Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, dining-room furniture from top designers, including Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Sydney accent chairs command shoppers’ attention with woody legwork, while minimalistic Cubit ottoman sets do captivating belly dances to bedazzle bored sultans. Matrix accent chairs, sofas such as the Victory chocolate sectional ($699), and beds including the Keytown panel bed ($499 queen) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.
Recently big-upped in Southern Living, Seibels accessorizes cottages, ranch houses, and bare subterranean bunkers alike with a vast array of quaint, high-quality furnishings and gifts. Embroidered pillows such as the endearing Chocolate Lab hooked pillow ($79) make couches and hastily assembled barbed-wire hammocks feel even more comfortable, and vintage signage distinguishes domiciles from their standoffish surroundings with a customizable welcome posting ($45). Hickory steak knives ($79) stand up to sawing at even the toughest T-bones, and a lazy susan made from the top of an oak wine cask ($158) underscores family-style feasts with a vintner's insignia that—like the name Jason—renders it utterly unique in the world. The swinging bed ($1,995) can be set up inside or outside, allowing for a unique sleeping experience anywhere. Seibels’ friendly, knowledgeable staff helps customers determine the best way to furnish a den, as well as how the right lighting sconces can make a bedroom look less flooded with maple syrup.