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Old 11-04-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I am a hobbyist in many things: Golf, shooting, and electronics, and I understand that you get what you pay for. I have even acquired high end products in those areas but those difference are significant for me to justify. However, there are certain things I'm unaware:

When I walk into someone's house, I could care less if it's Ethan Allen, Target, or whatever?

I know the super high end furniture allows a lot of customization, especially materials that are more durable. Construction is solid though I don't believe a lifetime warranty is something that is covered. However, I subsequently went to a "lesser" store (Ashley Furniture) and I saw some degree of customization, also. I don't collect furniture and I'm not into heirloom quality things. I am not into impressing myself or others. Just looking for something that works, looks good, and will not fall apart after a few hears. So my question is why spend $6k on a couch when I can spend half or a third, same materials, as much that feels as comfortable and looks as good?
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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So my question is why spend $6k on a couch when I can spend half or a third...
Probably for the same reasons so many will buy a Mercedes when a Chevy gets the job done.
hth

(As to furniture... buy older and get it reupholstered to suit your taste)
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:15 AM
 
Location: West Roxbury, MA
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For what it's worth, the mark-up on furniture is obscene.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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So my question is why spend $6k on a couch when I can spend half or a third, same materials, as much that feels as comfortable and looks as good?

I sincerely doubt they have the exact same materials... 6 way hand-tied springs, quartersawn oak, etc.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Most of your Ashley furniture has very little if any solid wood. Depending on use it will break down fairly fast.

Otherwise I think you have to define high end. You can get a decent quality brand name sofa for 2500 to 3000, i.e. a
"normal" size 90 inch more or less straight 2-3 cushion couch. If you want big oversize with a lounging end and wrap around no. A LOT will depend on the fabric or grade of leather you choose.

For me, I hate shopping and find it hard to find exactly what I like. Once I do - I want it to last. I do not want to be out there endlessly looking and shopping again.
If your the kind of person who gets sick of styles, fabric, fast. Is very messy or has kids who eat and spill all over the couch and you don't want to be cleaning it (cheap fabrics don't clean well anyway) by all means by a 900.00 disposable piece of crap and keep adding to the production pollution and garbage in the ocean and landfills when you throw it out.

It gets harder and harder to find furniture entirely made in the US but there are several mid price range sofa lines
Smith and Bern? Smith Brothers - made in Indiana
A couple in Texas but the name escapes me
Flexsteel - some made mostly here some not, quality has gone down
Stickley - a little more expensive

I bought a mid size 3 cushion Pennsylvania House in the early 90s'. Just got it reupholstered/refilled/tied etc. for about 1800.00. Sure I could have bought a fairly nice new couch for that. But I like the size of this couch, the depth, etc. and I couldnt find one the same dimensions. Plus I got a nicer quality fabric. It doesn't sit exactly like new, I don't think the upholster could get the same quality inner springs as back then, but pretty close.
Less in landfills, less manufacturing Chinese pollution, employed a local small businessman - who is very busy I might add because in the age of disposable furniture not many do his any more. He does a lot of restaurant and boat work too.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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My family was in the upholstery business and when I was ready to go out on my own I was advised to purchased furniture (especially sofas) that were of good construction. Meaning that the frame construction is very important. I was told that when I went to a store to look at sofas, to stand at one end and if I could lift the sofa with just a few fingers it was of poor/cheap construction and materials and wouldn't last long.

Now, if one is purchasing a sofa bed, or a sofa with recliners on each end, then it will be very heavy, and that is no indication that the frame is of good quality.

Material is very important as well; some are of such poor quality that the material will easily tear or pull apart, and the craftsmanship of the upholsterer is of important since they could use low quality thread and the sewing itself could be haphazard.

I've come across sofas where the frame was cheap balsa wood type material and wouldn't last very long.

Reupholstering a sofa, or chair, is more cost effective that purchasing new furniture; however, again, if the frame is of poor construction it's probably better to put out more money for a higher quality product.
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