La-Z-Boy vs IKEA: 7 Differences You Should Know in 2019
La-Z-Boy Southeast | August 31, 2017
La-Z-Boy and IKEA are two of the biggest names in furniture. They’re both well-known brands and have been in business for years.
At La-Z-Boy Southeast, our customers often ask, “What are the differences between La-Z-Boy vs IKEA?”
Never the ones to shy away from talking about our competition, we try to do our best to answer this question as unbiased as possible.
We know most people shop at multiple furniture stores before making a decision. And we want you to have all of the information you need to make the purchase that’s the best fit for you.
In this article, we take an in-depth look at 7 differences between La-Z-Boy and IKEA.
1) La-Z-Boy vs IKEA Cost
Both La-Z-Boy and IKEA have promotions running throughout the year. This allows you to get a great deal on furniture year-round.
When comparing furniture on the basis of cost alone, IKEA is typically cheaper than La-Z-Boy.
However, this doesn’t mean IKEA offers a higher quality product or service.
2) La-Z-Boy vs IKEA Quality
According to Consumer Affairs, the overall satisfaction rating of La-Z-Boy is 3 times the rating of IKEA. Here is the overall rating of both companies based on thousands of ratings and reviews:
Many of IKEA’s complaints are due to poor after-sale service, shipping issues, or poorly constructed furniture.
Many of La-Z-Boy’s complaints are due to coordinating delivery times.
La-Z-Boy furniture is known for their quality. They’re the only company in America that tests their furniture at 2 times the industry standard.
3) Complimentary Interior Design Service
Furnishing your home can be overwhelming, and some people consider hiring an interior designer to do it for them.
The La-Z-Boy In-Home Design Program gives you access to a degreed interior designer for free. This is designed to take away the worry of buying the wrong furniture for your room.
As of 2017, IKEA does not offer anything like this service.
4) Customizable Options
Customizing the style and available options on a piece of furniture truly makes it yours.
La-Z-Boy offers the most available options when it comes to customizing your furniture.
With La-Z-Boy, you’re able to:
- Customize the fabric, wood, and leather.
- Add custom trimming.
- Customize the handle, footrest, and base on your recliner.
Some sofas, couches, and recliners are even available with heat and massage.
IKEA has a few different colors of fabric, but they do not offer any other available options.
IKEA offers same day, next day, or same week delivery. Each option comes with a flat rate price for an unlimited number of pieces.
La-Z-Boy also charges for their In-Home Delivery service. However, they will often offer free shipping during special events.
Both companies require you to schedule a time when you’ll be home for delivery. So, you’ll have to work with their schedule as well as yours.
When you spend a large amount of money on furniture, paying an extra $100 or more for delivery can seem ridiculous.
You can learn more about why furniture delivery is so expensive in our Learning Center.
6) Furniture Protection & Warranty
An unsightly stain can ruin a new piece of furniture. With iClean Fabric from La-Z-Boy you can relax and stop worrying about stains.
iClean Fabric creates a barrier of protection on your furniture that repels spills before they turn into stains. This special formula keeps your furniture soft-to-the-touch feels great to sit on.
iClean is only available at La-Z-Boy. IKEA does not offer a stain-resistant fabric.
Both IKEA and La-Z-Boy offer a limited lifetime warranty on all of their furniture. Each piece of furniture has different terms and exclusions.
All of La-Z-Boy’s furniture is made in the USA. These manufacturing plants employ Americans and support their local economies.
La-Z-Boy has five manufacturing plants located in:
- Neosho, Missouri
- Siloam Springs, Arkansas
- Dayton, Tennessee
- Newton, Mississippi
- Redlands, California
La-Z-Boy also sources their parts and materials in America:
- Steel: Tennessee & Alabama
- Springs: Indiana & North Carolina
- Foam: Mississippi
- Hardwood Framing: Kentucky & Louisiana
Most of the designs for IKEA products are developed in Sweden. And their manufacturing has been outsourced to China and other Asian countries.
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La-Z-Boy and IKEA have their advantages and disadvantages.
IKEA is the way to go if you’re looking for the low-cost option and don’t put an emphasis on after sale service.
La-Z-Boy is the right choice is you’re looking to make a lasting investment.
You may also like to take a look at these online resources before you shop:
- Why Is Furniture Delivery So Expensive?
- Does La-Z-Boy Really Offer Free In-Home Design Services?
- La-Z-Boy vs Ashley Furniture: 7 Differences You Should Know
At La-Z-Boy Southeast, we would be happy to guide you through the process of furnishing your home at any of our locations in GA, NC, and SC.