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Structube vs. La-Z-Boy: A Comparison of Furniture Retailers

November 29, 2021

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Furnishing a home is a big undertaking and there are many important decisions to make along the way! You will have to decide on a design style, a budget, and the particular pieces that you would like to fill your home.

Most importantly, you will have to choose from an endless selection of furniture retailers. Given that different retailers offer different products and services in terms of style, cost, and quality, it is important to find a retailer that will best suit your furniture needs and preferences.

More specifically, Eastern Ontario has a wide variety of furniture retailers to choose from. Structube and La-Z-Boy Home Furnishing & Décor are two primary examples of successful and reputable furniture retailers in the Ottawa and Kingston area. 

With this being said, Structube and La-Z-Boy each have something unique to offer and appeal to a different type of consumer. So which retailer is right for you?

This article will provide you with a detailed comparison of both retailers based on the products they offer, the brands they carry, where it is made, the price, financing options offered, interior design services, custom furniture services, warranty plans, delivery services, and where they are located. 

After reading this comparison, you will be able to make an informed decision about the retailer that best suits you!

 

In this comparison ...

  1. About each Retailer
  2. Product Categories & Brands
  3. Where it is Made
  4. Price
  5. Financing
  6. Warranty
  7. Interior Design
  8. Custom Furniture
  9. Delivery
  10. Where to Buy: Eastern Ontario Locations

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About Each Retailer

Before we dive into a detailed comparison, let’s get to know each retailer!

Structube has been operating since 1974, beginning in a single store in Montreal, Canada. Since then, the family business has evolved into a reputable and growing retail operation. Structube now has 70 retail locations employing 650 people. 

Structube’s mission is to “offer the most incredible assortment of modern furniture and accessories at the lowest possible prices”. 

Alternatively, the La-Z-Boy brand has existed for over 90 years, originating in Monroe, Michigan, United States. The local Ottawa and Kingston La-Z-Boy locations have been locally owned and operated by the Maxwell family since 2011. 

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Most commonly known for the iconic reclining chair, La-Z-Boy offers a wide variety of products with an emphasis on quality, comfort, and craftsmanship, specifically focusing on living room furniture. As a retailer, La-Z-Boy is committed to “enriching people’s lives by transforming houses into homes”. 

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Product Categories & Brands

Structube and La-Z-Boy are both well-known retailers in the home furnishing industry, offering a range of furniture and decor. 

Structube and La-Z-Boy both carry a wide selection of furniture and decor suited for the living room, dining room, bedroom, and home office. 

It is also important to note that Structube and La-Z-Boy both manufacture and sell their own products. In other words, neither Structube nor La-Z-Boy carries furniture from external brands. 

La-Z-Boy only carries company-branded and owned furniture, including subdivisions, Hammary, Kincaid, and American Drew that supply casegood items including occasional tables, dining, and home entertainment furnishings.

Further, the local Ottawa & Kingston La-Z-Boy businesses work very closely with Canadel in providing options for custom dining furniture. Canadel is Canadian-made and manufactured out of Louisville, Quebec and there is an affiliated Canadel showroom located in Kanata. 

When it comes to decor, La-Z-Boy partners with suppliers to offer unique and fashionable home accessories, including area rugs by Surya.

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With these similarities in mind, there are still some notable differences between Structube and La-Z-Boy’s product selection. 

First and foremost, Structube prioritizes style and affordability. This is reflected in their contemporary and modern furniture selection, featuring crisp lines, taute upholstery, and geometric shapes. 

La-Z-Boy is dedicated to offering high-quality and comfortable furniture, without sacrificing style. In fact, furniture at La-Z-Boy comes in a range of styles including Classics Revisited, Modern Retreat, Family Favourites, and Comfortably Casual.

While Structube and La-Z-Boy offer furniture for many rooms in the home, it is clear that La-Z-Boy places a stronger emphasis on living room furniture compared to Structube. 

You may notice this difference by comparing the layout of each supplier’s showroom floor. 

La-Z-Boy’s showroom primarily consists of living room arrangements to showcase the upholstery selection, such as sofas, sectionals, and of course, the recliner chair. This upholstery furniture is offered in stationary, manual reclining, and power reclining. 

La-Z-Boy Showroom

At a La-Z-Boy showroom, you will find about one dresser and possibly a headboard from a given bedroom line. To browse La-Z-Boy’s full bedroom and case good selection, a design consultant will show you a catalogue. 

In contrast, the Structube showroom featured living room arrangements, dining room furniture, and full bedroom sets. There is a relatively equal emphasis placed on all furniture. 

