18 Best Reclining Sectional & Sofa Brands Made in America

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Question:

Reclining Sofas & Reclining Sectionals: Which Brands Are the Best?

Answer:

This is an extensive update of a previous article written over 2 years ago, reviewing and rating the Top American made reclining brands.

Recently, I spent several days at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC, where I checked out most of the brands reviewed here.

Several major changes have taken place since my previous article was published.

Some brands moved their reclining furniture overseas or ceased making reclining furniture altogether.

Several brands changed their raw material content and/or their construction specifications.

Important Note: I do not receive any payment or compensation from any of the furniture brands listed in this article.

Some of the brands listed here are available to my readers with special discounts.

Please contact me for specifics.

All ratings and comments listed below are based on my personal opinion and available information.

Reclining sofas and sectionals have the highest rate of problems and complaints of any single furniture category.

Bonded leather used to be one of the biggest problems associated with low and mid-range reclining furniture.

Fortunately, over the past couple of years, most retailers have moved away from bonded leathers.

In mid-range reclining furniture, “Leather Match” is often used instead of bonded leather.

Leather Match is a combination of corrected top grain leather on the seats, inside backs, and inside arms, combined with a matching vinyl or other synthetic faux leather on the outside parts.

In lower priced furniture, synthetic faux leathers are being substituted.

Prior to 2010, when bonded leather was first introduced, very few shoppers were willing to buy furniture made with 100% synthetic leathers.

The reason bonded leathers became so popular was that salespeople could tell their customers they now had an inexpensive material that looked and felt like real leather, and was partially made from real leather.

After hundreds of thousands of bonded leather complaints, consumers now appear to completely accept 100% synthetic faux leathers as a substitute for bonded leather.

These 100% synthetic faux leathers look and feel very similar to the bonded leathers, except they don’t peel.

The many different types of synthetic and real leathers are explained in my blog article, Buyer’s Guide to Good (and Bad) Leather Furniture.

The lifespan of  low and midprice reclining sofas is limited by the quality of the seat cushion foam.

Foam cushions feel great when brand new.

One year later, they can be noticeably less firm and less comfortable.

The lower the foam density, the more rapidly the cushion will flatten out, losing its shape, firmness and comfort.

The standard 1.8 density foam, found in most reclining furniture, has an average lifespan of 3 – 5 years.

At that point, the foam has lost enough of its firmness and resiliency (the ability to bounce back) so that the seats may sag and feel uncomfortable.

Higher density foams retain their firmness and comfort far longer. For example, a 2.5 density foam cushion may still feel brand new after 10 years of use by an average size person.

Most reclining furniture is currently made with seats that are not removable.

Replacing worn out foam in these seats is prohibitively expensive.

If the furniture is used frequently or by larger than average individuals, the foam can compress and become uncomfortable even faster.

A 1.8 density foam cushion, used frequently by an individual weighing 250 lbs., may become completely worn out and uncomfortable within 1 year.

Cushion warranties may claim to cover any defects for 3 years or 5 years or even a lifetime.

But cushions that wear out after the first year are almost never covered, despite the bold print guaranty at the top of the warranty.

Exclusionary clauses, buried deep down in the small print of the warranty document, exclude coverage for almost anything that is likely to cause your cushions to wear out.

Check out my blog article,What is the Best Furniture Warranty to Protect My Reclining Furniture?

Some reclining brands have switched to 2.0 density foam. That should extend the seat cushion lifespan by about 1 year compared with 1.8 density cushions.

Foam is not the only factor limiting the expected lifespan of reclining sofas and sectionals.

Reclining Mechanisms also have limited lifespans.

Power mechanisms are especially susceptible to failure.

Mechanism warranties are usually 1 – 2 years.

If you get 5 – 7 years use from power mechanisms, you can consider yourself lucky.

The more motors and power options (such as heat or vibration) that your reclining furniture has, the more likely that the mechanism will fail sooner rather than later.

Expensive custom-built reclining sofas and sectionals will last only a few years longer than the cheaper brands.

