I Have Lived with a Joybird Sofa for 4 Years

Four years ago we welcomed a Joybird sofa into a house we had rented while we built our dream home. This is the story of how that Joybird sofa started as a temporary solution and now is a big part of the final destination we now call home.

This article is part Joybird couch review and part story. Let me tell you how this Joybird sectional sofa ended up in our rental house in the first place…

Joybird sectional sofa review and story from Kids Activities Blog - French Bulldog named panda sitting on Joybird couch in living room
Panda loves the Joybird couch…a little too much.

Joybird Sectional Sofa

We had just downsized from a very large home on acreage to a small rental row home while waiting for our dream townhouse to be built. It was a move that cut our square footage by 2/3rds and nearly all of our large-scale furniture didn’t fit in the new smaller home.

I got an email from Joybird wondering if I would be interested in receiving a Joybird sofa in exchange for writing about it here on Kids Activities Blog. The timing couldn’t be more perfect since I needed some furniture ASAP that fit in the rental house.

My thought was that I would use the Joybird sectional sofa in the rental house and then buy something “I really liked” when we moved. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, so I said yes to the Joybird offer and started investigating what I had just gotten myself into…

Joybird Sofa Ordering Process

I popped over to the Joybird website and couldn’t have been more excited. I am obsessed with mid-century modern and all things clean, bright, and simple and that pretty much describes every single piece of furniture Joybird makes!

It was encouraging to read the many positive Joybird reviews online and gave me courage that this would turn out well.

Finding a Sectional Sofa that Fit the Room

I had measured our new living room in the rental house and found that to make the best use of space and get enough seating for the entire family, it would be best to do an L shaped sectional that had equal size sides and the most efficient length would be between 8′ & 8 1/2′.

When I visited the Joybird website I found that their corner sectional with 3 cushions measured about 8′ 4″ which would fit perfectly.

Joybird sectional selection with the corner sectional selected - screenshot from Joybird website in ordering process
Joybird’s corner sectional layout would work the best for my room.

Now that I had the perfect sectional layout, I needed to choose the frame style.

After waffling between several amazing sectionals that all had clean lines and a modern feel, I settled on the Calhoun Armless Corner Sectional.

Joybird sectional - Calhoun Armless Corner
{Squeal}

Isn’t it beautiful?

Now that I had my sectional selection, all I had to do was choose a fabric.

Selecting the Best Fabric for 3 boys & a dog

With Joybird, you can select any fabric with any frame along with the color of the legs. I needed a fabric that I liked and looked good in the room, but even more important was that it needed to be able to withstand three boys and a dog.

Joybird furniture free fabric samples

I requested the Joybird fabric samples and got strangely excited when they arrived because there was so much choice.

So many different types of fabrics, textures and beautiful sofa colors.

Joybird sofa fabric swatches received in the mail spread out to see the texture and colors
How will I ever choose a sofa fabric?
Durable Sofa Fabric

There was one set of fabric swatches that I was most excited about.  They are called Safeguard Fabrics, and they are super soft and stain-resistant.

Joybird Safeguard Fabrics for sectional sofa
Did I mention 3 boys & a dog…on a sofa?

After going around and around in my head, I ended up choosing:

  • Cody Pacific color Safeguard Fabric
  • Coffee Bean colored leg

And then I placed my order.

Delivery of My Joybird Sectional Sofa

I received update emails about what was happening with my Joybird couch. For instance, the build progress series includes frame cutting, frame assembly, fabric cutting, sewing, upholstery, quality control, and then shipping.

Joybird sofa delivery truck with the back open and two employees wearing blue shirts
Hello Joybird sofa!

I received a call scheduling the delivery a few days before it arrived and then a confirmation on the day. The truck arrived on time and the delivery guys carefully took three very large boxes off the truck and opened them in front of the house.

They carefully carried it into the rental house.

bringing the joybird sofa into the house
A little to the left…

Once in the room, they attached the pieces together. The Joybird sectional pieces are held securely together with a metal latch.

Joybird sectional pieces attachment
The metal latches keep the pieces close together and moving as a unit.

I really liked the way it looked and functioned in our rental house.

 blue Joybird sectional with two throw pillows on it
The new sectional sofa was big! But fit perfectly in the room.

And the sectional was big enough to hold an entire family or two sleeping boys without them even touching (which is extremely important).

How do I know this?

boy sleeping on his back on the blue Joybird sofa
Exhibit A of Joybird sectional sofa size: Sleeping boy

It wasn’t long before there was a sleeping boy comfortably stretched out on the sectional.

Joybird Sectional Sofa Moves with Us

OK, so my initial plan was to use the Joybird sofa in the rental house as a temporary solution until we finally moved into our new house.

And then the new house took 3 years to build.

Oh, and I fell in love with the Joybird sofa and decided it needed to come with us to the new house.

The size surprisingly was perfect for the new living room.

Joybird sectional sofa positioned in new living room
It fit perfectly in the new living room too.

