What We Like
Fits with most decor
What We Don't Like
Difficult to put together
Not the most comfortable
Buying a couch on a budget can be difficult. Sofas have hefty price tags, and finding one under $500 can be a challenge, which is why we were drawn to the Beachcrest Home Buxton Rolled Arm Sofa. This sofa is stylish, classic, and best of all, affordable. Still, we wondered whether the low price tag would affect the quality. Is this couch worth the purchase? Let’s take a look.
Setup: Teamwork makes the Buxton dream work
The Buxton sofa arrived on our doorstep in one box and required some elbow grease to set up. The couch was in pieces when we unpacked it, and we had to build the frame, stuff the cushions, and screw on the legs, which is more difficult than it sounds. It took over an hour and two people to build this two-seater couch, and there was a lot of frustration—and perhaps some colorful language—that came from it.
It took over an hour and two people to build this two-seater couch, and there was a lot of frustration.
Design: Not as sturdy as we’d hoped
The design of this sofa is, on the surface, classic and clean. It’s available in four muted colors: gray, beige, light gray, and navy, and it would look perfect in a beach house. We ordered it in gray and were happy to find that the color was true to the photos.
There are some major issues with the design of the Buxton, though. The first is that the cushions aren’t held onto the couch with a zipper or other fastener, so they slide off and shift as soon as someone sits on it. It sounds like a minor issue, but it does end up making the couch look sloppy and cheap, and it’s annoying to constantly adjust couch cushions to return them to the correct position.
The cushions themselves aren’t very comfortable.
Another issue is with the quality, or lack thereof. That old saying “you get what you pay for” is fitting here because this couch feels like a $500 couch. It can only handle about 500 pounds of weight, which is about half of what high-end couches can handle, and it doesn’t feel very sturdy. The legs are made of hard plastic and wobbled with the weight of just one average-sized person. It almost felt dangerous to add a second person. We weren’t sure the couch could handle the extra weight.
The fabric is a thin polyester blend, and we were a little put off by how rough and crunchy it felt. This fabric also has a tendency to wrinkle, likely from the constant cushion-shifting. It feels like material we’d expect to be used on an inexpensive couch. The foam used in the cushions is also too thin and isn’t malleable or heavy enough to withstand the weight of an adult. Every time we sat down the cushions would warp and pop up along the sides of our body, causing the couch to look terribly awkward.
Comfort: It’s lacking
The one place this couch is really lacking is in the comfort department. Part of the issue is that the cushions slide around and warp, so there’s almost no support. It’s especially awkward when the cushions slide out from underneath and pop forward. This has happened to us multiple times, and we keep ending up with half of our bodies on the underside of the couch, and the other half on the shifting cushion. The back cushions also shift—it’s less noticeable, but it does take away from any comfort they’d provide.
The cushions themselves aren’t very comfortable in general. The stuffing material—which is marketed as a dense foam—isn’t malleable or soft, and we felt a bit like the “Princess and the Pea” because of it. Every part of the frame can be felt underneath the cushions, which meant it wasn’t comfortable to sit on, much less sleep on.
Size: Perfect for small rooms or staging
This couch is a win in the size department, especially if your space is limited. It’s small enough to fit in tight spaces but large enough that it doesn’t look odd against larger pieces of furniture. Two people can fit comfortably on this couch. We also have some oversized club chairs that would have made other small couches look out of place, but they went fine with the Buxton sofa. This couch would fit best in a college apartment or waiting room.
This couch is a win in the size department, especially if your space is limited.
Another plus: This couch isn’t heavy, so it can be moved easily from room to room without much help. It would be the perfect couch to stage a home because it does look nice and it’s not hard to drag around. We were able to move it down two flights of stairs with one person on either end, and neither person complained about how heavy it was.
The Buxton retails for under $500, which is a great price for a couch of this size. We love budget shopping, and this couch is the epitome of a deal.
Competition: Similar options at this price point
Serta Copenhagen Sofa: There are a surprising amount of sofas available online for under $500. The Serta Copenhagen Sofa is a similar style to the Buxton—it has rolled arms but sleek lines—and like the Buxton, it’s meant for two people. The Copenhagen comes in a handful of colors—there are six different options to choose from rather than the four the Buxton offers—and can hover around $400 when it’s on sale. There isn’t much to set it apart from the Buxton, which also uses Serta materials, other than a couple of extra colors.
Glennon Sofa: Another comparable option is the Glennon Sofa. It’s a similar height and depth to the Buxton and is also available in four different fabric options. The design is a bit more contemporary—the arms are squared, not rounded, and the lines are sleeker—but it’s versatile enough that it would fit in most rooms. The Glennon retails for about $300, which is a shockingly low price for a couch.
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A budget buy.
The Beachcrest Home Buxton Rolled Arm Sofa isn’t the most comfortable or well-made couch on the market, but it’s affordable and stylish. It would be a smart purchase for buyers with limited funds or people looking to stage a house or room that doesn’t get much foot traffic.
- Product Name Buxton Rolled Arm Sofa
- Product Brand Beachcrest Home
- SKU W001676186
- Price $449.99
- Product Dimensions 35 x 73 x 32.5 in.
- Color Gray, light gray, navy, beige
- Upholstery Material Polyester blend; polyester and linen
- Frame Material Wood
- Fill Material Dense foam
- Weight Limit 500 lbs.