1.) How would you describe these styles of sofas? contemporary? traditional?
2.) Do you think they will work well in a Mediterranean style home?
3.) We are still trying to decide if leather is right for us. We like that it will be durable, though we are concerned that it will get cold in the winter and we will stick to it in the summer. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
The first sofa is traditional, the second modern. My advice to you would be to look at other brands. RH tends to be very expensive and you can find similar quality furniture elsewhere. I think the first example would work better in a Mediterranean style home but that's just my opinion.
If you are willing to spend that amount on a leather sofa, you can find much better quality and many styles in Hancock & Moore and others.
I have an H&M sofa and I don't find it hot in the summer or cold in the winter. Mine is one if their their 'protected leathers', and my three dogs are on it often and have NOT been able to scratch it - it amazed me when I first saw one jump on and off it.
Here is a link to rating of leather furniture manufacturers.
I agree with BDMt3. We had Bradington-Young chairs and loved them! (but no pets, just kids)
I agree that they are overpriced. However, the difficulty I've been having is finding a sofa that is comfortable and deep. How do you buy a sofa from one of these online places without being able to see them or try them out? Is anyone aware of similar styles that are also deep anywhere else?
Thanks for the replies.
You certainly want to sit in furniture before you buy it if at all possible. Find out which stores in your area sell leather and contact them to inquire about what lines they carry.
Look at the manufacturers reviews before you buy. I think you will find Restoration Hardware is not at the top of the heap.
A warning: Never buy a sofa until you are CERTAIN it is not only exactly what you want comfort-wise but also that it will properly fit in your spot before purchasing it.
I have been burned twice -- first by buying online, and it was the most uncomfortable sleep sofa ever.
When we got rid of that one we purchased one by sitting in it and finding it comfortable at Raymour & Flanigan, only to find that when it was delivered to our apartment it was huge and took over the entire living room. I sobbed and they took it back with no problem.
We finally ended up at Room & Board (mostly modern) and found our butterscotch leather sofa which was just perfect in every way.
In my case, I don't happen to prefer deep. I also prefer a tight back. (I'm too old to have someone pull my arms to help me up). LOL
My sister just bought this:
It is a smaller scale sofa, but comfortable. $3500.00
For Hancock and Moore and Bradington Young, there are sites which will tell you all of their store locations. Why not look on their websites (and others) to find a style and size you are interested in, and then call a local store to see if they have that style or similar that you can sit on?
Bradington Young - http://www.furnishingretailers...spx?mfgid=1082560465
H&M - http://www.hancockandmoore.com/where_to_buy.asp
Thanks everyone for the info!
I spent some time last night googling "RH reviews" and there are lots of pages out there with people complaining about how bad their customer service and furniture quality is.
BDMt3, I do not even see them on the ratings link you posted? Are the manufacturers ranked high on this list generally considered by everyone to be the best to go with? I was just not clear on who it even is who made this list.
I found my couch manufacturer on that list, Natuzzi...it was in the middle to lower in score but my couch and chair have lasted a good ten years so far...I will replace them before they wear out. I definately will get leather again.
Restoration Hardware doesn't make the furniture they sell, so they are not on the list. I know some of their furniture used to be (maybe still is) made by Mitchell Gold. I found this online about Restoration Hardware furniture, and have read other posts about most of their furniture being made in Asia now.
Here are 25 questions and answers on where Restoration Hardware furniture is made.
If you Google 'Who Makes Restoration Hardware furniture, you'll get lots of hits.
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