Furniture Buying Guide

Investing in Quality. It's a big decision you want to get right the first time.

One of the biggest buying decisions in your life is the purchase of a home. It's where you spend time creating a life and memories with your partner, raise your kids or pets and establish roots. So why not make sure this sanctuary is filled with quality furnishings? Why is it important to buy well-made, well-constructed furniture? Well, for one thing in the long run it saves you money and time. We have all seen that eye catching sofa, with fabulous style, covered in an amazing fabric and then we sat on's hard, it's too deep, it's too low, it's too soft or it's just too uncomfortable. Furniture is manufactured all over the world daily and depending on where and how can determine so much. This is the main reason why at Our Boat House, we carefully select manufacturers for our pieces. We choose primarily Made In USA but at times source unique pieces from all over the world. Our job is to seek out those amazing pieces for the living room, dining room, bedroom, office & patio that meet our high standards so that we can provide our customers with the very best.

It's all about what you use to make it.


BUILDING MATERIALS - Case Goods, Seating Frames: Reclaimed, Recycled, Driftwood, Bamboo, Rattan

FINISHING MATERIALS - Fabrics, Stains, Paints, Stone, Metals: Organic, Low VOC, Natural Jute & Grass
FINAL TOUCHES - Hinges, Hardware, Beads, Crystals, Sea Glass

What makes Quality Seating?


State-of-the-Art System - Arched 8-gauge steel serpentine springs (also called sinuous or zig-zag) Spaced a comfortable 3” apart, with double row at each end for extra support in corners • Secured to front and back of frame with metal clips, Teflon coated to prevent squeaking from metal-on-metal contact • Bound side to side with paper-wrapped crosswires for even weight absorption • Made from 65% recycled metal. (Note: Mechanisms also made from 65% recycled metal.)  


We use heavy-duty Italian furniture webbing made of polyester and elastic. It is spaced 2 to 3” side to side, and 3 to 5” front to back, and woven together, providing a sturdy seat platform with even distribution of weight. Primarily used on sectionals with thicker seat poly, and/or deeper seating, like Hunter and Jordan, or that need more even distribution of cushion crown, but a thinner profile. Webbing is attached using high pressure staples. 


A non-stretch, high-durability sheet webbing used for bar and counter stools as well as ottomans. Propex is attached using high pressure staples. Interesting note: the Armand chair, because of its thin profile, uses a Propex seat and back


 Solid Seat: Solid frame construction used for dining chairs and bar and counter stools, as well as for some ottomans. Solid seat boards are screwed into the frame for rigidity and durability. 

Cushions: The Key to the Comfort

Seat cushions: Ozone-friendly, non-carcinogenic High-Resiliency (HR) foam core containing 10% soy, a renewable natural resource. Foam does not release ozone-depleting CFCs into atmosphere during manufacturing. Foam core is 1.8 HR or higher, depending on density needed to create the most comfortable seat for each piece. Core is wrapped in 80% regenerated fibers. Lowers you gently but firmly to sitting position, then reshapes when you stand.• Back Pillows include recycled fibers that were once plastic bottles.• Foam padding used generously throughout the back and arms is earth-friendly and soy based.• Each cushion is engineered specifically for each piece. Insures correct seat-to-back relationship• Meets California 117 codes for flame retardancy• Two types of cushions: Eco Luxe: Foam core wrapped in poly fiber an put in 100% cotton down-proof ticking (DPT) – makes “whoosh” when you sit down. Eco Down Blend: Fill is 10% down and 90% duck feathers. Hypo-allergenic. Foam core is zippered inside a 100%-cotton duvet-style casing, which keeps feathers in place. Small feathers may occasionally come through. This is normal; it shows cushions are breathing properly. Duvet cover unzips and can be refluffed by hand or in dryer for 10 minutes on Air Dry.

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