Posted on January 28 2020
WHERE TO BUY AMERICAN MADE LEATHER FURNITURE | GAME CHANGING REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO BUY AMERICAN MADE FURNITURE
This post is all about the value of American made leather furniture.
Nothing completes a room like a piece of authentic leather furniture. From a living room with a cozy leather sectional, to a man cave featuring a power leather recliner, to an office displaying a pristine leather Chesterfield sofa, a piece of top-quality leather furniture brings it all together.
Many of the finest leather furniture pieces in the world are American made.
Leather furniture manufactured in the United States is so coveted, whether it be a sofa, chair, loveseat, or any other piece of furniture, because of its quality. From the materials to the craftsmanship, authentic American made leather furniture is constructed with the finest resources and is built to last.
Everything used to create the frame, cushions, and fabric in a piece of American made leather furniture is traditionally of superior quality. Additionally, many of the most skilled leather furniture craftsmen are born and raised in the United States. North Carolina in particular has long been a hub for furniture manufacturing.
Let's look at the 5 main features that make up furniture that help distinguish its quality.
When furniture shopping it's always a good idea to ask about the sofa frame construction- what it’s made out of.
Solid hardwood is usually made out of kiln- dried Oak, Beach, or ash. Hardwood is stick built and is a solid piece of wood and is therefore the strongest and will last for years upon years if well taken care of.
You might hear some manufacturers say their furniture is made with hardwood and that sounds good to most consumers. Its those who are aware of the difference between hardwood and SOLID hardwood that makes or breaks a deal.
So what’s the difference?
The term "All Hardwood” simply means it contains different types of wood pressed together. Something we are familiar with is plywood or particle board. This is a less expensive way to manufacture frames for furniture and also less expensive for the consumer, but over time these will begin to warp and wobble, becoming uncomfortable and unstable and ultimately, it doesn't last nearly as long. An analogy to help you compare and understand is, would you rather have a home built out of plywood or solid hardwood?
Sofa Frame Construction
As leather furniture specialists, we always recommend solid hardwood to my clients.
- The suspension is the second most important feature to piece of furniture. I always ask or try to find information about this component when i'm doing my research in designing. I am always on the lookout for true 8 way hand tied suspensions over all the rest for stationary sofas.
- Lоng соnѕidеrеd thе gоld ѕtаndаrd of ѕоfа suspension, eight-wау hаnd tied iѕ thе most lаbоr-intеnѕivе аnd best option. It’s the mark оf a high ԛuаlitу рiесе оf furniture. The springs аrе ѕuрроrtеd bу steel wеbbing on the bottom оf thе sofa and the tор оf thе ѕрringѕ are ѕесurеd bу twine.
- That’s where the nаmе comes in—thе twinе iѕ tied by hand аt еight different spots for each ѕрring and then аttасhеd to thе frame. This wеb of twinе keeps the ѕрringѕ frоm shifting, providing уеаrѕ оf unwаvеring support. The ѕоft twine аlѕо ensures thаt thе ѕuѕреnѕiоn won’t ѕtаrt to squeak with use (something thаt саn hарреn in all-metal ѕuѕреnѕiоnѕ).
- An еаѕу way to tell if a рiесе of furniture has true eight-way hаnd tiеd ѕuѕреnѕiоn iѕ to рiсk uр thе сuѕhiоn аnd рuѕh on the ѕеаt dесk – уоu ѕhоuld bе аblе tо fееl thе individual ѕрringѕ thrоugh the fabric.
True 8 Way Hand Tied Suspension
- Sinuous wire suspension is standard for reclining furniture because it’s the only type of suspension design that will actually function properly with the reclining mechanism.
sinuous wire suspension
- Pirelli webbing is one that I absolutely avoid for living room furniture. It is composed of a nylon rubber material and is constructed by interlocking in a crisscross pattern and is definitely not recommend for sofas. Over time it will warp causing you to sink in to the sofa instead of the feeling of sitting on top of the sofa.
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- Spring down cushions – If you’re like me, it’s never enough for my furniture to look nice; it has to feel nice, too. For maximum comfort, I find spring down cushions, one of the plushest, softest seat cushions on the market.
- cushions made of high-quality blown fiber foam, coil springs, and a blend down topper are made for their longevity, stability, and comfort.
- Zipper access is very important when I’m looking for living room sofas chairs. Eventually you may find it necessary to replace your leather furniture cushions. By adding a zipper to each of our seats and back cushions, you can now conveniently replace the cushion with a warranty or small out of pocket fee without having to pay an upholsterer or buy an entire new sofa or chair.
We are creatures of habit as we sit in our furniture, usually it will be in the same spot every time. After a while, the pillows get worn in and flattened and need to be fluffed or even refilled. You want to find manufactures and retailers that build the furniture with removable seat cushions with zipper access to the pillows so they can be refilled. This also allows for the consumer to rotate the cushions for even wear, similar to how you rotate your tires on your car. Many manufactures will sew their cushions and back pillows to the frame, when they are sewn on to the frame, you don’t have the option re-stuff or rotate the cushions and eventually you end up giving it away or just throwing it out which is money wasted.
Leather Or Fabric
Deciding between leather and fabric can be tricky. However, lifestyle can play an important role on the decision making. As a designer, I love mixing leather with fabric accents but it's not always best for every client.
Choosing leather and or fabric quality is very important. Both leather and fabrics go by a grading scale. Each manufacture will have their own grading system. Ask your designer or retailer for their recommendations on what will best suit you and your family based off your lifestyle.