Our Philosophy

Our people

Smith Brothers is owned and operated in the town of Berne, Indiana—the same place we've been since we opened for business in 1926.

Unfortunately, there has been a trend in recent years for furniture manufacturers to outsource their production to other countries such as China, where labor is much less expensive. They believe that's the best way to do business. We don't see it that way.

Here’s why.

We Care About Our Community

Smith Brothers's founders knew it a hundred years ago, and we still know it today: the people of Berne and the surrounding area are hardworking and dedicated, and they're the reason we’ve been successful.

We Care About Our Products

From engineering and product development through actually building and upholstering, cleaning, and finally delivering furniture, we are focused on quality. We believe our work is too important, and requires too much talent, skill, and dedication at every step, to trust it to be done to our standards by a bottom-dollar workforce in another country.

We Care About Our Selection

Manufacturing overseas means that the product blueprints have to be simple—a handful of options may be allowed, but anything more complex is simply not feasible. Overseas production is about cutting costs, and that's it.

When you choose Smith Brothers, every last detail is up to you to decide, from our hundreds of fabrics and over 80 leather options, to the various pillows, nailhead, welt cords, fringe, and wood finishes. You can even build a fabric collage of your own design, or provide your own fabric! If you can dream it, chances are we can build it.

We Care About Our Customers

We want you to be as happy with your furniture as we are, and that means:

  • Building it right. Our people take years of training and practice to reach the level of consistency that we know you expect. This work environment is not something you can cultivate if your goal is to find the cheapest labor in the world.
  • Inspecting it right. Our people are dedicated to quality, and we spend almost as much time inspecting, cleaning, and perfecting finished pieces as we do building them. When furniture goes out the door, we've made sure that all the edges line up, all the dangling threads are trimmed, and there are no lumps, bumps, or empty spaces in the upholstery.
  • Shipping it right. Our furniture is hand-wrapped in quilts, hand-packed on the feet and not on the sides, and shipped by our own fleet of trucks. We want to make sure that it reaches your living room in the same condition as when it left our floor.
  • Getting it to you quickly. We ship finished goods in four to six weeks, whereas product from China is crated and freighted across the Pacific and takes two to three months.