Historically, North Carolina has been known for quality furniture production. As High Point, North Carolina is known as the furniture capital of the world, it only makes sense that there would be a handful of tributes to the state’s history. In the state, we have the world’s largest chest of drawers in High Point and the world’s largest chair in Thomasville.
At Furnitureland South, we’re proud to be the world’s largest furniture store and to own the world’s largest highboy, located just outside of our Mart building!
High·boy: (noun) a tall chest of drawers with a legged base (also known as a chest-on-stand or tallboy)
Our highboy is an 85-foot traditional style structure that technically speaking is an 18th-century highboy replica.
Sid Lenger, a High Point furniture designer, created the design for the highboy. From his sketches, it was traced onto a template and formed of foam to add flexibility. A team at Central Carolina Interiors carved out the design. The six-foot finial, the highboy’s ornamental top, began as a mere block of foam and had to be crafted off-site using a lathe.
Visitors from far and wide come to see the highboy — often sharing their highboy photos on social media. I have included my own personal favorite photo of the highboy below, and I encourage you to join in the social media conversation by sharing your own favorite memories of this unique landmark.
Tweet your photos to @FurniturelandS and @FLS_TimOBrien!