At Braden’s Lifestyle Furniture, chairs, sofas, and beds in styles ranging from classical to modern have beckoned eyes and enticed tired feet for more than half a century. The dressers, kitchen tables, and shelves come from well-known manufacturers such as Stickley, Bernhardt, Sherrill, and Theodore Alexander and sit comfortably atop the store’s collection of oriental rugs, one of the largest in the south. The company’s friendly professionals share their expertise as they assist clients—who include three UT basketball coaches—in developing color schemes for living rooms, bedrooms, or attics being lavishly redecorated to appease household ghosts.
Declared a 2011 finalist for the area's Best Mattress Store by readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mattress Outlet has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from top-brand manufacturers for more than 30 years. At eight locally owned locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its knowledgeable staffers navigate showrooms that brim with cushy memory-foam slumbering surfaces from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. The staff procures the store's inventory from top manufacturers, who have partnered with Mattress Outlet for years, working to keep the prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters are damaged during travel.
The Bed Store keeps human forms intact and relaxed by promoting quality shut-eye time with a variety of plush, firm, memory-foam, and pillow-top mattresses. Take a running start toward a pampered bedtime and belly flop onto a queen SleepQuest Latitude firm mattress set bolstered by tempered bonnell coils and easy-to-count sheep ($298). The twin SleepQuest Canyon European pillow-top set is ideal for guest rooms ($368), and the queen Serta Natural Start Dahlia Plush set turns ordinary bedrooms into master bedrooms ($1,048). Customers may also placate tired backs with a selection of Vivon, Sterling and Thomas, and Better Homes and Gardens mattress sets such as the king Zalia memory foam ($1,148), which contours to bodies like a sleeping bag filled with Jello. Included with all sets are two premium pillows and a mattress protector.
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.
Mattress Firm's large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and TempurPedic ranges from the soft, cushy Direct Milan pillow top (starting at $398) to the firm-and-supportive Direct Havana (starting at $178). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.