Affordable, High Quality Leather Sofa & Where To Buy

partial38February 10, 2013


My wife and I are looking for a high quality leather sofa. We would most definitely go with a grade 1 or grade 2 leather. We have a budget of 2500-3000 dollars.

I have been looking into some of the North Carolina furniture stores online but have had a hard time making heads or tails of what to buy.

Some of the features we're looking for are:

1. 8 way hand tied suspension

2. Firm, square cushions

3. Box back cushions

4. High quality frame

5. At least 70" of seating space, but not too deep. Maybe 23" seating depth.

Do you guys have any recommendations for online stores and brands?

I would like to get a quality brand like Hancock & Moore, Century, Henredon, Classic Leather, etc. I would be willing to go with a smaller brand if the quality is there. Ultimately, my goal is to get something high quality that is going to last a long time and look great for less than 3k.

Thank you for your help!

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I live in NC and am looking for the same..only a little less expensive. I have looked at Hancock and Moore and Smith Brothers and I think both are great - but out of my price range. I will tell you to beware of NC furniture shopping - you are not always getting the discount you think you are and are not always buying direct that many think they are. There are also a lot of hidden costs. Six years ago we fell in to the NC furniture shopping trap and I regret most of our purchases. Like I said, we live in NC and don't bother anymore with the "furniture maker" stores/websites.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 7:58PM
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Thank you for your response. I look forward to reading more comments with current information on the best places to buy, the best value pieces, etc.

Please provide input, fellow posters!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 11:38PM
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Check out Casco Bay. There are many positive reviews for this online company on gardenweb. I am going to purchase the Manchester sofa from them this spring.

Here is a link that might be useful: Casco Bay Furniture

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 9:57AM
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I'll look into it.

I was thinking of going with Bernhardt, Bradington-Young, Century, Henredon, Hancock & Moore, King Hickory or Hickory White.

I'm not tied to those brands - I am however tied to the idea of that sort of high quality.

Does anyone have a store recommendation? Has anyone shopped around and concluded that one store or brand was a significantly better value than the others online?


    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 5:25PM
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Where do you live? There are several Fine Home Furnishings stores where I live - all carrying most of the lines you are considering. Maybe there are such stores where you are at even if you have to drive a short distance. Maybe once you find a sofa you are sure on (have sat in it etc) purchasing, you can then find a deal on line for that particular item. Just some thoughts.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 6:44PM
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Furniture manufacturers are in business to make money, just like everyone else. Your local furniture store buys from the manufacturer through the manufacturers sales representative. This representative also earns a percentage of all sales in their territory. So it should be common knowledge if you can purchase directly from the manufacturer you can avoid the retail store markup and also the representative take from each sale.
I suggest that to partial38, the features your looking for may not get you the best deal, or fall with in your budget. A high quality frame? What this is, is not a pine plywood frame stapled together. Solid hardwood 4/4, 5/4 is better or hardwood wood plywood thats same thickness, minimum of 12 plys. This frame should be double-doweled and glued.
Now the seat springs is where most everyone makes the mistake that it has to be coil springs that are 8-way hand tied. And thats simply not true. A no-sag sinuous wire spring; 8 gauge spring securely fastened to a hardwood frame using the clips that are required by the spring manufacturer, and that are engineered to the correct length and stretched accordingly to the spring manufacturers requirement will result in a seat suspension that will last a lifetime and have the same ride/push-back as the best 8-way handtied coil springs. The only time that a 8-way handtied coil springs suspension is better is when it is a spring edge with the correct rail heights all the way around the frame. At this time I dont know of very few manufacturers building their 8-way handtied coil springs this way, if so the costs for a leather sofa will be upwards of 5000.00 Its just too labor intensive and takes highly skilled worker to build.
Truly the only type of seat cushion core that will last for 20 years+ is a 100% natural latex. A true 2.0+ pound density high-resilent foam core will normally last 5+ years. But all will loose some shape because of the wrap around the cushion core is of a softer material: polyester fiber or down blend or a thin foam wrap of same density foam which last better that the first 2 , and all manufacturers dont consider this softening of the softer wrap a defect in any way, but just normal wear. Back cushions are usually of a the same: polyester fiber or down blend and will not last or hold its shape after considerable use. But usually thats a fix the owner or upholstery shop can do to replace this filling to be like new again with minimal costs.
If anyone does a search of my name in this forums will realize I have been preaching this for many years. My 38+ years of managing upholstery product design and development for 20+ manufacturers and many years working in re-upholsery. I have always said that your local re-upholstery shop that has been in business for 20+ years with the same owner is the best resource for understanding what it takes to makes a quality sofa. Because they have to repair or junk the ones that arent worth re-upholstering.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 12:18AM
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The problem is that your budget isn't sufficient for your requirements.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 5:39PM
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Hi partial38 - I am by no means an expert on sofas by wanted to give you my own experience after searching some online forums. We certainly would have loved to have purchased a H&M sofa but our budget would not allow for it, since our price range was the same as yours. We ended up getting a Bradington Young and could not be more pleased. I did get a grade 3 leather but saw several grade 1 and 2's that were quite nice. The BYs are 8-way hand tied; not sure if they meet the rest of your criteria, but overall it is a well made leather sofa. Note that BY does carry a lower-end line called Seven Seas that is not recommended by many, so just to be aware. If you go to the BY website, you can find dealers in your area.

Hope that helps some.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 2:38PM
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Can someone explain the different grades of leather, please?

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 5:53PM
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Grades = Price and not necessarily = better quality. And manufacturers / tanneries will grade their leather/pricing differently. Grade 1 maybe a top grain aniline dyed leather with no protective top coat; this is a very soft-hand comfortable, breathable leather but will soil very easily. Grade 3 maybe a top grain pigmented leather that has a protective top coat, doesnt breath as well but easily cleaned. Grade 2 maybe somewhere inbetween. But all top grain leathers are your most durable and most expensive. But is worth the investment.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 8:31PM
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Thanks rmanbike - that explains (better) and confirms what I have read.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 6:02AM
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Give Wellington Furniture a call. We have purchased 4 sofas, 3 recliners, 3 chairs, 3 ottomans over the past 15 years from them. All but 2 of the chairs were Distinction leather, and all have been extremely comfortable - 8 way hand-tied, hardwood frames. Talk to the great people there. If you can wait until the end of the year, they run a 15% of sale.

I agree with the NC stores not being what they used to be. We purchased 4 outdoor chairs this past summer, and Lexington Furniture in Lexington, Ky was $375 PER CHAIR cheaper than Furnitureland South. In addition, they still don't charge sales tax, where Furnitureland South does. I have noticed that Furnitureland South is now on ebay, and the things I've seen have been great prices, so you might watch there.

Good luck.

BTW., Cascobay used shills to post on this forum, though there is a longtime poster who purchased from them and was pleased.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 1:02PM
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I love leather sofa.The sofas that are of high quality and made of pure leather last much longer than the ordinary ones. If there is a chance of you not finding the correct sofa of your choice at any store near you, You can always consider shopping online for the affordable leather sofas as they have many varieties.Its important to make the best decision when buying them.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 7:36AM
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Holly- Kay

Bradington Young does make a quality product. We have two lovely upholstered recling arm chairs that are Bradenton Young and they look as good now as they did 15 years ago.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 8:02PM
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I know this is an old thread, but we went through the leather sofa search not too long ago. Ended up shopping and buying from Furnitureland South in Jamestown, NC (between High Point and Greensboro). They have a HUGE showroom with most top and mid level brands. They'll help you find what you want, whatever your budget.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 9:31AM
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