Palliser vs Ashley Furniture

Where is it made?

Palliser is made in Canada.

Ashley is made in the US and in Vietnam.

Frame Construction

Palliser frames are well engineered, however, they are made cheaply. Palliser's frames are slightly better than Ashley's frames

Ashley’s frames are well engineered, however, they are made cheaply. Ashley does not use enough glue when building their frames.

Seat Cushion

Palliser uses High-density foam in their seat cushions. Most of Palliser seating is sewn in place. This means you cannot flip or rotate the cushions.

Ashley cushions are made with 1.8 lb. density foam. Ashley only warranties their seat cushions for 1 year. Most of Ashley's cushions are not flippable, however you can rotate the cushions. Also Ashley will sell you a new seat casing for a very reasonable amount of money.

Back Cushion

Palliser uses a premium stuffing for their back cushions. In addition their back cushions are split bagged which prevents the stuffing from shifting and making the cushion look saggy.

Ashley uses cheap stuffing which doesn’t retain it’s shape as well. It visually doesn’t look as nice. In addition, they do not bag their back cushion so the stuffing settles to the bottom of the cushion.

Arm construction

Palliser arms are well engineered. Palliser uses a lot more foam in their arm which means it will retain it's shape for many years.

Ashley arms also well engineered. Ashley uses a cheaper fiber on their arm that will break down quicker than foam.

Legs

All of Palliser legs are made of wood.

A lot of Ashley’s furniture is made with plastic legs.

Seat Decking

Palliser seat cushions are sewn in place. This prevents them from shifting, but make it very difficult to change the foam or replace the casing.

Ashley uses a cheap non woven fabric on their seat deck. This helps to keep the cost down and works okay. The seat casing can slide out. However, Ashley usually installs a strip of velcro to keep this from happening.

Attention to Detail

Palliser is like a well tailored suit. The seams are straight. The tailoring is impeccable. The pleats are perfect. The back panel is taut and does not sag. The back cushions are perfectly formed.

Ashley furniture is a like a suit you buy off the rack. Everything is okay but it does not look impeccable.

Longevity

Palliser furniture is built to last 15 years..

Ashley furniture is meant to last for 10 years. I would recommend Ashley to anyone wanting inexpensive furniture. For what you pay, it's a good value.

Comfort

Palliser furniture sits very well. I like the way Palliser sits, better than any other furniture manufacturer.

Ashley furniture also sits well. But not as nice as Palliser.

Customization

Pallisers strength is leather. They have more leather choices than any other furniture manufacturer. They offer their furniture in all leather or leather match. Leather match means that the sides and backs are not leather & can reduce the price of a sofa by $300 to $400. They also offer their furniture in fabric but I find their fabric prices to be expensive. You cannot choose the firmness of the cushions. You cannot choose the colour of the legs.

Ashley usually only offers each style in one or two fabrics. You cannot choose the colour of the legs. You cannot choose the firmness of the cushions. You cannot choose the colour of the nail heads.

Sectionals

Palliser offers a lot more choices in the way you can design your sectional.

Ashley usually only offers a couple of alternatives in the way you can configure your sectional.

Price

Palliser sofas are more expensive than Ashley sofas. Palliser sofas in leather match cost between $1,400 and $1,900. Most of Palliser sofas in fabric cost between $1,300 and $1,600.

Ashley sofas in fabric are very affordable and range between $400 and $700.

Lead Time

Before COVID, Palliser’s lead time was approximately 6-8 weeks. Now the lead times are 16-18 weeks.

Before COVID, Ashley lead times were incredible we could get a sofa within 2-3 weeks. Now the lead times are 10-12 weeks.

Frame Warranty

Palliser warranties their frames for 10 years. It is limited to normal wear and tear. The warranty only covers the labour for the first year.

Ashley has a limited life time warranty on their frames. It is limited for normal wear and tear. The warranty only covers the labour for the first year. The labour to fix a broken frame after the first year would be approximately $200.

Spring Warranty

Palliser warranties their springs for 10 years.

Ashley warranties their springs for 5 years. I have never seen a spring fail.

Reclining Mechanisms Warranty

Palliser warranties their reclining mechanisms for 7 years. The warranty only covers the labour for the first year.

Ashley warranties their reclining mechanism for 5 years. The warranty only covers the labour for the first year.

Foam Cushions Warranty

Palliser offers a 5 year warranty on its foam cushions.

Ashley warranties their seat cushions for 1 year.

Fabric Warranty

Palliser warranties their fabric for 1 year.

Ashley warranties their fabric for 1 year.

Leather Warranty

Palliser warranties their leather for 5 years prorated warranty. FYI if you order leather match. The match only has a one year warranty.

Ashley warranties their leather for 1 year.

Sleeper Mechanism Warranty

Palliser sleeper mechanisms are warranteed for 2 years.

Ashley warranties their sleeper mechanisms for 3 years.

Sleeper Mattress Warranty

Palliser warranties their sleeper mattresses for 2 years.

Ashley warranties their sleeper mattresses for 3 years. Ashley now uses memory foam in all of their sleepers.

Final thoughts

Palliser sits better than any manufacturer of furniture. Their looks are a little more modern. The tailoring is very good. If you want custom leather or a custom recliner Palliser is my first choice. If you want custom fabric I usually recommend Décor Rest. You will pay more for Palliser furniture and you will have to wait longer to get it.

Ashley makes great value furniture. You cannot beat the price. However, it is made more cheaply, it will not last as long and the tailoring is just okay. In addition you are limited in your fabric choices and the sectional options that are available.