We’re searching on online shops for a couch we could add in our list, and we came across to this Serta RTA Palisades Collection 78″ Sofa. Well, the ratings it received from its customers intrigued us.
Why does it only have 3 stars in Amazon and 2.5 stars in Walmart?
Serta RTA Palisades Sofa is a good-looking couch. Who wouldn’t agree? Look at how it sits in any room. It’s so adorable with its austerity. Also, it’s perfect for any room or office even though it’s 6.5 feet long because it doesn’t look bulky even though it’s huge.
Out of curiosity, we decided to make a thorough review to find out the reasons for its low ratings in Amazon and Walmart.
Does it deserve its low rating? Or is it still worth our money?
Let’s find out.
This collection is available in three fabrics. What are these?
- Bonded Leather
We chose linen out of these three fabrics. Why? Because we find linen the most comfortable out of the three. But, let’s check if the fabric they used is the same as the other linens we’ve encountered in the past.
They said the fabric they used is a premium grade fabric. Well, we couldn’t agree more because it does really feel high end. It’s soft whenever we touch it. It doesn’t feel warm even when the room temperature changes to higher degrees.
You’ll see the fabric in most of the parts of this whole sofa—backrest cover, seat cover, and body cover.
But for the seat, they did not use this linen fabric to cover the entire foam. They only used it on its front and sides. On its back, they used a different fabric—black nylon fabric. We find it strange because it’s a removable cushion, and it’s better if they wrap the entire thing with the same linen they used on its front, right? This will allow you to flip it to the other side. But since the front and back are not the same, you’ll stick with its position for as long as you’re using it.
This is the first thing that caught our attention—its design.
Serta Palisades Sofa is so easy to match with other furniture. It’s a modern rectangular sofa that you could lean on your wall without thinking if it will blend in your living room or not. It’s because it doesn’t overpower other things in the room.
What we noticed is, they put no pattern (tuft or box or diamond stitch pattern) on its back or seat. It’s not a bad thing though, but it will enhance the look of this sofa, right? Well, even though it’s in its simplest form, it still looks attractive. Don’t you think?
Let’s look at its dimension.
Overall dimension is 78” L x 32.5” W x 35“ H.
Looking at the dimension, it gives us 6 feet 6 inches long and almost 3 feet wide couch. This is quite a huge sofa, but it doesn’t look big when you place it in your living room. Maybe because of its flat back, side, and front.
Now, how much space can we use for this Serta RTA Palisades Collection 78” Sofa?
First, the seat is 20 inches high. Do you think it’s enough for you? Well, for average people like us who’s between 5’2” to 5’7”, the seat height is enough and comfortable to our knees.
Second, the seat width is 64 inches and fits for four people. Well, it still depends on your body built, but for four people with an average size, it fits perfectly.
- Seat Depth: 20.5 inches
- Arm Height: 22.75 inches
The colors depend on what fabric you will choose. So, let’s check each fabric to find out the available colors.
- Leather: Brown
- Linen: Buttercream, Charcoal, Cream, Dark Brown, Fawn Tan, Gray, Light Gray, Silica Sand, Glacial Gray
- Corduroy: Flagstone Beige, Beige, Riverfront Brown
Foams and Cushions
The seat and backrest are both removable. Aside from that, you could also remove the foam from its cover. This means you’re free to wash the cushion covers if they get dirty, right? This is a great move for this sofa.
So, what inserts do the backrest and seat has? Well, they don’t have the same composition. The backrest has a premium high-quality polyester fiber, while the seat has a combination of high-density polyurethane foam and rocketed coils.
Both backrest and seat have a soft feel, which makes it so comfortable when you lounge on it—it’s bouncy. But the thing we don’t like about it is, it’s not filled with enough foam. Or maybe it’s filled with enough foam, but since it’s soft, it gets saggy after some time. Well, they should have filled this couch with more foam or choose firmer foam than it used to have, so it won’t get flat after a year or two.
The backrest couldn’t stand straight after long use. This is because the fiber flattens immediately and couldn’t get back to its original state sooner. Even the seat becomes saggy after some time. Well, this is the flaw we found on this sofa. Maybe you could add a firm foam. That is if you really want this sofa in your living room, and have extra money to spend on a denser foam.
Frame and Foot
Well, if the foams on the cushions disappoint us, on the contrary, the frame and legs impress us.
Why? They used hardwood for the frame, and even each foot is solid wood. We like how great the foundation is for this long couch.
The wide back strap and s-coil also add great support on the frame. We are sure enough it won’t fall while you are lounging on this Serta Sofa.
Every material they used on the frame is premium—back strap and s-coil. Even the solid steel fastening hardware is in high-quality.
Why do we think the foot is great, too? Well, it’s a huge piece of solid wood. They not only provided 4 pieces of feet but rather 6 pieces. You will place the other two in the middle to support the center of this Serta RTA Palisades Collection 78″ Sofa.
Well, this only means they really invested in making this sofa a sturdy one.
Delivery and Assembly
It’s surprising to know that they packed it in one box. A long couch in a box that could be carried by two persons is amazing, right?
As for the assembly, you could do it alone. Which means it’s not that stressful to do. You don’t even need to use tools to connect each part because it has its own twist handle bolt. You could also connect each foot with its built-in screw.
The bottom-line is, you don’t need to be extra careful in assembling this whole piece because everything is in high-quality, and won’t break regardless of how you connect them.
It’s good to know that the manufacturer offers its customers a 1-year limited warranty. This gives you the confidence to purchase this sofa, right?
Remember our question regarding the ratings it received in Amazon and Walmart?
Well, this might be because of how disappointing the cushions are. It’s important that it could provide both comfort and firmness to us. If it gets saggy after a year or several months, it’s not a great deal knowing how expensive this couch is.
But, take note that the frame and foot give sturdy support. Please don’t take that for granted. We always believe that having a great support system is always better than the small flaws we could work on with. We hope you have that same belief, too.
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