In terms of upholstery, most of the upholstery selection at Structube is stationary, with a small selection of reclining furniture. 

Where it is Made

For some buyers, where the product is made can be a defining factor in making a purchasing decision.

Although Structube was founded in Montreal, Canada, Structube furniture is manufactured in China. 

La-Z-Boy is a global manufacturer with operations in North America, Asia, and Europe. La-Z-Boy’s products are primarily made in North America for North American markets. The global headquarters of La-Z-Boy is in Monroe, Michigan but the majority of our recliners, chairs, sofas, and sectionals that are sold in Ottawa and Kingston are manufactured in Dayton, Tennessee. 

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

 

 

Price

The price of furniture is a major differentiator between Structube and La-Z-Boy. 

As previously mentioned, Structube emphasizes affordability, catering to modest furniture budgets. With this, furniture offered at Structube falls within the low to mid-price range on the market.  

It is important to note that most, if not all, furniture sold at Structube require assembly. This is an effective way of creating saving for their clients. 

Alternatively, the cost of La-Z-Boy products is more confined to the mid-high price range. Although La-Z-Boy may not offer lower budget options, customers experience more consistency in overall quality, comfort, and craftsmanship. 

To compare prices, let’s take a look at some average costs of living room upholstery furniture!

Cost Range

Structube

La-Z-Boy

Sofa 

$699 - $2,399

$2,079 - $5,499

Sectional

$699 - $3,999

$3,899 - $19,000

Recliner Chair

$319 - $1,499

$800 - $3,489

*Structube costs gathered through website research. Structube's prices have likely changed since publishing this article.

La-Z-Boy offers options to upgrade and customize your furniture of choice. With this, prices are subject to change or increase.

*All La-Z-Boy prices listed in this article are subject to change. We aim to update all cost-related articles twice per year. This article was last updated on March 21st, 2022. Please visit lzb.com and select an Ottawa or Kingston La-Z-Boy store location to view the most up-to-date pricing. 


Financing

Regardless of which retailer you are shopping with, furniture of any kind is often a significant investment. The option for furniture financing can take some strain off of your pocketbook and allow you to enjoy new furnishings while paying off the investment over time. 

Structube does not offer furniture financing. 

Alternatively, La-Z-Boy has a partnership with Flexiti Financing in order to provide furniture financing options to clients. 

With this, La-Z-Boy offers the opportunity to finance your purchase at a 0% interest rate as long as the purchase is paid off within a given period of time. Based on the plan you choose, there are different options available to pay off your investment over either 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 24 months, or 36 months. Further, depending on the plan chosen, you may be required to pay a financing fee at the time of purchase. 

To learn more about furniture financing, take a look at our article Furniture Financing: Everything you Need to Know.

Warranty

As previously mentioned, furniture is a significant investment. When making a big purchase on furniture, you want to be confident that your investment is protected and will stand the test of time. 

Many furniture retailers offer a warranty on furniture in order to give you that extra peace of mind. 

At Structube, products are sold with a one-year warranty unless otherwise specified. This warranty applies to manufacturing defects resulting from residential use only.

Similarly, La-Z-Boy products carry a manufacturing warranty that covers some mechanical and frame parts for a lifetime while other parts for1-3 years of damage caused by manufacturing error or workmanship.  This warranty is applicable across all upholstery categories on a consistent basis. 

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. 

For an extra cost, La-Z-Boy also offers a more comprehensive service protection plan that covers up to 5 years of accidental damage. The cost of this protection plan extension is relative to the price of the product. 

For more information on La-Z-Boy’s warranty and protection plan take a look at the article Is La-Z-Boy Warranty Worth it

You may also find some useful tips on how to maintain the look of your furniture in the article 2020 Furniture Care Tips

Interior Design

Furnishing a home can be overwhelming. Trying to coordinate furniture, choose colours, and mix patterns is not easy. 

To combat this, many furniture retailers offer interior design services for their clients.

Structube does not have an official in-store interior design service. With that being said, they do offer a designer program for aspiring interior designers. This program is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alternatively, professional design assistance is complimentary with any purchase at La-Z-Boy. With an appointment, an interior designer will meet with you either in person or virtually for consultation and interior design collaboration. Your consultant will make recommendations in furniture styles, colours, and textures based on your personal space and preferences. 

Your La-Z-Boy interior designer will guide you through the design process using a 3D state-of-the-art rendering of your room. This will give you the unique advantage of every item shown in your space. 

