THE HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH FURNITURE

 

When we started out over 30 years ago, there was a small, but well known group of furniture makers, the elite few who had a famous commitment to design, quality and materials. If you are of a certain age you could probably name them off the top of your head. (Here's a hint: Ethan Allen, Thomasville, Yield House and one or two others).

 

These big names were the furniture brands that appealed to discerning furniture buyers, and with good reason. They produced elegant furniture designs, used the highest quality woods, manufactured their furniture right here in the states and stood behind their products for the long run. Their prices were higher than the promotional furniture companies that tried to compete with them, but their quality put them in a league of their own. When you went with these companies you knew were getting what you paid for and that was always a good value.

 

With the globalization of the economy, came an increasing pressure on manufacturers (in all industries) to maximize profit while reducing costs. The result was that many companies, decided to outsource their manufacturing to places like China, Indonesia, and other parts of the developing world. Likewise, they sought out new sources of materials that could be had for a fraction of the cost of their high quality counterparts. In many instances the emphasis was no longer on designing high quality products that would endure, but rather, on engineering systems that would "withstand limited use" with an acceptable degree of failure.

Where once furniture makers were competing to get hold of the best quality hardwoods for their products, now that money was often spent on developing pennies-on-the-dollar composites and particle boards to be used in all but the visible portions of a piece of furniture. Where once, skilled technicians were paid a living wage to complete skilled assembly techniques like 8 way hand tying of individual springs, now low cost "S" spring installations were dropped in place by machine on an assembly line. Where skilled upholsters once took the time to 4-way match their fabrics for continuous flow and visual appeal of intricate patters, designers began to limit their pattern usage so that material could be sewn on quickly off the spool to accommodate mass production.

All of these changes were undertaken in the name of cost cutting, but how did companies go about maximizing profit ? Unfortunately, some accomplished this by NOT changing one very important thing namely: their price tags. The sad truth is that some once-proud American companies continued to trade on their famous name even if the quality no longer came with it. They continued to charge a premium because of the equity of their name, not the quality of their furniture. They extracted the highest possible price from unwitting customers who did not realize they had long since been paying only for a label.

That would not be the case with Plymouth Furniture.

 

American Made, American Quality, American Values

At Plymouth Furniture, the furniture we sell is made in America, from North American wood, much of it from right here in New England. We represent only skilled makers with the finest quality products who will stand behind them 100%. We know they are good and trustworthy because we know them personally. In many cases we are dealing with the children and grandchildren of the men and women we originally represented. Friendship and loyalty are two american values we still hold dear.

 

No Particle Board or Veneers, The Hardest Steel and the Softest Foam

Quality has to go beyond just what you see! Some furniture sold elsewhere looks OK on the surface, but underneath is a different story. In fact, even the nicest looking furniture from so called upscale labels could be hiding a secret. Peel back the covering and you may find engineered particle board, glued veneers and other less desirable structural elements that will severely diminish the life and enjoyment of your furniture. That's not what you'll find here. At Plymouth Furniture we sell only solid hardwood furniture - all of it made in america, and much of it grown right here in New England.

What about the steel? Once again, many manufacturers crank out furniture that looks lovely, feels sturdy at first, but from the moment you get it home, it's on its way to the junk heap because of the inferior steel (or other metals in some of the more egregious cases) on the inside...the parts you can't see. many folks don;t even think to ask about the steel because they have a false sense of confidence because of the famous label on the outside. You won't find that with Plymouth Furniture. We sell furniture that is as solid on the inside as it is beautiful on the outside. That means only the highest quality steel and components. In fact, most of our furniture uses aviation-grade steel, the hardest you can get. If it stands up to the rigors of airplane flight at 700 miles per hour, we're confident it will last in your living room, and we'll stand behind it.

Have you experienced that diminishing comfort level in your couch and chair seats? Something called pancaking is probably to blame. Pancaking is what happens when the foam in your furniture fails and collapses. This is a fairly common occurrence in even the so called premium names in furniture, but not with Plymouth Furniture. Why? Because our furniture is made from the highest quality, highest density foam available. The furniture we sell goes well beyond industry standards for density. The result is protection from failure, greater comfort when its brand new and the life-long enjoyment of the same.

 

 

The History of Plymouh Furniture

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Our Commitment to American Quality

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Our Emphasis on Selection and Value

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Offering Truly Personal Service

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