ED. . . . . didn't we talk about this a little while back?? You asked about buying furniture and I asked you if there weren't any furniture stores in NYC or something to that effect!! I'm just surmising you're probably a single guy and want your place to look decent but aren't quite ready for the "big investment" type of furniture - am I close? It really all boils down to what your budget allows. If you're just starting out (No Mrs. and no kids??) PB will probably be just fine. Over all their furnishings are respectable so if you take care of it and don't take a running jump from the opposite side of the room, you ought to be ok. Ask them 'HOW' it's made: hardwood frame, is it 8-way hand tied springs or a drop in spring unit. Look at the upholstered pieces with patterns (just for comparison) and see how well the pattern is matched from the top down to the bottom of a chair, sofa or whatever. Sit on it - ask what the density of the cushions are?? Act like you know what you're doing - even if you don't and be a smart consumer.
@Ed Z I was tired of "disposable furniture". You know, the kids dropped chocolate ice cream on it, a friend spilled red wine on it, the dog tracked ??? in on it, the football team ALL piled on it, and eventually it had to be tossed. I opted for IKEA Ektorp line 7 years ago and haven't regretted it once. The slipcovers fit like a dream, wash beautifully and you can even get custom covers on sites like Bemz http://www.bemz.com/en-us/
My daughter in law has all pottery barn furniture and it has lasted forever!
Quality furniture will last forever. I have a Ethan Allen French Country bedroom set that I have had since 1985.