When you think of comfy recliners, what name comes to mind? If you're like the majority of Americans, that name is La-Z-Boy. The Monroe, Michigan-based company made the first reclining chair in 1928 and today the name La-Z-Boy is synonymous with living room comfort at an affordable price.
The La-Z-Boy Brand
That 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.
The company is so well-known for its recliners that the name of the company is often used to mean "recliner," no matter who manufactured it. And they do know their recliners. A quick look at the styles offered on their website yields well over 200 different designs in recliners alone.
The La-Z-Boy recliners today are a far cry from that original porch chair. Many of them have that signature look of plush pillows and a full leg rest that pops up to allow maximum lounging and comfort. Others are sleek and either so modern or traditional in design that you'd hardly know it's a recliner.
La-Z-Boy also offers an array of other furniture beyond their signature recliners. You'll find swivel and gliding chairs, chaises, sofas, loveseats, and sectionals, and many of them include a recliner or two as well.
An American-Made Company
Not only is La-Z-Boy a trusted name in furniture, most of the furniture is made in America at one of its five manufacturing plants. The frames and many of the components for furniture that reclines are manufactured domestically. They do acknowledge that some parts are imported.
The company supports charities such as the Ronald McDonald House. They are also committed to a number of environmental initiatives, include the reuse or recycling of most factory scraps.
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 what you would find from Lane, Broyhill, and Pottery Barn.
Style-wise, La-Z-Boy has stayed close to its traditional roots, though they have added fresher, sleeker designs in response to changing demographics. The company brought in Brooke Shields in 2010 to enhance its appeal to younger female buyers. The AARP notes that they are appealing to baby boomers with cleaner lines as well, even in lift chairs that are designed to aid mobility.
La-Z-Boy offers many upgrades and options you might find useful as well. Some are rockers, some have lumbar support, and some are power chairs that make lifting the leg rest effortless.
Customization is generally limited to fabric, wood finish for details, handle, and cushion options. La-Z-Boy offers over 900 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.
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 Furniture, and England Furniture. Within these brands, you will find plenty of cased goods, including desks, tables, and home accents.
Where to Buy La-Z-Boy Furniture
La-Z-Boy furniture is available worldwide through several different channels. These include 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.
The La-Z-Boy website has a store locator to help you find your nearest store. While you can browse and buy the furniture online, it is always a good idea to test drive upholstered furniture. Use the website for ideas or to play with custom sectional pieces, but stop by a store to give it the old-fashioned seat test so you aren't disappointed.
Since many La-Z-Boy Galleries are individually franchised stores, 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.
Most La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries try to stock for immediate delivery, but the furniture can be custom ordered. This adds eight to 10 weeks to the delivery, but if you're patient, waiting for the perfect fabric to match your decor can be worth the wait.