We found a couch… and it's blue velvet

March 27, 2007

Room and Board — I’d heard the hype and I thought I’d be immune. Well, I’m now the proud co-owner of a blue velvet Room and Board Hutton couch. You decide who is immune and whose not.

First, get in the mood. Indigo. This color is mystical. This color has me hysterical. I want to only wear clothes this color, dye my hair this color, get those crazy colored contacts in this color.


I put bum to couch some 50 or so times to find this one. Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Pier One, West Elm, Martha/Bernhardt, Mitchell/Gold, BoConcept, Atlantic Avenue, Madison Avenue, auctions galore. I’d actually given up. And then it happened, in all its velvet, indigo tantalizingness.

UPDATE, 2 Years Later:

I get lots of emails asking about the Hutton.  I  totally understand that committing to such big furniture purchases is stressful!  Here are my thoughts:

Pros: I LOVE the Hutton and I love Room and Board.  I have the shorter Hutton and really like the size.  Not too big, but really comfortable for two people to both watch TV and for people to sleep on (my sister who is 5 8 sleeps on it really comfortably (and it is wide enough!)).   In terms of wear (the velvet seems to scare people), I’ve been really happy with it — I’ve had it two years and it has held up nicely — it still looks brand new.  The velvet is a very short “nap” and does not get crushed.  And, I often sit on it post the gym or shower and have never had a problem with it marking.

Cons:  the buttons can come off if you aren’t careful — esp if someone sleeps on it without a sheet on the bottom cushion. However, Room and Board sent someone to repair it for free, in under a week.   Also, we ordered extra side square pillows (in the same fabric, from room and board, in their custom section), which I think you really need to make it comfortable since it is so deep.  Also, the velvet can pick up dust — but we just vacuum it whenever it needs it.

I think that’s it and hope you enjoy!

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soupçon March 12, 2009 at 2:43 am

I am interested in the same couch, maybe in the stock “couch” colorway. How is the velvet holding up? I am concerned that it will wear unevenly – the spot that I will occupy daily will have flattend nap (on seat, back and arms) while the rest remains the same. I understand that this might be considered the beauty of a velvet couch but I don’t know if I am ready for all that!

aef March 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm

i love your posts! you have wonderful taste. i’m thinking of getting the same couch. i’m actually falling in love with it via the internet. i haven’t, however, been to a store yet. i was wondering about the couch’s comfort. could you tell me all about it? could someone even sleep on it?


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Yobsean Wyatt February 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Hello, I have a black velvet couch love it so much,But it has a small tear in the top middle of the couch. What can i do im so stress about the tear, is their anyone that can help me to fix it myself. Please help

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