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Macalester 90" Sofa
Fabric: Vance charcoal
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Macalester

The classic chesterfield sofa gets a modern twist. Our Macalester sofa adds plenty of personality with lots of comfort. The high back and arms invite you to curl up in the corner, while the blend-down bench seat cushion encourages you to stretch out and relax.

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Seat Comfort

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Details of Macalester 90" Sofa

  • Dimensions: 90"w 35"d 29"h
  • Inside Depth: 23"d
  • Inside Width: 78"w
  • Arm Height: 29"h
  • Seat Height: 17"h
  • Leg Height: 1.25"h
  • Legs: all are removable
  • Construction: benchmade hardwood frame with sinuous coil suspension Construction details
  • Seat Cushion: blend-down Cushion details
  • Back Cushion: foam and fiber
  • Cushion Style: loose bench seat; tight back
  • Delivery Consideration: Large item; see Measuring for furniture delivery information below
  • Product Origin: made in North Carolina
  • Item Number: 066653
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  • Fabric: Vance charcoal See full fabric details
  • Fabric Content: 90% cotton, 10% polyester
  • Fabric Description: Vance is a luxurious velvet that offers a rich look with the comfort and livability of an all-cotton pile. A special dyeing and finishing process creates its saturated color and radiant appearance. Vance works well on frames of all styles and sizes, and takes on a beautiful patina with age and use.

Cushion Details

Blend down

  • Eco-friendly, high-resiliency foam core wrapped in fiber padding, feathers and down, encased in down-proof ticking
  • Offers widely-appealing, relaxed comfort
  • Offers a casual look
  • Will soften and settle with use; some feather loss is normal
Blend down cushion cross-section

Frames

Made to the same high standards as all of our furniture, each one of our upholstery frames is built to last.

Kiln-dried, engineered hardwood

We use kiln-dried, engineered hardwood in all of our upholstery frames. Often used for structural beams, engineered hardwood is made by pressing thin layers of solid wood together. Kiln-drying removes moisture, minimizing seasonal expansion and contraction. This stable hardwood material resists warping and cracking for lasting durability.

Reinforced joinery

We reinforce every joint in our frames for added stability. Precision-cut parts interlock like puzzle pieces and are reinforced with eco-friendly glues, screws or staples and corner blocks. Reinforced joinery ensures your seating holds together, even with years of frequent use.

Kiln-dried, engineered hardwood
Kiln-dried, engineered hardwood
Reinforced joinery
Reinforced joinery

Suspension

Sinuous coil

A sinuous coil suspension consists of s-shaped metal springs that are stretched across the frame. The coils are securely attached with clips that allow the metal to flex while still remaining supportive. Because each coil is independently attached to the frame, you'll barely feel it when someone sits down next to you.

Sinuous coil suspension
Sinuous coil suspension

Customer Reviews

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Macalester 90" Sofa
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great design (14)
  • Well made (12)
  • Comfortable sit (11)
  • Comfortable (7)
  • Cushions hold shape (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Formal (7)
  • Large spaces (5)
  • Primary seating (5)
  • Lounging (4)
  • Watching TV (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Modern/contemporary (7), Classic/traditional (5), Mid-century modern (4)

Reviewed by 15 customers

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3.0

Too blue, Too firm

By ChelseaP

from Oakland, CA

Pros

  • Great design
  • Well made

Cons

  • Uncomfortable sit

Best Uses

  • Large spaces

Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

I was so excited to finally have this couch delivered, but my husband and I were disappointed. It is a pretty piece of furniture and like most R&B things, it is well made. However, it is true that the stock "charcoal" color is really a slate blue color. The hue looks like a couch that has been sitting in the sun for years and has faded from what maybe used to be charcoal. We probably could have gotten used to the color (and our bad for not ordering a swatch), but the other cons were that the bench is very firm (almost crunchy feeling), and the velvet fabric is not as lustrous as other couches we had been looking at. The velvet is so thin that it feels like it would be threadbare in a year with regular use-- not like the thick velvets of yesteryear. And again, although the bench is described as all the way on the soft side of the meter, it is FIRM. I have tested R&B couches that were described as moderately firm or firm that were actually much more comfy than this one.

  • I live in a:
  • Apartment/condo
  • This product is used in my:
  • Living room/family room/great room
 
5.0

Love it!

By Beth

from Minneapolis, MN

Style Mid-century modern

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable sit
  • Great design
  • Well made

Cons

  • Need to get used to the imperfections in fabric

Best Uses

  • Formal

Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

Love this couch; looks very grown-up, but is also very comfortable and versatile for accent colors, etc.

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  • Living room/family room/great room
 
5.0

Elegant and Quality

By Laurie

from Chicago, Illinois

Style Modern/contemporary

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable sit
  • Cushions hold shape
  • Great design
  • Well made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Formal
    • Large spaces
    • Primary seating

    Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

    So happy with my purchase. Lots of value for the price!

    Service and delivery comments:

    The 2 drivers were an incredible reflection upon your quality company! Friendly, professional and well spoken.

    • I live in a:
    • House
    • This product is used in my:
    • Living room/family room/great room
     
    5.0

    Fell in love!

    By J&A

    from Chattanooga, Tn

    Style Classic/traditional, Eclectic, Mid-century modern, Minimalist, Modern/contemporary

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable fabric
    • Comfortable sit
    • Great design
    • Well made

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Customer comments about Macalester 100" Sofa:

        We love this sofa. We actually had been shopping around for a totally different sofa at Room & Board and after seeing this one, we forgot all about the other one. We love it because you can dress it up or down.

        Service and delivery comments:

        When purchasing the sofa, the staff was amazing! Delivery staff was also super friendly, our sofa did get damaged while being delivered but Room & Board took care of it right away!!

