Upholstered furniture is anything that has cushions or padding and is covered in fabric (think sofas, chairs, ottomans, beds, that sort of thing). And there are still a fair number of manufacturers who make these kinds of items here in America. For this list, we didn’t include the larger retail stores that manufacture in America. That information is pretty easy to figure out (see our post here comparing sofas from the major retail stores), so we wanted to instead highlight smaller manufacturers that you can find at your local furniture store. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it should give you plenty of options to start with.
If you want to purchase from one of these manufacturers, reach out to us at The Stated Home or use the store locator on their website to find a retailer near you.
Value Priced: Sofas are about $600 – $1000
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get a Made-in-the-USA sofa. These sofas won’t last a super long time, but they are made with sound manufacturing processes. You’ll find:
- Engineered hardwood frames
- Sinuous spring, flexolator, webbing, or drop-in spring suspension
- Seat cushions on the firm side, with no or little fiber surrounding the foam to soften it up
- Back cushions that may feel a little thin
- Limited fabric selection
- Fabrics that are usually polyester
- Sofa prices that are usually the same, no matter what fabric you choose
- The possibility of attached back cushions, which make it difficult to fluff, rotate or repair
- A seat that will eventually start to sag
- Springs that may start to squeak
- Not many design options, like adding nailheads or changing finishes
Here are some American manufacturers that make value-priced upholstered pieces:
- American Furniture Manufacturing, Mississippi
- Benchmark Upholstery, North Carolina
- J Furniture, North Carolina
- Skyline Furniture Manufacturing, Illinois
Medium Priced: Sofas are around $1500 – $2000
These sofas will probably last a little longer than the value-priced pieces, though they won’t last forever. The basic construction is pretty much the same as the value-priced options, but likely with a little greater care with workmanship and a more polished final product. If you can afford more, we encourage you to go up a price point from here, so you can get 8-way hand-tied springs, sturdier frames, and upgraded cushion options. With these medium-priced sofas, you’ll see:
- Engineered hardwood frames
- Sinuous spring, flexolator, drop in spring, or webbing suspension
- Upgraded cushions wrapped in fiber or down for a softer seat
- Wider fabric selection
- A final price that may change depending on fabric chosen
- Possibility to add some design details like nailheads
- More finish options
- Seat that may start to sag
- Springs that may start to squeak eventually
Here are some American manufacturers that make medium-priced upholstered pieces:
- Cox Manufacturing, North Carolina
- Lazar Industries, North Carolina
- Mayo Furniture, Texas
- McCreary Modern, North Carolina
- Paladin, North Carolina
- Rowe, North Carolina
- Younger & Co., North Carolina
Middle-High End: Sofas are around $2500 – $3500
At this price, you’re going to get a wide variety of designs and a well-built sofa that will last decades. Many of these manufacturers use 8-way hand tied suspension (in our opinion the best sofa suspension, but you can read more about that here), but some will use another suspension method. You might save a little money on those, but we recommend buying 8-way hand tied suspension if you can. With these middle-high end sofas, you’ll find:
- Hardwood or engineered hardwood frames
- Frames that are secured with mortise & tenon and corner blocks
- 8-way hand-tied suspension, high quality sinuous springs, or webbing suspension (at this price point you should not see flexolator or drop in springs)
- Wide fabric selection
- Price that will change depending on fabric
- Cushion options include innerspring, down, and extra-firm options
- Many design options: nailheads, seams, trim, using two different fabrics, etc.
