Leather Sofa Advice & Survey?

Leather Sofa Advice & Survey?

Aaron Able
Sep 8, 2009

Q: I'm hoping readers can help me finalize my leather sofa decision. After an agonizing search, I've narrowed it down to three choices that meet my limited budget of $1,000 - $1,200, including tax and delivery.

Sent by Mary Jo

If it weren't for my two cats, I would save up for a sofa twice this amount, but here are my choices:

1 Palliser Leah (79 x 38 x 35) $999-$1300, depending on leather choice; free shipping, no tax; online retailer.

2 Palliser Octave (79 x 35 x 35) $999-$1300, depending on leather choice; free shipping, no tax; online retailer.

3 IKEA ARILD (81.5 x 37 x 32) $999, plus tax and delivery.

Does anyone know anything about Palliser quality and comfort? Both sofas have kiln-dried, hard wood frames that are corner blocked, pinned, glued, and stapled. The cushions are fiber-wrapped, high density poly core foam. The leather is top grain and offered in a choice of 90 colors and 7 grades — pigmented, semi, or full aniline.

Also, do readers have experience ordering from any of the following online companies: csnsofas.com, barileather.com, leathershoppes.com, or furnitureoutletwarehouse.com? Since no one in NYC carries either sofa, I would be ordering sight unseen, which makes me very nervous. The prices are hard to beat, though, especially with free shipping and no tax. Can anyone tell me how the ARILD holds up over time? I like that it is top grain leather with down-wrapped cushions at a price point of $999.

So, which sofa would you choose and why? This is my first sofa purchase and your experience and insight would really help me make my decision. Thank you! Mary Jo

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