Lane Furniture—An Overview

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Lane is a well-known source of medium-quality, mid-priced furniture throughout the U.S. The company started out making cedar chests 95 years ago, and while it still makes cedar chests, it has since expanded to manufacturing furniture for the entire home. Lane now offers furniture for home entertainment, dining rooms, and bedrooms as well as occasional furniture and many reclining pieces. Lane is owned by Furniture Brands International, which also own some of America's other best-known brands, such as Broyhill, Thomasville, and Drexel Heritage.

The Lane Furniture Company

Lane manufactures transitional furniture that lies between traditional and casual contemporary. Individual pieces or collections can lean toward one style or the other, but the product lines in general represent a safe, neutral style for most interiors.

The Lane company made its beginning by manufacturing cedar chests early in the 1900s. For about 40 years that is all the company manufactured before starting to make occasional tables in 1951. From there it was on to casegoods, accent pieces, and finally upholstered furniture for which it so well known today.

Lane's large selection of upholstered furniture in leather and fabric is manufactured in Tupelo, Mississippi, while its wood furniture is imported from all over the world and mostly assembled in the U.S. As a mid-price-range manufacturer, Lane's major competitors include La-Z-Boy, Broyhill, and Bassett.

Lane furniture is sold throughout the U.S., mostly through the brand's own mid-sized stores, which carry Lane furniture exclusively. In addition, many department stores and independent dealers also carry a wide selection of Lane furniture along with other comparable brands.

Upholstered Furniture from Lane

Lane is the one of the largest manufacturers of reclining furniture. It offers a wide variety of reclining and stationary sofas, chairs, sectionals, and sleepers in both leather and fabric. Many of Lane's reclining pieces are also available with matching reclining or stationary pieces. They offer a wide variety to choose from with many different colors and fabrics to match most styles or existing decor.

Reclining sofas upholstered in fabric start at around $1,099, while reclining chairs in fabric start around $500. For sectionals and leather upholstery prices go much higher.

For instance, the Palmer Double Reclining Sofa which has a casual, contemporary style, is available in both fabric and leather. The fabric covered reclining sofa costs around $1,100, while a leather upholstered power reclining version costs $1,300.

The Stanton Stationary Sofa, is an example of Lane's higher end offerings. This transitional sofa is also available in both fabric and leather and starts are about $1,000.

Dining Room, Bedroom, and Casegoods

Lane's vast selection of casegoods ranges from cedar chests (that they originally used to make) and occasional tables to wall units and complete dining room and bedroom sets. Wood and wood veneer products are available in many different styles and finishes. To make it easier for customers to coordinate furniture pieces throughout the home, Lane has classified many pieces into separate collections.

Home Entertainment Furniture

With the increasing popularity of home entertainment furniture, Lane has manufactured furniture that is especially designed for today's home entertainment needs, from simple TV stands to elaborate wall units. The home entertainment furniture is available at prices that can range from $300 for simple media consoles to over $2,500 for more elaborate media wall systems.

To go with its casegood offerings in home entertainment furnishings, Lane has also made a name for itself with a variety of home theater seating. For example, the 222 End Zone theater seat features Lane's ZERO GRAVITY reclining mechanism, designed to reduce stress on the neck, back, and legs. It is available with manual or motorized recline, lighted cupholders, arm storage, and swivel tray table.