University Village's newest home store, Room and Board, is officially open for business. Taking over the dearly departed Barnes and Noble, the 27,000 square foot space features modern furniture in classic shapes and colors alongside stylish accessories.
This isn't your typical take-home furniture chain. Shoppers can find custom-built cabinets, simple mattress selections, limited-edition fine art prints, and many more items made exclusively for Room and Board. Over 90 percent of their products are American-made pieces from small companies and artisans around the country (the Northwest's own Pendleton supplies cozy throws and plaid pillows).
Above all, the company stresses having options—nearly every piece of furniture is customizable to fit your home. Rugs and mirrors can be ordered by the inch and customers have over three hundred upholstery fabrics available to choose from.
Not sure where to start when furnishing your home? The home store offers free consultations in their design lab where associates offer advice on everything from paint colors to window treatments.
But what you won't find at Room and Board are sales. Each year the company launches an annual collection and the prices remain the same until a final end-of-year clearance. The idea is that furniture is a big investment, and the people at Room and Board want you to spend time thinking and planning for an item you really love instead of feeling pressured to buy something while it's on sale. And while we love a good bargain sale, we have enough impulse buys in our closets to know that this is a thoughtful business practice.
Room and Board opened yesterday in University Village. Stop by, bring your magazine clips and fabric swatches, and check out the city's newest home-shopping experience.