Compare The Famous Catalog Companies and Z Gallery’s Cloud to the Casco Bay Furniture Cloud – Review

What You Should Know About Our CB Cloud Sofa

The Cloud Sofa is a mid-century modern design made popular by several Catalog Companies. Compare our CB Cloud Leather Sofa to that of the Famous Catalog Company. Our version of this sofa took us months to develop and is unique in the industry. The seat is extra plush (likened to sitting on a cloud after break in). Our customers have told us that this is one of the most comfortable sofas they have ever sat on and we would have to agree. Our 5/4 hardwood frame and 8 way hand tied spring system is covered with 4″of of long life, Ultracel soy based foam. Our comfy frame is a down blend cushion with an Ultracel foam core then for comfort and stability so that the cushions will hold their shape. We call the seating, cloud seating due to the construction of the base and spring, system. Descriptively, as you sit on the sofa you will find your body sinking into a cloud of softness which is comprised of a down blend wrapped cushion with the Ultracel foam base beneath the cushions. The Ultracel foam has an important advantage, however, as the seat regains its shape upon standing due to the characteristics of the soy based foam. We also offer this sofa in fabric in a customers own Material. Pricing in fabric and yardage are noted on our price page.

Casco Bay Furniture Cloud Leather Sofa in Italian Mont Blanc Wolf.

Casco Bay Furniture traditional hand-knotted, 8 way hand-tied construction with a 5/4 Hardwood frame. The Ultimate in durability and comfort! Hand Crafted in North Carolina.

So what’s different about our sofa?

We have improved on a good thing. Our sofa is handcrafted exclusively in North Carolina. The quality leather furniture capital of the world. It is never imported from China making it easily serviced should the need ever arise, should you accidently damage your furniture. Our sofas are never subject to the harsh conditions often found in overseas containers. Many products shipped from China contain chemicals used to prevent mold. Our frames are made of 5/4 Appalachian hardwood, not hardwood plywood commonly used in 98% of upholstery sold in the industry yet often referred to as hardwood frames. Our spring construction is built to the Gold Standard, which is True 8 Way Hand Tied Hand Knotted Springs. We have also added a spring edge to this sofa for added comfort. This spring system is a complex spring system taking hours to build. The system is comprised of four layers, with steel banding across the base of the frame (like a checkerboard). It is built to last for decades with proper care. The famous catalog company uses what is referred to as a drop in pocketed coil spring system on their version of sofas like this. Sounds fancy but what exactly does this mean?

Drop-In-Pocketed Coil System typical of the type used on the Restoration Hardware Cloud Track Arm Leather Sofa. According to their web site they use a pocketed Coil Spring System on their Cloud Sofas.

The Drop in Pocketed Coil System, is used by the Famous Catalog Brand on their version of this sofa as well as another online retailer who manufacturers this style as indicated in the marketing materials of both companies. It was originally derived from the mattress industry and does not have the durability or longevity of a traditional 8 way hand tied spring system. The pocketed system is not built into the frame and as a result does not contribute to the torsional strength of the frame and spring. Essentially it is a preassembled unit comprised of a series of small springs encased in fabric. Typically the wooden frame of the sofa is turned upside down and a polypropylene fabric called “FLW” is stapled in place covering the base of the frame. The frame is turned back over and glue is sprayed on the poly. The pocketed unit is then glued to the Poly. This type of spring system is generally floated on a plywood frame.

Z Gallery uses a plywood frame (Beach laminates according to their web site) and an “Patented elastic belts” for their spring system”. This system is often referred to in the industry as Pirelli Webbing. Essentially it is comprised of woven elastized fabric bands stapled to the frame which is then woven together as you would find on a lawn chair.

No Sag, Sinuous Spring suspensions set into hardwood plywood frames, (but again referred to as hardwood frames) are typical of  the spring construction  used by 98% of upholstered manufacturers in the industry. A sinuous, no sag spring system is no more than an s shaped wire stretched across a frame every 6″ to 9″.
Our Cloud sofas do feature luxurious 100% sterilized down blend seat cushions with a 1.5″ Ultracel soy based foam core for stability and to help the cushions hold their shape as well as down blend back and side cushions.

Based on our wholesale costs to build this sofa to our construction standards as outlined above (and there are only a handful of manufacturers still building sofas this way), and based on a typical retail markup,  sofas built to our standard would generally retail for twice our price.

And saving the best for last, in spite of the quality features found in our sofa, it cost less and includes more such as no sales tax and a free in home delivery in most states. And our sofas are delivered by a private delivery service. The same drivers that leave NC will set up your furniture in your home. No Freight Transfers which often result in damage.

We do stock a wide variety of leathers from Moore and Giles, the worlds largest supplier of high quality aniline dyed leather. We also offer our Cloud sofa in fabric in a Customers Own Material (COM) at attractive prices. The yardage and cost in fabric are posted on our Cloud page.

I have been involved in the manufacturing and sales of investment quality leather furniture for 40 years. Whatever you decide to purchase and of course this is only my opinion based on decades of experience, ask for and in fact insist upon, construction photos of what’s inside your furniture. A well constructed sofa can last 40 or even 50 years and even if you  don’t plan on keeping it that long you will know that while you own it, it will sit good, look good and won’t sag or bottom out. 

Look for detailed pictures or videos of  frame, spring and cushion construction. Most new sofas and sectionals will look good on the outside, how long they will last is determine by how they are built on the inside. If the perspective retailer says photos or videos are not available ask yourself, why not? Manufactures employing high quality construction techniques are proud of what they build. They almost always will show construction photos or videos on their web site or catalog.

Buying a leather sofa is an important purchase. We have provided this information to the reader for educational purposes so the reader can make their own shopping comparisons. We have provided information about how our sofas are constructed and provided photographs of how are sofas are constructed. We have also explained the various other types of frame and spring construction found in the furniture industry. As you are now an informed consumer be sure to ask other potential retailers detailed questions as to where and how their sofas are constructed.   A leather sofa should be a long term investment. A well built sofa with the construction features employed by Casco Bay Furniture can last for decades. Make sure you make the right  decision in your sofa or sectional purchase. Please give us a call if you have any further questions about our product.


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