If you are unable to meet with a consultant, La-Z-Boy offers many free resources online for design inspiration. Take a look at our Before and After design blog posts and hear from our designers themselves. Finally, La-Z-Boy provides a free Augmented Reality app for your phone that will enable you to ‘see’ your frame and upholstery cover in your own room before you buy.

Interior Design

Custom Furniture

It is important that any furniture you purchase resembles your unique tastes and preferences. Customization allows you to make a piece of furniture uniquely yours. 

At Structube, furniture is offered with a choice of select colours. Beyond a limited colour selection, the furniture at Structube is not customizable. 

At La-Z-Boy, custom furniture is not only offered but it is encouraged. Given that our La-Z-Boy products are made and manufactured by La-Z-Boy, anything offered in-store or online is customizable to meet your individual taste.

Custom Furniture

More specifically, La-Z-Boy offers its selection of upholstery furniture in hundreds of colour, fabric, and leather options. Depending on the style, customizations include choice of textiles, accent pillows, welt trim, nailhead trim, wood finish, leg design options, and recliner optional add-ons.

When it comes to reclining furniture, most pieces are available in manual or power with additional power upgrades, including heat & massage, headrest & lumbar support, and remote controls

To learn more about La-Z-Boy’s custom furniture options take a look at the article Custom Furniture at La-Z-Boy, What to Expect.

 

Delivery

Furniture requires some heavy lifting. It is often best that we leave this part of the process up to the furniture retailer.

Structube offers free contactless delivery to your doorstep on orders over $299. For postal codes located outside of the free delivery zone, an additional shipping fee will apply. 

Structube furniture might arrive in smaller packaging but keep in mind that most Structube furniture requires assembly.

In contrast, La-Z-Boy offers only a white glove delivery service. 

The La-Z-Boy delivery service is an all-encompassing experience in which the delivery team will bring the furniture into your home, unpack it, assemble it, inspect it, set it in place, and remove all waste. 

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

With La-Z-Boy delivery services, an existing piece of furniture can also be moved somewhere else in your home at no additional cost. Further, if you have taken advantage of the design services, the delivery men will set up your furniture based on your predetermined floor plan. 

Additionally, we offer the option to dispose of any old furniture in a local landfill at an extra charge of $40 / per piece. 

Our delivery team is hired and trained in-house. Given that our delivery people are trained to work specifically for La-Z-Boy, our white-glove service is standardized ensuring a high level of care with every delivery. 

Typically at La-Z-Boy, we estimate delivery time to take between 1-2 weeks for furniture that is in stock in our warehouse. Alternatively, custom furniture orders take up to 90 days for delivery. 

Due to Covid-19, and an increase in demand, custom orders have been delayed. In fact, you may want to learn about How COVID-19 is Affecting Furniture Delivery Delays and How to Plan Ahead

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: Easter Ontario Locations

Structube

Structube is located in both Ottawa and Kingston with a total of 6 locations. 

100 Trainyards Dr c4, Ottawa

2735 Iris St #3, Ottawa

1832 Merivale Rd, Nepean

Chapman Mills Market Place, 3161 Greenbank Rd Building A1, Nepean

3045 Palladium Dr, Ottawa

616 Gardiners Rd Unit 5, Kingston

La-Z-Boy

La-Z-Boy is located in both Ottawa and Kingston with a total of 4 locations

8231-A Campeau Drive, Ottawa

290 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa

1750 Cyrville Road, Ottawa

770 Gardiners Road Unit#3, Kingston

What's Next?

Structube and La-Z-Boy are both great choices. With a detailed comparison of each retailer’s products and services, the choice is now yours! You now have the information necessary to choose a retailer that best meets your specific needs and preferences when it comes to cost, time, style, protection, and personalization. 

After reading this article, it is clear that the biggest differentiators between Structube and La-Z-Boy are the style of furniture, cost, and options for customization & design. 

La-Z-Boy produces quality furniture that is consistent in comfort and up-to-date style. The cost of La-Z-Boy products is ultimately reflected in a high-level of quality and durability

We are also confident that our team of design consultants and interior designers at La-Z-Boy Ottawa & Kingston can help you find the furniture that suits your unique needs and preferences. Our team is expected to know furniture like the back of their hand and will be able to answer all of your questions as well as offer up additional information relevant to the products you consider purchasing. 

Further, our customization options and complimentary design services take our product services to the next level by ensuring that the furniture you purchase fits seamlessly into the style and layout of your home. 

If you are interested in furnishing your home with La-Z-Boy, visit us at one of our local Ottawa or Kingston locations to meet with a consultant today. If you prefer, you can also book a consultation online to get started. 

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