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Overall       Rating | 4.0

The Petrie sofa is a Crate & Barrel classic that’s been on the market for over a decade. Its clean 1960’s inspired lines and tufted cushions make it an aesthetic attraction in any living space.


The couch’s stylistic appeal is what draws you in, but there are other important features that should also be considered for sofa shoppers looking at the Crate & Barrel Petrie sofa.





Without further adieu, here’s the Sofa Selector Crate & Barrel Petrie sofa review.


Style & Design: ★★★★★


While the Petrie couch has a mid-century design, it differs from other mid-century modern sofas on the market.


For one, the Petrie features two longer rectangular back and seat cushions, compared with the three cushion style typical of other mid century modern couches of similar length (ranging from roughly 81 - 96 inches).


The Petrie also displays distinctive tufts with buttons in the center of each on both the seat and back cushions, which gives it a fanciful flare.  


I ordered the Jonas, Felt Grey fabric with ebony stained wooden legs. The texture gives depth and tone to the fabric, which is nicely complemented by the color contrast of the dark wood.


The upright angle, tight tufted cushions and tapered legs that come to a near pinpoint on the floor exude a sense of organization and minimalism into the room.  


The elegant construction and attention to detail in Crate & Barrel’s benchmade Petrie couch makes it an excellent sofa for style conscious office managers or home decorators.


Comfort:  ★★★.5


The Petrie sofa features good back support and positions your body in a more upright position. It is on the firmer side, but is still comfortable for watching a movie or engaging in conversation.


You can easily remove the back cushions and sleep on it. I found that the two cushion design makes it so my body doesn’t sink between the pillows when I’m reclining with my feet up or laying down on it. What’s more, the two cushions make it possible for 4 people to sit on the sofa without having anyone sink into the cracks.


Sometimes I like to remove the back cushion and rest it against the arm to get more shoulder space when sitting with my feet up on the couch. While this method was comfortable on the Petrie, the seat cushion sticks out a little.


This sofa isn’t a soft fluffy sink into kind of couch; however, it does provide plenty of support and I was completely comfortable logging several hours on it while working on my laptop.  


Think about the Crate & Barrel Petrie sofa as more of a parlor furniture feature, rather than a dive into den centerpiece.


Customization: ★★★★★


The Petrie sofa is available in over 100 color and fabric options. The solid hardwood legs are also offered in 10 different colors, allowing you to select the perfect match for your room and color pallet preferences.


It’s important to note that the Jonas, Charcoal and Jonas, Felt Grey are in stock and can be returned, whereas custom sofas designed with other color and leg combinations are non-refundable and more costly.


While I ordered the Petrie 86” Mid-Century Sofa, the Petrie collections also includes a 100” grand sofa, a 76” apartment sofa, a single seat armchair, and an ottoman, which you could combine to create the custom couch you’re looking for. There are also chaise lounge and sectional options available.


Quality: ★★★★.5


The Petrie couch is made in North Carolina with some imported parts.


Here are the details about the materials used in the Crate & Barrel Petrie couch:


Frame: The frame is bench made with kiln-dried and sustainably sourced wood.  The sofa is also supported by a wire spring carriage underneath the cushions. The type of wood used was not showcased on the website.


Fabric: The Jonas, Felt Grey is comprised of 100% polyester and manufactured in China. The Jonas line is a spot clean fabric, which means it should not be cleaned with water-based cleansers.


Cushions: The seat cushions are filled with a mix of recycled and virgin polyurethane (plastic) and wrapped with downproof ticking.  The back cushions are constructed with soy based polyfoam, a poly fiber and are encompassed by downproof ticking.


Legs:  The sofa has 4 tapered hardwood legs (wood type not shown on website) with the larger end bolted to the sofa and the smaller pointed end touching the floor.


Overall Construction: The joint construction is made with metal nuts that are bound with bolts, which is sturdier than sofas with joints connected by screw and wood alone. The upholstery appears tight knit and well made. There is no center leg and the leg width is small at the point of contact with the floor.


Sustainability & Wellness: ★★.5


As previously mentioned, Crate & Barrel sources sustainably grown wood in the Petrie sofa frame. Additionally, the back cushions contain a percentage of soy based foam.  Both of these features show Crate & Barrel’s intention to build sustainable products. However, the fabric is made of 100 percent virgin polyester.


You can learn more about Crate & Barrel’s commitment to sustainability in the Sofa Selector Crate & Barrel brand review


Delivery and Assembly: ★★★★


Crate & Barrel offers white glove delivery, which went smoothly. It took two weeks from the time I order it until it arrived. There’s a $99.00 + tax delivery fee. Crate & Barrel's delivery speed and availability was more limited than other brands I’ve reviewed.

Crate & Barrel called me to arrange a 3 hour delivery window and followed up with a call 30 minutes before drop off.


What Customers Are Saying:★★★★.4 (51 reviews)


This section is a representative sample of customer reviews found on Crate & Barrel’s website.  You can read more customer reviews by scrolling to the middle of the Petrie sofa product listing page.

★★★★★ “10 years and going strong: “I purchased this sofa 10 years ago and it's a true work horse. It looks great with my mid-century decor and just gets more comfortable with age. Outside of some light upholstery cleaning, I haven't had any troubles. Just be sure to measure your space before you buy - it's a long sofa and it's sometimes difficult to make turns in a tight space. Eventually, I will slipcover it since this is a piece I will have for a lifetime.” - By Cbreynoc.


★ “Bad fabric bad legs: “6 months after buying this sofa, the grey color turned greenish. A year later one of the legs broke. Also, my dog’s hairs stick to the fabric, very hard to clean. Nice design not good quality” - By Dave.


★★★★★ “Durable material: We purchased this couch about 3.5 years ago. We have a dog and a cat who each think it’s the best part of our house. It has lived through so much abuse from those two and it still is in beautiful condition.” By - Andrea


Value: ★★★.5


The Crate & Barrel 86” Petrie mid century sofa cost $1899.00 plus $99.00 for shipping and handling, and $189.82 for tax. This comes out to a total of $2,187.82. I recently checked the Crate & Barrel website and they were having a sale that marked the Petrie down to $1519.00 before tax.

Crate & Barrel offers 6 month 0 down financing on orders over $999.00 with the Crate & Barrel Credit Card.


Crate & Barrel’s pricing is on par with other luxury furniture brands like Restoration Hardware but significantly more expensive than lower cost furniture brands like Ikea.


Comprehensively, the Petrie sofa has some excellent features such as its sleek design, hand crafted elements, and quality materials, which the shopper pays for.  Ultimately, you are going to end up getting a little more but paying more as well.





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