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History of Lane

Lane Furniture History

It was March 1912, and a man named John Lane had purchased a box plant in Altavista, Virginia. His son Ed Lane, twenty-one at the time and with little manufacturing experience, was encouraged by his father to try his hand at starting a chest factory in the newly acquired plant. Since the Lanes didn't know how successful their new venture was going to be, they didn't want to put their name on it, so they incorporated the little company as the Standard Red Cedar Chest Company, with John Lane as President and Ed Lane as Vice President and General Manager. From cedar chests, Lane expanded to occasional tables in 1951, casegoods in 1956, and accent pieces in 1965.

In 1972, Lane bought a small reclining chair company in Tupelo, Mississippi named Action Industries. Action Industries was founded in 1970 by Bo Bland and Mickey Holliman. Action sustained tremendous growth through gains in market share and product diversification over the next 20 years becoming a major force in the upholstered furniture industry. Today, the wood and upholstered divisions have become Lane Home Furnishings. Lane Furniture Industries is owned by Furniture Brands International which also owns other well known brand name companies... Broyhill, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage and Maitland Smith.


State of the Art Manufacturing

Commitment to Quality

We pride ourselves in the fact that we have five of the most advanced furniture manufacturing facilities in the world. This allows us to provide our customers with quality products manufactured by a company that they can depend on. Lane's commitment to advanced technology provides our customers with the quality products they have come to expect from us - The Most Comfortable Seat in the House!

State of the Art Technology

Lane continuously works to offer its employees the latest technology. We were the first company to test the use of the CNC (computer numerical control) Bandsaw, a precision cutter that cuts all of the wood-frame patterns for our products. Today, we have seven of these machines in our manufacturing facilities. We also use CNC wood cutting routers.

Another machine that is used in the production of Lane products is the Gerber Cutter, which cuts fabric in as many as 35 layers at a time. This computerized cutting of wood and fabric produces more precise measures and results in less material waste. The resulting products also feature patented mechanisms designed by our engineers. This keeps control in our hands, allowing us to offer a limited lifetime warranty on the mechanical parts in each of our products.

Our computerized inventory management system allows products to be tracked for exact location at anytime during the manufacturing process.

Lane manages to stay one step ahead of the competition by continuously searching for the latest technology to use in the production of our products.

The Art of Reclining

Our company began manufacturing recliners in 1970, and has maintained a strong presence in the furniture industry as one of the largest reclining chair manufacturers in the industry. Lane dominates the industry with a wide range of recliner styles, from traditional to contemporary. Whether you are looking for an elegant hi-leg or a chaise recliner loaded with features such as hidden storage, tray table and massage, we have the style to meet your needs.

Take a look at what our great line has to offer, and you'll see why comfort is never an option with our products, it's a given!

World Leader in Reclining Upholstery

Our reclining upholstery line was developed as a result of consumer demand for high quality reclining upholstery from a well-respected company that stands behind its product. Lane's marketing staff, designers and engineers have collectively worked together to develop attractive, innovative, top-quality furniture that maintains Lane's mission to be "the most comfortable seat in the house."

We offer more than 40 styles of reclining upholstery, ranging from traditional to transitional and country to contemporary, in hundreds of fabrics and sumptuous leathers. Many of Lane's styles are available in a wide variety of configurations to suit your ever changing lifestyle. Whether yo need a traditional sofa / loveseat combination or the trendy look of a chaise sectional, our reclining upholstery line was designed with today's consumer in mind. All of our styles are assembled on a steel superstructure for superior performance and years of care free operation.

Sensational Sleep Sofas

Lane offers an extensive line of Sleep Sofas in twin, full or queen size. Our sleep sofa category offers the full support of a stationary sofa, as well as the comfort and practicality of an extra bed to ease overnight guests into soothing sleep.

Our Snuggler offers comfort, style, versatility and space-saving secrets. A twin-size bed is hidden beneath the cushions of this oversized armchair and a storage chest is concealed below the foot cushion of the ottoman. Perfect for any room in the house, the Snuggler offers easy comfort for overnight guests with its five-inch innerspring mattress, as well as the perfect chair to curl up in. For those who might not have quite enough room for both the Snuggler and storage ottoman, we suggest the Snuggler Recliner. This chair-and-a-half features a recliner mechanism instead of a twin size mattress under the cushion. The Snuggler Recliner is a great addition to most any room in the house.

Lane Leather: Nature's Most Luxurious Product

Leather is one of nature's most luxurious products. It is produced from a process called tanning, the oldest of all manufacturing processes. The leather industry is the largest recycler in the world and Lane Home Furnishings is the nation's largest domestic supplier of leather furniture. Combining this material with beautifully designed furniture creates an end product that is worth the expense. Hence comes Lane Leather!

Lane Leather, which was introduced in April 1999, consists of three specific categories: American Ranch, American Traditional, and Urban Contemporary.




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