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Furniture Warranties & Protection Plans

Often we're mislead by manufacturer warranty information, including those on furniture. This doesn't mean that they aren't important or that they aren't of value. However, some of the best furniture has only a one-year warranty and some of the cheapest furniture may have a lifetime warranty. How can this be? First of all, many items in the furniture industry have somewhat standard warranties. For example, most wood furniture such as tables and chests normally have a one-year warranty from the manufacturer against defects in workmanship, since this is a common furniture warranty in the industry many of the best manufacturers only claim a one-year warranty, which is more than sufficient. However, some manufacturers may offer a 10-year furniture warranty for example, in effort to increase their reputability and sales.

Regardless of an items warranty look at the furniture, research, ask questions, and buy from a dealer you feel you can trust. Make sure to ask furniture warranty questions before making a purchase and to get a copy of all furniture warranty information in writing. Also, find out if the dealer handles their furniture warranty claims in-house or if you are responsible for handling the warranty directly with the manufacturer and what costs, if any, you would be responsible for.

Recommended Furniture Warranties

Furniture warranties may be longer or shorter in some cases, but these are the minimum warranties generally recommend on the following products. (The term Limited-Lifetime normally refers to the life of the item in serviceable condition to the original purchaser).

  • Upholstered furniture such as sofas and recliners: Limited-lifetime on frames and springs, 2-years on cushion cores, 1-year on stitching.
  • Recliner and sleeper mechanisms: Limited-lifetime.
  • Wood or metal products such as tables, chairs and entertainment centers: 1-year.
  • Grandfather clocks and curio cabinets: 1-year.
  • Mattress sets: 10-year non-prorated warranty.
  • Office and children's furniture: 1-year.
Furniture Warranty Protection Plans

Most furniture warranty protection plans offered by furniture dealers such as leather and fabric protection are exceptionally good investments. Ask your furniture dealer what protection programs they offer for your new furniture purchases, what the programs cover, and how claims are handled. Keep in mind that most of these programs are excellent values. If a furniture warranty protection plan isn't easy to understand and backed in writing, forget about it. Otherwise it is most likely a good deal. For example, $90 to protect a $2,000 sofa from any food or beverage stain is well worth the investment, particularly if the items going to be used in a high traffic area such as a family room.

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