In all our years together as a cohabiting couple, Mr. Blandings and I have only owned one new sofa. It was a cheap “leather” sofa that we didn’t exactly love but it was in our price range and we were in a rush to furnish an apartment. Within two years of owning it, the leather on the cheap imported sofa started to crack and split. If you know anything about it leather, you know that it’s not supposed to crack. That our leather sofa turned out to be “leatherette” shouldn’t have surprised us. At just over $500 new, of course it wasn’t made with real leather. In addition to shoddy materials, it was also one of the most uncomfortable sofas to ever grace my behind. We sold that cheap, cracking sofa on Craigslist a few years ago and, with limited space in our tiny apartment, we’ve been living without one ever since…
Now that it’s time to furnish the dream house, we’re looking at sofas again. While we plan to furnish the house almost exclusively with vintage and secondhand furniture, we want to invest in a brand new sofa. But even though we won’t be buying vintage, we still want to honor our goal of keeping the dream house furnishings as local and organic as possible. If we’re going to splurge on a new sofa, we want it to be made in the United States.
It may surprise you to learn how many furniture companies still have factories in the US. From major brands you’re sure to recognize to smaller companies you may not know, here’s a list of American-made sofas:
BUDGET (UNDER $1,000)
- La-Z-Boy – They’re more than just recliners, you know. La-Z-Boy makes a range of affordable sofas in their factory in Dayton, Tennessee.
- Flexsteel – Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Flexsteel offers a wide range of styles and price points.
- Club Furniture – This is a great resource for nicely styled sofas that are made in the US but can still be picked up for less that $1,000.
- CoolSofa.com – Very budget priced sofas that are made in California.
- Pottery Barn – A great place for casual sofas, many of which are made in the USA.
- Thrive Home Furnishings – Fans of mid-century styling will love these Los Angeles-made sofas.
- Crate & Barrel – Crate has a pretty diverse range of sofa styles made in the States.
- Rowe Furniture – In addition to being American made, Rowe also has an eco-friendly line of sofas.
- Decades – Owned by the very handsome couple, Roger (of “Sell This House” fame) and Chris Hazard, Decades’ sofas are custom built in North Carolina. I’m particularly in love with the Johhny.
- Carolina Chair – As their name suggests, this company’s casually-styled sofas are made in North Carolina.
- Arhaus – Another North Carolina manufacturer, with a range of sofa styles and sizes.
- Stephen Daniel Editions – Pretty affordable and made in the State since 1966.
- West Elm – Some of West Elm’s sofas, like the Lorimer, are made in the United States.
- Simplicity Sofas – Based in North Carolina, this company specializes in sofas for smaller spaces.
HIGH END ($2,000+)
- Lee Industries – Sofas from Lee Industries are not just made in America, they consist of 90% US-sourced components.
- Brandington Young – A division of Hooker Furniture, with conservative styling.
- Baker Furniture – From casual to luxury, Baker’s sofas are handcrafted by furniture craftsmen.
- Modernica – Another great source for mid-century inspired sofas, made in California.
- Mitchell Gold Bob Williams – Diverse selection of American-made sofas that fans of The Good Wife might recognize. MGBW provides much of the set dressing for the hit show.
- Jeffco – If French Provincial and Victorian are words that get you excited, you’ll love Jeffco’s sofas.
- Century Furniture – Based in Hickory, North Carolina, Century works with several well known designers, including Bunny Williams and Oscar de la Renta.
- Harden Furniture – A fifth-generation company, Harden’s sofas are made in New York.
- Norwalk Furniture – Custom crafted furniture that’s made in Ohio.
- American Leather – Their name might suggest otherwise, but American leather also stocks upholstered sofas.
*UPDATE: As Jeff has pointed out in the comments below, Simplicity Sofas have been moved from the budget category to mid-range.
Image: This American House