Pottery Barn York Sofa Review
I am excited to finally be able to show off our new living room sofas, back in the early spring (pre-pandemic) I blogged about making the sofa selections in this post here. I studied and thought about this and overthought about this purchase for a very long time so I wanted to circle back with my thoughts on these new Pottery Barn York couches now that they are finally here in our home.
Due to the pandemic the delivery of these sofas was delayed from late April till early June. I photographed my summer home tour then within a day or two we finally received them. The first thing I will say is that they are almost exactly what I wanted and we are very happy with them.
I’ll tell you more about how they really are to sit on a minute but first, the details. We ordered two York Square Arm Slipcovered Sofas, the 80.5″ regular size (not deep) with a bench seat. After debating sectional vs. two couches for way too long I am so glad we went with this set up. I love the easy way you can comfortably have conversations with one person (or two) facing each other on each couch. I also like symmetry in design so this appeals to my preference in how the room is set up.
I waited until I could purchase both of these when I could get the best deal, which was the Buy More/Save More Sale when I’d get 30% off two sofas with free shipping. I did stop in store at one point over the winter to look at fabric samples. While there are tons to choose from and the performance fabrics are very practical, I knew I wanted a true white color (vs. a yellow or cream) so we went with the basic (and less expensive) white twill. After years of owning white twill slipcovered couches, I find that bleach is always useful with a real white and it is easy to remove stains and keep the slipcovers looking fresh. I have another trick too, but I’ll share that in a follow up post on how I keep them clean.
So as I said we are really happy with the sofas. We kept our last sofa for 20 years so this wasn’t an investment I made without a lot of consideration. I like that with Pottery Barn you can always, worst case, order just a new slipcover (and that is why we didn’t consider the upholstered version) as we do have kids and dogs and parties where we serve red wine! Life happens. My only minor complaint is that since I didn’t want the two pieces to completely overtake the room, I ordered the standard size sofa. While they were the exact same measurements as our last sofa (the Pottery Barn Charleston), I think the less substantial arm makes it look a little smaller in scale. In hindsight I might have chosen the longer 95″ grand sofa instead.
I liked both the slope arm and the square arm versions but in the end I selected the square for a simple look. I also selected the bench seat cushion. The only other thing I can say is that they are very, very comfortable so I have no regrets there!
Sofas are a major investment so I can honestly say that we are really happy with them, and especially with the way the two sofas function in the room. We spend most of our time here, I typically lounge on one of them instead of using my office when I am working so I can attest they are really very comfortable. Our Cavalier Auggie thinks they are his personal couches to sleep on all day, I’ll be back with a post about my trick for keeping them clean, especially with him around.
Coincidentally, the current Pottery Barn sale is the Buy More/Save More so you get a greater discount if you spend more money, so it is a great time to shop for investment pieces. Also, if you have these sofas please leave your thoughts (especially on fabrics) in the comments to help others who might be considering making a purchase decision.
You can also read my review of the Pottery Barn Chesterfield Sofa HERE and my thoughts on selecting these sofas along with less expensive alternatives HERE.
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I spied your coffee table in the photos and I just love it. Could you please let me know where it came from. I’ve been searching for one like that since we bought our sectional last summer Thanks
This made me laugh (in a great way!), we bought that coffee table in probably 2004 (?) it came from Pottery Barn. You can see how I updated it from cherry to gray in this post here: https://www.11magnolialane.com/how-to-get-restoration-hardware-gray-weathered-look-on-furniture/
I am sorry that probably doesn’t help you, but I am glad that this one has stood the test of time!
Janet McPeak says
Hi, liked your post. I noticed you said however that whenever you need a new Pottery Barn slipcover you can just buy one – but I wanted to warn you that I have had 3 Pottery Barn sofas over the years and two of the styles were discontinued and I was not able to get another slipcover when the original wore out. So when I bought my third sofa I bought an extra slipcover at the same time.
Just a thought – I would get an extra slipcover now just in case your style is discontinued. 🙂
That is a great idea! I think I was lucky as we had a Charleston for years and that sofa is still available 20 years later! You definitely can’t ever be sure a piece won’t be discontinued!