best sofa brands

michaelrm68May 22, 2013

After months of looking pricing shopping etc I've finally narrowed down a couple brands and wondered what everyones opinion was on which is best. Please comment on which of the following you feel is the best value overall. Century, Hickory White, Henredon, Lexington and Drexel Heritage. Also, if there's anyone notable that we've left out. At the moment we're down to 6 specific models and can't figure out which is better. We've also been told that delivery takes anywhere from 6 weeks at one retailer to 3 months at another and wondered why they were so different.

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I would add Stickley to the mix.

Delivery is determined by your order (custom or not) and the available stock.
The people I buy from say 8-12 weeks and they are right on the money.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 9:10AM
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Thanks for the input about time to receive things. I'd like to know though if anyone HAD to pick one of these brands which one would you choose or does it even matter?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 6:22PM
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Most domestic plants quote 6-8 weeks to produce a piece. If the factory's backlog is low they might be quoting 4 plus shipping. Three months probably means a component or the entire piece is coming in from overseas. Century and Hickory White would be the better options.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 9:22PM
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Even on these brands your getting plywood frames where all the joints are notched together with some glue and staples. These frames flex, dont support 8-way tied coil springs very well and wont hold up to years of heavy use.

Their nothing close to the solid hardwood frames with double doweled joints that are glued and screwed that these manufacturers use to make.

Here is a link that might be useful: Solid hardwood frame sofas

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 9:42PM
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Michael you might also want to look ar Hancock and Moore although it is very costly.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 10:59AM
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Look at Braddington Young. They have been in the top 5. The furniture companies you mentioned are not really known for their leather...Hancock Moore is another one rated in the top 5. Classic Leather is's one of the top 5 as well. Distinctive Leather is suppose to be top rated, also. Everything else falls beneath these...though American leather may be the other one. I had the list last year but have misplaced it.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 2:14PM
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You can also have a look at Vanguard and Key City in the high end range

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 6:33PM
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Holly- Kay

I just got off of Smith Brother's website as that is the furniture I have decided on. Their frames are made of kiln dried hard maple and the legs are built into the frame. I don't know much about furniture construction but that sounds like a good thing in my book. It also says that there is a life time warranty on the foam cores.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 8:55PM
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Debbi Branka

I've had a Smith Bros couch for probably 8 years (or more). It is solid, sturdy and I love it so much, I bought leather recliners from them 4 years ago. The fabric on my Smith Bros couch does not show wear, but does show dirt. Not the manufacturer's fault, of course. I have washed the cushion covers, arm covers and pillows in the washer many times and they come out great, but the fixed fabric doesn't come out so clean with the steam cleaner attachment. Anyway, the cushions are definitely as firm as day 1 and the quality is stellar. Our leather chairs (made a point to get away from fabric that shows dirt) are amazing! They too are solid and comfortable and well made. I'm very sold on Smith Bros!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 10:42AM
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When I was looking for a new sofa and love seat, I considered all of the above mentioned brands, and tried to learn about them. It was a lengthy process. At the end, we decided to buy Smith Brothers sofa and love seat, and we are very happy about our decision. It is made in the USA, of good quality, big selection of fabric.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 1:01PM
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I am in the market for a sofa and it needs to support 2 very heavy people...1 is 200+ and the other is almost 400. I was considering Flexsteel but am wondering if kiln dried hardwood would hold up better? Considering the heavy use the sofa will get, what do you recommend?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 10:27PM
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I just want to chime in to say I bought a Smith Brothers couch 4 months ago after reading several threads here about this company! Thanks to all who posted about Smith Brothers! All made in Berne, Indiana. Solid hardwood frames. coils under cushions, beautiful upholstery work. Cushions are awesome also. Love my new couch. :)

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 12:41PM
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Henredon Furniture build furniture of custom quality. The initial product line consisted of just three chests. New manufacturing techniques are used and you will find that there is a considerable amount of hand work performed on each piece. Therefore go for Henredon.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2013 at 1:06AM
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