Custom hand-made couch with ill-fitting cushions
OREM, UTAH -- Two years ago, September 2008, my wife and I ordered a custom couch from Bassett Furniture. We selected the fabric, the cushion style, the legs, arms and all the options that we wanted. We were delighted with the ordering process.
The couch was supposed to be delivered within a month, and it was not, but it eventually came and that's when we were not satisfied. We should have refused delivery of the couch, but we trusted the customer service folks who said they would address our concerns. The big problem was that the cushions didn't fit right. They appeared to be loose and the covers rolled on the cushions so the piping around the corners wouldn't stay square and it compressed.
Bassett replaced the cushions (but not the covers) and told us that we would have to manually adjust the cushion covers every week so that they would look right. In fact, the representative said that the couch was supposed to have a floppy look to it. Well, my wife wasn't happy, but she liked the color and the fabric and the style so we decided to "live with it."
The cushions wore out and lost their loft, their shape, and they got lumpy. It's been two years. We think the cushions should have lasted longer than that. We didn't know what to do. Because we didn't want to replace the couch, we took the cushions to a local upholsterer who removed the cushions from the cushion covers. As he did so, he pulled a lot of "loose" stuffing from corners and odd places from the inside the covers. He said, "See, this is your problem. A cushion like this shouldn't need this loose stuffing. Someone tried to scam you."
We asked him to order new foam and cut new cushions for the covers. We just received the newly stuffed cushions from the upholsterer today. He said that the cushions were two and one-half inches too small for the covers and that's why the covers rolled and the cushions lost their shape. When we put the newly stuffed cushions back on the couch, they barely fit because they were bigger.
The net effect was that the cushion covers were sewn to the wrong size. When we first received the couch, there were a lot of stray threads that appeared to reflect poor workmanship. We believe the couch is useful now, but we don't think that we received the quality that we paid for. And, we think the customer representative knew the cushion covers were wrong but didn't want to take the couch back. So, he scammed us by stuffing extra lumpy material into the cushions.