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Lane Furniture

When the first iteration of the Lane Furniture company began to produce its now-famous Lane cedar chests in the early 20th century, the family behind the brand was unsure of how successful they’d be, so they initially didn’t bother adding their name to the offerings.

The manufacturer was off to a modest start but the family was industrious: The Lanes were made up of farmers and contractors who’d built more than 30 miles of the Virginian railroad. They owned a cotton mill and purchased thousands of acres of land in Campbell County, Virginia, where the Virginian railroad was intended to cross the main line of the Southern Railway. The Lanes intended to start a town in this region of the state, and by 1912, streets for the town of Altavista had been laid out and utility lines were installed. In the spring of that year, John Lane purchased a defunct box factory at a bankruptcy auction. His son, Edward Hudson Lane, was tasked with the manufacturing of the cedar “hope” chests for which the Lane family would become known, even though the company was initially incorporated as the Standard Red Cedar Chest Company.

The Standard Red Cedar Chest Company struggled in its early days but introduced an assembly system at its small factory after securing a contract with the federal government to produce ammunition boxes made of pine during World War I. The company prospered and applied mass-production methods to its cedar-chest manufacturing after the war, and, in 1922, rebranding as the Lane Company, it implemented a national advertising campaign to market its products. Ads tied the company’s strong cedar hope chests to romance. Anchored by copy that read “The gift that starts the home,” the campaign rendered a Lane cedar chest a necessary purchase for young women to store linens, clothing and keepsakes as they prepared to marry.

Wartime production during World War II had Lane producing aircraft parts. In the 1950s, the family-owned company began to branch out into manufacturing tables, bedroom pieces and other various furnishings for the entire home. The brand’s vintage mid-century furniture is highly sought after.

Lane’s Acclaim walnut furniture line, which, designed by Andre Bus, has been compared to Drexel’s Declaration series for its blend of modern furniture’s clean contours and traditional craftsmanship. Ads for the Lane series suggested that it included “probably the best-selling table in the world.” (There are end tables, cocktail tables and more in the Acclaim collection, sporting graceful tapered legs and dovetail inlays.) Later, during the 1960s, Lane offered handsome modular wall units designed by the likes of Paul McCobb. Today, the company is owned by United Furniture Industries and is particularly well-known for its upholstered furniture.

Vintage Lane furniture is generally characterized by relatively neutral styles, which are versatile in different kinds of interiors, as well as good quality woods and careful manufacturing. All of these attributes have made Lane one of the most recognizable names in American furniture.

Browse storage cabinets, tables and other vintage Lane Furniture on 1stDibs.

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$2,103
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Materials
Lane Cedar Lined Cherry Upholstered Storage Bench Blanket Chest
By Lane Furniture
Located in Germantown, MD
A Lane Altavista Cedar Lined Cherry upholstered seat storage bench or blanket chest in good vintage condition. Panelized front with two faux drawers mounted with Chippendale style ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

Materials

Brass

Brutalist King Headboard by Lane Furniture Staccato Line
By Lane Furniture
Located in Fulton, CA
Brutalist king headboard by Lane Furniture. "Staccatto" line, sometimes referred to as "Mosaic". Circa. 1970's. Original finish. Measures 80 inches wide. Headboard only, no frame.
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Mid-20th Century American Brutalist Lane Furniture

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Wood

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By Lane Furniture
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Rare pair of Lane Staccato Mosaic brutalist dresser mirrors Mint condition no notable wear 19.75"W × 1.5"D × 49"H Listing is for the pair of mirrors only credenza not inclu...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

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Walnut

Paul McCobb Style Lane Tuxedo Tall Dresser or Chest Walnut & Rosewood MCM Era
By Paul McCobb, Lane Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Please note that I have the entire bedroom set at this time - See last picture. Long Dresser with Mirror. Tall Dresser. Pair Nightstands. Group Discount Available. Tall, exception...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

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Metal

1970s Lane Brutalist Staccato Nightstands in Walnut
By Lane Furniture
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Now available are two nightstands by Lane! They feature sculptured mosaic fronts with a walnut finish. Each measure 28" W × 16.5" D × 23.5" H. Sturdy and tons of life left. If you ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

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Walnut

Style of Milo Baughman Book Matched Burl Wood Queen or Full Size Headboard Bed
By Milo Baughman, Lane Furniture, Roland Carter
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Style of Milo Baughman book matched burl wood queen or full size headboard bed, designed by Roland Carter and produced by Lane Furniture as part of their "Alpha" collection.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

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Burl

Dark Walnut Console Table by Lane Altavista
By Lane Furniture
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A very well crafted dark walnut console table with great graining and defined boarder to the top blending into the legs . Perfect for the entrance way , hall or as a sofa table manuf...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Lane Brutalist Staccato Mid Century Walnut Brutalist Highboy Armoire
By Lane Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Lane Brutalist Staccato mid century walnut highboy armoire This armoire measures: 38 wide x 18.5 deep x 54 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restor...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

Materials

Walnut

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Lane Furniture furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture from Lane Furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Lane Furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 359 vintage versions of these items, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture from Lane Furniture were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider furniture by Drexel, Maitland Smith and American of Martinsville if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Lane Furniture furniture may vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $375 and tops out at $12,500, while pieces like these can sell for $1,695.
Questions About Lane Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Most Lane Furniture is made in factories located in China, as of December 2021. For many decades, the company manufactured their products at a factory in Virginia, but production shifted overseas in recent years. Find a range of Lane furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    A number of online platforms and brick-and-mortar retailers sell Lane Furniture. To locate a store in your area, you can visit the official Lane website. The site also allows you to view all of the pieces currently available in the brand's collection. However, you cannot buy online directly from Lane. You'll also find a selection of Lane furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Lane Furniture includes serial numbers on its items. To determine the date an item was produced, read the serial number backwards to spell out the day, month and year. Shop a collection of expertly vetted Lane furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Lane Furniture is still in business as of December 2021. United Furniture Industries now owns the brand. Its headquarters are located in Tupelo, Mississippi. The company got its start as a manufacturer of recliners. Shop a variety of Lane Furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Lane Furniture products are made in America. The company stands behind the quality of their products with a Limited Lifetime Guarantee. As stated on its website, its products are made in America with superior raw materials and smart design. Shop a collection of Lane furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Lane Furniture does indeed make cedar chests. From 1912 to 1987, the American furniture company estimated it had sold around 12 million chests and that number continues to grow with today’s sales. Cedar chests are widely used to store clothing and linen because cedar wood is a natural repellent against moisture and moths. You can shop a collection of Lane cedar chests from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To read Lane Furniture serial numbers, look from right to left. The first two numbers represent the month, and the second two tell you the day. Examine the last two numbers to find out the year of production. For example, a serial number that reads 189280 indicates a piece made on August 29, 1981. Shop a selection of expertly vetted Lane furniture on 1stDibs.

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