- Many finish options
- Lifetime warranties on the frame and suspension
- At least a 5-year warranty on the cushions
Here are some American manufacturers that make middle-high end upholstered pieces with 8-way hand tied suspensions:
- C.R. Laine, North Carolina
- Carolina Custom Leather, North Carolina
- Cisco Brothers, California (not all styles 8-way hand tied)
- Hancock & Moore, North Carolina
- Huntington House, North Carolina
- Leathercraft, North Carolina
- Lee Industries, North Carolina *Available at The Stated Home
- The MT Company, North Carolina
- Stanford, North Carolina
- Taylor King, North Carolina
- Temple Furniture, North Carolina
- Thayer Coggin, North Carolina
- Sherill, North Carolina
- Style Upholstery, North Carolina
- Vanguard, North Carolina
- Wesley Hall, North Carolina
Here are some American manufacturers that make middle-high end upholstered pieces with other suspensions:
- American Leather, Texas
- Charleston House, Texas
- Mitchell Gold, North Carolina
- Moss Studio, California
- Nathan Anthony, California
High End: Sofas start at $4000 – $6000
These manufacturer’s pieces have the same long-lasting basic construction as the middle-high end companies above, but you will get more intricate or designed styles and an increased attention to detail. Designs tend to be a little more formal. You’ll find:
- Hardwood or engineered hardwood frames
- 8-way hand-tied construction (almost without exception)
- Many fabric options
- Wide variety of design details: nailheads, seams, fabric applications, trim, etc.
- Expert level tailoring for near perfect seams, etc.
- Celebrity designer collaborations
Here are some American manufacturers that make high-end upholstered pieces:
- Rudin, California
- Bright, New York
- Century, North Carolina
- Chaddock, North Carolina
- Harden, New York
- Hickory Chair, North Carolina
- Hickory White, North Carolina
- Kindel, Michigan
- Lancaster Custom Upholstery, North Carolina
- Stickley, North Carolina
Richard Mathena says
very nice post and thank for sharing this post.
Carol StArley says
Where do I find ENGLAND brand furniture or similar quality and what quality in your opinion is it good
I’m not familiar with England so not sure about their quality. I like companies that do an 8-way hand-tied suspension that you can see on this list.
Amy Preiss says
Where does Bernhardt fall in your list?
I know that a lot of Bernhardt furniture is imported and I’m not sure about their upholstery. It is true that some furniture companies that import still do their upholstery here in the States, but I just don’t know enough about them to say.
Sharleen johnston says
What company makes pottery barn and crate and barrel sectional sofas?
I’m not sure about Pottery Barn, but Crate & Barrel uses a few different manufacturers so it would depend on the sofa you are looking at. Their more expensive styles are Lee Industries and some of the others I think are made by McCreary Modern (again not totally sure). I think they may have another manufacturer or two and I’m not sure who they are.
Lynn Fillingham says
I am trying to find information on a Twin Sleeper Sofa by “au”
My google searches are coming up with every word that has those letters.
Any information on the details of these sleeper sofas? Manufacturer, design details, etc.
I believe that this is American Leather – AU is for their upholstered pieces (American Upholstery). These are very comfortable and have a solid platform with a foam mattress (you can read more about it on our blog here). This mattress type is also available through Lee Industries that we feature on our site here (look at the Branson and St. Paul) We can help you purchase from either of these companies – please send us an email at email@example.com
Mike Todd says
I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of researching quality sofas. Thanks for this post, it’s great! One other possible addition: Roger and Chris. They’re another NC shop (they’re out of Hickory), and they’re about the only higher-end manufacturer I’ve found that actually posts prices on their website. They do default to pocketed coil springs, but they will also do 8-way hand tied suspension at your request. And one of the owners (Chris) got back to me literally within minutes of me asking a question on their contact form.
Thanks for a great list. But I thought Hancock and Moore was high end not middle high?
Century I don’t agree with though. They are now Chinese owned and lots of their items are made overseas.
I’m not sure which lines are still made in the USA.
Denise karacius says
Inherited a beautiful Conover Chair sofa. Two bottom cushions have clips to keep in place. Has a beautiful skirt. Also, an ottoman on wheels to match. I was wondering if feet r removable for getting through doorways? Have to turn over couch to check, but very heavy!
mary Gallagher says
Just got a chair from a local furniture company. Supposedly made by CR. Lane for this retailer. the seat suspension is weak wobbles up& down. Sunk way down in the back when I sat in it; felt like something that was already wearing out. It was $1345.00. My loveseat that matches has good construction; cushions could be a little bit better; $2259. I’m not impressed with CR lane.