Akins Furniture is a family-owned furniture retailer based in the Dogtown area of Fort Payne, Alabama. As of 2015, the company operates two stores, with the second location in Scottsboro. Akins Furniture carries both home and office products by well-known brands such as Ashley, Sierra Sleep and Benchcraft.
Officially named W.A. Akins & Sons, Akins Furniture began in the 1920s as a general store owned by the father-and-son team of E.F. and W.A. Akins. During the post-War World II era, W.A. Akins and his wife starting using their living room as a used-furniture showroom, eventually leading to on-site expansion within the store. The current Dogtown store covers more than 150,000 square feet, and the company website offers online sales to a limited service area.
Akins Furniture stocks bedroom, dining room, home office and living room furnishings, as well as accent products, such as rugs, wall art, storage and lighting. The store frequently offers furnishing in bundled sets at slightly reduced pricing. Locals value Akins Furniture for its clearance events and layaway service, which allows customers to make installment arrangements and choose a payment distribution of up to 12 months. The stores also offer credit financing with a six-month grace period for qualifying applicants.