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Old 02-13-2011, 11:18 AM
 
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Need to buy furniture, and I would like to know who makes quality furniture. I am trying to balance quality with cost. I am looking for a dining room table and chairs for now, and then sofa sets, bedroom furniture, etc. I live in central NJ, if that makes a difference... I also like simple, clean lines for the most part...

I bought a diningroom table recently, and in less than three months the veneer is coming off. Made in China... After calling the furniture store many times with no results, I called my credicard company, and they reversed the charges. This table will have to go... A few years back I bought a coffee table from Macy's and a year later the finish was peeling off... Macy's said that I am just out of their 1 year warranty... One year warranty for furniture??!! That's crazy. Any way, I am not looking for something to last me a lifetime, but 10 years would be nice.

Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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Lane is good.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Not sure what your price range is, but we've had very good luck with Room and Board- lots of solid wood pieces still made in America. Not the cheapest prices, but far better quality than what you usually get in that price band (Ethan Allen, Thomasville, etc.).

Modern Furniture - Room & Board

Tood bad you just missed the peak of their annual clearance sale.
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:07 PM
 
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Not sure what your price range is, but we've had very good luck with Room and Board- lots of solid wood pieces still made in America. Not the cheapest prices, but far better quality than what you usually get in that price band (Ethan Allen, Thomasville, etc.).

Modern Furniture - Room & Board

Tood bad you just missed the peak of their annual clearance sale.
Thanks! This is a new one for me, so I went to take a look at their web page. I didn't finish reading all five reviewed for this dining room table, but two out of three are complaining that the table scratches very easily... After only 3 months. I don't know... I am hoping to do better than that... Thank you though!
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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You might want to check out furniture that is made in North Carolina if you want to avoid the made in China junk. Also find out what stores in your area carry things made by NC manufacturers. Nice to buy made in USA
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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I would suggest going to Pier 1 Imports, they have good quality furniture and its not that pricey, but then again it depends on your budget. Also Home Sense has nice furniture I'm not sure if they have that in the U.S but I know they have it in Canada. They usually have unique pieces that you can't find anywhere else. Ikea has some nice furniture too but if using Ikea make sure to mix high/low end pieces to keep your home looking "cheap". Good luck!

-Suzy Q from betterdecoratingbible.com
I really like Pier 1 Imports. Have you used their stuff for a while and determined that it lasts? Or is it just by looking at it and inspecting it? I would be curious to get your perspective first hand if you had experience with their furniture.

Ikea... It looks excellent in their catalog, not so good once I get to the store... Just my two cents.

Thank you!
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:43 AM
 
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My rule of thumb is if something is being used- slept on, sat on, dined on, served on - it needs to be of higher quality than a piece that is an accent.

Case in point, bought a media cabinet from Pier 1. LOVE it. I got form and function for about $500. Not the best quality piece of furniture I ever bought but it didn't need to be.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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Bernhardt is good (N. Carolina)

Sherrill is good.

Henredon is good

Baker is good.

I'm sure there are a lot more, but these are just some of the ones I have experience with and can think of off the top of my mind. I'm missing one that has a great reputation for dining chairs and armoires, but I just can't put my finger on it.

Bernhardt - I have a lot of case goods from (server, china cabinet, dining room table and chairs). Sherril I have a number of upholstered pieces (love seat, club chairs, sofa).

The only issue I have had with the Bernhardt pieces (2 moves, and 5 years) is scratching from my cats back claws. That is *NOT* the fault of the furniture, but my idiocy for having cats and wood furniture!

I think Sherrill's upholstered pieces are some of the most comfortable - everytime I sit in a chair in a showroom and fall in love with the comfort - I check the tag and it is Sherril or one of their subsidiaries (Bauhaus is one).

Good Luck - hope you find some things you like.

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I don't know if ALL of West Elm's furniture is Made in the USA, but my couches were made in Mississippi and I'm very happy with them.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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Our couches in our living room are from CR Laine and our tv room couch is from Drexel Heritage. Both are very good quality and are holding up nicely after 7 years. The coffee/end tables we have are from Ashley Furniture. They are actually not all that great of a quality but they look nice. We have also had them for 7 years and have had no issues at all with pealing, scratching, etc. I have a coffee table, 2 end tables and a cabinet thing. I spent $175 on the cabinet thing, $150 on the coffee table and $100 on the end tables. I got them because I couldn't find anything else I liked and figured if I found something else in a couple years, oh well, they were cheep but they are holding up just fine.
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