What Contemporary Furniture Stores in Dallas Have to Offer

Unless they’re trying very hard not to be, most furniture pieces made today, and in the last few decades, are contemporary furniture. Most furniture in the next few decades will be contemporary as well, even if there’s a big shift in style. This has to do with the root of the word—"contemporary” comes from Latin—“con” means “with” or “together with,” and “tempor,” “tempus” etc, mean “time.” When you’re contemporary, you’re with the times.

Much of the contemporary furniture made today follows the same patterns: smooth lines, a lack of adornment, an emphasis on comfort, a preference for neutral colors. It can be made of wood or mixed modern materials, including metal, plastic, and glass. Ornate carvings, noisy patterns, bold colors, and exotic metals (like gold) are mostly out, though there are always exceptions.

If you want to find contemporary furniture in Dallas, you’ve got a lot of options. If you want to look at all of the contemporary furniture, you’ll end up looking at 80-90% of the furniture in the city, and by the time you’re done it won’t be contemporary anymore. The best way to narrow down your search is to focus on the quality of the furniture. Mass manufactured, designer-made, and custom furniture pieces are all available in contemporary styles, but vary on price, durability, and craftsmanship. Once you know your price point and what level of quality you’re looking for, then you’ll be able to find the perfect contemporary furniture store in Dallas for you.

The Boardwalk Table by Unruh

With the Boardwalk Table, contemporary style meets certified quality.

Mass Manufactured Contemporary Furniture Stores

What’s more contemporary than cheaply made, factory-built products from overseas? Just like with clothing, a lot of contemporary furniture is produced in large quantities outside the country, using inexpensive materials and taking advantage of low labor costs. It often comes in boxes, and customers are expected to put it together themselves when they bring it home. When delivery and assembly are options, they typically cost extra.

This furniture can look nice on the showroom floor, or when it comes out of the box in your living room, but it isn’t really intended to last. Wooden furniture is often made of manufactured boards, like particle board or plywood, that are made from pressing together wood chips and sawdust from many different trees, instead of solid boards from a single trunk. It’s the difference between a fast food hamburger and a steak from your Aunt’s ranch in west Texas. The big benefit of this mass-manufactured furniture is price. If you’re looking for furniture intended to just last a couple of years, for instance, until your kid graduates college, this may be the tier for you. If you’re looking for something that can be passed down through generations, consider designer-made or custom contemporary furniture.

The Lakehouse Dresser by Unruh

Contemporary furniture pieces like the Lake House Dresser often feature clean lines and geometric shapes.

Designer Made Contemporary Furniture Stores

While you’re still shopping off-the-shelf with designer-made contemporary furniture, that shelf is in the back room or the warehouse, and you don’t have to see it. You’ll pick out a piece of furniture from a showroom floor, or, if you’ve got a lot of trust in the store, a website, and have it delivered and assembled for you. While this furniture may still be manufactured en masse, the materials used and the standards for assembly will be higher. You’ll also be more likely to see unique variations on contemporary design, as the furniture designer seeks to make their mark in the marketplace.

Smaller designers are likely to take greater care with the materials they choose and the methods they use to produce their furniture. Unable to compete at scale with large designers who rely on mass manufacturing, small designers stand out based on the quality of their construction or the boldness of their vision. Often, furniture showrooms source and stock floor models from multiple designers. Taking the time to ask about the provenance of pieces on the showroom floor will give you an idea of how much time and attention went into the making of the furniture. The more care that went into making the furniture, the more life you’ll get out of it.

The Colby Bed by Unruh

Contemporary beds like the Colby are current and timeless all at once.

Custom Contemporary Furniture in Dallas

Custom furniture from a high-quality furniture maker is hard to top. Showroom employees will walk you through several examples of furniture pre-built on the showroom floor, to give you options to choose between for your own, personally made piece of furniture. You’ll be able to decide between different visions and versions of contemporary-style furniture pieces, and detail the exact size you need to fit your home or office. As each piece is made to order, each will be given more attention and care than anything produced in bulk. The furniture will be crafted, assembled, and delivered to your door, adding service excellence to the quality of the furniture.

In addition to paying more attention to furniture creation and customer service, custom furniture makers also pay more attention to the materials they use. Only the finest boards will be chosen, and, as a customer, you’ll have the choice of which tree species to use, from rich, beautiful cherry to durable, constitutional oak. You’ll even get to pick a stain to match your home. Other furniture materials, such as metal, glass, plastic, and textiles, will be similarly sourced for quality. While custom contemporary furniture will be more expensive than something you find at a big-box store, it will last longer, look nicer, and mean more to you over the years.

Dallas has many furniture stores and showrooms, but furniture shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. A quick search online can help you find the stores nearest to you, and to each other. By sorting them into quality tiers, you’ll be able to plan a trip to maximize the efficiency of your furniture shopping. If you know you want high-quality furniture, but aren’t sure whether to go with a designer or a custom furniture maker, look at both. If none of the pre-built designs stand out to you, visit a custom showroom to make your own.

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At Unruh Furniture, we’re proud to produce authentic custom contemporary hardwood furniture that will last for decades to come. To see your many furniture options and speak with our experts about finding the perfect piece for your home, schedule a visit our Dallas showroom today.

By Kaitlin Kusch

Kaitlin is a Kansas City native with a passion for design and a love for people. She has an uncanny ability to know the best furniture solution for a unique space. And did we mention she loves animals too?

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