Sauder Furniture is a family-owned brand of discounted ready-to-assemble furniture manufactured in Archbold, Ohio. Founded in 1934, the company claims to be America's fifth-largest residential furniture manufacturer, offering a selection of ready-to-assemble home furniture collections for the office, bedroom, living room and kitchen.
Sauder Furniture employs 2,400 people between the main company and its four subsidiaries: Progressive Furniture Inc., Sauder Manufacturing Company, Sauder Funeral Products and WoodTrac. These companies manufacture a more diverse range of wood furniture, including church pews, classroom and medical-office seating, wood caskets, residential and commercial wood ceilings, and closet systems. Sauder reports that the combined annual sales of these companies nears an approximated $500 million. The company remains privately-held and is run by third-generation family members.
Sauder's business design is based upon the belief that ready-to-assemble furniture offers significant cost savings to its customers for minimal additional effort. It claims that its furniture is easy to assemble with the use of a screwdriver and hammer. It also claims that because the company is saving money on assembly costs at the factory as well as transportation costs on compartmentalized packages, these cost reductions can then be passed on to the customers. IKEA, another well-known ready-to-assemble furniture company, operates on the same premise. Sauder furniture is sold at large department stores such as Sears, Walmart and Lowe's.