Top 10 Furniture Stores: Find the Best Brands

Some Offer Many Makers, While Others Are So-Called Lifestyle Stores

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Raymour & Flanigan Furniture is one of the leading furniture retailers in the U.S. Photo (c) Raymour & Flanigan Furniture

Different types of furniture stores appeal to varying demographics, and you can find a wide range of stores that cater to specific styles or price points. Unsurprisingly, many of the most successful retailers in the U.S. are those that sell furniture at relatively low prices.

The Best Furniture Stores

The following retailers make it onto the top 10 list year after year, consistently if not always in the same order.

Some of them are single source stores, carrying furnishings from just one manufacturer, while others carry a broad range of furniture and bedding categories from different sources and across a variety of price points.

Most of these retailers also sell online (check their websites) and have a social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube to stay in touch with their customers.

1. Ashley Furniture

Ashley is a leading furniture manufacturer, and the giant Ashley Home Stores make up a network of Ashley's dedicated stores across the United States, as well as in other parts of the world. Some are company-owned, and many are franchised. These stores carry mostly affordable furniture at promotional to mid-level price points, and this is their biggest draw.

2. IKEA

IKEA is a lifestyle specialty store, selling not just furniture and bedding but a complete lifestyle. It has both loyal fans and detractors.

But when you need furniture in a hurry and have the minimal skills required to assemble it from a flat pack, IKEA comes to mind. The furniture is smaller in scale and made to fit in smaller spaces. Like Ashley, its biggest selling point is affordability. The looks are very different, as IKEA's furniture is more streamlined and modern.

3. Williams-Sonoma

You could be shopping at a Williams-Sonoma store and just not know it. Pottery Barn, PB Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, Rejuvenation and Mark and Graham are all part of Williams-Sonoma. Together, they form a leading network of multi-brand lifestyle stores across the United States. Marks and Graham is the most recent newcomer and goes beyond home furnishings to offer personalized products and gifts. West Elm offers more streamlined and smaller-scaled furniture, and it appeals to younger buyers. Pottery Barn is more upscale, with Pottery Barn Kids offering furnishings for children, while PB Teen is the first store of its kind caters to teenagers.

4. Berkshire Hathaway Furniture

Among the many holdings of Berkshire Hathaway are these stores, which make up its furniture division: Nebraska Furniture Mart, R.C. Willey, Star Furniture and Jordan’s Furniture. Nebraska Furniture Mart operates out of three huge stores in Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa. R.C. Willey operates in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and California for a total of 13 stores. Star Furniture can be found in Texas in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Bryan/College Station, while Jordan’s operates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

All these stores carry furniture from multiple brands and sources.

5. Raymour & Flanigan

Raymour & Flanigan is a mid-priced, multiple-brand store -- a furniture store in the traditional sense. Headquartered in Liverpool, New York, it has close to 100 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, and Rhode Island.

6. La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

Headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, this network of manufacturer-dedicated stores is made up of independently and company-owned units. Because La-Z-Boy's primary offering is upholstered, reclining furniture, this is what the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries offer, along with a smattering of accents such as tables, lamps, and rugs. The furniture is in the mid-priced range.

7. American Signature

Based in Columbus Ohio, American Signature is the parent company of American Signature and Value City Furniture stores.

It has more than 125 stores in 18 states, including Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. These stores are a channel for the American Signature brand of furniture across many categories -- living room, dining room, bedroom, and home office furniture.

8. Restoration Hardware

Corte Madera, California-based Restoration Hardware is a luxury brand that offers indoor and outdoor furniture for the home, as well as lighting, textile, and decor. The company also makes baby and child products. Offering reproductions and updated classics, Restoration Hardware has more than 70 retail stores and 17 outlets in 30 states and Canada.

9. Crate & Barrel

Owned by Otto Group, a privately held German retailer, Crate & Barrel is a lifestyle retail operation based in Northbrook, Illinois. CB2 and Land of Nod are part of the network of around 109 stores in North America. CB2 caters more to a younger, urban demographic with its smaller-scaled modern furniture at a lower price point. Land of Nod retails products for children, much like Pottery Barn Kids. Crate & Barrel offers a bit more upscale furniture and other items for the home, including barware and tableware.

10. Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen is based in Danbury, Connecticut, and is the oldest manufacturer’s dedicated store network, with company and dealer-owned design centers. Ethan Allen has grouped its offerings into five distinct lifestyles: Elegance, Modern, Romance, Explorer, and Vintage.