Although the frame, foundation, leather and seat foam will all last far longer, high-end reclining manufacturers often use the same mechanisms as cheaper brands.

High-quality upholstery brands build sofas that will have a 20+ year lifespan, if properly cared for.

Reclining sofas and sectionals, made by those same high quality brands, will last less than half as long.

Whether you have paid $3000 or $15,000 for a reclining sectional, the reclining mechanisms normally have a 5 – 7 year life expectancy.

It is not unusual for mechanisms to fail even sooner.

Mechanisms can be repaired or replaced (sometimes.)

Manual mechanisms are usually simple and inexpensive to repair or replace.

Power reclining mechanism technology has improved rapidly over the past 15 years.

But those improvements have been for additional comfort features, not for extended durability.

The complex power mechanisms sold today are far less durable than the old, cheaper manual mechanisms.

When your power recliner mechanism fails, there is no guarantee you will be able to have it repaired or replaced.

Although the better brands will try to help you, finding replacement parts for 5-year-old power reclining mechanisms can be extremely difficult.

Finding replacement parts for 10-year-old power reclining mechanisms is almost impossible.

What are the advantages of purchasing high-quality reclining furniture?

The amount of use you can get from low or mid-range reclining sofas is usually limited by the foam seat cushions.

The seat cushion foam will begin to wear out from the first day you use the furniture.

Eventually, depending on how the furniture is used, and the size of the people using it, the foam will become so uncomfortable you will want to replace the furniture.

That time period can be as short as 3 – 5 years, usually before the mechanisms fail.

It is also possible that the reclining mechanisms will fail sooner than the cushions.

That is often caused by damage to the mechanism during shipment or when trying to move the heavy furniture around in the room.

High quality reclining furniture will be very sturdy and very comfortable until the mechanism fails.

If you have a manual mechanism, that can be 10 years or more.

If your reclining furniture uses power mechanisms, failure will probably occur within 5 – 7 years.

It may be possible to repair or replace non-functioning power mechanisms.

It also may not be possible.

The reclining sofa brands listed below are ranked by quality.

1) Hancock & Moore, Hickory, NC

H&M is one of the top quality upholstered furniture manufacturers in the U.S.

Leather is their specialty, but they also have a selection of high-quality fabrics.

75% of their sales are leather. 25% is fabric.

H&M sells both manual and powered reclining furniture.

It is one of the last reclining furniture manufacturers that sells more manual mechanisms than power.

60% of sales are manual. 40% are power.

 

H&M Reclining Sofa

Styles are traditional to transitional. Product lines include recliners, reclining sofas, reclining sectionals & home theater.

Standard cushions may be 2.55 density Qualux foam or Spring Down.

Although H&M is known for heirloom quality hand-crafted furniture, their reclining furniture (and sleeper sofas) will not have the same durability as the brand’s stationary sofas and sectionals.

Hancock & Moore Youtube video

2)  MotionCraft, Morganton, NC

MotionCraft, a division of Sherrill Furniture, has been building custom reclining furniture for over 40 years.

The company offers a large variety of arm styles, sizes, configurations and custom options. Everything is available in over 1000 fabrics & 100 leathers.

Motioncraft reclining sectional

Sectional by MotionCraft

This is handcrafted furniture, built by experienced, skilled artisans.

The detailed tailoring goes beyond what is possible for most other motion furniture manufacturers.

Most reclining furniture is designed for efficient mass production.

MotionCraft’s expert craftspeople still hand-craft one piece at a time.

3) American Leather, Dallas Texas

American Leather was founded in 1990.

Although the company specializes in top quality leather, 35% of reclining furniture sales are fabric.

Hundreds of different fabrics are also available.

American Leather Hudson reclining sectional

Hudson sectional by American Leather

Production is highly automated, using state-of-the-art technology.

Fully customized furniture can be shipped within 30 – 45 days.

The company designs its own mechanisms, but does not actually produce them in-house.

Check out the American Leather factory video tour.

All reclining mechanisms are motorized.

