Today’s guide is an Arhaus sofa review and intended to be an overview of the entire Arhaus sofa lineup.
While we’ll be discussing the Arhaus couch line in general, we’ll also be taking an in-depth look at the Arhaus Kipton sofa. Over the last few weeks we’ve been trying the Kipton at our home and testing lab.
So with that intro out of the way, let’s get started.
High-End Affordable Sofas
Arhaus SofasArhaus sofas come in a range of styles, fabrics, and finishes, and offer that high-end “Restoration Hardware” style, with a lower price tag than what you’ll likely find in most high-end retail stores. We’ve been impressed with the overall quality and comfort of the Arhaus Kipton sofa. While the Arhaus sofas aren’t cheap, they bring a true luxury quality at a reasonable price point.Check Price
- High quality sofa construction, finishes, and fabrics on each style of Arhaus Sofa
- Offers a wide range of sofa sizes and styles to suit a variety of design tastes
- Each sofa comes in a variety of fabric colors, exact variety varies by sofa style
- Includes lifetime limited warranty on most all pieces offered by Arhaus
- Difficult to clean fabrics, as many require the use of a water-free cleaning solvent.
- Shorter 14 day return period
- Long shipping and delivery times
Table of Contents
- Sofa Materials & Design
- Best Arhaus Sofas
- Fabric Selections
- How to Buy an Arhaus Sofa?
- Sofa Design Elements
- Should You Buy An Arhaus Sofa?
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Arhaus Sofa Review: The Breakdown
The sofa lineup that Arhaus offers is extremely exhaustive, featuring over 60 different independent styles.
This Arhaus sofa review in particular is going to be looking at the broader scope of Arhaus sofas as well as more detailed in-home tests that we’ve done on one sofa in particular, the Kipton Sofa.
Arhaus Materials and Design
Jumping right in, let’s first talk about materials and design.
There is a wide variety of sofa materials available, but in general materials can be classified into three different distinctions:
- Fabric Upholstery
- Fabric Slipcover
Fabric material and style ranges depending on the exact style of sofa, but generally speaking, Arhaus offers:
- a wide variety of neutrals
- a few muted colors
- and genuine leather texture
Is the Arhaus sofa comfortable?
While exact feel and comfort will vary on each style of Arhaus sofa, this review is specifically testing the Arhaus Kipton sofa.
In terms of comfort, it was extremely comfortable. The sofa seat cushion has a buttery softness. It provides pressure relief and a slight contouring hug, but still has enough push-back within the pocketed coil core to provide good support.
The seat cushion core is surrounded by a thick layer of feathers and down, which provides the instant pressure relief.
The back cushion is 100% poly fiber and is packed quite densely, providing good support, while still relieving pressure.
Do all Arhaus sofas feel the same?
The short answer to this is no.
The exact construction and feel will certainly vary between different sofa styles.
In terms of firmness, I would say the Kipton is around a 4 for the seat and an 6 for the back. (See guide below).
To give you an idea of how this firmness is achieved, below I’ve outlined the construction assembly of the Kipton sofa.
The back cushion is 100% encased poly fill with a removable cover.
The seat cushion includes the following layers, from top to bottom:
- Encased down padding
- Poly foam (approx 2″ thick)
- Pocketed coils
- Poly foam (approx. 3″ thick)
- Encased down padding
Best Arhaus Sofas
The vast selection that Arhaus offers can be a little overwhelming. To simplify the process, we asked Arhaus what their most popular sofa models were.
Here is what they said.
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Arhaus Fabric Selections
Like I mentioned above, the fabric selections for each sofa can vary, but they do seem to have a consistent quality to them.
Arhaus sofas come with the following fabric options:
Most Arhaus sofas are available in one “in stock” color, 2-10 “custom colors” and offers over 500 “special order” colors as well. You can order physical swatch samples of any of the fabrics available.
What about stains?
If you’re particularly worried about stains, Arhaus offers two things you may want to consider:
Easy Care fabrics: Easy Care fabrics are easier to clean and more stain-resistant than non “Easy Care” fabrics. Some fabrics in this collection are even machine washable, although the exact details may vary by sofa.
All Arhaus sofas are available in Easy Care fabrics, but not all sofas are available in ALL of the different fabric options.
