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IKEA vs. La-Z-Boy: A Comparison of Living Room Furniture Retailers

January 19, 2023

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When you look at your living room, what do you see?

Do you see a temporary layout and style or something that you want to last a long time? 

La-Z-Boy’s furniture is constructed with high-quality materials and craftsmanship, intended to last as long as your lifespan. These can eventually turn into heirloom furniture pieces, passed on from generation to generation.

However, we also realize that this type of furniture is not for everybody. Modern shoppers take the time to research products and evaluate different retailers. One such retailer is IKEA, which has a lot of significant differences between their furniture and ours.

So, which retailer is right for you? Which retailer will bring your living room vision to life while staying within your budget? 


This article will provide an in-depth comparison of IKEA vs La-Z-Boy. With a better idea of their key differences and similarities, you will be able to make a confident decision about which retailer is best for you! 


In This Article…

  1. Brief Descriptions of Each Retailer
  2. Living Room Furniture Selection
  3. Where It Is Made
  4. Customization Options
  5. Interior Design Services
  6. Cost 
  7. Warranty
  8. Delivery
  9. Where to Buy (Ottawa & Kingston)



Brief Descriptions of Each Retailer

Before we dive into a detailed comparison, let’s familiarize ourselves with both retailers.

IKEA Canada

IKEA is a Swedish-based furniture company created in Almhult, a small forested town in Sweden, in 1943. The first IKEA to open up in North America was in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1975.

Along with their mother company, Ingka, IKEA has worked with many brands worldwide to create sustainable, affordable, and environmentally-friendly furniture for many to enjoy.

According to their website, IKEA’s self-proclaimed vision is “to create a better everyday life for the many people by offering affordable, high-quality home furnishings and solutions, produced with care for people and the environment.”

IKEA has also grown an exceptionally successful online presence in the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston

La-Z-Boy is an American company established in Michigan, United States, over 90 years ago

Although the company has American roots, the Ottawa and Kingston locations have been locally owned and operated by the Maxwell family since 2011.

La-Z Boy prides itself on its furniture quality, style, and comfortability, which is why one of its popular phrases is "style meets comfort."

La-Z-Boy’s primary specialty is living room furniture, but they also sell furniture for other rooms in the home, including the living room and bedroom. Additionally, La-Z-Boy also offers a wide variety of home accessories and decor.

Regarding an online platform, La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston has a website called As previously mentioned, the website is a great resource for browsing the product selection, learning about furniture, and staying up-to-date with current sales.

With that being said, the Style Meets Comfort website is not an e-commerce platform, meaning you cannot purchase products through the website. Instead, you must visit one of four Ottawa or Kingston showrooms and buy products with one of the Design Consultants.

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Living Room Furniture Selection

Both La-Z-Boy and IKEA carry a wide range of home furniture. 

While you'll find primarily living room furnishings in La-Z-Boy stores, IKEA sells a variety of furniture and other household items. For this comparison article, we will focus on IKEA and La-Z-Boy’s selection of furniture for the living room.

IKEA Living Room Furniture Selection

While IKEA promotes an affordable place to get great-looking furniture, its website focuses on creating an aesthetically pleasing household.

IKEA has a very broad living room furniture selection, including chairs, sofas, sectionals, sofa beds, ottomans, occasional tables and storage units. 

They only lack a recliner selection, for which La-Z-Boy has diverse models and options.

Regarding style, IKEA furniture is minimalistic and simple, featuring clean lines and a tidy appearance. In contrast, La-Z-Boy’s furniture has an elevated and mature style.

La-Z-Boy Living Room Furniture Selection

La-Z-Boy offers comfortable, quality, and stylish home furniture and decor. 

That said, there is an emphasis on creating high-quality and comfortable sofas, sectionals, accent chairs and, of course, the well-known recliner.

La-Z-Boy furniture is offered in stationary, manual reclining, and power reclining. While all of these choices vary in price, it is up to you to decide which option is better for you.

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Aside from upholstered living room furniture, La-Z-Boy also offers a range of occasional tables and storage units from the La-Z-Boy incorporated sub-divisions Hammary, American Drew, and Kincaid. This selection includes coffee tables, side tables, and entertainment units. 

To complete a living room arrangement, you can also find an assortment of accessories and decor.


Where it is Made

Where furniture is made tells you a lot about a company. Let’s take a look at where La-Z-Boy and IKEA make their furniture items.

