Designing a Custom Sofa: My Visit to Arhaus

Designing a Custom Sofa: My Visit to Arhaus

I first stumbled upon Arhaus a few years ago when my friend Gwen of The Makerista got her living room sofa. Not only did she end up with a stunning sofa, but she was able to customize almost every aspect of it- from the fabric to the nail-heads, down to the finish and style of the wood legs. Wow, I thought, never had I heard of a furniture company offering such a level of customization with such high quality.

So when it came time to replace the sofa that I had for the past 32 years of my life, I turned to Arhaus.  Though they do an incredible job of showing all of their amazing sofas online, my husband and I decided to visit the Arhaus store in Houston to see, touch, feel, and, most importantly, sit on them for ourselves.

We headed for the Houston Galleria store!

One of my favorite things about this store is that there’s a floor sample of almost every style sofa. I can’t tell you how invaluable it is to be able to see an item in person – especially when that item is a big purchase, both financially and physically speaking.

We wandered around until we found our favorite. The Berwick is elegantly tufted in true Chesterfield-style form. It comfortably seats 3 people, just what we were looking for, and is deep enough to be the kind of sofa you want to sit on for hours. The craftsmen-built frames are constructed using solid, reinforced hardwood for sustainability, and feature a foam-padded, no-sag support system to create an evenly dispersed firm, yet flexible comfort.

The floor model came in a beautiful Bull Grey leather, but we were thrilled to learn that the Berwick, like most of Arhaus’ sofas, is completely customizable!

The Design Center

First things first—we headed over to the Design Center to pick the fabric and color. We knew we wanted leather, having had a leather couch in the past and having loved both the look and the durability. Once we narrowed it down to leather, we had over 178 different swatches to choose from! We knew we wanted something on the darker side and finally landed on the beautiful blue Bidford Sailboat.

All About The Detail

The following decisions were all about the details—one of my favorite things about Arhaus furniture is the ability to customize everything down to the very last detail.
I ended up opting for the classic, turned-wood style leg in a beautiful dark barn-wood finish.

Next, we selected the finish, and even placement, of the nail-heads. We decided on the Old Gold finish, as I appreciate how the yellow tones popped off the blue color of the leather. The entire process was as easy as it sounds. I left the Houston store feeling completely confident about my selection. My dream of finally having my own custom sofa was becoming a reality.

The Final Result

Most Arhaus sectionals and sofas are made-to-order, which means there’s a bit of a waiting period from the time you place your order to the time you receive it. After 12 weeks, I received a call from Arhaus saying the sofa had passed inspection and was ready for white-glove delivery. A few days later, two men arrived at my home and hand-delivered my beautiful Berwick to its rightful place in my living room.

After 2.5 weeks of getting to sit on our Berwick, I can confidently say that the sofa of my dreams lived up to its title, and then some.

If you live anywhere near one of Arhaus’ stores, I highly recommend going in and test driving different sofas for yourself. I have a feeling you just might find the sofa of your dreams!


Aubrey Ballard—The Dandy Liar

Aubrey lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with her husband, daughter Johanna, and son Patrick. She is a trend forecaster, wardrobe stylist, and blogger who loves color, mixing print and pattern, and has a life-long obsession with pom-pom balls. To read more from Aubrey, head over to her blog, The Dandy Liar, or follow her on Instagram, @thedandyliar.

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