What I like about the Joybird Sofa

  • The design of the sofa is really nice.
  • The cushions stay on the sofa even with rough family use.
  • It is easy to clean the cushions when needed. In our house this is a regular occurrence since the dog is given free access to the sofa.
  • It looks and functions really well after 4 years of daily, family use which includes 3 teenage boys and Panda!

What I don’t like about the Joybird Sofa

  • The cushion covers get twisted with use and so the seam lines are askew. If you open up the cushion with the zipper, you can manage to get it straight, but it takes some work.
  • The cushions are a little bit bigger than the frame (or feel like they are) after years of wear. It may be that they can’t be pushed as close together as they used to be.
  • The fabric that has been exposed to daily Texas sun is slightly faded. In the sofa’s defense, I can’t imagine finding a fabric that would hold us as well as this has and it isn’t very noticeable.
Joybird sectional sofa after 4 years in new living room from behind
It actually looks like I designed the Joybird sectional sofa for THIS room.

I have been incredibly happy with this sofa and returned to the Joybird website recently to see if they offer other items 4 years later…and they do!

In fact, they now have a full line of furniture that extends beyond the living room into dining rooms and bedrooms. They are unique pieces with a mid-century modern feel that would fit perfectly into my new house…

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Have you found a piece of furniture that you totally love? Do you have any experience with Joybird furniture?

12 Comments

  1. Hi! How long ago did you purchase your couch from Joybird, and how would you say it is holding up? I am considering getting a sectional in the Cody pacific also. I have 2 dogs, and plan to have children in the near future. Thanks!

  2. Hi Kenra,
    I love the sofa…we have had it for 2 1/2 years. I have three teenage boys and a dog so it gets a ton of use. I am glad that I went with a darker color – there hasn’t been ANY issues with stains, etc. The fabric is wearing well. I still love the style of it too. We are moving soon to a new house and will be taking it with us for the living room again. Let me know if you need any other info!

    Holly

  3. Hi

    I just rec’d a circular in the mail today from joybird and have nevr heard of the company prior. I decided to search for reviews online and found your commentary. The first thing I noticed is that the sofa fabric, at the front edge of the sofa, appears discolored in the top photo; is this the case or is it simply particular to the camera/phone you used? The second thing I noticed was how cheap the connecting brackets look. In my opinion, the company should introduce colors of brackets to complement the color of the fabric so they are not so noticeable. My last thought is that you didn’t offer any price comparison of the product. Can you share how much the sectional cost? Thanks, Declan

  4. Hi Declan,
    The fabric was not discolored and looked beautiful when it arrived. That must just be a photo glitch.

    The connecting brackets aren’t seen once the sofa is set up. They are not flimsy in any way and have worked well for the last few years.

    I didn’t mention the cost because it was a few years ago and prices change. I looked into other sofas from other companies at the time and Joybird was comparable in price to many I had liked. Since this blog post was written several years ago, pricing would need to be updated anyway.

    We have had the sofa for years and still love it.
    Holly

  5. This is really great!!

  6. Kristen Yard says:

    Enjoy!

  7. Hi! I can’t seem to find any dates on when this was originally posted, but, I’m wondering how your Sectional has held up? I also have 3 young boys (oldest is 9). Most of the recent reviews that I have read of Joybird are far from glowing so that makes me slightly nervous to take the jump, although, many seem to be negative because of delivery delays (which seems unavoidable with any furniture retailer during this time). Looking forward to your response! Thanks!

  8. Hi Jenn,
    I have three boys too so I get it :). I originally wrote this back in 2017ish and then updated it with the “lived with for 4 years” in Feb 2021. For us, it has been one of the better surviving pieces of furniture in the house. I do think that the color being the blue has helped it still look new-ish. I wouldn’t go with anything lighter in color. But there are no stains or tears even with the dog. I regular wipe down the fabric and it seems to work really well. The cushions are a slightly dented in a few areas, but considering the amount of wear it has had – our primary sofa for 4 years – it has survived well. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another Joybird — I also really liked the options to get exactly the right size and shape we needed for a compact room!

    Holly
    P.S. I used to sell LLR too :).

  9. its nice to see a long term review on joybird. i’ve been looking at them for years, convinced they were my hearts desire. However, i just learned that joybird was aquired by Laz-e boy a few years ago, and several of the reviews i’ve read written in the last year have been horrible. i’m regretting not having gotten the couch a few years ago. Have you bought anything more recently and if so, how was that experience?

  10. I haven’t bought anything recently and was unaware of that. Thanks for the additional info. If anyone else has a more recent experience, I would love to hear about it.

  11. Hi Holly. Thank you for the review. I don’t see any mention of comfort in your observations. Comfort is just as important to us as appearance and durability.

  12. Laura,

    Sorry! Yes, it has been really comfortable for us. I would describe it as firm, but comfortable. My dog and I often nap there so that is probably the biggest recommendation…

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