Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Best Place To Buy Furniture!

One of my close friends decided quite a few years back that she wanted to start a furniture business. Her mission-To make furniture affordable. She started out of her home and eventually moved to a small warehouse space and has a great business. Many have found the store through referrals, others just stumbled across it, but the result is great furniture at an amazing price!
Here is how it all started:

Cortate Furniture

Is now located in Gilbert AZ on the southwest corner of Gudalupe and Recker.

The store hours are:
Wednesday & Friday--12 noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday--10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The set up of the store is that you can go in look through catalogues and then Hope will give you the price on the spot. To save you some time I recommend you do some homework and research some of the vendors online you can click on the name and it will link you to their website.

When you find what you might be interested in write down:
  • the manufacture name

  • furniture description, including color, name of collection, or specific item.

  • item number.
Here are her vendors that have websites that you can preview from the comfort of your own home: (Click the company name to go directly to their website)

Acme -all types of furniture, not a huge selection, great prices
AICO-Michael Amini Furniture -high end furniture for all rooms! Moderate to high priced.
Aspen Home -moderatel to high priced fruniture depending on the collection, wide variety
Best Chairs -good selection of all types of chairs, some sofas and occasional tables, great prices
Bramble -custom furniture 16-20 week lead time, moderately priced
Butler Specialty Furniture -well priced good quality case goods
Coaster -all types of furniture, not a huge selection, great prices 
Emerald -all types of furniture, not a huge selection
Flexsteel -upholstered goods
Good Trading Co. -kids furniture, mostly known for well priced bunk beds
Hacienda Leather -custom leather sofas, many leathers to choose from, good prices on sectionals
Home Elegance -wide variety of furniture, well priced, comes quickly if in stock
Intercon Furniture -Case goods for all rooms, moderately priced.
Kincaide Furniture -known for solid wood construction, upper end furniture at a moderate to high price
Lea Furniture -great variety of kids furniture
Magnussen -bedroom, dining room and occasional, good prices
New Dimension Sofa Factory -good selection and flexibility with fabric and style for upholstered goods. Great priced.
North American Wood -good selection wood furniture. Dining, occasional, office, and bedroom furniture. Great priced.
Parker House -largely and entertainment line, known for expandable consoles
Robert Michael -custom sofas, good warranties, allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
Samuel Laurence -case goods, great kids line, good prices
Stanley -high quality beautiful furniture, higher priced
Vaughan Bassett -predominately bedroom with some dining, well priced
Winners Only -wide variety of case goods, great prices, good quality

The other vendors she carries that are not viewable on the web are:
  • Custom Sofas-can have as many as 14 fabrics on a sofa
  • Custom Case goods (12 colors to choose from)
  • As well as several other case good companies
So you will just need to go down and look through the catalogues for those companies

Also if you are ordering custom furniture that is upholstered you need to take time to look through the fabric swatches.

Now keep in mind, you will get your furniture fast. Some companies take longer, especially when ordering couches and other custom furniture.  Cortate is family owned operated. You get a good deal on furniture because they keep their overhead down. That means they don't have a ton of storage space. Be prepared to pick up your furniture within 24 hours of the arrival date if not the same day. You will be responsible for picking it up yourself-they do not have a delivery service. When you order they will give you an estimate on arrival, but they are not staffed to call and give updates. They are some of the nicest people you will meet and if you are willing to save money you will love buying your furniture there.

**Updated 6/13