        • I live in a:
        • Loft
        • This product is used in my:
        • Living room/family room/great room
         
        4.0

        Satisfied with no buyers remorse

        By GERRIE

        from Red Wing, Minnesota

        Style Modern/contemporary

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable fabric
        • Comfortable sit
        • Cushions hold shape
        • Great design
        • Well made

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large spaces
          • Lounging
          • Primary seating
          • Watching TV

          Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

          I am pleasantly thrilled with my two Macalester sofas, no buyers remorse. The fabric is beautiful, the loft on the cushions is dreamy, and the cording and button work are perfection.
          I have had them in my home for a month still feeling like it is the honey moon phase, hope they meet my expectation in the years to come.

          Service and delivery comments:

          The two men who delivered my furniture were careful, considerate, and cheerful. The one improvement that could be made is to devise a method to unpack the upholstered furniture then handle the piece with gloves or clean hands. My gold velvet has some dirty finger prints on from the delivery men.

          • I live in a:
          • Apartment/condo
          • This product is used in my:
          • Living room/family room/great room
           
          4.0

          Classic, but Bold

          By Jennifer

          from Seattle, WA

          Style Eclectic- a mix of vintage and modern

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Color is fabulous
          • Comfortable fabric
          • Cushions hold shape
          • Great design
          • Well made

          Cons

          • Firm

          Best Uses

          • Center-piece/show stopper

          Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

          We had a hard time committing to one sofa- there were so many styles and fabrics we loved at R&B! With guidance from the sales associate, we custom-ordered the Macalester sofa in Vance indigo blue. This sofa is a show-stopper in our living/family room. No regrets.

          We've lived with the sofa for less than a month. We love how it looks, but we're still getting use to how firm the seat cushion is. It's firmer than the sofa on display in the local R&B store. We hope to break-in the seat cushion after a few months.

          Service and delivery comments:

          We truly appreciated the service we received from the sales associate at our local store. She remembered us every time we stopped in the store and never pressured us in the months-long process of choosing the right style and fabric (my husband and I are very indecisive).

          Delivery was better than expected. They maneuvered through a very tight hallway/doorway, and did it very quickly (also respectfully taking their shoes off even though I didn't ask). Another positive, the time it took to custom-make the sofa was shorter than the estimated weeks.

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          • This product is used in my:
          • Living room/family room/great room

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Love this sofa

          By ksheri

          from chicago, Illinois

          Style Eclectic

          Pros

          • Comfortable fabric
          • Comfortable sit
          • Cushions hold shape
          • Great design
          • Well made

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accent
            • Informal
            • Large spaces
            • Lounging
            • Primary seating
            • Small spaces
            • Watching TV

            Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

            We have owned this sofa for 1 year. I am so confused my the reviews that talk about stains.....We have had absolutely no issues with stains of marks or fuzz or anything. It still looks brand new! I have even had nieces and nephews sleep on it. It is so comfortable. I think it is the most comfortable couch I have ever owned. And the 1 continuous cushion on the seat is fantastic. It is a gorgeous couch.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Room and Board delivery is always spot on

            • I live in a:
            • Apartment/condo
            • This product is used in my:
            • Living room/family room/great room

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Classic look with average fabric

            By Seattlegirl

            from Seattle

            Style Classic/traditional

            Pros

            • Comfortable sit
            • Great design

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

                I replaced an older velvet couch in my living room with the McAlister because I needed to freshen up the color and style of the room. I have a small dog who loves to nap on the couch, and when he sleeps he sometimes drools (just a little...., whad'ya going to do?). Spot cleaning hasn't worked very well as every place he's drooled and I've spot cleaned gently with a soft cloth and a little water has left a mark. While I love the design and shape of the sofa, the velvet is considerable thinner and lower quality than what I had before - and I'm disappointed with it.

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                • Living room/family room/great room

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Macalester sofa

                By january checkovich

                from Weston, Ma

                Style Classic/traditional, Modern/contemporary

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable sit
                • Well made

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Formal

                  Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

                  color shade is not exactly what expected. It was too much blue but I expected charcoal gray.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  was good

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                  • House
                  • This product is used in my:
                  • Living room/family room/great room

                  (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Water Stains, yes but it can be FIXABLE.. DO NOT use product

                  By jenni

                  from Seattle

                  Style Classic/traditional, Vintage

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful color
                  • Comfortable sit
                  • Great design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Lounging
                    • Primary seating
                    • Watching TV

                    Customer comments about Macalester 90" Sofa:

                    When I first received the couch I was in love. However, within 4 days that turned to frustration and disappointment with R&B. It's not everyday that I spend $3,000 on a couch only to have it be high-maintenance and a headache. I got water on the couch (see photo) and to my surprise it stained / left a mark. The stain is actually just mineral deposit. Apparently you're suppose to know that water and velvet is a big no-no.

                    I called R&B and they said to use solvent-based cleaner Folex, a recommended product from RoomAndBoard. DO NOT USE FOLEX! I tested a small area under the cushion and it turned the spot lighter! Then I called the top 3 Yelp rated companies and they all told me that they can not guarantee the stain would be removed and that it won't get worse. So I called R&B again and they scheduled for a couch cleaner to come to my house. Fast forward to today.. cleaner just left and the couch looks brand new! He removed the stains with a steamer! It was magic!!! He also gave me some great tips if you were to ever spill on your couch.

                    If you spill wine, mustard, etc. Wipe it down with a wet wash cloth. The first step is to remove the stain. Then dry as much as you can with a dry towel. Then wrap a towel around the nozzle of your vacuum, which will help dry. If the water stain is a day later or even a month later, use a steamer. Do not put directly on to fabric. Once done steaming, use towel and soft brush. So easy.

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                    • This product is used in my:
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