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Smitty's Philosophy

At Smitty’s we care about our customers. We are proud to offer high-quality products and excellent, personable service.

 

We know that many businesses say that they care about your needs and what they are offering — but often it’s just marketing. At Smitty’s, we walk the talk.

 

We won’t sell you something that you don’t want, don’t need, can’t afford, and won’t work in your space. We will take the time to discuss your unique situation and we will work with you to bring your goals and inspiration to life.

 

Smitty’s has a long-standing history of demonstrating our caring approach and we have the experienced and dedicated team to make this a reality every day.

 

Here are a few highlights that make up our Smitty’s Philosophy:

 

Smitty’s Mission

  • To deliver the ‘Smitty’s Experience’ every time with HEART!

Our HEART values are:

  • Honesty
  • Enjoyable Experience
  • All About the Customer’s Home
  • Respect
  • Timeliness

Smitty’s Vision

 

To be seen as the best choice for quality furnishings and a better buying experience.

 

The Smitty’s Advantage

  • Customer satisfaction and tremendous value are our trademarks.
  • Showrooms feature creative, full room settings so you can visualize how the product will look in your home.
  • Sales consultants are relationship builders, and are passionate about decorating.
  • Offer full delivery and setup of everything we sell to a wide area surrounding our stores.
  • Smitty's business was built by providing consistent and unparalleled service in our showroom right through to our one year in-home warranty promise.

Interior Decorator Consulting

 

Smitty’s has full-time, certified, interior decorators on our team to support you in making the right decisions for your space.

 

A Smitty's Decorating Consultant can help you create a new love by refreshing an old room, or make your inspiration come to life in a new space.

  • We will look for functional elements, like traffic flow.
  • Creating the right ambiance, with focal points, texture, and colour.
  • Working with a theme, like contemporary style or reading room.
  • Making it work, with balance and symmetry.
  • On time and within budget, to make sure you can live your life.

Community

 

At Smitty’s, we take our social responsibility and the needs of our community seriously. We encourage all our customers to donate their gently used furniture to those less fortunate. Here are some suggestions where you can donate your used furniture:

  • Habitat for Humanity - ReStore
  • Recovery Room Shop
  • Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
  • Furniture Bank
  • Goodwill
  • Women’s Shelters

We also regularly support events throughout our community including:

  • CMHA- Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Skills for Safer Living- Kitchener
  • Wes for Youth
  • The Grand River Hospital Foundation
  • The Women’s Centre Grey & Bruce Inc.
  • Women’s Crisis Services
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Syrian Families in Hanover
  • Hanover and District Hospital Foundation
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters- Hanover
  • The Hospital Activity Book for Children
  • Lions Club International Dog Guides
  • Participation Lodge
  • And many more.

Our business was built by providing consistent and unparalleled service one family at a time. Come and visit us at Smitty’s — we look forward to helping you with HEART.

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A Brief History of Smitty’s Fine Furniture

Smitty's moving truck from the history of the companySmitty’s Fine Furniture has been serving customers for over 68 years and is an important fixture in the Canadian furniture industry. Here is a brief history of the story that is Smitty’s.

 

Before There Was Furniture...

 

Smitty's Furniture, Pianos and Groceries

Edward Schmidt (aka Smitty), was born in 1899, and was the third of four sons born to William and Wilhelmina Schmidt, of Bentinck Township near Hanover, Ontario. William and Wilhelmina had recently emigrated from Germany and were attracted to the Hanover area because of its wealth of farmland and hardwood bushes. By the 1920s, Hanover was known as the “Capital” of the Canadian furniture industry.

  • In the 1920s, Edward worked as the head finisher at the Peppler Furniture Company.
  • In the 1930s, Edward started his own piano sales business. He drove all over Toronto in an old pickup truck to buy used upright pianos to fix, and he did all the refinishing and fixing in the living room of his home. The business became so successful that he built a finishing shop behind his home.
  • FUN FACT: Edward was a musician and played the organ at the local church for decades. He was affectionately called ‘Smitty at the organ’, and his musical sensibilities were an asset when tuning his refinished pianos as he had perfect pitch!
  • FUN FACT: During the war, Elmer (Edward’s son) sold cigarettes (they were part of the soldiers' rations) and he saved all his earnings. It was these savings that were used to start Smitty’s!

Next Came Smitty’s Shopping Centre

 

Smitty's Shopping Centre was founded in 1949, and began by selling groceries, meats, vegetables, hardware, and large appliances. In 1951, the first of numerous additions was built for sales of home furnishings, pianos, and organs. At that time, there were 15 furniture factories in the Hanover area.

 

The grocery and hardware business was phased out in 1955 to make way for drapery, broadloom, and televisions.

  • FUN FACT: Throughout 1950s, 60s, and 70s, Smitty’s customers were brought back to Edward’s house for a tumbler of his homemade red wine and to listen to him play his organ.

By 1962 Smitty’s home furnishing started to attract thousands of customers from much larger urban centres.

  • FUN FACT: Elmer was a car wheeler-dealer, buying and selling cars on a weekly basis. One day, his wife came out of the grocery store to find her car missing – Elmer had sold it while she was shopping!

Then Came Smitty’s Fine Furniture

  • In 1963, Edward’s third son (Gordon) joined Smitty’s with his sewing machine business and became a furniture buyer.
  • In 1963, Smitty’s opened a modern 13,000 square foot home furnishings showroom and 12,000 square foot warehouse — the first of its kind in the region.
  • In the 1970s, Smitty’s expanded and built an even larger showroom (25,000 square feet) across the street from the showroom.
  • In the 1980s, Smitty’s began attending home shows in the Toronto region.
  • In 1985, Smitty’s opened a second location (44,000 square feet) in Cambridge.
  • In 2014, the Cambridge location moved to Kitchener.

Many things have changed over the years, but one thing that remains constant is our commitment to providing quality furniture with a focus on Made In Canada products. Today, we are proud to carry the largest variety of Canadian furniture brands in the region.

 

Smitty’s is proud of our heritage and our family focus. Words like caring, giving, and trustworthy are the words that we live by from the moment you step through our doors until we step through yours.

 

For the Love of Canadian Furniture

Thank you for being a part of our history.

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Top Reasons To Buy Canadian Furniture

Top Reasons to Buy Canadian Made Furniture at Smitty's

July marks the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, and in honour of this momentous occasion we are highlighting some of the top reasons to buy Canadian furniture.

 

At Smitty’s, we are proud of our roots and we know that there are many good reasons to purchase furniture that is made in Canada — here are a few of our favourites:

 

Canadians are expert furniture makers.

 

Canada has a long history of producing furniture. In fact, Canadian furniture originated with the first settlers and was made up of simple, handmade, and generally practical products. The first Canadian furniture company was established in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, in 1830.

 

Canadians have the expertise to produce solidly-crafted pieces. Brands like Brentwood, Decor-Rest, