Does anyone old Old Hickory Tannery sofa or chair?

chickieDAugust 22, 2013

I'm a new member but I read here all the time. I hope you can help me. I am getting ready to purchase several pieces of furniture, the most important of which is a sofa or sectional.

I'm in my 40s and I want something nice because I hate buying cheap stuff and then having it not function. I have 3 cats (2 getting older with the occasional bladder and kidney problems) and my family is outsdoorsy and not at all the type to do a lot of fancy entertaining. We have a very small home and live in every room, so this couch is not a show piece but one I am interested in using every day.

Everything I read about sofas says to look for 8 way hand tied and hardwoods, and what I can find about Old Hickory Tannery is that it is considered very good quality. I have seen some reasonable prices on Neiman Marcus (Horchow), but cannot find any discussion anywhere on the Internet where someone actually owns one of these sofas. To me the price is pretty similar to some lesser qualify furniture, and the look is really different; however, I'd like to hear someone's actual experience with this brand.

My other option is Bassett. I own some of their pieces and have been pleased with them for the price. They can customize a sofa for me so another option is to use them for inspiration. The advantage to using them is that they have a designer that can work with me to help me figure out what will work in tiny space and who knows the selection of fabrics.

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rmanbike

Basset is low end compared to Old Hickory Tannery! A quality solid hardwood frame that is doweled and screwed joints is much more important than 8-way hand tied springs. If a cheap option is what your looking for then go with Basset.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 8:49PM
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chickieD

I know the qualify is better, but I haven't been able to find anyone who actually owns one of their pieces and has written about it. A lot of them look like they are more formal than our lifestyle, and I need to know if these are more for the designer crowd or if they are really liveable pieces.

Even though Bassett doesn't have the same reputation, I'm just not sure if the Old Hickory sofa will suit my lifestyle. I'd rather have a good comfy piece that my family can lounge on and if my cats pee on something I can get easily get a replacement cushion than than a fancy sofa that has a name but maybe isn't as comfortable and doesn't come with the same service relationship with the store.

On the other hand - I really hate buying junk and if for the same price I can get something really cool and fantastic and different - and someone can tell me it really is a usable everyday piece - then I'm all in on the Old Hickory!

p.s. Sorry about the typo in the first post. I tried to edit it but I can't edit the title.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:31PM
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chickieD

Here's one that looks comfortable and really interesting, but - black cat friendly??

Here is a link that might be useful: Sofa Option

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:44PM
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chickieD

And another link to another one that would fit my space - a little different but seems like it could be a great couch to cuddle on.

Here is a link that might be useful: Another Old Hickory Sofa

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:50PM
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freethinker99

Old HickoryTannery produces an excellent product, but it is very costly. They do use solid hardwood frames and an old fashioned 8 way hand tied spring.

They produced for Restoration Hardware prior to 2011 and before RH went overseas. In fact OHT built a new 180,000 square foot factory just to supply RH however when the factory was completed RH pulled out and it almost put Old Hickory OOB. However both companies were able to get through this

I would recommend this product if it is in your budget.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 12:21PM
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chickieD

Thanks Freethinker.

I'll try another way to phrase my question to see if I can get some new information:

I have a tiny home. In my downstairs I have a dining room and kitchen and a living room. My living room is the only place I have to entertain and it is the only place that my family has to relax and watch t.v.

We don't have a room where we can put really pretty furniture that we only use when company comes; we only have a room where we eat, nap, relax AND entertain company very rarely.

So, is this a good kind of couch for that - is this a sofa you would put in your den?

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 2:18PM
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rmanbike

A straight sofa will be more comfortable and will take up less room.
Quote " have a tiny home. In my downstairs I have a dining room and kitchen and a living room"
Sounds like you may have some problems getting a sofa into your living room, so I recommend this link I have added so this will not be a problem.

