: The sinuous wire foundation is cheap, but will still hold up 20+ years for most people.

Cushions: The pocketed coil spring cushions may feel firmer than many foam cushions (especially after a few years) but they should retain their “as-new” comfort for 10+ years (more than twice as long as most foam cushions.

Because of your cat, you should ask the salesperson to recommend a “high performance” fabric that is tightly woven.

High Performance fabrics (such as Crypton, Sunbrella, Revolution, Inside Out, and several more brands) are durable, easy to clean, impermeable to liquids, and highly stain resistant.

Avoid loose-woven fabrics if your pet has claws. (Revolution brand fabrics are more loosely woven than most other high performance fabrics and should probably be avoided.)

Check out my review of the Crate & Barrel Gather sectional for more details.

I do not recommend the Crate & Barrel Barrett II.

The Barrett’s foam cushions will last less than half as long as the coil spring cushions in the Crate & Barrel Gather sectional before losing their shape and comfort.

Pottery Barn York

In the 105″ width, this might be OK. The foam cushions are larger (in surface area) than the C&B Barrett II above. The larger surface area will help the cushions last longer, although not as long as pocketed coil spring cushions.

Check to make sure that the foam core is at least 5.5″ thick. If the foam core is thinner than that and puffed up with dacron polyester fiber, it probably won’t last more than 5 years.

[Your salesperson may not know the thickness of the foam core without consulting the factory.

It is not the same as the total cushion thickness, which may include feather/down or dacron polyester fiber wrapping around the foam core.]

If you buy from Pottery Barn, get the Chenille Basketweave fabric. It is extremely durable, easy to clean and pet friendly.

Pottery Barn has a lot of fabrics that they call “Performance Fabrics,” but some are 100% cotton (which will not clean as easily as synthetics) and others have double rub counts below 50,000, which gives me concerns about long-term durability.)

Interior Define

This brand gives no information about how their furniture is made. (That is usually not a good sign.)


Joybird has received a lot of negative reviews from its customers since LaZBoy bought the company and moved the factory from California to Mexico.


Burrow is a mid-century modern brand, similar in quality to Joybird, that is especially strong in sectionals.

For some alternative choices:


The Soma is priced at $2999 in choice of leather colors.

This is a company I found last week when I was at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC.

What makes this line special is that they have a real leather sectional (sofa + chaise) with extremely comfortable 8 inch thick pocketed coil spring cushions for $3000.

According to the salesperson, the leather has some kind of new finish that is scratch resistant (and pet friendly.) Also, the cushions are extremely comfortable.

Hydeline cushion construction

Hydeline is a Direct to Consumer manufacturer, so you will need to call them to ask questions.They also have larger leather sectionals that are within your budget.

The Hydeline website has a special outlet section, where they sell the identical furniture for hundreds of dollars less when they have a discontinued style or leather color.

A similar sofa with chaise is available in the outlet section. The discontinued Steel Gray leather is $2797. The Silver Gray leather is $2297.

*Hydeline offers a Special 5% discount to Insiders Guide to Furniiture readers.

Use Coupon Code IGF5X or Order Directly from  Hydeline Special Discount Link.

Items already marked On Sale are not eligible for the 5% discount.

Costco sells a line of sectional furniture made by the same leather manufacturer as Hydeline.

They sell it under their Prospera Home brand.

The cushion cut-away diagram above shows the cushion construction for both Hydeline and Prospera Home.

The best thing about buying furniture at Costco is their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

You can take the furniture back for a full refund for any reason (including cat scratches) no matter how long you have owned the furniture.

Costco sells many other sectional brands, in addition to Prospera Home.

Look for sectionals with pocketed coil springs. The seat cushions will last twice as long as those with foam cushions.

If the product description does not specify “pocketed coil springs,” you should assume the cushions will have foam cores.

Check out my article, Is Costco a Good Place to Buy Furniture?

Mantle’s Jasper sectional

Mantle is a true high-end 8 way hand-tied alternative that is within your budget requirements.

This is a North Carolina custom manufacturer and can alter the size to be anything you want.

The cost, as shown for the 8 way hand-tied Jasper sectional, is $3450.

You should be able to get a custom size (to fit your room), a high performance fabric, an upgrade to a 15+ year cushion that meets your comfort requirements, and still stay within your budget.

Mantle has at least 10 different cushion options. Many are built to last 15 – 20+ years.

Mantle’s Ruby sectional has a slope arm similar to the Pottery Barn York, if you like that style.

For more information about Mantle, check out my article, Where Can I Find a Reasonably Priced 8 Way Hand tied Sofa?

Medley Home* Rio 112″ sofa with chaise

Another high end brand, built to last 20+ years.

* Medley Home offers a Special 10% off Discount to Insiders Guide readers. 

Use Coupon Code “InsidersGuide”.

This environmentally friendly California custom manufacturer makes one of the sturdiest solid hardwood frames available anywhere.

Their standard cushions are 2.5 density foam and either 6 or 7″ thick, depending on style. They should last a very long time.

Medley Home saves money by using a sinuous wire foundation instead of 8 way hand-tied, but it should last 20+ years without problems.

For other alternative brands, check out my article, 64 Sofa Brand Quality & Value Ratings for 2023.

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4 thoughts on “Can you Recommend a Comfortable Sectional That Will Last 10 Years?”

  1. I love the quality, look, customer service and price of the Hydeline leather sofas. My concern is that all of their products have the http://www.P65Warnings.ca.gov warning that you will be exposed to chemicals known to cause cancer and birth defects. Is this an issue with all leather furniture made?

    • This is not just an issue with leather. Most upholstered and wood furniture (and many other consumer products) sold in California,should have similar warnings.

      P65 requires warnings for products that use over 900 different chemicals.

      Since there is no way for California to actually inspect most of the products that may include these chemicals, many smaller companies simply neglect to test or label their furniture. As a result, many products that do not have the warning label may be just as hazardous.

      Larger companies tend to use the labels. Their products are more likely to be inspected, and the fines can be massive if a large number of items are found to be in violation.

      The law has accomplished some good things. Foam manufacturers have removed flame retardants from most foams. Wood furniture companies are using glues with less formaldehyde.

      To get a realistic view of what this warning really means, read Consumer Reports article, Why California Thinks Your Couch Will Give You Cancer.

  2. Hi Jeff — I was the one who submitted this question and just wanted to let you know we ended up going with your Mantle Jasper recommendation — we received the couch a few weeks ago and really love how it turned out and how comfortable it is. Thank you so much for your guidance and thorough reviews!


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