Worry Free Plan: This is a 5-year accidental plan that covers rips, stains, tears, burns, and even pet damage (only covers pet damage once). This plan will also cover seam separation.
This coverage can also be applied to outdoor sofas, covering additional damage like breakage and fading from the sun.
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How to Buy An Arhaus Sofa?
Buying an Arhaus sofa can be done one of two ways, in-store or online. As not all buyers are near to a local store, buying a couch online is a popular approach.
To do that, you’ll need to follow the steps listed below:
- Select the style of sofa.
- Choose the fabric.
- Select the width.
- Choose the depth.
NOTE: Keep in mind that the exact options may vary, based on sofa style and type. Not all Arhaus couches have variable widths and / or depths.
Once you’ve fully specified the sofa, it’s time to wait.
For in-stock fabrics, it takes about 3 weeks for the order to be processed, shipped, and arrive at your door.
If you’re ordering a custom sofa, it can take a bit longer, generally 8-12 weeks to produce the sofa and then an additional 3 weeks for processing and shipping time.
Arhaus offers a White Glove delivery service that includes:
- In-room placement (restrictions may apply)
- Removal of packaging and debris
For sofas and Arhaus couches, there is an additional fee for large-parcel delivery. The prices listed below includes the White Glove delivery service mentioned above.
- Local delivery: $199 – occurs with the local delivery area of an Arhaus store, to be scheduled in-store
- Extended ground delivery: $199 – occurs within the extended local delivery area of an Arhaus store, to be scheduled by the Arhaus delivery department
- National delivery (excludes Alaska and Hawaii): ranges from $299 – $499 (based on location) – occurs outside of the local and extended ground delivery area, sofa to be delivered by a third party shipping provider
Want cheaper shipping options? Check out the the Taylor Easy Connect collection. This style ships for free to you doorstep. White glove delivery is not available.
Trials and Returns
There is a 14-day “trial period” on all Arhaus sofas, excluding the sofas on clearance.
That being said, the exact details of the return policy is a little tricky. We received the following details below, directly from Arhaus.
All orders require a 50% deposit. If you special order a sofa in a fabric of your choice and decide to cancel, you lose the total deposit. Purchasing it as shown and decide to cancel once it has been scheduled for shipment, you lose 10%. If it is delivered and then you want us to return it, you pay a 2nd delivery charge also.Arhaus Customer Service
The “delivery charge” is a bit of a gray area, as it varies based on how close you are to an Arhaus shipment site. Delivery feels range from $299 to $499, depending on your location.
Special Orders: Special orders cannot be returned, cancelled or exchanged for any reason other than defect or damage.
Arhaus Couch Design Elements
There are a lot of parts that make up any Arhaus sofa, but there are a few consistencies. To give a nice overview of this sofa lineup, we’re going to hit on the following:
The frame of the Arhaus sofas is made from solid hardwood. The exact dimensions and species of wood may vary based on sofa style.
Looking specifically at the cushions on the Kipton sofa, I can say that we were impressed. All of the cushions on the Kipton sofa are loose from the back and have a zippered closure.
Regarding comfort, the Kipton sofa cushions were great. I found the back to be around a medium-firmness and the sofa seat cushions to be quite soft.
What are the cushions made of?
- The back cushions of the Kipton sofa are made from an encased poly foam fiber fill, with a removable cover. Remember, this doesn’t necessarily mean that that cover is washable, but being able to remove the cover does make it easier to clean or treat stains.
- The seat cushions of the Kipton sofa have a bit more give. They are made from a pocketed coil and foam core with a layer of feathers and down surrounding the internal support. This gives the cushion a nice softness when you initially site down without sacrificing the overall support of the cushion, which is provided from the pocketed coil / poly foam core.
Caring for Arhaus Couch Cushions
The care for any of the Arhaus sofa cushions may vary, depending on the fabric you select.
“Plush Linen” upholstery, for example, are intended to be Spot Cleaned using a water-free solvent only. Do not use water or dry clean.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, “Easy Care” fabrics are designed with messes in mind. These fabrics are easier to clean and in some cases may be completely machine washable.
NOTE: There are currently 24 fabric options in the “Easy Care” lineup that are machine washable.
You can order samples of any of the Arhaus fabrics to see and feel them first-hand before specifying them for your new sofa.
