Monday, April 26, 2010

I'm going to have a nervous breakdown

I'm exaggerating, of course. But I am super stressed about our new couch. We ordered a custom velvet gray sectional with nail head trim for our upstairs loft. This is the second couch we bought from this company. We LOVE our first couch. However, in our second purchase...things have been less than stellar.

First off, it was late. Communication in telling us it was late could have been better. Evidently, the nail heads had been done incorrectly. So they had to do the whole thing over.

Well, the day finally came for the piece to be delivered. Did I mention we also ordered a big overstuffed chair? Both pieces are BEAUTIFUL. The comfort level...not so much.

The sectional is a tight back English roll arm and it is not comfortable to watch t.v in at all. Now, I knew when we ordered it, it wasn't going to be like a overstuffed lazy boy. I knew that. But I figured it would be like the tight back we already owned downstairs. Or like the one in his showroom. Nay. The seat itself is fine and what I expected. The back is hard as a rock and you can't sink into it at all. It doesn't give. The chair is a similar situation. Hard as a rock.

Now, I called the company soon after they delivered telling them that I was worried about the hardness factor and whether or not it would soften up. They said, over time, it would. But the next day, I really started getting worried. Todd was pissed at the amount of money we spent and the comfort we got. I hated to complain to the company, because the owner is SUPER nice and really does make a beautiful product. However, we had spent a BUNCH of money and we were the ones that had to sit on it. So I called him and vocalized my concerns. He said he would talk to a local company and see what we could do about it. He said customer service is really important to him and I really appreciate that. But I got an e-mail from him today saying that he had consulted the upholstery company and they both agreed that there was nothing wrong with it. That it was well within the range of tight backs and that our couch is actually softer and more comfortable than the floor model. That bothers me. He did offer for me to come in and sit on his floor model again to compare. I know that our couch is not softer. I know I wouldn't have ordered the tight back based on the floor model if it was. Unless I am completely crazy!? Maybe I am. His other solution was to cut the back legs down, so the couch would have more of a lounge feel. I am open to that...but also worried that it will make it worse!

I am completely frustrated. I used to tell everyone about what a wonderful company this was and how if they needed a couch--they should get it there. I really hope I will still be able to do that. I don't know if I am being completely unreasonable or not. On one hand, it is custom--so you never know what the end product is going to be. On the other hand--it is custom, so it should be exactly what you envisioned. Right? Wrong? I'm so confused...I don't know anymore.

10 comments:

Party Box Design said...

I would go to the store, and sit on the sofa to be sure. buyers remorse is never good!

such a tough situation for sure.

Missy in Texas said...

Oh my gosh... that so sucks bad!!! Not sure what I would do in that situation. It would drive me nuts and of course you want it to be comfortable for lounging and watching TV... .ARGGGHHH
Good luck

Craftify It! said...

I'm glad you got the LOOK you wanted, but comfort is so important! They aren't shoes, they are couches! They are supposed to be comfortable...no matter WHAT style! I'd call him and ask that if they haven't softened up in one month, if they would add some more stuffing to the back.

PS. I want to see pictures!!!

bennettwilliams said...

Oh man - we just ordered a custom couch and it's supposed to be here any day. I'm so so nervous!

Jana said...

I'm sorry for you...I've been doing the couch shopping thing for the last few weeks and it is stressful. I was looking at a camelback and knew it wouldn't be as comfortable...but I like how it looks... maybe I should reconsider comfort for my husband...hopefully I can find cute,perfect color, and comfort...the look continues...
hopefully it will still work out...
jana

Olivia and Me said...

I learned the hard way myself. My vision is not others vision and unless I do it myself or can't do it. They it's not required in my home.

I hope and trust that the couch is perfect!!!!

with love,
Olivia

Mrs.Fisher said...

I am a follower of your blog...love the way you express yourself...today i just have to post a comment because it is good to know i am not alone in the couch delima thing.At the moment we have two chairs in our living room and it sucks! We had to remove the couch we had because it was in shreds WE LOVED IT I purchased a BEAUTIFUL matching chair and love seat and resold it a couple months later because it was not what I expectted...too hard. Now i feel so picky that i don't know when i will see a couch in here again...cry,cry all we rally want is something that matches our color schem and is super comfy...is that so hard to come by?? I wish you the best!

La Dolfina said...

I posted a little something about you on my blog tonight... I hope it will cheer you up :)
xx

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Just discovered your awesome blog through Therese at Dolfina. Sorry to hear about the sofa... hope it all turns out. In the meantime I'm loving what you've done with everything else. Following, and looking forward to hearing more. xo Erica

Hamptontoes said...

Visiting your blog for the first time. Your situation is awful. I would go sit in the showroom sofa again to be sure and then go from there. You should love to want to sit in this much anticipated sofa.