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GREAT NEWS FOR FURNITURE BUYERS

There are some good things happening in the furniture industry! First and foremost, there has been a significant reduction in lead times. In some cases, they have been cut in half. Instead of 9 months to a year, estimated wait times are 2 to 6 months, depending on the vendor. There are many factors that had led to the reduction in lead times. Some of the main contributors include an increase in the use of domestic suppliers, a more abundant labor force, an increase in availability of raw materials, the simplification of product lines and the consolidating of suppliers.

Second, import containers are becoming more available which has driven ocean surcharges down or eliminated them all together. In turn, the cost of import goods is decreasing. More containers also means more product availability which will help retail furniture stores keep their inventory at healthy levels. more inventory, which can be replenished at a faster rates, means there will be more available to purchase off the sales floor.

Finally, we are beginning to see new product! As vendors have dealt with and found solutions to the problems created by the pandemic, they are finding more time to develop new products. This means furniture retailers have access to new designs, styles and product lines that help freshen up the sales floor and draw consumers in to see what is new.

It has been a long and frustrating few years for suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. It’s great to finally have some good news and a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Best Warranties and Michigan Made

How’s your sofa holding up? What about your favorite recliner? I ask, because I know we’re all spending more time than usual in them right now. Maybe the broken-down cushion that didn’t seem like such a bother a month ago, has really been causing a literal pain in your back. Oh wait…that’s your mattress causing the pain in your back.

If there was ever a time to notice the quirks, imperfections or downright problems with your current furniture, now during Shelter in Home, would be it! It’s also a good time to research and understand what companies you’d like to do business with when you’re able to replace these items.

There are a few companies I particularly like to recommend because of their better-than-industry-average warranties.

Flexsteel, for example, goes so far as to provide a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the internal structures of their furniture. That includes springs, wood frames, metal base, reclining mechanisms even the seat cushion foam and feathers. Something that further sets Flexsteel apart in the realm of durability is their patented component called Blue Steel Spring that’s used in their upholstered pieces, like sofas and chairs. I also enjoy recommending Flexsteel because of their commitment to being made in the USA.

Serta Mattresses is another American made company with an outstanding limited warranty. But what I really like about Serta is their 120-Day In-Home trial period. Although, I’ve rarely had a customer that has used this option, it certainly is nice to know that it’s available, especially because the comfort of your mattress is so important.

If we’re on the subject of American made and good warranties, I can’t leave out LaZBoy. It’s not only made in the USA, they’re headquartered right here in Monroe, Michigan. Their warranties are executed by the dealer you purchased from, so that means you’ll deal directly with our family here at Schroeder Furniture on any issues. In fact, one of the things that I’m most proud of about my store is our own in-house Service Manager. We’re able to take care of most issues that my arise right here and never even have to involve the manufacturer.

As a final note, whenever you’re investigating warranties, remember any warranty is only as good as the company standing behind it. The ones I’ve mentioned above, including Flexsteel, Serta, LaZBoy and of course my own company, Schroeder Furniture, have decades and decades of experience. They’re reputable and a pleasure to do business with.

I hope we never experience another pandemic in our lifetime. If, however, something like this does happen again, at lease next time, you’ll know your furniture and mattress were built for the long-haul.

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3 things you need to know about Amish Furniture

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

GREAT QUALITY

Amish furniture is known for its excellent quality and the process they use to make their furniture. Handcrafted furniture stands apart from mass-manufactured pieces with its solid construction and meticulous detailing. Once you purchase a piece of Amish furniture, you buy a resilient, practical, and beautiful product that will serve its purpose, and serve it well for years to come.

CUSTOMIZATION

Most Amish companies build their furniture in a handmade-to-order, which means you get a lot of room for the customization of the piece. With this process, you keep the freedom to determine your wood selection, size, edge profile, hardware, add-on features, finish, and more! Each type of hardwood brings its own vibrant color and unique grain to handcrafted furniture, and your finishing touches make all the difference. 

PLANET FRIENDLY

In the past few years, the furniture industry has been focusing on different Eco-friendly options. But if you think about it, the Amish culture has been eco-friendly since its inception. Conserving resources and managing the environment responsibly is part of the values of the Amish community. It is only reasonable to expect, therefore, that these sustainable tendencies extend to the handcrafting of furniture.

For more information please visit: www.schroederfurniture.com or send me an email to info@schroederfurniture.com

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Welcome to our Blog!

Hello! We are Scott and Dawn Schroeder. We have been working at Schroeder Furniture for most of our life’s and we are very passionate about furniture and home designing. We have decided to start this blog to share our passion with everyone!  Stay tuned!