Where is IKEA Furniture Made?

IKEA is a global retailer that has a reach of almost 400 stores worldwide.

Because IKEA has a more international reach with its furniture, its factories are located in Asia and, you guessed it, Sweden

While IKEA manufactures its furniture in Asia and some parts of Europe, product design originates in Sweden, along with inspiration for product names.

Because Swedish furniture trends inspire furniture design, it’s likely IKEA furniture reflects the Hygge lifestyle that Scandinavians live by, which is making sure your home keeps a cozy and welcoming environment.

You can learn more about Hygge and Scandinavian Interior Design by checking out this article.

Where is La-Z-Boy Furniture Made?

First, it is important to highlight that La-Z-Boy manufactures all furniture sold at La-Z-Boy.

La-Z-Boy is a global manufacturer operating in North America, Asia, and Europe. La-Z-Boy’s products are primarily made in North America for North American markets, with their global headquarters in Monroe, Michigan

Our recliners, chairs, sofas, and sectionals that are sold in Ottawa and Kingston are mostly manufactured in Dayton, Tennessee

For more information, check out the article Where La-Z-Boy Furniture is Made.



Customization Options

Custom furniture is growing in popularity for homeowners nowadays. When it comes to customization options, there is a lot to discuss between both La-Z-Boy and IKEA.

IKEA Customization Options

Aside from choosing different colour options for certain items, there is little customization included at IKEA. Customizations are minimal compared to the customization options you can find at La-Z-Boy.

Along with different colour options, customers may also choose different knobs or handles for cabinets, change the wooden legs of sofas and even change the shelves of a storage unit if requested. These requests, however, are not always guaranteed.

La-Z-Boy Customization Options

Similarly, upholstery furniture at La-Z-Boy is highly customizable.

With over 800 fabrics and leathers to choose from, there are many possibilities to make your furniture unique to your own personal style.

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Aside from upholstery customization, La-Z-Boy living room furniture is also customizable in wood finish, nailhead trim, and welt trim, depending on the chosen frame. 

Further, reclining furniture items at La-Z-Boy have many available upgrades, such as power. With power, select models are available with additional upgrades, such as heat & massage, power lift options for recliners, and adjustable headrest & lumbar

Power furniture at La-Z-Boy requires control panels and remotes to use them. Check out this article to learn more about using our Control Panels & Remotes.

It is important to remember that all upgrades at La-Z Boy come at an additional cost.

Learn more by reading Custom Furniture at La-Z-Boy: What to Expect?


Interior Design Services

Whether the living room furniture is customizable or not, interior design services can help ensure that the furniture style fits seamlessly into your home’s design.

IKEA Interior Design Services

Like La-Z-Boy, IKEA does offer interior design services. With IKEA’s Planning and Consultation Services, a representative will guide you, either online or in person, to help you decide which furniture will fit you best in your home.

These services can also help you determine what colours to add in a certain room and advise which colours go well with your selected furniture. 

You can get inspired by using IKEA’s online planning tools, choose a need based on which room or furniture pieces you’re looking for, and book an appointment to talk to someone about your inquiries.

IKEA suggests that you come prepared with room measurements in hand and note down details of your room.

La-Z-Boy Interior Design Services

La-Z-Boy offers complimentary interior design services with any purchase.  La-Z Boy's interior designers will work with you one-on-one to provide personalized furniture and design recommendations. 

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In turn, they will create a complete room design based on your personal style and preferences. Moreover, you will receive a complete room mood board and a 3D model of your room design before finalizing your order.

You can either set up an appointment or book a virtual call to work with an interior designer. 

For more information, check out the article Interior Design Services at La-Z-Boy: What to Expect.


IKEA and La-Z-Boy furniture vary greatly in terms of cost. 

Ultimately, the quality of materials and craftsmanship impacts the overall cost of the products sold at both IKEA and La-Z-Boy.

Generally speaking, La-Z-Boy’s furniture falls within the market’s mid to high price range. In contrast, IKEA is known for its affordability, with its furniture falling in the low price range.

Cost Breakdown: IKEA vs La-Z-Boy

Below is a cost breakdown of both IKEA and La-Z-Boy living room furniture.

Keep in mind that prices for living room tables, seats, and storage units at IKEA are varied by collection but usually fall under the same umbrella. 