No manual mechanisms are available.

The Comfort Air Collection has no mechanism.

The chairs recline and adjust themselves to your body effortlessly and automatically.

They do not have (or need) a footrest.

American Leather’s Comfort Air chair line is amazingly comfortable.

Personally, I found these chairs to be the most comfortable reclining furniture I have ever sat upon.

Prices are steep – around $3500 in fabric and $5000 in leather.

 

 

 

Recliner chairs

Comfort Air Chairs by American Leather

American Leather is the only American manufacturer to offer Reclining sectionals with a Sleeper option.

4) Taylor King, Taylorsville, NC

Taylor King, a top quality leather specialist, currently offers only 3 different reclining sofas and 2 reclining sectionals.

There is a larger selection of recliner chairs.

Although the company is a leather specialist, they also offer an extensive line of fabrics.

All Taylor King reclining furniture uses a heavy-duty reclining motorized mechanism made by Ultra-Mek in North Carolina.

Taylor King Sampson reclining sectional

5) Bradington Young, Hickory, NC

Bradington Young offers an extensive collection of well-built traditional and classically styled reclining sofas and sectionals.

The company specializes in top grain leathers but also offers fabric options.

Sectional by Bradington Young

Details and finish are not quite up to the standards of Hancock & Moore or Taylor King, but prices are lower.

The overall quality is still excellent.

Bradington Young is a division of Hooker Furniture.

Hooker offers a similarly styled line of imported, lower-priced reclining sofas and sectionals.

Hooker is not reviewed here as its furniture is manufactured in Asia.

6) Ekornes Stressless, Morganton, NC

Stressless has a 200,000 sq. ft. factory in Morganton, NC.

Two years ago, I rated Ekornes Stressless as the #1 brand for reclining furniture.

That is no longer the case.

In my opinion, their older manual reclining pieces are still outstanding.

But the newer motorized reclining furniture, introduced over the past 3 years, has generated numerous consumer complaints.

These complaints involve both quality and comfort.

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Stressless reclining sofa with manual mechanism

Ekornes Stressless was a Norwegian company.

In 2008, it was sold to a Chinese company.

Apparently, this was not a smooth transition.

The Chinese company took on a huge debt load to make the purchase at the same time that the Chinese economy was slowing down

Ekornes Stressless had an 80 year old tradition for engineering excellence.

They introduced new models slowly, being very careful to make sure there were no product defects.

The Chinese company that purchased Ekornes needed to expand sales rapidly.

To do this, they quickly introduced numerous new motorized models.

Apparently, these new motorized products have not been up to the old Ekornes Stressless quality standards.

For a more complete story about the Ekornes Stressless transition from a Norwegian to a Chinese company, check out my blog article, Update to Stressless Reclining Review.

Ekorness Stressless Video

6a) Fjords, Norwegian brand made in Thailand

This is an interesting, fast-growing alternative brand for those who like the Stressless style, but have limited budgets.

The company has been around for 70 years, almost as long as Stressless.

Even though Fjords is not an American manufacturer, they are an interesting and fast-growing brand.

Fjords is priced about 30% lower than Stressless for comparable items.

Each Fjords sofa is available in 2 sizes (high or low back.)

reclining sofa

Fjords Hardstad motorized reclining sofa

98% of sales are leather. Fabric is only 2%, but is available.

80% of Fjords reclining chairs and sofas are motorized, but the company has very few negative reviews.

Fjords seems to have avoided the quality problems that have upset so many Stressless customers over the past couple of years.

7) Bassett Furniture, Bassett, VA

Bassett makes three different quality levels of reclining furniture.

Club Level reclining furniture is mass produced in Thailand. No custom options are available. This is inexpensive, generic reclining furniture.

Bassett also has two different lines of custom-built reclining furniture, both made in the same Newton, NC factory.

One of these custom lines is also named “Club Level.” (I checked three times to make sure it really had the same name as the cheap imported line.)

The other custom line is called “BenchMade.”

