About Us

Burton James was formed in 1983, with a mission to provide hand crafted upholstered furniture with the premium on customer interaction and service. It’s three founding principals, all industry veterans, each brought their own specific talents to the company. Ray Zoref, with a background in sales, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University and a degree from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, concentrated on the styling and sales of the Burton James line. Marlo Goldsbey brought decades of sales experience to the company and Larry Alles brought his financial and operations expertise.

By 2001, Mr. Zoref was Burton James’s sole owner. As President and CEO he brought in Harry Robbins as CFO, Mark Landres as Director of Marketing and Design and promoted Ralph Hipsman to Director of Customer Relations. Mr. Landres’ talent as a furniture designer has made Burton James an attractive outlet for such fabric designers as Glen Read and Mary Paul Yates. Mr. Hipsman’s longstanding vendor relationships have ensured that orders are shipped in a time frame that meets the needs of each client.

The company’s commitment to quality product and superior service has stayed true to its founding mission. 30 years later, Burton James has one of the most loyal customer bases in the industry.


Anatomy of A Burton James Sofa


  • Durable, American grown, certified sustainable kiln dried hardwood frame components. Kiln drying (for moisture removal) keeps frame from warping or twisting over time.
  • Frames corner blocked, doweled, high-pressure stapled, screwed and glued.
  • No plywood or engineered wood products used in our frames.


  •       Heat tempered, heavy gauge sinuous springs with coated cross wires and polypropylene coated squeak-free clips.
  •       Springs attached on 3.5” centers.
  •       Corners reinforced for extra support.

  • Steel undercarriage base.
  • Heavy gauge double cone coil springs attached and tied with Italian ruby red waxed twine. The waxed twine reduces abrasion.
  • 8-way hand tying, an age old construction method, is available on most frames.


  • High quality foam and fiber pad our hardwood frame.
  • Arms, sides, and backs are heavily padded - adding comfort and durability.

Patterns, Cutting and Sewing

  • Expert pattern makers hand measure and mark, ensuring accuracy.
  • Fabrics and leathers individually cut by hand, with great attention to detail.
  • Sewing done on state of the art sewing machines. Experienced technicians, following strict guidelines, ensure the highest standards in pattern matching and tailoring.


  • Soft, high resilient, 1.8 density foam base.
  • Alternate layers of cotton and polyester ensure softness and durability.
  • Every button, tuft and pleat fashioned by hand.

Seat Cushions

  • Cloud 9 Seat – High-density foam core, wrapped in polyester fiber for softness and bounce encased in ticking bag for strength and durability. This is our most popular seat cushion.
  • Down Supreme Seat – High-density foam core encased in a envelope of 90% duck feather and 10% duck down, covered with a down proof 100% cotton case.
  • Regentaire Seat – Premium polyurethane foam wrapped in D91 polyester fiber. This is a firm seat with an extra crown ensuring comfort and durability.
  • Ultra-Fill Seat – High-density foam core, encased in a 100% blown polyester fiber filled 100% cotton, channeled down proof cover. This option creates a very plush cushion that has a down like quality.
  • Spring-Down Seat – Marshall Coil unit with a foam surround encased in a 90% duck feather, 10% duck down filled 100% cotton, channeled down proof cover. This option gives a soft seat but with built in resilience and firmness.

Back Cushions

  • Blend Down Back – 50% blown polyester fiber, 45% duck feather, 5% duck down in a 100% cotton, channeled down proof cover. This is our best selling, comfort option.
  • Down Supreme Back – 90% duck feather and 10% duck down in a 100% cotton, channeled down proof cover. This is a luxurious back cushion that requires some plumping and fluffing.
  • Regalaire Back– A continuous filament of hollow core polyester fiber inside a non-woven casing. This choice offers a firm but soft back cushion that requires some fluffing.
  • Ultra-Fill Back – 100% blown polyester fiber encased in a 100% cotton, channeled down proof cover. This soft, plush back cushion has a down like quality.

Throw Pillows

  • 90% duck feather and 10% down.

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