I am moving in a month and decided that I do not want to take my crappy (yet comfortable) Rooms-To-Go furniture. I quickly realized that while I know all about buying suits or determining that quality of shoes, I know little to nothing about buying quality furniture. First, what I am looking for: High quality (heirloom quality) leather sofa or sectional. I’m tired of wasting money on crappy furniture that looks good for a couple of years but sags and looks like crap very soon. I would like to know what to look for to find quality leather furniture. I am willing to pay for quality, but do not what to pay for marketing. In other words, I do not want to buy the Hugo Boss of furniture but I can probably not afford the Tom Ford or the Kiton on furniture. I’m looking for the Hickey Freeman or the BB Golden Fleece of furniture. I know the obvious things to look for are: • Topgrain leather (is this the same as full-grain?) • Hand-tied spring suspention (8-way?) • Kiln dried hardwood • Corner blocked frames • Double doweled frames • Down fill • Hand tanned leather What other “markings” does quality leather furniture have? Are any of those things BS? In addition, where do you furniture experts buy your furniture? Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel, Ethan Allen etc all seem to have some good stuff, but I know a big part of their price is their marketing markup and I really don’t know which stores are crap/marketing/waste of time. I’m willing to pay up to $6k for a sofa or more for a sectional, although I would like to pay less but not at the expense of quality. Also, should I be looking at small independent stores? If so, how do I look for them? Any recommendations for the Philly/DE/NJ area? Comments or suggestions are more than welcome!