Memorial Day sales add sizzle to a tepid market

Once again, we celebrate not only the start to the summer season but also one of the biggest furniture sale holidays of the year this weekend. For those not at the beach, a picnic or a camping trip, this is the perfect time to shop for furniture. We mean that. And it’s not just a hunch. As usual around this time of year, we have scoured the web and found a host of aggressive promotions offered by furniture retailers around the country. From major discounts on multiple categories, to low or no-cost financing, it’s a great time to be a consumer in the market for furniture.

Below are some of the retailer websites that caught our eye and what types of deals they are offering. As always, we hope the holiday weekend provides a much-needed boost to the industry at a time when consumers’ attention has been diverted to other purchases, from travel and autos to dining out and other forms of entertainment. And if we missed your sales promotion, contact us at and we can add (no pun intended) it to the mix.

American Furniture Warehouse is offering low prices on a wide variety of items, ranging from sofas, sectionals and accent chairs to bedroom furniture and outdoor seating and dining furniture. Its website presents many of these items with other companion pieces for the room or outdoor setting and also shows images where customers can zoom in and see what it looks like in a room.

Gallery Furniture’s holiday promotion includes major discounts on single items available at reduced prices ranging from mattresses and sofas to sectionals and outdoor settees. Consumers can see the new prices in comparison to the original price to see what type of discounts they can get on certain items. In addition, the company is giving away 200 mattresses for those affected by recent flooding in the Houston area.

City Furniture is offering up to 20% off for its Memorial Day sales event. The site has hundreds of items on sale for every room in the home, showing customers the original price next to the new price in bright red. On the site, they can also apply for the retailer’s VIP City Furniture credit card, which offers flexible financing and other benefits.

La-Z-Boy’s promotion offers 30% off everything minus certain other advertised items, styles and products on clearance. It also offers free local delivery for orders with a minimum purchases of $999. Customers visiting the site can also see various upholstery items in different fabrics and from different angles with a 3D visualization tool.

Ashley is offering some aggressive deals on bedroom, dining, living room and outdoor furniture. On upholstery, customers have a chance to see items on the website in different fabrics while also taking note of the many discounts available. In some cases, the prices have not been lowered just once, but twice, giving the customer even more reason to shop the line. A Design Services tab also lets customers receive virtual home decor advice from its team of design experts.

Havertys Furniture is billing this as its Best Sale of the Season, offering not only a wide mix of product on sale, but also 0% interest for purchases of $4,999 or more and with a minimum of 10% down. The site lets consumers see how much they can save by spending a particular amount, including $600 savings on purchases of $4,000 up to $7,500.

Rooms To Go has great deals on furniture for every room in the home along with outdoor furniture, plus bedding, wall art, rugs and accents. An offer of 55 months of interest-free financing makes the deal more attractive, particularly in these tough times where most are watching every dollar they spend. The site also has a bonus buys tab where a customer can receive additional savings on extra items they add to the room, such as a chest with the purchase of a bedroom and discounts on recliners purchased along with a sectional.

Nebraska Furniture Mart’s sale covers a wide mix of furniture for every room in the home as well as outdoor. Consumers also can get discounts on mattresses, baby and kids furniture, office furniture and indoor recreation products. Other discounts can be found on flooring, electronics and appliances plus items available on clearance. As the site notes, free shipping is also available on most items as is 24-month financing on purchases over $699 with the NFM credit card.

Kittle’s Furniture is offering specials of 30% or more on different products on its floors. Customers can browse the site by category and see different angles of the product along with the sale prices in red next to the original prices crossed out in black. Customers also can order the item online or see it at a specific store location. In addition, the retailer is offering special finance options for customers using the Kittle’s Furniture preferred customer credit card.

The Memorial Day sale at Bacon’s Furniture includes special promotions on items such as the Stressless seating line. Other discounts are available on Nourison Home, Tommy Bahama, Palliser, Tempur-Pedic and Beautyrest, to name several key vendors. Other brands are also highlighted on its website including Hooker, Canadel, Barcalounger, Best Home Furnishings, Magnussen Home, Liberty Furniture, Riverside, Universal, Vaughan-Bassett and more.

The Memorial Day sales event at Schewels Home includes a special promotion offering an extra $100 off on purchases of $999 or more. Its website also showcases specials available online along with financing options that show how much they need to pay each month based on what they spend in total. The site also lets customers choose fabrics on certain pieces and also lets them know the locations where they can see and buy the item on the sales floor.

“Your Season of Savings is now,” reads the Bassett Furniture website. Customers are offered up to 30% off original prices on select items that are shown on the site with the original price alongside the discounted price. Special buys of up to 50% off are also available. In addition to the discounts, the site helps educate the customer about product specifications, shipping and delivery, and cleaning and care for each item. Product photography also shows the item in a room scene and with close-ups that highlight various details such as the finish or fabric.

HOM Furniture’s sale includes an extra 10% off sale prices with purchases of $999 or more. The same offer also lets customers purchase with no interest for three years, also on purchases of $999 and up. Other special promotions are available on a wide mix of product seen on the company’s site, including outdoor furniture from Seasonal Concepts, along with bedrooms, living room furniture and mattresses.

Jerome’s Furniture is offering customers the option of 60-month no-interest financing on qualifying purchases with their Jerome’s credit card or having the store cover their sales tax. The deal requires no down payment or minimum purchase. However, they must go to the store to take advantage of these savings. There are plenty of other incentives, too, including sales on items throughout the line and the opportunity to get items free with certain purchases, such as a free bench with a five-piece dining set and a free recliner with the purchase of a motion sofa, for example.

The Memorial Day sale at Arhaus is offering thousands of items at steep discounts, making products for every room of the home, along with outdoor, available at competitive prices. Discounts of 20% are available, for example on all bedroom and outdoor furniture. On the site, customers can also view certain items available in different fabric and finish options, allowing them the chance to customize their piece right before their eyes.

Baer’s is offering specials throughout the line, including a bonus 10% off on Lexington, Tommy Bahama Home, Sligh and Barclay Butera. It also is offering free furniture deliveries with the purchase of a mattress along with savings of up to $1,200 with the purchase of select Serta and Beautyrest mattress sets.

Belfort Furniture has a number of incentives for customers to buy furniture this holiday weekend including the ability to save $50 for every $500 spent. Customers also have the opportunity to save on select upholstery and outdoor furniture sets and on clearance items and closeouts. Items featuring blue tags are available at an additional 20% off.

Raymour & Flanigan is offering savings of up to 30% as part of its holiday weekend promotion. The sale covers a wide mix of product including adult and youth bedrooms, living room sets, dining furniture, home entertainment, home office, outdoor furniture and more. Discounts are shown next to the original prices, and customers also can see how much they would need to pay at a minimum for financing over about 48 months. Items can be purchased in-store or online, where customers also can see upholstered pieces in different fabric options.

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at and at 336-508-4616.

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