Founded in 1932, Ethan Allen’s brand name stems form a Revolutionary War icon. In the breath of this inspiration, Ethan Allen is grounded in tradition, and has been loved by Americans for years. In essence the style of this brand’s furniture can be described as traditional and early American without feeling antiquated. What’s unique about this brand is that despite different furniture styles surfacing and taking the industry by storm, Ethan Allen has remained strong, popular, and loved by many. Truly proving that it has timeless furniture styles. Another thing that’s striking about Ethan Allen is that even though the designs furniture is traditional in style, it still accounts for the modern, contemporary needs and functionality of furniture today.
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Because the brand has been around for so many years, by the 60s, Ethan Allen already boasted around 1,600 pieces, including Ethan Allen dining tables, Ethan Allen dressers, and of course, Ethan Allen sofas. These early pieces from years and years ago are part of the icon collection, also known as the Circa 1776 collection.
What are some of the hallmarks of the Ethan Allen Circa 1776 collection? This collection in particular is known for it’s Amber colored Mable wood pieces such as its roomy dresser drawers, table surfaces, etc. This collection also has amazing beds and console tables. If you're an antique furniture lover, this collection is absolutely for you.
Because if it’s popularity, there are replicas of these Ethan Allen furniture pieces, so if you're wondering if the piece you’re eying is real, we’re here to help make sure you’re shopping savvy! If you’re looking at an Ethan Allen sofa, look for it’s company stamp, which should be marked on the back or the bottom of the furniture. For pieces like Ethan Allen dressers, Ethan Allen Desks, or consoles, take a look at the furniture piece's drawers (this is normally where the Ethan Allen factory mark is located!). PS, fun fact, like many other great brands, Ethan Allen went through a few name changes before it settled on the one we know and love, so if you see Baumritter Corporation, Green Mountain Holding Corporations or Interco, know that you’ve still go the real deal!
If we haven’t shoved enough Ethan Allen Furniture history down your throat, another cool thing about the company is that they really spiked in popularity around the Great Depression. With so many business struggling to stay afloat, Ethan Allen really had to tune into what their customers wanted and what their tastes were. They realized that a lot of customers who were particularly cost-conscious preferred buying furniture rather than small home goods, so that became the company’s focus. Modern furniture design hadn’t been introduced to Americans yet, thus the company produced traditionalist style furniture. This meant tons of maple, oak, and cherry wood furniture pieces. This American Revivalist style led to the company’s growth, however, they were smart to adapt and branch past these styles as consumers tastes changed. They produced some designs outside of the signature Ethan Allen style furniture, with their American Dimensions collection.
The American Dimensions collection from Ethan Allen sports bleached wood furniture, more geometric designs, really changing the game for the brand. They also introduced the Ethan Allen Legacy collection, which took design a step further, taking notes from Italian furniture designers. The company continued to show it's ability to adapt to changing times and tastes when it launched its American Impression collection, when artistic styles became the focus in the 1990s.
Now that we’ve covered collections, let’s hit the specifics. From the Ethan Allen living room, we love their coffee tables! The Arts & Crafts coffee table is a great place to start. They also have a coffee table with 1 drawer, making it a convenient storage furniture piece for any living room! (We love options that allow you to hide clutter in your living room without actually having to clean!). And if you’re really trying to save space, they have nesting tables that are great as well. The Ethan Allen drop leaf coffee tables are also a great space-saving furniture option, because you can expand it out for a full surface, and drop the sides when you want a leaner appearance! The gage coffee table is also a great Ethan Allen living room furniture option.
Next, let’s talk sofas! Ethan Allen has done of 2-piece sectional sofas and 3-piece sectional sofas! If you're looking for specifics, we love the Bryant Sofa, Franklin sofa, and the Arcata 2 seater sofa. Need an accent chair instead? The Emmerson chairs and ottomans are a great option for you! Side note, Ethan Allen also has gorgeous glass top end tables that are amazing options for any living room that don’t take up space visually because of the clear tops! Cool, right? Not into the clear aesthetic? Make sure you check out their rectangular wooden side tables for a more traditional feel.
Ok, before we get into Ethan Allen bedroom furniture lets make a pit stop with dining furniture. Expanding dining tables are a must no matter where you live, and the Ethan Allen 7-piece expandable dining set is the perfect fit for anyone looking to have beautiful dining furniture that doesn’t take up a ton of extra space all the time. The Miller expandable dining table is also a great option! Expand the dining table when you have guests over and shrink it back down when you’re ready to get all that space back! Pair your dining table with the Ethan Allen gently leather chair or Jayden wingback chair for an added flair, or even the Ethan Allen small stools!
Last but not least, let’s get into the Ethan Allen bedroom furniture favorites! For dressers and storage, we love the solid wood lingerie dresser, provincial chest, solid wood dresser, and of course the maple heirloom dresser, 7-drawer dresser and Ethan Allen dresser with media storage. Ethan Allen also has great queen sized beds, king sized beds (in particular, we love the Ethan Allen solid wood bed and matching solid wood dresser, the queen island bed and the Barret 4 poster bed). Ethan also has great side tables with drawers that make great nightstands.Last but not least, don’t forget an Ethan Allen media cabinet or bookcase for extra storage, or even accessorize with the Ethan Allen surveyor floor lamp!
If you’re seeking traditional furniture that isn’t antiquated, Ethan Allen is a classic all-American furniture destination.