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Why invest in Medley furniture?

Kirnik Corner Sectional

Pictured above: Kirnik Corner Sectional

We get it–we really get it: investing in furniture is a big deal. And if you’re shopping around with a bit of sticker shock, we get that, too. Here’s why choosing ethically manufactured, durable furniture pays offin other words, here’s a look at why Medley’s furniture costs what it does and how it’ll serve you (now + in the long run). 

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1. Enduring craftsmanship + durability

We do everything possible to make sure your furniture will maintain its support, shape, comfort, and beauty over time. This starts with our team of skilled builders who use time-honored techniques and methods that help make our pieces supremely durable.  
Let’s start with the frame: kiln-dried wood and classic joint construction contributes to long-term frame durability, while corner blocking (extra pieces of wood placed at an angle and screwed into place on the sofa frame’s corners) provide extra stability. No wiggle-wobbling, ever.

medley worker installing webbing onto a frame

Next up, our heavy gauge, hand-tied Arch suspension system works all its heavy duty magic to prevent sagging and squeaking. Quality spring systems not only absorb shock, but serve as an important foundation for creating an optimally comfy, supportive sit.

Because our pieces are designed and constructed for longevity, they don’t require assembly (an added bonus), unless the piece involves a simple move, like screwing on legs. Instead, our furniture is...well, quite difficult to take apart. Take our hardwood sofa frames, which use kiln-dried wood to ensure long-lasting stability. Less expensive frames made from softwoods like pine can’t help but warp over time, and frames made of particle board, plastic, or metal are prone to cracking and deforming.

P.S: we're confident your furniture will last as long as you need it to, but just in case, we also offer a lifetime warranty on frames.

Our furniture legs and solid wood pieces will show their character over time—but can also be lightly sanded and coated for a quick refresh. We purposefully avoid using veneers, which can’t be sanded, for this reason. Go ahead, have your rowdy neighbors over for dinner!

2. Life-proof fabrics

gio sofa in green
Pictured above: Gio Sofa

We take extra care to use the highest quality materials for anything that stretches, wears and softens over time, like fabrics.

The majority of our fabrics test higher than commercial grade limits meaning they can withstand being placed in the middle of a busy mall and still hold up. Look for our durability icons (puppies and bubbles) on our swatches page to head straight for our most durable, spill-proof (and kid/pet-friendly 😊) fabrics. 

3. Luxe, lasting comfort

Blumen Chaise Sectional in Melton Feather fabric

Pictured above: Blumen Chaise Sectional in Melton Feather fabric

Picture yourself plopping down on your new sofa. Ahhhh. How do you feel? Foundationally supported, enveloped in comfort, and pleasantly propped by a mix of springy resilience and opulent, plush softness. This is what it’s like to lounge on our top-notch cushions.
Note: sofa cushions on the market feature all kinds of foams that vary greatly in quality, and cheaper sofas that feature lower grade density foam cushions will likely lose their shape or deteriorate more quickly. On the flip side, high-resilience foams are known for their comfort, responsiveness, and ability to retain shape over time.
At Medley, we offer two high-density foam options: poly foam certified by CertiPUR-US® (the cleanest synthetic choice on the market) and GOLS-Certified organic natural Dunlop latex wrapped in wool fiber.
The word "latex" sounds plasticky and artificial, but it’s the most natural, breathable, durable, and sustainable material available for foam. It comes from the sap of rubber trees and features durable spring-back to maintain its shape for 20+ years. Pretty amazing, right?
Voya Rectangular Dining Table (Walnut) with Jasmi Low Dining Chair (walnut, smart wheat)

Pictured above: Voya Rectangular Dining Table with Jasmi Dining Chairs 


4. Made one-of-a-kind for you and your space

Our goal is this: help you find a just-right solution so you don’t have to settle for something that only kind of works. Finding your perfect piece is easy:
  • Select from our size and layout options
  • Choose a fabric that coordinates with your lifestyle. Do you have expressive friends, pets or kids? If so, we offer all kinds of resilient, cleanable fabrics with a high rub count. Looking for the perfect jewel-toned color? We have that too.
  • Choose your filling: soft yet supportive CertiPUR-US®️ certified poly foam on its own or with squishy-soft down, or plant-based latex foam + wool fiber.
  • Choose your furniture leg style and finish
Questions about our design options? Email us at to get started.

5. Materials for a healthier home and planet

Forest and wood blocks in wood shop

As you might be aware, the furniture industry as a whole has a bad reputation for using questionable materials via a "fast furniture" build approach. 
We set out to change that by using eco-certified and natural materials whenever possible and working with third-party certifications and partners help us source materials, including:

-Domestically-sourced alder hardwood, walnut and maple from FSC-certified forests
-CertiPUR-US®️-Certified poly foam
-GOTS-Certified organic natural Dunlop latex
-Cruelty-free, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 wool
-GREENGUARD Gold Certified and OEKO Certified fabrics

To help offset our environmental impact, we also partner with the National Forest Foundation, who helps us plant 3 trees for every tree we use to build our furniture. 

Lala Bumper Sectional in white fabric
Pictured above: Lala Bumper Sectional

We make our furniture made with your home in mind: open, modern, versatile, and most importantly, functional. On the whole, our approach is to design for timeless appeal that fits with all kinds of decor styles—all in hope of producing something adaptable that you’ll really want to keep.

Whether through a slight pitch in the seat back or an extra layer of wool around your sofa cushions, every construction and material choice is made to create longer-lasting, comfier furniture. Medley designers pay extra attention to how each item will be used for years to come, focusing on the item getting better with time…like wearing in your favorite pair of leather boots.
All in all, our message is this: investing in quality, eco-friendly furniture now will leave you with something you can enjoy and live with for the long-run. Worth it! With 0% interest* payment plans, a 30-day trial, and a lifetime guarantee on our furniture frames, you can’t go wrong.  Want help getting started? Request free design help or order free fabric swatches to make your vision real. 

*for qualifying customers

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