The difference between these two different custom lines is that:

Club Level has the standard traditional/transitional recliner look with the front coming down close to floor level.

BenchMade uses a different mechanism for a high leg style that looks similar to stationary sofas.

Bassett BenchMade Reclining Sofa

The BenchMade high leg reclining sofas and sectionals have removable seat cushions.

The Club Level custom reclining furniture does not have removable seat cushions.

Bassett Custom Upholstery Video

8) Omnia Leather, Chino CA.

This is an environmentally conscious company with a wide range of reclining products and pricing.

Upgrading from a basic manual reclining sofa in a Grade 1 leather to a fully accessorized, upgraded leather version of that same model can result in a significant cost increase.

The same model sofa in a Grade 6 leather with all options, including triple power (headrest, footrest, lumbar) can add $2000 or more to the retail price.

The vast assortment of leathers is sourced primarily from Europe.

According to a company spokesperson, Omnia does not use Chinese leathers.

According to Omnia, both the starting price model and the top of the line have the same frame, 2.0 density foam, springs, mechs, and 100% top grain leather.

According to the website, frames are solid kiln-dried hardwood.

According to the factory expert I spoke with at the October 2022 furniture market, the frames are 7/8″ plywood.

It really doesn’t matter. In either case, the frame should outlast the cushions and mechanisms.

Omnia’s seat cushions are also available in a firm seat core option at the same price. (You should not expect the extra firm cushions to last any longer than the standard firmness.)

Omnia Leather reclining sofa

 

Omnia has an unusually strong warranty for this category of furniture.

This includes:

Lifetime warranty on the hardwood frames.

5 year warranty on leather against the transfer of color, peeling, tearing, or becoming hard.

3  year warranty on cushions.

2 year warranty on Recliner motors.

Omnia is manufactured in California, a state with the strictest environmental regulations in the nation.

As a result, Omnia is especially sensitive to ensuring that its products are “green” and sustainable.

The company is a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

Omnia Leather reclining sectional Youtube video

9) La-Z-Boy, Monroe, MI

La-Z-Boy’s founders introduced the first modern reclining chair in 1929.

Since that time, the company has grown into a 1.5 billion business with over 11,000 employees and 5 regional manufacturing plants located around the U.S.

LaZBoy reclining sofa

LaZBoy is a difficult brand to evaluate.

The brand offers so many different product categories at a wide range of prices.

In addition, the company uses proprietary mechanisms and cushions that are different from every other brand.

La-Z-Boy offers over 200 different reclining designs, available in over 1000 fabrics and leathers.

 It offers a wide variety of mechanical and power mechanisms, and is one of the few companies to make its own reclining mechanisms.

Styles range from modern to traditional.

Many of the parts used in this furniture, including the frames, are manufactured domestically, however, a significant number of components and fabrics are purchased overseas.

In addition to manufacturing this furniture, La-Z-Boy has an extensive network of La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Décor stores.

The company also has hundreds of La-Z-Boy galleries in larger furniture stores. Most of these offer in-home design assistance.

Most of La-Z-Boy’s reclining furniture is made with “tight” seat and back cushions that are not removable or reversible.

If the tight seats begin to “sag” and become uncomfortable, replacement or repair is very expensive. The warranty will not apply since this is considered “normal” wear.

Avoid La-Z-Boy’s Renew faux leather fabric. Although the company does not call this fabric “bonded leather,” it is partially made with recycled leather particles and is subject to peeling after a few years – just like other bonded leathers.

10) Elran Furniture, Montreal, Canada

Technically, this is a Made in (North) America brand.

Elran makes a good quality product at a competitive price.

Cushions use 2.0 density foam.

Elran reclining sofa

Customer reviews are generally positive. There seem to be fewer complaints than many of their U.S. and Asian competitors get for similarly priced products.

50% of sales are Italian top grain leather. 50% are fabric.

Retail pricing is generally around $2500 for a fabric reclining sofa and $5000 in leather.

Elran videos can be found at this link.

11) England Furniture, New Tazwell, TN.

