Living room furnishings often speak volumes about an individual’s personality. The furniture that a person chooses to put in their house shows character, whether intentionally or unconsciously.
Careful consideration should go into a new furniture purchase, especially when that purchase can add or take away from the room’s aesthetic. An original living room chair purchase should fit the look that is already present in your room.
Custom furniture is a great way to achieve a look that speaks both to personality in a living area and attention to detail. A good custom chair can elevate a room from an out-of-the-box cookie-cutter room to a unique place that speaks to the owner's personality.
Custom chairs come in a wide variety of styles and price ranges. To best illustrate that variety, Furniture Fair will be comparing two custom furniture brands that we carry on our showroom floor, contrasting the difference in style, quality, pricing, and attention to detail.
Furniture Fair has been selling custom furniture for over 50 years, and we strive to offer the best custom options at a fair price. The Furniture Fair showroom floor has over 1,200 fabrics and leathers to choose from, and multiple custom brand options.
Read on to find out which brand might be right for you!
Smith Brothers Custom Chairs
Smith Brothers has origins in furniture-making going back to 1926, and their brand is known for high-quality, solid construction furniture.
Smith Brothers chairs use materials like hardwood maple, steel coil springs, high-quality foam, unique textiles, and top-grain leathers in their construction. Smith Brothers has some of the highest quality custom chairs on the market today for custom furniture options.
Here is an updated list of the features available for a custom chair and some pros and cons to buying Smith Brothers.
Detailed Customization Options
Customization doesn’t get much more detailed than with Smith Brothers chairs. Smith Brothers has more custom options than most other custom furniture brands.
The details are up to the customer, and with Smith Brothers, those details are many.
Over 800 fabrics and leathers
Smith Brothers produces over 2,100 pieces of upholstery every week! The large volume of production is even more impressive when you consider the 800 fabrics and leathers available.
The Smith Brothers staff selects Smith Brothers fabrics for their durability, style, and high textile quality levels. Fabric swatch options for custom chairs feature multiple patterns, colors, and textures, giving the customer a multitude of choices.
With so many options, the perfect chair is a few picks away. Smith Brothers leathers are selected from the finest top-grain leather and made to maximize your chair’s comfort and style.
Leather upholstery is available in several traditional colors, as well as some more modern contemporary colors.
Custom Arm Details
The 3000, 5000, and 8000 modular collections from Smith Brothers have panel, track, and sock arm styles available for an additional customization option.
Custom Back Details
The same collections feature custom back details with attached or semi-attached back cushions.
Custom Base Details
In addition to back details, the custom modular collections feature custom base details. Choose from options such as a skirt, turned leg, or tapered leg.
Skirt options are not available in leather but are available in all other Smith Brothers fabrics.
Multiple Silhouette Options
Smith Brothers has options if a customer is looking to create a unique chair and wants a particular look.
The Smith Brothers catalog features over 30 stylish frame options. With the ability to combine your frame choice and fabric choice, the customer can easily create their dream chair.
If reclining is an option that the customer wants, Smith Brothers has options for reclining chairs. Smith Brothers offers over 30 reclining frames in a great variety of styles.
The customer can combine their favorite upholstery, high-quality structure, and great reclining mechanics for a fantastic custom recliner.
The Furniture Fair showroom has a display model available with a great view of the Smith Brothers mechanics. Drop by for a demonstration today and see how it works!
Made in The USA
All Smith Brothers Products are manufactured right at home in beautiful Berne, Indiana, and the company employsover 500 people to make high-quality custom furniture.
When you purchase a Smith Brothers chair you are supporting American manufacturing and getting an American product.
Here are some pros to consider before shopping for a Smith Brothers custom chair.
Smith Brothers chairs are constructed from solid hardwood maple, making them some of the most rugged chairs.
Solid wood construction makes for a sturdy custom chair that will withstand years of use in a living space.
Best Quality Upholstery
Smith Brothers fabrics and leathers bear the reputation for high quality and stylish designs. Smith Brothers staffers personally grade each new material that comes in, inspecting quality and integrity to ensure the fabric is worthy of the brand reputation.
Smith Brothers uses the best quality top-grain leather upholstery to ensure that your leather chair will last for a long time. A Smith Brothers upholstery fabric carries all the same hallmarks of quality that Smith Brothers represents in the furniture business.
Smith brothers is the gold standard when it comes to custom options. Arms, backs, trim, and legs can all be customized, depending on what model you purchase, and every frame comes with the Smith Brothers fabric of your choice.
Here are some cons to consider before shopping for a Smith Brothers custom chair.
