This sofa is very cute. The tufting makes it look a little bit more pricey than it is. The velour is soft, but it is by no means velvet. Keep in mind, this sofa is probably half the price of a purely velvet sofa. However, the construction is solid, which I noticed while assembling it.
The box it comes in is incredibly cumbersome, so don't select store pickup unless you know someone with a truck that is willing to hoist the gigantic package around. I am a very strong female, but the box itself is very wide. You will need help.
I was a little nervous about the taupe color, as it was a compromise with my fiancé. I had wanted pink. However, I think the taupe color coordinates well with everything else we own, so it is probably the more practical color option. The sofa itself is very comfortable- I don't know why people said otherwise. I'm not expecting the upholstery to deflate in three months. This is good choice if you not enjoy quicksand couches. My fiancé and I have a very firm bed, so firm may just be our preference.
My only qualm with this sofa is that the bottom center leg does not touch the ground all the way. It is meant to support the middle of the sofa. I'm worried that in a year or two, the sofa may collapse a little in the center due to the center leg being a hit to short. Other than that, this sofa seems like an incredible value for the money.