The La-Z-Boy name became synonymous with recliners after the company made its first reclining chair in 1928 in Monroe, Michigan. The first La-Z-Boy recliner was originally a wood-slat porch chair, which was later upholstered at a buyer's suggestion.
The company was a very modest operation at that time, and the name La-Z-Boy was later suggested by an employee who won $25 for coming up with it.
While La-Z-Boy makes upholstered furniture only, the La-Z-Boy corporation owns several other well-known brands, such as American Drew, Kincaid Furniture, Hammary, and Lea, which also manufacture case goods.
The La-Z-Boy Brand
The company is so well-known for its recliners that the name of the company is often used to mean "recliner."
You will find La-Z-Boy furniture in the mid-price point, and it is good value for the price. The quality and price points are comparable to Lane, Broyhill, and Pottery Barn.
Style-wise, La-Z-Boy has stayed close to its traditional roots, but the company has been making an effort to change that image by bringing in fresher design in response to changing demographics. The company brought in Brooke Shields in 2010 to enhance its appeal to younger female buyers.
La-Z-Boy manufactures upholstered seating furniture -- recliners, chairs, sofas, theater seating, sectionals, and sleepers in a variety of fabrics and leather.
Most La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries try to stock for immediate delivery, but the furniture can be custom ordered. This adds to the delivery time frame up to eight to 10 weeks.
Customization is limited to fabric only. La-Z-Boy offers close to a thousand fabric and leather choices in different grades. The choice of fabric affects your final price, as is to be expected when you buy any piece of upholstered furniture.
This is a well-known brand of affordable furniture with a reputation built up over time.
It offers good value for the price. La-Z-Boy furniture is widely available.
The company is also trying to become more environmentally friendly by taking steps such as reusing or recycling most factory scraps. Most of the furniture is made in America. The frames and many of the components for furniture that reclines are manufactured domestically.
The Not So Good
Maybe the biggest consumer peeve is not enough variety in style, although the company is trying to address that. Also, because many La-Z-Boy Galleries are individually franchised stores, and not company-owned, your shopping experience might vary considerably from one store to another. Guarantees may also differ from store to store. You also cannot buy a La-Z-Boy product in one area and have it shipped by a La-Z-Boy store in another part of the country.
Where to Buy La-Z-Boy Furniture
La-Z-Boy products are available worldwide through several different channels, such as company-owned and individually franchised La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, La-Z-Boy Comfort Studios and independent retailers who carry a mix of furniture from different brands.
La-Z-Boy products can be seen and purchased online on its website, which also has a store locator to help you find your nearest store.
It is best to test drive upholstered furniture before you buy.