Good quality leather living room furniture for average joe?

ashweekinsFebruary 8, 2010

My husband and I bought our first home 2.5 years ago. Aside from the home being our first "grown up" purchase, we went out and bought a whole house full of furniture from Ashley Furniture. Big mistake!! We bought the extended warranty, but it proved worthless when our 2.5 year old leather reclining sofa, loveseat, and chair are falling apart and they will not replace them past one year. Knowing what we know now, we want/need to replace our living room set as they are causing back pain for both of us, huge gaps between the seat cushions from the poor quality springs, etc.

We would prefer leather. A nice sectional that is not gargantuan, or another sofa/loveseat/chair combination. Something that can withstand daily use... we spend a lot of family time and have a lot of get-togethers, so it will be high traffic furniture that needs to last.

We live in the Houston, TX area. I don't really know what our budget is? We are just the average joe working couple with 3 dogs and no kids (yet)... if that gives you an idea. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to start? Rooms To Go, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrell, Ethan Allen, Thomasville, somewhere else?

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Ashley furniture? I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you! ;-)

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 3:46PM
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Hancock and Moore makes very good leather furniture, but is $$$.

Flexsteel (NOT the Lattitudes collection (made in China) is better than Ashley. Bradington Young is a good compromise. Most, if not all, is made in USA and has full leather, 8 way hand-tied springs, good pricing, etc.

I've never heard of the store that I've linked for you. It's only an example to get you started on your search. Just google Bradington Young and Houston and see what you come up with.


Here is a link that might be useful: Houston

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 10:36AM
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If you're not real picky about style or color, there may be something you like on the online sale or auction pages of Wellington's. I've bought 2 sofas and a recliner all by Distinction Leather which is excellent quality for great prices. If you do see something you like, call. The sales staff is very helpful but they don't seem to respond to emails.

Here is a link that might be useful: Wellington's

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 1:58PM
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You really have to sit in the furniture that you are considering purchasing.

The cheaper furniture lines will have compromises in either materials or workmanship.
There is also a good primer here from drcollie (Furniture 101?) , serch his thread out here.
I have read that there are some good furniture manufacturers in south Cal; maybe EliteLeather or ArizonaLeather.
Then you could find somewhere in Tx that you could sit in the pieces that you want.
What I have read, you might want to consider a protected leather because of your dogs, the better leathers may be too fussy.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 12:22PM
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Here's Mr. Collie's thread that I mentioned.

Here is a link that might be useful: DCollie's Furniture Primer 101

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 12:30PM
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Posted by bobsmyuncle (My Page) on Mon, Feb 8, 10 at 15:46

Ashley furniture? I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you! ;-)

I know! I wish we had known then what we know now. Beginner's mistake, I guess.

Thank you for the brand recommendations. I will check them out. We know we will have to obviously spend more on a set this time around than last time, but we just want to make sure we aren't getting ripped off and we can't afford the really expensive stuff.

Thanks for DCollie's thread, I will check it out.

Any other recommendations are welcomed!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 2:19PM
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Here's a quality ranking of some of the more readily available leather furniture. I'm not sure if B-Y still belongs in the highest quality column.

Here is a link that might be useful: Leather furniture brand quality

    Bookmark   February 11, 2010 at 7:49PM
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It all depends on the style of furniture you want. For instance, Crate and Barrel furniture is more modern while Rooms-to-go stuff is a bit more old fashioned I should say? Start with blogs or forums that have guides and tips on how to buy furniture

Here is a link that might be useful: Buying Furniture Blog: The Ultimate Furniture Buying Guide

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 1:33PM
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