Smith Brothers furniture is among the highest quality custom furniture in the industry, and that reputation comes with premium pricing.
A customer will be paying for top quality, long-lasting, custom furniture when they buy Smith Brothers, and that level of quality runs at a premium.
A customer considering buying a custom chair from Smith Brothers should consider their budget beforehand and be sure that they are ready to invest in Smith Brothers quality.
A smith brothers chair starts at around $1000 average, and some chairs can be as high as $3200 for a recliner.
Best Home Furnishings Custom Chairs
Best Home Furnishings began in 1962 when two men pooled their shared knowledge of chair design and formed Best Chairs. Today that little empire has expanded into Best Home Furnishings, a company with over 1,000 employees making fantastic furniture designs.
The company's success story began with a specific theme: make the best quality product at the most affordable price. While the Best Home Furnishings of today no longer resembles the Best Chairs of yesterday, one thing has remained constant: the commitment to quality and customers’ total satisfaction.
Best's product selection has grown to hundreds of different styles, all available in over a thousand diverse cover selections made to order in days, not weeks.
From classic wing-back chairs to contemporary swivel barrel chairs, Best Home Furnishings chairs feature hardwood frame construction, high-quality foams, and premium cushioning fibers.
Multiple Customization Options
Best Chairs are some of the most versatile, affordable custom chairs in the furniture industry.
The company features many different frames, motion reclining, and a large selection of fabrics and leathers!
Over 13 Frames
There are over 13 frame options to choose from, with motion available as well. The styles range from traditional to contemporary with many unique profiles.
With so many styles to choose from, finding one that matches a particular design is effortless.
Over 700 fabrics & Leathers
The Best Chair program features over 700 fabrics and leathers, including Revolution performance fabric, a material designed to stand up to heavy use.
The fabrics feature a wide range of colors, styles, and trendy patterns, continually updating with changing fashions.
Best Chairs lets the customer add motion options to custom chairs as well. Motion is available with swivel and glider mechanisms made exclusively for Best Home Furnishings by industry leaderLeggett & Platt.
Best Chairs brings chair design down to earth for a more affordable price, while still offering custom options to make designing a room accessible.
A purchase of any frame available will be more affordable than most other custom furniture brands.
Made in the USA
Best Chairs are made close to home in Ferdinand, Indiana, and have a proud heritage of Made-in-the-USA quality.
The company started from humble beginnings in 1962 and has withstood the test of time while offering affordable custom chairs.
Here are some pros to consider before shopping for a Best Home Furnishings custom chair.
Best Home Furnishings offers custom chairs at a price that is hard to beat, especially for custom furniture. Custom accent chairs start as low as $395.55, and a reclining chair will cost, at most, around $1,100.
Depending on what frame is purchased, the cost can be significantly lower for a custom chair. Compared to other custom options, the price-points on Best Chairs are a breath of fresh air for the budget-minded customer.
Best chairs feature a line of performance fabrics called Revolution performance fabrics designed to stand up to repeated use.
Revolution was the first PFC chemical-free performance fabric to hit the marketplace and was the only one made entirely in the United States after much of the textile business went overseas in 2008.
Revolution is perfect for families who want a beautiful fabric that is stain resistant but doesn’t have a hefty price tag. Revolution is also ideal for small children and pets because it is super easy to clean when life’s messes happen.
Here are some pros to consider before shopping for a Best Home Furnishings custom chair.
Unfortunately, to keep the price on a custom chair low, the quality level has to be lower than that of some other custom furniture manufacturers, such as Smith Brothers.
Best Chairs feature high-quality craftsmanship for the price they sell at, and that price is affordable, but not luxurious.
While there are a wide variety of fabrics and leathers to choose from, unfortunately, that is the limit to Best chairs’ customizable options.
The lower price point means that automation and fast turnarounds take priority over custom finishing options.
Is Quality or Affordable Pricing More Important for Your Custom Chair?
When comparing Smith Brothers to Best Chairs, the ultimate decision depends on what the customer is looking for in a custom chair. Both products are of good quality, made-in-the-USA options, but each has a particular advantage.
Smith Brothers offers the best quality in exchange for a premium price-point, while Best Chairs has lesser quality but at a much more affordable price-point. The ultimate choice is up to the customer and what they want to prioritize.
If you are in the market for custom chairs, check out Furniture Fair in-store or online. Located in over11 stores throughout the Louisville, Cincinnati, and Dayton areas, Furniture Fair has custom options in Smith Brothers, Best Home Furnishings, and several other custom furniture manufacturers!
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