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Old 09-09-2009, 07:04 AM
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We are finally refurnishing our family room. Looking for leather couches or sectionals. Just stsrting the process...

Considering Ashley, England, Bassett,Hickory, whatever Raymor and Flanagan sell, Lane and anything you guys recommend. Are there still domestic manufaturers in the Carolinas? I would pay extra for an all USA (or Canadian) product. The last Bassett thing we got was made in China - suprised to find out a year later - I ASSumed it was all U.S.
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The last Bassett thing we got was made in China - suprised to find out a year later - I ASSumed it was all U.S.
Same problem here.

$4,000 brkfst table that's already falling apart in less than a year.
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80-90% of furniture sold in the main-line stores is made in China. Some of it is Poland, etc.

Very little is still US made.

With that being said -- there is SOME China made stuff that is decent. But you need to be educated. Lots of "nice looking" veneered junk out there that is VERY expensive.
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Used - maybe. Most of the newer Ethan lines are junk. Much made in China.
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Really, the only way to be certain that your stuff has been made in the USA is to buy it directly from the factory. Go to N.C. where they actually make the stuff right there where you can see it being made and buy direct. Good prices, not great because it's not junk.
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We've been happy with anything we have purchased made by Hancock and Moore

http://www.hancockandmoore.com/
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
Used - maybe. Most of the newer Ethan lines are junk. Much made in China.
They just closed there plant here in vermont I bought before that was good stuff another fine funiture bits the dust to china!
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I used to work in furniture and you've got to be careful, many companies will use plasic frames under the fabric. Plastic is not good, nails/staples don't hold well in plastic.

If the place you are looking has a scratch and dent dept. get back there and bring a pair of pliers with you. When you get a minute of alone time pull part of the backing off a unit that seems like what your looking to buy. Make sure it's wood. What quality wood is up to you.
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Everyone has unique taste in style so it's hard to recommend anyone. If price is not relative try Thomas Moser. They have unique styles and incredible quality. I don't own any, but I have touched it.
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Might want to consider some of the Scandanavian wood furniture offerings...all made by them....www.scandanavianfurniture.com
they're in New Jersey.
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Henredon furniture, look to magazines like Dwell, Architectural Digest for good furniture.
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I know this may sound crazy but if you are member, check Costco.com, some of the heaviest, best made furniture in our house from there. Don't have any clue where it's made but all excellent quality, solid wood, dovetailed drawers, etc... We only purchased our kids' furniture there so I can't speak directly to the quality of the adult stuff but guess it's probably similar.

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I have been involved in the furniture industry for 30+ years. Without going into specific brands, here is a short take on what to look for when shopping for furniture.

Soft goods (sofas, chairs, recliners, etc.) - still alot of this category manufactured in the US but you have to ask to be sure. A lot of the leather is coming from China now and some of the cloth upholstered pieces as well. Look for hardwood frames. Coil springs (whether 8-way tied or not) are considered better. Get a quality fabric (will cost more but last much longer).If it has screw on legs make sure that they are always tight. You will have to ask about the construction as you cannot see how it was made.

Hard goods (wood furniture) - not much produced in the US anymore. Most of the old big name companies are now more distributors than manufacturers when it comes to wood furniture. Domestically produced wood furniture is going to carry a large premium when it comes to pricing. One of the most misleading terms for the retail shopper is the use of the term "all wood". Most people take this to mean solid wood but it does not. If you want solid wood you must ask for solid wood although there is nothing wrong with veneers using the latest gluing techniques. If done correctly it is possible to have fewer problems with a veneered piece of furniture than a solid wood piece (no warping, season splits, etc.) Look to see if the glue joints are tight, check for bubbles in the veneers, do the doors operate properly, and check for the quality of the finish on the piece.

Furniture is an item that spending a little more can get you a lot more quality most of the time.

The most important part of buying furniture (or anything else) is to buy from a dealer that has a reputation for taking care of their customers.
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Are ALL the manufactures in NC gone?
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I bought a lot of my stuff at high end consignment shops and most of it came out of the 60's. It was high to middle end (Stanley for one)) that has held up for 40 years and the other bedroom ( can't remember the brand, but it was built in N.C.) has the same era Bombay style that is timeless. Payed 1/2 the price of the new junk and I''ll guarantee this stuff could be handed down to my kids.
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This is not what some of you may think it is or it appears to be. I've been reading this forum for quite some time. And I've picked up and learned quite a bit of useful information on here already. I happen to live in the vicinity of Amish country and have seen and own some of their work. I thought some of you may like to look at some of their craftsmanship, and at least so far none of the big furniture manufactures have figured out how to outsource the Amish community. Though the styles aren't for everyone, some of it is quite pleasant to my eye. Take a look here and see if it's anything you could live with and it's American Made.
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I see you are in CT, if you are looking for leather you should check out Bobs...before you laugh, I bought a leather set there about 10 yrs ago and it held up great. We sit on the main couch every day and it shows no wear. It was made in Italy, the leather is super soft.
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We have been really happy with Stressless furniture made by Ekornes. We have two recliners and a sofa. They are somewhat modern looking versus traditional, but seem to be pretty well constructed, and are really comfortable. Have had them for about 5 years now and all pieces are holding up very well.
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