The legs of a sofa say a lot about the overall style of any given piece. Arhaus really hits variety hard in this category as well, including legs of the following styles:
Most leg styles on Arhouse sofas are variations of wooden legs. A few of the most popular include:
- Minimal wooden legs
- Modular block legs
- Turned wooden legs
- Tapered wooden legs
This is certainly the less common leg style. So much less so that it appears Arhaus has discontinued selling sofas with metals legs.
As of August 10, 2020 we weren’t able to find any sofas in their current line that include meta legs.
Minimal Wooden Legs
The wooden legs on these sofas are pretty minimal and lightweight looking. On some sofas, they are set back further than others, making them almost invisible. Minimal wood legs are shown on the following sofas:
Modular Block Legs
This leg is wooden and has crisp lines. It’s a little blocky, but provides a solid foundation and provides some visual weight to the Arhaus sofas that sport it. Modular block legs are shown on the following sofas:
Turned Wooden Legs
The turned wooden legs are a bit more traditional looks as if they were turned on a wooden lathe. They undulate in and out creating a nice, rounded rhythm up and down the leg. Turned wooden legs are shown on the following sofas:
Tapered Wooden Legs
The tapered wooden legs vary in height and overall size, but generally speaking they all start wide at the top and taper down to a smaller footprint at the base, for a more delicate look compared to the modular block legs. Tapered wooden legs are shown on the following sofas:
The sofas with “hidden legs” typically have the most discreet legs, either being set back from the front of the sofa or covered entirely (like with a slipcovered sofa). Hidden legs are shown on the following slipcovered sofas:
This list of sofas above certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, by any means, but does highlight some of Arhaus’s most popular models and shows a nice representation of the different sofa leg styles they offer.
Similar to the leg style, the style of Arhaus sofa arms can also vary greatly. Here are a few of the most popular styles and some of the sofas that you can find these styles on.
Low Square Arm
For the most modern look, Arhaus offers a simple low arm with a square top. These arms vary in width, but have crisp lines and a simple aesthetic.
Generally speaking, they tend to go up about 20-30% up the back cushion. For something taller, check out the Tall Square Arm (below). Low square arms are shown on the following sofas:
Tall Square Are
Just as there are low square arms, there are also high square arms. The high arms can even be full height, and even with the back of the back cushion, for a little more of a statement piece. Tall square arms are shown on the following sofas:
Now the scroll arm can go one of two ways. In some cases, a scroll arm can look a little more casual or transitional (like on the Baldwin slipcovered sofa), but when paired with a tufted back (like on the Wessex sofa) it tends to have more of a dramatic, formal appeal. Scroll arms are shown on the following sofas:
Tapered arms start high in the back and tapen low until they reach the front of the cushion seat. These arms can be dramatic or thin and simple, depending on the exact style of sofa you choose. Tapered arms are shown on the following sofas:
Should You Buy the Arhaus Sofa?
This is a bit of a loaded question because there’s so many options that Arhaus provides, but overall, the brand offer high-quality sofas like what you’d find in a fancy showroom.
I would recommend an Arhaus sofa if you’re looking for the following:
- Lots of style options: Arhaus currently has over 60 different sofa styles available and almost 600 fabrics to choose from. Whether you’re looking for something sleek and modern, transitional and casual, or historic in nature, Arhaus probably has a couch for you.
- High quality materials: The materials of the Arhaus sofas are very high quality, including the solid hardwood frame, pocketed coil and foam cushions, and hardwood or metal legs.
- Don’t mind waiting: Receiving an Arhaus sofa after placing an order is not a small feat. Every sofa is offered custom specifications, like length, width, depth, and fabrics. Based on your selections, you could be waiting a while to receive your order. In-stock orders can take up to 3-4 weeks, while custom orders take 8-12 weeks to produce and then an additional 3 weeks for shipment.
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- August 10, 2020 – Removed links and references to a number of sofas that now seem to be discontinued. Also updated links that were broken.
- April 5, 2019 – Initial version of the page was published.
Luxury Sofa For a Reasonable Price
The Arhaus Kipton sofa is a high-end luxury couch. It’s on the soft side with soft seat cushions and medium firm back cushions. It uses a solid wood frame with wooden legs. Cushions are stuffed with a combination of down, feathers, poly foam, poly foam, and pocketed coils. It’s not cheap, but not overly expensive, especially considering the build quality and materials included.