Here is a link that might be useful: Quality sofas

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 10:39AM
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chickieD

I'm not all that concerned about getting the sofa in, although any doorway would need to be measured to make sure. Even the largest sofa I can buy is still going to be relatively small. Because of the layout of my living room/den, there is only one wall where it makes sense to have a sofa. A closet door opens into that area, so the maximum length of a sofa is about 90".

The living room is accessible through a small entryway with standard size doors at the home entrance and the room entrance, so things should fit fine. I've moved a ton and seen some much larger sofas go through similar sized doors and halls.

Most sectionals come in sections that are joined together with some kind of fastener after being moved so I'm not all that worried about getting a sectional in. The wall where a chaise or arm would be has a window on it. Anything I would buy for that space has a limit on how tall it would be because of the low window, and the maximum length would be about 90" (including the overlap with the first side), to leave room for media storage furniture on the wall with the tv.

I like the idea of a sectional as I have nowhere to entertain people currently. It would be a comfortable way to sit and talk with a friend. When people come over we either sit outside or at my dining room table with seats that are just regular dining room seats - good for eating but not for relaxing.

The other option is two love seats or a love seat plus a chair with a table at the corner, which I like a lot for the scale of the room, except that when we watch tv my husband, daughter and I need to all face forward. If we do love seats or love seat + chair, we can't all sit together facing forward. This is the more likely way for us to use the room as we do so little entertaining. We are all crowded on our current futon so we do not all watch tv together very often - my daughter will go upstairs and get on her computer if my husband and I are watching a show. A sectional solves the problem by letting the person on the end stretch out comfortably. A deep sofa would also serve this purpose, but then I don't have a place to sit and talk with a visitor where I can look at them, though we could sit on ends of the sofa.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 2:26AM
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rmanbike

IMHO, sectionals are not nearly as comfortable as a standard sofa and chair. Because where they butt up, that side of the seat under the cushion is 2 harder edges coming together, so the person sitting their will always lean over into the sofa. Who gets to stretch out who doesnt? Sectional seating arrangements are not nearly as flexible as a sofa/loveseat/chairs. Replacing a sectional means replacing a whole group of seating, verses individual pieces. Professional interior designers loathe sectionals for so many other reasons not mentioned above.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 10:02PM
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beverlyfla

If someone on this forum tells you that OHT is a great sofa because they have one, that doesn't mean that you will be pleased with it. Buying a piece of furniture, as costly as a sofa, requires sitting in it and seeing if it's a good fit for you. Comparing Basset and Old Tannery sofas is like comparing a Chevy and a Cadillac. Both companies will provide a sofa, both might be comfortable, but there are details that are different. There is certainly a plus to working with a designer that will offer you viable options that will fit your particular situation.

If your family is outdoorsy, and you 'live' in your living room, and you have cats that may have a bladder problems now or in the future, & you don't want to seriously consider a park bench or This End Up Furniture Co. for seating, you might want to consider a sofa solution involving slipcovers or one covered in vinyl upholstery, because manufacturers are not set up to to supply you with replacement fabric covers or leather covers that will match your original sofa. Different dye lots on the fabric/leather, will result in different color on the cushions. And there's no way to get cat pee out of foam cushions.

I'm not kidding about ThisEndUp. I just noticed they are offering replacement "Cushions in a Flash". I don't know of any other company that offers this service, but I know that as a designer, we used to use this furniture when we designed dorms at colleges and this furniture is comfortable and can take a beating.

Here is a link that might be useful: This End Up Furniture Co.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 6:37PM
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rmanbike

Quote by beverly27 "because manufacturers are not set up to to supply you with replacement fabric covers or leather covers that will match your original sofa. Different dye lots on the fabric/leather, will result in different color on the cushions."
Sorry not always true beverly27:
As this manufacture has available replacement parts on any part of any sofa and they will guarantee that your will be happy with any replacement part or 100% or your money back.

Here is a link that might be useful: 100% Satisfaction guarantee

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 10:20PM
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beverlyfla

Manbike, you are correct.

So we have 2 manufacturers of sofas that can do this that you and I can name. But not the manufacturers that chickieD was originally interested in.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 8:15PM
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