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Thread: Bradington Young vs. Smith Brothers

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    Default Bradington Young vs. Smith Brothers

    I know this comparison has been asked before, but wanted an update.

    1) Smith Brothers 820-56 & Ottoman 820-40
    vs.
    2) Bradington Young Marietta Swivel Glider Tub Chair


    In the BY - I really hate the "puddling" idea of the cushion long term. Should I go with the Spring Down to avoid that? Does Smith also puddle over time?

    Quality of leather/stitching/mechanism of Smith vs. BY?

    Thanks
    Karen

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    Default Re: Bradington Young vs. Smith Brothers

    All leather stretches with use, its unavoidable. To minimize leather puddling you can do the following:

    1) Made sure you are buying Grade A Steerhide, not Cowhide. Steerhide has less stretch. B-Y uses only Steerhide, I would assume Smith does but that's an assumption only.

    2) Order the firmest cushion core you can tolerate. Get it too firm, however and it will feel like a park bench. What good is no puddling if it sits like a rock?

    All Leather is done by grade, and supplied by vendors, it's not brand specific.
    A stitch is a stitch is a stitch.
    Mechanisms for swivel gliders are also supplied by outside vendors. Leggett and Platt, and Ultramech are considered the best in the industry.
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    Default Re: Bradington Young vs. Smith Brothers

    Thank you so much for your response. Am I correct in saying (assuming the same leather in both) that ordering a Spring Down cushion will produce less puddling over time (assuming the same seating habbits, etc.) than the premier down in the BY Chair?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Bradington Young vs. Smith Brothers

    Neither. If puddling is your main concern, then you would want a poly-dac foam like a Qualux seat, with around 24oz density. Nothing with Down in it.
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