England Furniture is a LaZBoy company.

Where LaZBoy makes mostly recliners, England primarily makes custom stationary furniture, but it also makes reclining pieces.

Reclining sofas and chairs make up 25% of England Furniture’s total sales.

They feature both manual and motorized mechanisms. Interestingly, they do not buy their mechanisms from LaZBoy.

80% of England’s reclining furniture is non-custom. Fabric kits are sewn in Asia and matched up with the frames in Tennessee.

What I find intriguing about England’s reclining line up is that they seem to make a serious effort to make their products just a little bit better than their competitors.

In addition to offering the standard sinuous wire foundation, they also have an optional upgrade that combines sinuous wire with added coil springs that appear to add additional flexibility to the seat support.

I have not seen that before, and am not sure how much benefit it adds, but I find it interesting.

The standard cushions are 1.8 density foam, but they also offer an upgrade that combines foam and coil springs.

Reclining sofa by England Furniture

My biggest concern with this product is that the plywood frames are not glued. 

The plywood they are using (7/8″ thick with 11 plies) is actually better than what most of their competitors use.

They claim that the plywood locks together tightly so that no glue is needed, but I am not convinced.

The frame won’t fall apart, but leaving out the glue traditionally leads to squeaking and twisting frames.

12) Franklin, Houston, MS

Although not as well known as some of the other recliner brands, Franklin Furniture is one of the largest privately owned furniture manufacturers in the U.S.

Franklin has been making recliners in Mississippi for over 40 years.

The company employs over 1300 workers. Its facilities total over 1 million square feet.

Franklin reclining sofa

This is a company that specializes in reclining furniture, although it also makes a few stationary sofas.

As a reclining specialist, the company offers a wide variety of custom options.

These options include heat and massage mechanisms, infinite reclining positions, and an iPod docking station controlled from a touchpad command center.

You can also find models with lifts, extra storage, hidden tables, and cup holders.

Franklin is a vertically integrated manufacturer, making nearly all of its own parts, including manual and power mechanisms.

Genuine leather is not available as an option.

13) Best Home Furnishings, Ferdinand, IN

This is a family-owned and operated business, over 50 years old with over 1 million square ft. and nearly 1000 employees. The company has been making recliners since 1989.

The specialty of this company is fast special orders – shipped within one week after the purchase with a selection of over 1000 different fabrics.

Best Home Furnishings

This emphasis on special orders distinguishes the company from better-known brand names that either discourage special orders or take much longer.

Best makes nearly 200 different recliners and over 60 different reclining sofas and sectionals.

The company still uses solid hardwood frames that are doweled, corner blocked, glued, and screwed.

Most of the other manufacturers in this category have switched to plywood or engineered wood frames.

14) Jackson Catnapper, TN

Catnapper is the brand name for recliners made by Jackson Furniture Industries.

The company has over 1500 employees and 1 million sq. ft. of manufacturing space in 6 different facilities, located in Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida.

This company offers the usual variety of features and options.

Jackson

Jackson also offers a “Comfort Coil” cushion on most of its models.

In general, I consider a seat cushion with coil springs to be an upgrade over the standard 1.8 density foam cushions.

But I am mystified about why none of their competitors have offered similar cushions in the many years since Catnapper first introduced them.

When I visited the company’s showroom at the High Point market this past week, I specifically asked why they use that type of cushion and why nobody else does.

The salesperson I spoke with had no idea.

 

15) Southern Motion, Pontotoc, MS.

Southern Motion™ specializes exclusively in reclining furniture.

It had nearly 1500 employees in 5 Mississippi facilities, but has had some recent difficulties and laid off about 1/3 of their workforce.

The company offers a wide assortment of reclining chairs, sofas & sectionals.

These are available with a dozen different mechanisms and a wide variety of options, including power headrests and electronic accessories.

Southern Motion was founded in 1996 and has grown into a leading supplier to the national furniture retailers, offering a line that includes all categories of motion furniture.

