Who is the Kling Furniture Company? (New Important News!)

Kling Furniture Company (A Brief History)

Kling Furniture Kling Furniture company was created as a collection of furniture companies in New York State. John Alexander Kling, an immigrant from Sweden, purchased several struggling furniture companies, starting with the Chautauqua Spring Bed & Lounge Company in Mayville, New York in 1911.


He bought three other plants and eventually his enterprise operated under the name “Kling Factories.” Each plant focused on one style of bedroom furniture and within 17 years, Kling became one of the largest volume producers of furniture in the US.




The depression years of the late 1920s and 30s were tough on Kling, but John’s sons were able to manage and pull through as many other furniture companies caved. Aiming to continue to provide heavy, solid wood furniture of great quality remained in the company’s mission.



Quality Furniture Maker

The 1940s through 1960s became the peak production time for Kling and this is generally the period of greatest quality. More advertising opportunities in magazines such as “Better Homes and Garden” and “House Beautiful” helped solidify the company’s reputation as a quality furniture maker.

Kling

Kling was eventually purchased by Ethan Allen in 1962. Sometimes we see a piece which is marked “Kling Colonial” which signifies the joining of Kling with Ethan Allen. Ethan Allen dropped the name later.

We love Kling furniture here at Bohemian’s. To us, Kling furniture has extreme beauty, durability and history. Frequently we are lucky enough to find Kling Mahogany Furniture. Using genuine mahogany on all exposed parts AND all secondary woods (drawer bottoms and sides, inside cabinets), Kling bedroom furniture in mahogany is especially desirable and long lasting. Refinishing this vintage furniture brings back the beauty of distressed Kling pieces and we seem to never tire of it.



Kling furniture

The style of Kling furniture can vary. Often we see echoes of Chippendale Styles: shells, fluted columns and bracket feet are common among vintage Kling styles. Solid brass hardware can either be left with patina or shined to original glory. (The years of WWII left Kling, like every furniture company, not being able to use solid brass and instead using a faux proximity. If you find a piece with plated or aluminum hardware, you can date it to the war years.) We like to clean the hardware to get that sparkle and contrast on a vintage piece.

Indeed, the beauty of Kling and it’s prominence as a true American Furniture Company has not been forgotten. Certainly, we see Ethan Allen looking to its roots for furniture design with Kling. Often, the two brands are indistinguishable. Simple, classic design and high quality materials make Kling one of our go-to brands for vintage furniture. We hope that you too will enjoy this superb furniture maker.




Thank you for inviting us into your vintage home!
Rachel La Bohème
www.eBohemians.com



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50 thoughts on “Who is the Kling Furniture Company? (New Important News!)

  1. I have a kling solid mahogany bed room set….Full size headboard and footboard…5 drawer tall dresser, 10 drawer long dresser with Mirror ….It has a label inside drawer number 239

    Anything you can tell me about this set ….Value???

    1. Hi Nancy, value depends very highly on condition. I have not seen your sets style but in our own store currently we typically retail Kling Furniture long dressers in like new condition only, we list them for about $885, we also typically payout 20% plus commissions to a site that sells for us like ebay or chairish, thats there minimum fees. Tall dressers in like new or reconditioned condition about $685 to $785. The bed is not typically of any value but maybe $250 retail. Wholesale, like listing on facebook or craigslist, expect about $200 per piece in very good to good condition, if its rough then its just a painter piece worth about $75, at auction expect about the same minus any commissions, hope that helps. it is great furniture though.

  2. Good Morning,

    In getting ready to move, I found a dresser in the garage that I was curious about. The label on the back says
    To: M??shan Cartage Co
    2353 N Lincoln Avenue (spelled oddly)
    Chicago, Illinois
    No. 2 MHG. Chest
    C-568
    From: The Kling Factories, Plant No. 4, Falconer, NY

    With a red circle with KF in the middle and writing around the edge I can’t decipher yet.

    Also a large black stamped LACQUER imprint

    Anything you can tell me about this chest? It has four large drawers, one with dividers, and a top slender drawer divided in two.

    1. Hi Karen, the name is just who the piece was sold to and where to ship the dresser. The KF stands for “Kling Furniture” the writing around the kf usually says “makers of solid cherry furniture” or all exposed parts are some type of wood. Kling was a very good manufacturer of solid wood furniture until just about 1970 when Ethan Allen bought them out. A rough condition piece of Kling at auction really only sells for between $25 to $100. In reconditioned conditioned with clean brass hardware and waxed drawer glides and again in like new condition we regularly see prices “retail” between $400 up to $800 depending on the piece. Remember selling online carries quite a large shipping price as well as commissions paid to any service that advertised the furniture. We actually have quite a bit of Kling furniture in our home as it is very heavy great quality furniture. It just doesn’t carry the resale weight of say Kittinger or Baker fine furniture. The mahogany Kling furniture looks fantastic stripped and re-stained. I hope that helps! thank you for reading. Best, Rachel

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