Hi, I'm Blythe
Pillow-Back English Roll Arm Sofa
86" Blythe pillow back English roll arm sofa in Ludlow Steel stain-proof grey fabric
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Tradition, with Even More Comfort
The classic English roll-arm graces homes and estates around the world with its distinctive profile. Unmistakable characteristics include the set-back, dropping arm and the unique swoop of the side. Our cushion-back interpretation of this piece combines European style with plush, sink-in comfort. We use a modern pocket coil spring system for even, noiseless, and durable seat comfort. Blythe is configurable in dozens of durable fabrics and leathers, as well as multiple sizes. What could be a more perfect fit?
Are you interested in a similar profile with a more formal tight back? Check out Blythe's brother, Basel!
Price varies with
size and upholstery
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Pedigree, Construction, & Comfort
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Bench-made in North Carolina by skilled craftspeople.
- Custom-engineered hardwood frame built using blocks in all corners, double-dowel or mortise-and-tenon joinery, metal fasteners, and glue.
- Our sag-free, ultra-durable pocket coil seat support system.
- Seat cushions made from multi-density foam core, wrapped in channel-stitched down and feathers for plush yet supportive comfort.
- We do not use flame retardants in our foam.
- Additional information about our construction.
Blythe can be customized to suit your unique needs and style. Create a truly one-of-a-kind piece of furniture by selecting from our extensive list of options. Need help? Contact us to speak with a furniture consultant.
- Available in seventeen standard lengths or in sectional configurations. (Contact us for sectional information.)
- Two more-generous seat depths available.
- Optional bench seat cushion configuration.
- Choice of numerous fabric and leather families and colors.
Find the Perfect Fit
All the dimensions you need to find the piece that fits your space.
Available Sizes & Starting Prices
|Overall Width||Inner Seating Width||Fabric||Leather|
|Our sectionals are available in dozens of sizes and configurations. They use a similar frame system to our standalone sofas, but the lengths are a bit different. We can create equal and unequal length "L" and "U" layouts, sofa+chaise combinations, and more. Check out our available layouts, watch our videos about planning your sectional sofa, or contact us for our best fits for your space.|
|This profile is available with a twin, full, or queen sleeper pull out. We use American-made, extra-sturdy mechanisms and offer both coilspring and memory foam mattresses. We can also combine sleeper pull-outs with some sectional configurations. Learn more about our sleeper sofa sizes and options.|
|Overall Depth||Seat Depth|
|42"||26"||Standard. No charge|
Sleeper sofa requires 40" depth.
Other Dimensional Tidbits
Dimensions represent maximum sizes with legs and cushions in place for non-sleepers. Sleeper mechanisms and tufted seats can alter seat height. Sleeper sofas add approximately two inches to the overall, arm and seat heights. Tufted and tight seats subtract approximately one inch from seat height. Legs on most pieces can be removed to ease ingress. Please remember that our furniture is hand-built and that all dimensions are approximate.
Choices, Choices, & More Choices
Built just for you and your home.
Because we build everything to order — from scratch, for every customer — you can tailor your furniture to match your tastes perfectly. Here are some finishing details that will help you make your piece feel one-of-a-kind.
Fabric & Leather Colors
No one has a range of fabrics and leathers as extensive as ours...period. And we specialize in materials that are leagues ahead of our competition in terms of toughness and cleanability.
Your furniture is built to order in any of our 1,328 fabrics or leathers. Additionally, we're happy to build your piece using material that you provide (COM/COL).
Customize your furniture's look and feel by selecting the cushion setup. Want a firmer or softer seat? We can help with that, too.
The following styles are available on this profile. Click on a style to see available finishes. Note that some styles are available at an added cost.
Nail head trim is an option on this style. The nails can enhance the lines of a piece and can integrate furniture into the surrounding environment. The following colors are available.