Southern Motion furniture

Southern Motion reclining sofa

Southern Comfort’s SoCozi, line features heated massaging and other high-end options.

From a quality and durability view, Southern Comfort faces the same challenges as the other mid-priced competitors.

Price is the #1 criteria for the best-selling models,

Southern Comfort offers a wide variety of upgraded designs with special features & options at higher prices.

The company seems to get a higher than average number of consumer complaints.

16) Flexsteel, Dubuque, IA

Flexsteel is an American brand that has been producing mid-range upholstered seating for over 100 years.

Actually, the company should not be included in this review at all.

All of its reclining furniture is now made outside the USA.

The Southhaven series is made in Mexico and represents the starting grade.

The Latitudes collection was originally made in China, but is now being produced in Vietnam.

Flexsteel still makes some custom stationary furniture in the USA.

But the large majority of their sales come from imported products.

Lane Grand Tornino Reclining Sofa

Flexsteel reclining sofa

Retail salespeople rarely mention that Flexsteel reclining furniture is made overseas unless specifically asked.

Flexsteel had a long tradition of paying more attention than most comparably priced furniture manufacturers to the internal quality of its furniture.

That tradition is being eroded, especially in its reclining furniture.

The blue steel flat spring foundation that gave the company its name over 100 years ago is still ubiquitous in Flexsteel seating.

It is the primary basis of Flexsteel’s claim to superior quality and will be mentioned by every salesperson.

It is almost certainly the strongest, most durable spring foundation ever made.

 The blue steel flat spring should last at least 50 years. Some are still functional after 100 years.

The problem is that the blue steel spring will out-live every other part of their reclining furniture (by far.)

All of Flexsteel’s reclining furniture is made with “tight” seat and back cushions that are not removable or reversible.

[Historical factoid – I was representing Flexsteel to the U.S. government in the 1980s, when they were sued by Drexel-Heritage over the award of a government contract.

Drexel’s argument was that the contract specified “8-way hand-tied” foundations, which they claimed was superior to Flexsteel’s blue steel flat spring.

Flexsteel won the lawsuit (and the contract) by “proving” that the blue steel spring was “as good or better than” 8-way hand-tied springs.]

17) Ashley Furniture, Arcadia, WI

Ashley Furniture is the largest furniture company in the world.

The brand has manufacturing plants all over the world, including several in the U.S.

Ashley also owns (and franchises) a huge network of Ashley Home retail stores.

On top of that, Ashley’s furniture is sold through other large and small furniture retailers worldwide.

Obviously, Ashley is doing something right.
reclining sectional

Ashley reclining sectional

Over the past 40 years, Ashley has entered virtually every furniture category in the low and middle price ranges.

Ashley pioneered the big, puffy modern “casual” look for reclining furniture.

That casual style has been copied by so many competitor brands that it has become virtually generic.

Inside the furniture industry, this type of style used to be known as “Furniture by the pound.”

The idea is to give the customer the illusion that they are getting the most furniture possible for each dollar spent.

One big advantage of this modern “casual” style is that it can be manufactured very quickly by low-skilled workers.

Another advantage is that it reduces costs by utilzing low-cost materials and components.

These are hidden away inside the furniture, in places shoppers cannot see or feel when the furniture is brand new in the showroom.

Much of the “puffy” look that makes reclining sofas and sectionals look so big and plush is created using very low cost polyester fiber in the arm pads and backs.

Foam is one of the most expensive materials used in low and mid-range quality upholstered seating.

The puffy casual styling, featuring tight (non-removable) seat cushions, substantially reduces the amount of foam required.

Money is also saved by using 1.8 density foam.

All polyurethane foams are not equal in quality (or cost.).

A 1.8 density foam produced in Asia will be cheaper, but can break down faster, than a premium quality American made 1.8 density foam.

Increasing foam density to 2.5 would double the cushion’s lifespan.

But it would cost an additional $10 per seat at the manufacturing level.

That translates to a $50 increase in the retail price of a 3 seat sofa with non-removable seat cushions.

