Good, Better, Best…Premium?

When it comes to furniture, consumers have so much to think about. How much do I want to spend? How much can I afford to spend? If I stay within my budget, will I forsake quality? Why are certain manufacturers significantly more than others? It is my goal to answer the two latter questions in this segment.

When people wander into Furnitureland South they often wonder why Councill (for example), is significantly more expensive than say, Universal Furniture. Seeing significant price differences usually spurs the question, “ the lesser one bad quality?” The simple answer is No. One great thing about Furnitureland South is that we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the best for their budget: meaning that we have quality at every price point. “At Furnitureland South, we stand behind every piece of furniture we offer, which means you’ll get the best in quality and style at an exceptional value.”

The more profound answer would go something like this; in the furniture industry, we work on a “Good, Better, Best, Premium” system. The different categories represent different price points and in some ways the quality. That being said, there is some truth to the fact that, usually a more expensive piece is better quality (in construction, finishing techniques, and options) than the lesser piece of furniture; but that in no way means the lesser one is of bad quality. If it were bad quality, we would not be selling it at Furnitureland South.

The question that usually follows, “Then why is it so much more expensive?” Usually manufacturers are more or less expensive depending on several things: the woods or products they use to construct the furniture, whether it is constructed by hand or with a machine, whether it is mass produced or  being made by a singular person, whether it is made in the US or overseas, how many finish options are available, and whether or not it can be customized. You are, in a way, paying for the time of the person who made it, the species of the wood, the craftsmanship, and the ability to customize the piece. For example, a “good” line may only offer a nightstand in one or two finishes, whereas a “better” or “best” line may offer the nightstand in 20 finishes, with the option of a two-tone finish, distressing options, hand-painted designs, different hardware options, and various widths and heights. A “good” dresser may be constructed with glue and screws, whereas a “better” or “best” dresser will most likely be English-dovetail construction, that as time goes on, only gets stronger.

It’s very similar to shopping for a car. You could by a Ford, which would get you to point A to point B and could serve your family well for many years, or you could by a Ferrari which would also get you around, but will be constructed with a more powerful engine, have more custom options, and built with stronger materials. Despite popular belief, you can stay within a budget and still get beautiful, quality furniture. We offer several manufacturers within each category and with the help of a design consultant you should be able to find something (within any budget) that you love and will serve your family well for years to come! Whether you are looking for the Paula Deen collection, Hooker Furniture, Century, or even Marge Carson; we’ve got something for everyone! We’ve got “good”, “better”, “best”, and “premium” furniture, and there is nothing “bad” about us! Come visit us at Furnitureland South and see it for yourself!


Paula Deen Door Nightstand
Good: Universal Furniture: Paula Deen
Door Nightstand
Hooker Furniture Entertainment Center Console
Better: Hooker Furniture Entertainment Center Console
Best: Century Furniture Milan Chest
Best: Century Furniture Milan Chest
Premium: Marge Carson "Design Folio Night Stand"
Premium: Marge Carson “Design Folio Night Stand”

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