Top 5 Formal Furniture Frames at La-Z-Boy
September 7, 2022
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As we progress through our lives, everyone is looking for something new and something fresh to include in their homes.
However, traditional or formal furniture styles remain a staple in many homes. Racha Pharaon, a design consultant at La-Z-Boy Kanata, tells us that “There are still quite a few people that come in and ask about traditional furniture.”
At La-Z-Boy, we have many different furniture styles displayed, including formal furniture frames. So, which ones are our top sellers and why?
This article will showcase the top 5 best-selling formal furniture frames at La-Z-Boy, as well as some honourable mentions towards the end of the article. This list is not in any particular order.
In This Article…
- Key Characteristics of Formal Furniture
- The Alexandria Furniture Family
- The Mackenzie Furniture Family
- The Porter Furniture Family
- The Cleo Furniture Family
- The Theo Furniture Family
- The Collins Furniture Family - Honourable Mention
- The Bexley Furniture Family - Honourable Mention
Key Characteristics of "Formal" Furniture
Before we get into our list of formal furniture frames, you might wonder, what makes a formal furniture frame… formal?
Well, one of the main things is the construction of the furniture. Formal furniture is made with smooth and clean lines.
This is not to be confused with modern, clean lines, where the padding is more streamlined, while traditional furniture has more padding or crowning, as it is professionally called.
Formal furniture frames are also mostly stationary. Some recliners at La-Z-Boy have a formal look to them, but these tend to be more contemporary because of their designs and functionality.
Formal furniture frames don’t need all the bells and whistles of a recliner to look and feel relaxed.
There are also distinct finishing touches, like welt trim, tufting, nailhead trims and decorative wooden legs. If you see any of these features, chances are they are traditional furniture frames.
1. The Alexandria Furniture Family
The first furniture frame on our list is the popular Alexandria. An updated take on the classic Chesterfield design, the Alexandria furniture family isn’t afraid to make a statement. Its tight back features a button tufting in a diamond pattern that’s both distinctive and unique.
Extra cushioning softens Alexandria’s sloped rolled arms while adding a modern twist. Slender, tapered wood legs complete the stately silhouette. An extra fifth decorative wood leg is seen in the middle of the sofa frame, accentuating its traditional look.
Racha adds that the button-tufted seats might be more suitable for those who are looking for high-end products for a more sophisticated look. An example of this would be the growing Parisian Style Decor, which you can learn more about by checking out this article.
She also says that the size is quite “open,” meaning that it can take up a lot of space if you have an open concept apartment.
The Alexandria is available as a loveseat and a sofa. You can learn more about the Alexandria Loveseat & Sofa by checking out this review article.
2. The Mackenzie Furniture Family
Next on our list is the Mackenzie furniture family, which Racha says is considered “a transitional piece, but it is also one of our more traditional styled furniture pieces at La-Z-Boy.” Mackenzie features a sophisticated look that blends easily with your existing pieces.
Its rolled, pleated arms, foam back, and ComfortCore® cushions deliver just the right amount of comfort and support for a short or a long sit. Decorative wood legs add a touch of tradition to complete the look.
Racha says that older audiences seem to like the Mackenzie more than other age groups. This could be because of its old-timey look, according to Racha.
She also mentions that the arms are wider, which means they take up the most space on the furniture frame. So, make sure to measure your space to ensure you have enough room for those big arms!
The Mackenzie is available as a chair, a loveseat, a sofa, a queen sleep sofa, and a matching Ottoman. You can learn more about the Mackenzie Furniture Family by checking out this article.
3. The Porter Furniture Family
This next furniture family is one of our newest furniture families added to the La-Z-Boy family very recently. It is so brand new that not many people know about it yet. The Porter represents everything you know traditionally about a sofa or chair and then some.
Although this formal-looking furniture frame doesn't have all the bells and whistles like our reclining furniture, it doesn’t need to because of its “stunning look,” according to Racha.
What’s unique about the Porter is that not only can you customize the finish of the decorative wood legs, but you can also customize the leg shape. There are two different options to choose from, one being a pen shape and the other being a cone shape.
Racha says that the Porter’s nailhead trim is a perfect example of formal accents. Porter’s nailhead trim comes in three different colours (bronze, black or silver), which you can customize to your choosing. This is reminiscent of the Talbot Sofa, which you can learn more about by checking out this article.
The Porter is available as a chair, a loveseat, a sofa and a matching ottoman.
4. The Cleo Furniture Family
Another new furniture family at La-Z-Boy is the Cleo furniture family. This furniture is “the kind of furniture that goes well with people who love to throw lots of parties,” according to Racha.
Racha also mentions that the Cleo Sofa is one of the widest sofas added to La-Z-Boy’s catalogues of furniture products.
Cleo’s t-seat cushions and graceful curved arms offer the perfect environment for welcoming guests into your house. Racha also mentions that the sophisticated lines “bring the formal look together.”
Racha also praises the chaise with storage because it can be used in almost any room that needs more sitting space. “It can be used in a bedroom or a living room or a basement,” she says.
The Cleo is available as a chair, a swivel chair, a two-arm chaise w/ storage, a loveseat, a sofa, and a matching ottoman. To learn more about the Cleo Furniture Family, take a look at this article.
5. The Theo Furniture Family
Last but not least, yet another latest addition to the La-Z-Boy family is the Theo furniture family, which Racha explains is “one of the only furniture families that is only available in leather.”
In the instance of Theo, meticulous design and little details create a timeless piece that will fit your style for years to come. The combination of box-border seats, rounded arms with welt trim, and decorative wood legs deliver a look that blends easily with both classic and contemporary pieces.
Sophisticated topstitching adds that extra touch of detail to highlight Theo's clean, tailored lines. If you want to learn more about La-Z-Boy’s Leather Selection, take a look at this article.
The Theo is available as a chair, a loveseat, a sofa, and a matching ottoman. If you want to take a look at another furniture family that is also only featured in leather, check out the Miles Furniture Family.
6. The Collins Furniture Family - Honourable Mention
A look that feels perfectly at home in any setting, according to Racha, is the Collins furniture family. The Collins is a classic with simple lines and put-together tailoring. It’s a style that looks and feels good featuring semi-attached pillow backs, over-scaled roll arms, and box seat cushions with welted trim.
The Collins is available as a chair, a loveseat, a sofa, a sectional, and a matching ottoman. You can learn more about the Collins furniture family by checking out its comparison article, Collins vs. Meyer.
7. The Bexley Furniture Family - Honourable Mention
Although not necessarily a formal furniture frame, the Bexley furniture family is designed for easy mix-and-matchability. Whether you’re designing a whole new room, or adding a furniture item to existing pieces, Bexley blends right in, with its clean, tailored lines and welt trim detailing.
Slightly flared, key-shaped arms frame its roomy seats for a unique, yet uncomplicated silhouette. Patented ComfortCore® cushions provide just the right amount of support for a long or short sit.
The Bexley is available as a loveseat, a sofa, and a queen sleep sofa.
Thanks to our list of formal furniture frames at La-Z-Boy, you now know what to expect from not only our more traditional-looking pieces but also some of our stationary furniture frames.
If you’re looking for more stationary furniture items, make sure to check out our Best-Selling Stationary Loveseats article. However, if you’re looking to compare stationary vs. reclining furniture, make sure to check out our Top 10 Best Reclining Sofas article instead.
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