This review is regarding long term ownership of this item, with daily use as our living room sofa and occasional bed in a college apartment. It is not mistreated, and nobody who sits on it is particularly heavy. I would not recommend this item for purchase if your expectations are that it will last (with daily use) and hold up for anything longer than about 6-9 months, but that it would probably be fine for occasional use or short term furniture solutions.
I have had this item for a little over a year now, and while initially thrilled with it, I can't say that it has held up well at all. We got the black one, as we'd read from other viewers that the white was really more beige.
My first impressions of the item were that it looked great and was very simple to put together, but that it smelled really bad (plastic off-gassing) and that lasted a lot longer than I would have thought it would (about 1.5-2 months). The cushioning on the sofa is pretty firm, but I personally like that (if I wanted a fluffy sofa/futon, I would have bought one). I'd have given it four stars across the board without hesitation. It's going to be too short for someone any taller than I am (5'10") to use as a bed, without feet hanging off the end. The back is split so that you can have either side in a different position if you so desire, and there are three settings (upright, reclined, flat). The upright position has a slight angle to it so that it's comfortable, but I still use a pillow under my lower back because it's maybe a little too upright for me. It's sleek and modern, and super easy to keep clean (with the exception of the center crack on the seat part).
After about a month though (maybe even less) the tuffed button type stitching broke on a couple of spots. None of the others ever broke, so I'm not sure why those went bad so fast.
The other issue we've had with it is that the vinyl began to crack/split/peel after about 9 months. At about a year old, it's looking pretty bad in a couple of spots, and I'm not sure about how viable it would be to repair it and have it look half way decent (I'll do it just to hopefully keep it from getting worse at this point, and keep it covered as much as possible). I may end up buying another of these, because I really do like the way that it looks initially, but I now have a more realistic expectation of quality. At the end of a year of ownership and daily use, it gets a poor rating.
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