When the furniture is new in the showroom, shoppers would not be able to tell the difference between the two different foam densities.

Three years later, there will be a very noticeable difference in both looks and comfort.

But most retail salespeople are not skilled enough to justify the extra expense to their customers.

When I first encountered Ashley Furniture in the 1970s, the company was a small Arcadia, WI manufacturer, making cheap bookcases and occasional tables.

At that time, I was a buyer for a Top 50 furniture retail chain.

IKEA opened up its first U.S. store in 1985.

Ashley immediately recognized that it could not hope to compete in its existing product line of bookcases and tables.

Ashley became the first U.S. furniture manufacturer to explore the advantages of building furniture in China.

The company soon branched out into bedroom and dining room furniture, followed by upholstery.

Over the past few years, tariff and supply chain issues have forced Ashley to move most of its production out of China to other Asian countries – and also to the U.S.

Most Ashley upholstered furniture, including reclining pieces, are now Made in the USA.

I recently spoke with Ashley’s VP of Business Development at the October 2022 International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC.

In response to my question, he told me that 75% of Ashley reclining furniture sold in the U.S. is currently being made domestically.

18)Klaussner, Asheboro, NC

Klaussner’s reclining furniture is mass-produced using low-cost materials and inexpensive labor.

Klaussner has the same problems as most of its large competitors, including non-removable cushions that wear out within a few years

In addition, there seems to be an unusually high number of complaints about frame failures.

This is a problem commonly found with cheap imported reclining sofas but is not as common with U.S.-made furniture.

[Note – This may be linked to a change from plywood to engineered wood frames. Over the past two years (Pandemic & supply chain crisis) the price of plywood tripled. Some manufacturers switched to engineered woods. They were easier to obtain (and much cheaper.]

The companies listed below no longer make reclining furniture in the U.S.

Smith Brothers, Berne, IN

Smith Brothers no longer offers reclining sofas or sectionals.

Reclining chairs are still available.

This 90-year-old furniture manufacturer is located in the heart of Indiana’s Amish community and prides itself on building furniture the old-fashioned way, one piece at a time.

Everything the company makes is custom built.

Frames are solid maple, reinforced with double dowels, screws, glue, corner blocks, and metal brackets. The company builds its own frames.

Smith Brothers Frame

The company designs its own exclusive arm support system to reduce the arm wobble that is commonly found in reclining furniture.

Seat cushions are removable and reversible, with coil spring construction. No-sag springs are used to support the back.

Reclining furniture brands that no longer make furniture in the U.S. include:

 Barcalounger, Morrisville, TN.

Barcalounger no longer makes furniture in the U.S. 

All Barcalounger seating is now made in Malaysia.

Barcalounger was one of the first major furniture manufacturers to make and sell reclining furniture back in the 1940s.

Throughout the 1970s, the company had a reputation as the top quality brand for reclining furniture.

The reputation still lingers, although its products have no relationship to those made by the old Barcalounger company.

Lane Furniture, Tupelo, MS

[UPDATE Nov. 22, 2022 – Lane Furniture has shut down and fired all employees.]

HIGH POINT, NC Nov. 22, 2022 — WXII News, Winston Salem is reporting that United Furniture Inds. has terminated all  Lane employees. According to the station the company, which has operated under the Lane brand in recent years, sent two letters to employees. The first instructed employees not to report to their work locations today. The second e-mail, sent overnight, immediately terminates all employees, with the exception of over-the-road drivers currently out on delivery.

According to WXII, the memo stated that, “Your layoff from the company is expected to be permanent, and all benefits will be terminated immediately without provision of COBRA.”

Lane no longer makes reclining furniture in the U.S.

Lane is one of the best-known brands in the furniture industry with a history that goes back over 100 years.

Unfortunately, this is not the same company. Ownership has changed three times since 1996.

 

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Jeff Frank

Jeff Frank

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Jeff Frank is a 45 year  furniture industry veteran. He created this blog to provide detailed facts, inside information & advice for furniture shoppers. 

 

 

 

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