Buying leather furniture can be one of the most daunting processes a homeowner can be faced with. The furniture market is uber-competitive and manufacturers take shortcuts to make inferior leathers seem better than they actually are. When buying a new leather couch not only do you need to worry about the quality of the leather but the actual quality in craftsmanship.
We've spent countless hours researching leather furniture manufacturers and spoken to hundreds of furniture dealers to get their input into the best leather sofa brands. This guide should help provide everything you need to know in making an informed decision when buying your new leather sofa.
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Just some notes on our review detail.
Quality covers our evaluation of the materials and craftsmanship that go into the furniture.
Reviews covers what our research has unearthed regarding customer satisfaction, reviews and the company's overall response to warranty issues.
Value covers what we believe to be the relative rating of the company's cost relative to their quality in comparison to the entire furniture industry.
Hancock & Moore
Hancock & Moore was launched in 1981, when craftsman Jimmy Moore decided to start his own furniture company. The company was acquired in 2015 by Rock House Farm, which is a premier operator of various high quality furniture brands. Despite some managerial changes, their leather furniture remains at the top of the class and is one of the best combinations of quality and value in the marketplace.
Hancock & Moore prides itself on quality and to this day, up to 80 hours are spent handcrafting a piece of Hancock & Moore furniture in its North Carolina facility. The company has strict sourcing requirements for its leather and will travel around the world to hand select the best materials.
Consumers are very happy with Hancock & Moore as a whole. Most point to the high quality in materials and the overall sturdiness of the leather furniture from Hancock and Moore. While there are obviously some that have had bad experiences, most of that has been due to user error. H&M has typically been great in dealing with upset customers.
While Hancock and Moore's furniture is near the higher end of the pricing range, we would argue that the quality of their leather furniture makes the price point an actual value, given that many of their leather sofas have been known to last for over thirty years.
Bradington Young is another North Carolina based furniture manufacturer. Founded three years prior to Hancock & Moore, the company was focused from the start at building furniture at a high quality with a lower price. The company since 2002 has been a part of Hooker Furniture, a publicly traded furniture company.
Overall, Bradington Young offers fantastic leather quality, and even sources the same types of leather as Hancock and Moore. They are considered to of slightly less quality vs Hancock and Moore however, based on the time and wood materials (mostly plywoods instead of hardwood) used for building the furniture.
Like any furniture company, there are some negative reviews out there, but from most of my research, consumers have been generally happy with Bradington Young. They offer fairly standard warranties on the variety of leather furniture they sell and tend to respond quickly to consumer issues.
On average, Bradington Young leather sofas tend to sell at a 15-20% discount versus Hancock & Moore, making their leather sofas a fantastic value for consumers looking to save a little bit of money, yet at a slightly lower quality.
Leathercraft is another North Carolina manufacturer that has been around for over 50 years. They are considered to be one of the top tier premium leather brands, in a similar realm as Hancock & Moore. Some complaints about quality control ding Leathercraft in the Quality score but overall a great option or leather sofas.
Leathercraft is one of the best USA made leather furniture companies, yet some complaints about quality control, leave us with a 4 rating on Leathercraft from a quality perspective. Still, they are well regarded as having some of the best craftsmanship in the industry and use high quality leathers and wood materials.
As noted, there have been some complaints on quality control and for the higher tier leather sofa companies, Hancock and Moore seemingly has been more willing to bend the straw in regards to warranties. Still, ask anyone with a Leathercraft sofa and most are quite happy.
Leathercraft sofas are at the top of the price range in the industry and for good reason--the company is committed to using the best leathers and takes time to craft some of the best leather furniture on the market.
Century Furniture is another Rock House Farm brand (as is Hancock & Moore) and was founded in 1947, making it one of the oldest USA based furniture manufacturers. Century is well known throughout the industry for its high quality construction, although its premium price points may be out of range for some consumers.
Century Furniture is one of the most well respected furniture brands in the US. They pride themselves on quality and use only the finest top grain leathers. They are also very focused on sustainability measures, using recycled materials when possible. Note there are different levels of price points, but for the most part, all of their leather sofas are excellent quality.
From all I've researched, consumer are generally happy with Century and there are very limited negative reviews. Century seems to be utilized by many interior designers who say some very nice things about the quality. Here's one example: "I haave Century furniture in my home and I have placed it in the homes of several of my clients. It's beautiful and classic. Their custom sofas are the BEST!"
Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive, Century is considered a middle to upper tier furniture manufacturer. Some of their mid range leather sofas can be more affordable and since much of what they sell is custom made, the prices are all going to depend on the grades of leather used for the sofas.
Classic Leather is another NC manufacturer, and was one of the pioneers of leather manufacturing in the USA starting its operations back in 1966. Classic has a solid reputation and while it sacrifices some in quality, it's prices are more affordable and more suitable for consumers on a budget.
Classic Leather does cut some corners in terms of the materials used for construction of the frames of their sofas. Notably they are using 'hardwood laminates' which is another fancy word for plywood. The best material and the longest lasting for sofa frames is a true hardwood frame, which however will ultimately cost you more when purchasing the sofa.
Classic Leather has a solid reputation in the industry as more of a mid tier brand, which ends up being more affordable for consumers. They offer a 10-year warranty on any frame defects which is a good warranty. In addition, based on our research, customers don't have many complaints. In fact, Classic Leather might want to build a Google Reviews page.
Classic Leather sofas are on the more affordable end of the value spectrum. Also, considering that they are using top grain leathers, we would consider Classic Leather to a be a great option for budget-minded- consumers. Classic Leather makes a solid sofa and isn't going to completely bust your bank account.
Stickley is one of the oldest furniture manufacturers in the US, it's founder Gustav Stickley was one of the pioneers of the craftsman styles and the company has forever prided itself on the finest quality. This quality comes with a price as Stickley's furniture tends to be at the upper end of the spectrum as far as pricing is concerned.
Stickley makes all kinds of furniture, but it's leather sofas are well known in the industry as being top tier quality. Their frames are made from all hardwoods. You can see the intricate details of their woodwork on this page.
Based on our evaluation of the public reviews for Stickley, it appears that consumers are mostly happy. Facebook shows a rating of 4.1 Stars (out of 5). Note that they also have a retail store under the umbrella Stickley & Audi, which sells Stickley and other furniture brands. There are some complaints about warranty issues which keeps our rating down.
Stickley leather sofas are near the upper end of the price range. Remember, that you pay up for the quality, and for those with a bigger budget, Stuckley sofas are an excellent choice. Check one of their local furniture retailers and you might be able to find a discontinued item or floor model on sale.