$249 - $2,280

$1,999 - $7,000+


$999 - $5,490

$3,799 - $10,000+


$90 - $1,600

$999 - $2,999+

Please note that La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change without notice. Information is current as of June 6, 2023. Contact your local Ottawa or Kingston location by phone or in person for up-to-date pricing.



Whether you shop at La-Z-Boy or IKEA, there is no doubt that living room furniture is an investment. Both furniture retailers offer a warranty with the sale of their products to help protect your investment.

IKEA Warranty

At IKEA Canada, each product has a specified warranty. Most products have a standard manufacturer’s warranty of 1-2 years, but some more expensive products can have warranties lasting up to 5 years.

Should there be a problem within the allotted time of owning your furniture, IKEA will determine if it falls under their warranty and replace it with the same product or recommend a similar product. IKEA also constitutes what is considered an appropriate replacement.

IKEA’s warranty does not apply to products that have been misused, abused, put together incorrectly, accidentally damaged, or cleaned using the wrong cleaning materials. Further, the warranty does cover natural wear & tear and item defects.

La-Z-Boy Warranty

The quality of La-Z-Boy’s furniture is known to last as a long-term investment. 

If anything happens to your La-Z-Boy furniture, products carry a manufacturing warranty covering damage caused by manufacturing error or workmanship. 

The mechanical and frame parts are covered for a lifetime, while others are covered for 1-3 years. This warranty is applicable across all upholstery categories consistently. 

Take a look at the article Are La-Z-Boy Recliners Guaranteed for Life for a detailed breakdown of the recliner warranty at La-Z-Boy. 

At an additional cost, La-Z Boy also offers an extended protection plan that covers up to five years of accidental damage. Depending on the product, the cost of this warranty is relative. 

To learn more about this extended warranty, check out our article to see if La-Z-Boy's Extended Warranty is Worth it



La-Z-Boy and IKEA Canada both have different delivery services available for an additional cost. To learn more about these delivery fees, contact either retailer.

IKEA Delivery

IKEA has three main delivery service options for customers.

First, there is the parcel delivery option, used to ship smaller orders like decorative pieces, picture frames, hangers, etc. The parcel delivery has a starting price of $9.99 but is subject to increase depending on the item’s weight.

Doorstep delivery is also available, which is ideal for smaller items that are easily carriable. These items include small tables, chairs, and other accessories. This type of delivery usually costs about $39, depending on location. 

For parcel and doorstep delivery, there is a contactless delivery option available. You can specify where to leave the item(s) when filling out your delivery information.

Lastly, in-home delivery is offered for larger furniture items requiring assistance to carry into a home or apartment. In-home deliveries tend to cost no more than $59 but can increase depending on location.

La-Z-Boy Delivery

La-Z-Boy offers a white glove delivery service that includes set up, assembly, re-arranging furniture, and disposal of old furniture at an additional cost. 

At La-Z-Boy, local Ottawa and Kingston delivery costs $129.99, and out-of-town delivery costs $169.99

 For an additional fee of $25 per furniture piece, we can assist with either moving out old furniture from different rooms or bringing it to the curb.

Additionally, we offer the option to dispose of any old furniture in a local landfill at an extra charge of $50 / per furniture seat. 

To learn more about delivery at La-Z-Boy, check out our delivery service page: La-Z-Boy Ottawa and Kingston Furniture Delivery Service.


Where to Buy (Ottawa & Kingston)

La-Z-Boy and IKEA have many locations across Ottawa & Kingston, which you can look at using the list below. 

La-Z-Boy has four locations in Ottawa & Kingston, while IKEA only has one located in Ottawa. The location in Kingston is not an official IKEA location but a designated collection point for residents purchasing IKEA products.

IKEA Locations

  • 2685 Iris Street, Ottawa
  • 192 Hickson Ave, Unit 10, Kingston (designated collection point)

La-Z-Boy Locations

What's Next?

Now that you know the key differences between La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Deécor and IKEA, it is up to you to go out and take a look at these wonderful pieces of furniture yourself.

But which one is right for you? Each of these retailers has unique furniture to offer, so why not visit both of them yourself?

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Visit one of our La-Z Boy Ottawa & Kingston stores today or schedule a visit online before coming in. 

Our design consultants are always eager to lend a helping hand. Take advantage of our complimentary interior design services to see how your living room furniture could fit in your home.

To learn more about IKEA’s dining room furniture compared to Canadel, take a look at our IKEA vs Canadel Dining Room Furniture article.


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