Passion for Perfection: How Really Great Furniture is Made

At Frontgate, our upholstered furniture collections embody our relentless quest for quality. Did you know most sofas are built to last about seven years? Ours are created to last much longer.

We craft each collection with bench-made artistry, individually producing every sofa with a core team of artisans. We make intensive decisions during each step of the design, then crisscross the globe to continually monitor the labor-intensive process of creation. We use only the industry’s finest materials and construction techniques. Ultimately, the quality is in what you see … and what you don’t.

We start with a strong suspension system, always employing either eight-way hand-tied coils or sinuous springs. Each method ensures seating comfort while creating stability, so your sofa won’t be sagging in spots after a few years.

Next is a frame durably constructed of kiln-dried hardwood. Kiln drying removes moisture, guarding against warping and cracking. All corner blocks are double-doweled and glued for stability. By contrast, sofas with joints simply screwed together risk breaking when dropped or jolted … imagine the possibilities on moving day. Remember, if a frame cracks, you can’t get inside a sofa to fix it.

Our cushions are plush and comfortable, and they’ll stay that way. We choose a core of either high-density foam or down-wrapped, flexible coils to tailor the degree of softness when you sit.

Our supple, top-grain leathers are hand-tanned, then aniline-dyed for consistent coloration. If you prefer fabrics, we stock hand-tailored velvets, flax linens and more, all with a fine hand. On tufted sofas such as Barrow and Preston, we sew the material into a pattern to give it a pronounced tuft, and then finish it with buttons. All nailheads are carefully hand-hammered, while competitors often use connected strips (with few actual nails) that are only lightly tacked.

Assembling furniture entirely by hand requires a passion for perfection. The result is well-built, comfortable, maintenance-free seating – furniture that lasts. Furniture that promises to be part of your family for years to come.

Explore more of our furniture collections to complete the look of your dreams.