Every time we purchase a new piece of furniture, we make an impact on our community. No matter how large or small our investment, we have the ability to support local artisans, boost the local economy and even lower our impact on the environment. American-made furniture highlights the dedicated artistry of each craftsman, many of whom represent generations of carpentry traditions passed down from their families. From the use of organic materials to safe and fair labor laws, buying American-made furniture goes far beyond bringing a new beautiful piece into our home. And what’s best, you know that each item received the time and attention to make it last a lifetime.
We’ve explored just a handful of the main reasons to always buy American-made furniture, as well as some of the leading craftspeople in America today.
American-Made Furniture Supports the Local Economy
By the time a new piece of furniture arrives on the showroom floor, each item has passed through the hands of countless businesses. Designers source wood from a farm, transport the wood to their workshop, and pass through the hands of the company’s many craftsmen before heading to the storefront. Each one of these businesses—when local to America—provides both jobs and financial support to the community. Additionally, under American labor laws and protections, each worker is properly compensated for their time and artistry. Workplaces are safe, supportive and representative of the integrity of the community.
At Vermont-based Copeland Furniture, the owner’s community-driven mission creates a workplace for skilled local artisans where each employee feels proud of what they do each day. A focus on innovative, quality work while tapping into the passion of a local community, creates a company that does far more than supply stunning furniture.
Quite similarly—and also based in a small town in Vermont—Lyndon Furniture employs over 100 local craftsmen at their growing factory. Locally milled wood transforms into Heirloom-styled furniture inspired by over 40 years of expertise.
Safe and Sustainable
Cisco Brothers, a natural furniture company based in Los Angeles, was one of the earliest American-made brands to solely use certified sustainable lumber. Their lumber suppliers must, among other things, prove that they plant more trees than are used each year. In an interview with LA Times, Cisco’s owner, Francisco Pinedo, explains their green-focused integrity when working with suppliers, “Do you know how many vendors that takes off the table? It makes everything simple. Don't even bother making a pitch about becoming a supplier if you don't meet our criteria."
By utilizing local or ethically harvested materials, American-made furniture companies also ensure a lower carbon footprint on the transport and creation of each item.
A focus on high environmental standard protects you and everyone in your home as well. By avoiding all furniture finishes with higher VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and HAPs (hazardous air pollutants), furniture designer Spectra Wood maintains safe standards through every step of the process. Their manufacturing process reduces waste and reuses each part of the wood wherever possible, allowing them to both lower their footprint and financially compete against larger overseas companies.
In the true American Dream fashion, many American-based furniture designers depend on their apprenticeship with past generations. Furniture that lasts a lifetime comes from an avid understanding of carpentry and artistry. Purchasing these items pushes back against the throwaway culture and trend of purchasing short-term items.
The owner of Minnesota furniture company, Eastvold Furniture, built his business from the group up under the instruction of his father. Matt Eastvold started off as a one-man show, designing and selling custom furniture to friends and family, eventually opening a shop in the area. "It's important to me to keep my company local and handmade," he told The Midwestival in a 2015 interview. He goes on to speak about the power of knowing each crafts person’s story when choosing to support a company.
In this same spirit, the story of the team at Cerno Group stems from the dedicated friendship of three very motivated artists. Close friends since childhood, they always believed that their artistic passions should drive the rest of the lives. One of the founder’s grandfather’s hands-on dedication to drive and craftsmanship still steers their company’s mission and each new item’s design. Known for their refreshingly contemporary lighting design, Cerno works from the bond of friendship and the inspiration of family in everything they do.
True Custom Craftsmanship
And lastly, American-made furniture has the support and vision to create high-quality, strikingly beauty furniture that celebrates the diverse artistic past and present of this country. The family-run team at Younger + Coboasts a 1:1 program, offering custom-made pieces specific for your needs and vision. This level of attention to craftsmanship comes from handmade goods and personal connection with your designers. Additionally, all furniture materials come from within 85 miles of their hometown in Thomasville, North Carolina.
American-made furniture reflects generations of our country’s vibrant cultures, celebrating innovation and a dedication to quality. When investing in something as lasting and crucial to the energy of your space as new furniture, American-made products offer far more than a stylish piece—they represent a community, a respect for the earth and an appreciation for the craft itself.