About Bassett Furniture

Bassett History

Bassett’s blend of style, comfort and value has been trusted for more than a century and made it one of the most recognizable brands in America. Today, Bassett has taken its craftsmanship and built a new reputation of quality custom furniture that can be made and delivered in 30 days or less.
 
Bassett currently operates more than 100 retail locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada and is rapidly expanding sales on bassettfurniture.com. We are passionate about developing fashionable and innovative home furnishings at a great value, as well as offering a number of exceptional services to meet your needs.  Our custom solutions make it easy to express your unique sense of style with a variety of options, including upholstery, beds, dining, home storage and home entertainment.
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One visit to a store and you realize that Bassett is much more than a furniture store. Our skilled Design Consultants are dedicated to taking the guess work out of decorating. They’ll help create custom furnishings, define your decorating lifestyle, establish a budget, make a house call, or simply offer an opinion…all free of charge.

If you want to know how it all began, we have to take you back to late 1800s in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to an area northwest of Martinsville, Virginia. The Bassett family was running a sawmill that supplied rail ties for the new Norfolk & Western line that was being built through the family property. In 1892, the rail line was completed and the family began looking for markets for its lumber.

John David “J.D.” Bassett was making a good living traveling the countryside selling goods for general stores when he began carrying lumber samples from the mill. He quickly made his first sale of lumber to a coffin company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and returned home with the knowledge of the growing furniture industry and the subsequent demand for raw lumber.

He soon had orders for oak from several furniture companies in North Carolina. He quickly learned that the best markets for AppalachiCustom Fabricsan oak was up north and he made inroads into those markets.

“Here I was shipping raw lumber from Henry County (Virginia) to Jamestown, New York, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, where factories converted that lumber into finished furniture to be shipped everywhere, including the South,” J.D. recalled. “It seemed to me that furniture certainly could be made in Henry County at a tremendous advantage.

Bassett and his brothers laid out a plan and in 1902 the Bassett Furniture Company was born. At first, the company had about 50 men, from farms and the surrounding hills, and focused on styles made of oak and features simple profiles with carved overlays.

Early dressers sold for $4.75, washstands for $2.75 and beds for $1.50

By 1917, Company sales reached $1 million. But family members had opened new divisions that ultimately competed with each other for sales. In 1930, a “house divided” meeting was called and the different companies were incorporated into Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc., in 1931.Chatham Poster Bed

The post-war years brought rapid growth as large neighborhoods sprang up quickly around the country. In the early 1960s, the Company bought Prestige Furniture Corp. and added upholstery to its line up and acquired three other companies to expand its bedroom and dining room production.

Furniture markets began to shift in the 1990s and many “mom-and-pop” stores were closed as large store chains with “no-name” furniture were gaining a foothold. Seeing this trend, Bassett opened its first store in 1997. The design was a departure from the compartmentalized rooms of typical furniture stores with little display merchandising.

Today, Bassett remains committed to the early principles of the company … that great quality, stylish furniture does not need to be expensive and should be available to everyone. A visit to one of our stores and you’ll see just how committed we are to that idea.

 
 
Popular Products
Lingerie Chests
Nightstands
Traditional Furniture
Contemporary Furniture
Beds
King Size Beds
Queen Size Beds
Ottomans
Armoires
Chaises
Dressers
End Tables
Bedroom Sets
Recliners
Sofa Beds
Chaises
End Tables
Couches
Leather Furniture
Leather Recliners
Loveseats
Loveseat Sleepers
Sleeper Chairs
Sleeper Sofas
Swivel Recliners
Sofas
Chairside Tables
Chairs
Couch and Loveseat
Leather Ottomans
Living Room Sets
China Cabinets
China Hutches
Contemporary Dining Tables
Dining Chairs
Drop Leaf Tables
Curio Cabinets
Dining Tables
Leather Dining Chairs
Round Dining Tables
Counter Stools
Stools
Chests
Slipper Chairs
Dinette Sets
TV Stands
Corner TV Stands
Coffee Tables
Cocktail Tables
Console Tables
Corner Entertainment Units
Entertainment Walls
Entertainment Centers
Credenzas
Home Entertainment Furniture
Sectional Sofas
Leather Sofas
Chair and a Half
Credenzes
Sofa Tables
Desks
Home Office Desks
Home Office Furniture
Writing Desks
Contemporary Office Furniture
Office Chairs
Computer Desks
Accent Chairs
Tables
Area Rugs
Bookcases
Lamps
Home Decor
Mirrors
Decorative Wall Mirrors
Throw Pillows
Wall Art Decor
Accent Pillows
Wall Mirrors

Welcome to Bassett. We are a high quality furniture manufacturer who specializes in producing hand crafted living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture. Please visit the above most popular products, our custom furniture center, or our discount furniture section to find exactly what you need. If you are looking for a showroom close to you, please see our national location list.
 
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