This post is NOT sponsored. We bought this sofa with our own money and I have no contractual ties to the brand. All opinions are my own!
Some of my most frequently asked questions on Instagram are surrounding our Maiden Home sectional: where is it from, how do you like it, what size do you have, and what fabric do you have? This post is for you, friends… and anyone else who might want just a few more details before clicking “add to cart.”
Keep in mind this review relates solely to the Maiden Home Sullivan sectional in Performance Tweed, Oatmeal color fabric. I can’t speak to any other upholstery options or personal experience with other sofa styles!
My Sectional Wishlist
As part of our main floor renovation, I designed the space with a large, cozy sectional in mind. We looked at quite a few options, and had a max budget of about $6,000. I realize that is a lot of money, but high quality furniture is not cheap! We wanted this sectional to stand the test of time and last us for many years. Cheap sofas tend to lose shape quickly and the fabric pills, rips, and/or stains easily- especially with pets! Instead of buying a $1500 sectional that we’d have to replace in a year, we wanted to invest in a high quality piece that was well built, comfortable, and had performance fabric to withstand daily use from humans and pets alike. I also wanted a modern traditional style with bench seating that could be flipped, plus removable pillows that could be rotated and flipped. It also had to meet our size criteria: no more than 110″ x 110″.
With that criteria in mind, I searched high and low at places like Pottery Barn, Macy’s, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and Interior Define. I had heard good things about Maiden Home, and fell in love with their Sullivan sectional. The only other real contender was a sectional from Crate & Barrel (honestly I can’t even remember which one now), but when upholstered in the the performance fabric we wanted, would have come in close to $7,000.
I read literally ALL of the reviews on the Maiden Home Sullivan sectional. I ordered as many fabric samples as I could, and we tested each of them with coffee, red wine, and a knife! We have a cat who loves to scratch upholstery, and I did NOT want his claws ruining this sofa like he’s ruined so much other furniture. The Performance Tweed fabric in Oatmeal seemed to stand up to all of our tests, and I loved the warm texture and color.
We decided to take the leap and order it. As of this post, we’ve now been using it for about 6 months, so I feel like I can finally write a real review. The TL;DR version is: I do not regret our decision at all! I am so happy with this sectional and would definitely order it again. But this post is for those of you who need more details and ratings in the review, so I’ll share them with you next!
Customization Options: 4.5/5
Maiden Home has dozens of fabric options, many of which are performance grade (meaning they are designed to be “life-proof.”) You can select from a variety of colors and textures to find one that will suit your style. You can also customize the type of sofa- in sectional form, they offer a chaise, L-shape or U-shape. They also sell regular sofas. From there, you can choose from a variety of dimensions. We went with the 105″x106″ and it is the perfect size for our living room.
There are also 4 leg finishes, but I am knocking off 0.5 because they only offer one shape of leg. It’s a nice transitional, universal shape and I do like it, but would have been nice to have at least one other style to choose from.
Appearance & Style: 5/5
I LOVE the look of this sectional. The sloped arms are sleek and sexy (yes, I just used that word to describe a sofa), the bench seat is modern, the pillows add a casual, comfortable style. I feel like the look is pretty timeless and could either be dressed up or down, depending on the space.
Comfort & Cushion Quality: 4.5/5
The bench cushion is foam with a down wrap. It was slightly firm initially, but has broken in nicely. It still provides some support on the seat- it’s not a sofa that you “sink into.” We sit on it basically every night. You can tell where we sit on it because the foam is a bit more broken in on those spots, but this is normal for any sofa. Let’s just say that it’s still comfortable after a long Netflix marathon!!! All cushions are upholstered on both sides so they are able to be flipped. I have flipped the bench seats once so far and will probably do so every 3 months or so.
The back cushions are super comfortable and are filled with down, feather and fiber (according to the site). They do slouch over time, but easily fluff back up, which I do roughly once a week. I also flip these and rotate placement roughly once a month.
This sofa is technically “deep” at 40″. However, the back cushions are pretty thick and take up probably 6″ of seat room. Because of this, for us, it does sit a bit shallow- I like to slouch down when I watch TV and although there is enough room to slide my butt forward, an extra 2″ would be helpful! I am 5’8″, for reference. The back is a medium height. It provides plenty of support, but you can’t rest your head on the back without slouching down. Josh has never complained about this though, and he is 6’3″, so maybe I just sit weird… ha!
I was reading a review that someone complained about the frame being “solid wood” and “not padded.” This is indeed a sofa that you’re not going to want to rest your head right on the frame. However, throw pillows and the back pillows are plenty adequate, in my opinion!
Prices vary depending on the fabric, shape, and size of sofa you choose. Again, this is not bargain brand pricing… but it is also not bargain brand quality. This sofa is built to last, and you will pay that price, but I feel that it is worth the investment. Honestly, it is better quality than Restoration Hardware sofas I’ve seen, which are usually (at least) twice as expensive! I would say pricing is comparable to, if not better than, your typical mid-range home stores like Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel. They offer interest-free financing through Affirm, which we took advantage of and paid off the sofa over 6 months to break up that large sum a bit.
Fabric Quality: 4.5/5
We chose the Performance Tweed fabric in Oatmeal, so I can only speak to that. The website description of the fabric is: “Performance Tweed is a handsome woven fabric with a soft, velvety texture. Its multi-tone weave offers beautiful dimension. Sunbrella yarns make this fabric liquid repellent, fade resistant and easy to clean.”
Like I said earlier, we tested the fabric with wine, coffee, and a knife to see how it would stand up! After 6 months, I can say that we definitely made the right decision. Our cat has not tried to scratch it- or if he has, he definitely hasn’t done any damage. Our dog takes naps on it all day long, and it stands up to dog claws as well. He does have a favorite spot in the corner that he likes to lay on and look out the window, so that area of fabric has a bit more wear. I usually just have a throw blanket draped over that spot to protect it.
I have spilled half a glass of red wine on this couch (thanks to our dog) and it cleaned up without a trace, using only water. I was shocked and impressed, even though I knew it was supposed to do that!
The fabric does stretch a bit over time, which is normal, especially with a bench seat style. The seam on one of the bench seats has started to slide forward a bit and is difficult to push back up, which is where the 0.5 deduction comes in.
This particular fabric does also attract pet hair, but is easily vacuumed up, which I do 1-2 times per week. It feels soft and cozy, and the color is a warm greige that easily pairs with pretty much any color scheme.
There are many other Performance fabrics in a variety of colors to choose from, including linen, chevron, velvet, boucle, chenille, and more. They also have other options like leather and even mohair, so you can be sure you’ll find something that fits your style and lifestyle.
-When I ordered this sofa back in 2021, it shipped in 8 weeks, which was shocking given the rest of manufacturing and shipping industry delays! It looks like that timing is still about the same or within a month at least, which is a lot better than many manufacturers these days.
-All Maiden Home furniture is made in North Carolina.
-They offer a 30 day return policy if you’re not satisfied (minus a 10% restocking fee)
Check out the Maiden Home website’s Frequently Asked Questions page, where they address everything from construction to costs to shipping and installation.
Would I Buy It Again?
Yes! Without a doubt, I would purchase this sofa again. As mentioned, I can’t speak to other fabric, but I have been very impressed with the performance tweed upholstery we have. The comfort and quality are definitely worth the price tag, in my opinion.
This link or the photo below will take you to the Sullivan sectional page. You will have to select your configuration (L-shape, U-shape, or Chaise), size, and fabric.
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