Better From The Beginning
Our furniture is made in the U.S.A. (not <ahem> "North America") in our factory in North Carolina. We build exceptional furniture from the ground up, and the careful choices we have made in our construction methods separate the custom sofa we build for you from the stuff you get off some other website or catalog.
We build furniture the old-fashioned way, starting with a hand-built frame designed to last a lifetime. Many companies talk up their "kiln-dried, hardwood frames" but they are nothing more than CNC-cut plywood. Eww.
Our frames are truly handmade. Each piece of poplar is cut on a bandsaw, doweled, pinned, and screwed, the way traditional furniture frames were made 100 years ago. They take about eight times as long to build as machine-cut frames, but we believe it's well worth the extra attention. They're heavy, sturdy, and long-lasting. So long-lasting, in fact, that we warranty them for life.
A Better Spot to Sit
We think some of the most beautiful parts of a sofa are the ones you never see. Unlike most furniture companies that extract margins by opting for lower-grade components, we make excellent durability and comfort a standard feature.
Our US-made pocket coil suspensions provide more working wire per square foot than any other system, giving you a seat that is comfy, sag-free, noiseless, and guaranteed for life. Our cushions utilize a high-density foam core wrapped in a quilt of down and feathers, and pillows are a down/feather blend. Not down with down? No problem — we have excellent alternatives.
Made in the U.S.A.
Our furniture is built in our own dedicated, 25,000 square foot factory in Hickory, North Carolina — the capital of fine upholstery.
Unlike most furniture companies, we own our factory. This enables us to better control product quality, more immediately deliver new designs and innovations, ensure that our talented team has a safe and rewarding work environment, and maximize your quality-to-price ratio. Besides, have you tasted the chicken-fried steak in Hickory? Yum.
What Do You Guys Know About Furniture?
We know homes. We know furniture. And we know how to help.
What do we know? Quite a bit, it turns out. We have decades of experience in the world of interior design. Roger, in addition to building a career consulting clients the world over, created the Emmy-nominated show Sell This House, which educated home owners on design and real estate decisions. We've written and spoken all around the country as experts in color and design trends. And our team of furniture craftspeople have over a century of shared experience in the industry, with many of them representing second- and third-generation furniture makers.
New to R+C?
Allow us to brag a little bit.
While you may just be learning about us, we've shipped our hand-built furniture to every state in the nation and around the world.
In addition to building sofas for thousands of families, our furniture can be found in the offices of brands you know, including Starbucks, Google, Uber, Microsoft, Nike, CNN, and, like, a whole bunch more.
We've been written about, blogged about, and there's talk of a major studio making a feature film about our Higgins Chesterfield sofa. (Okay, that last one was a joke. But our Higgins did have a supporting role in Deadpool 2.)
From Our Customers
“It's a show horse and work horse.”
— Lynn H.
“You've made it exactly as I wanted it.”
— Sarah L.
“This thing is amazing.”
— David L.
Cool furniture for cool customers. See more!
Getting Help & Ordering
We're here to assist every step of the way.
Ready to Order?
Let's Do It.
To get started, please contact us with your order details and we will provide pricing, a shipping quote, and get your furniture into production.
Questions? Need some design advice? Just want to chat about...the weather or something? Give us a shout!
Trade & Contract
Services for Design Professionals.
Flexible. Customizable. Durable. Comfortable. Beautiful. Special. We deliver solutions to your clients' upholstery challenges.
We Rock Commercial Environments.
We build premier furniture for the world's premier brands. Reach out for a one-on-one consultation for your custom needs.
I'm Super Overwhelmed!
We know — it's a lot to handle. Finding the right size, making sure you've selected fabric or leather that will work well in your home, and even figuring out the appropriate design direction.
Conveniently, we're experts on all those topics. I mean, have you heard us speak eloquently about Wyzenbeek Double Rub Test? We're pretty, pretty cool dudes.
So just contact us! Drop us some photos of your room, shoot over your questions, whatever. We'll be happy to help.