Importantly, not only the paint but the factories using paint must be 100 percent lead
free to avoid cross-contamination.
Testing 1, 2, 3 Testing and product verification is three-fold. Nino and Jeffrey personally test furniture samples when they are first submitted, during plant visitations and yet again post-production. Independent third-party laboratories put all Costco furniture through a battery of tests, includ- ing seat static load, where a seat is weighted with 400 pounds for 60 minutes to assess seat resilience. Burn and smolder compliance verification is also con- ducted on all foam or filling material. Costco’s own quality assurance (QA) depart- ment also gets in the act. They confirm that all gov- ernment regulatory requirements, California’s ometimes stricter laws and the industry’s voluntary standards are met or exceeded. Costco’s nonfoods QA manager, Jennifer Thompson, reveals, “We also authenticate all label claims and fully assemble the piece to confirm everything is provided. Costco wants to make sure members do not experience frustration due to improper instructions or missing parts.” l t a ment also gets in the act. They confirm that all gov- a d J s a s l m e ea a i a
Jeffrey adds, “As buyers we are also designers.
Style and functionality are integral to each piece.”
This summer’s casual sectionals are a good
example of style blended with function. They are
designed to be arranged numerous ways for big-screen viewing comfort, and are built family tough.
Specifications include solid wood frames with
external corner blocks and hidden screws, eight-way hand-tied coil springs and plush, non-chemi-
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cally treated, kid- and pet-friendly, tightly woven
100 percent microfiber upholstery.
Many Costco furniture pieces are upgraded versions of what’s offered by other retailers, and still
feature lower prices. Examples include the Milan hall
chest with a Costco-designed removable back panel
for electronics, and the O’nin room divider storage
bins covered in fabric rather than cheap cardboard.
Costco’s urn lamps are $54.99 per pair; a single lampshade can cost at least this much elsewhere. And the
full leather (not leather-like or leather vinyl) pieces
are made by the same manufacturer that produces
items for some of the biggest names in retail.
I ask Nino and Jeffrey about U.S.-made furniture.
Nino reports, “Everyone in the company wants
U.S. furniture, and we continue to try to offer it
This summer look for two U.S.-made items:
Lane® Furniture’s high-end U-shaped sectional
with end recliners (a very limited offering) and
the Amish-made Phoenix television lift cabinet (a
Not all products are available everywhere. Shop
early, and remember to bring room dimensions or
even a preliminary layout, and when you fall in love
with a piece—buy. It may be the last one. C
when it comes to the
site’s year-round furniture program.
Here’s a sample of
• A wide assortment
of traditional and cutting-edge trendsetting styles
• White-glove delivery on most furniture
items and, when necessary, assembly for most
large pieces of furniture
at a mutually acceptable
date and time; removal
of all packaging material
• The possibility
of additional furnishings
that complement warehouse pieces, such
as the matching desk
and bookcase for the
youth bed sold in warehouses this summer
• Free leather upholstery swatches
• Many mattresses,
including organic mattresses for cribs
• Items can be
returned to warehouses;
for larger pieces, you can
schedule a free pickup.
Prices vary due to
Comparing multimedia consoles
Multimedia console features
Cable-management holes and wheels
Removable magnetic back panel
Interchangeable door panels
Full-extension drawer glides
Soft-close hinges on doors
Solid hardwoods and composite woods with veneers
Self-leveling ;oor glides
Drawers ;nished inside (stained, sanded, sealed)
Fully ;nished (on both sides) shelf boards
Finished back panels
Store X Costco
WHAT TO LOOK FOR when shopping for a
TV console? Listed below are the features
that come standard with the consoles
at Costco warehouses. The Chapman
multimedia console pictured also includes
a power strip, drop-down gaming drawer
and three door-panel options. Regularly
$399.99, it is $100 less until mid-month
with the instant rebate (see page 44).
If you decide to shop around, use this
checklist to compare consoles at other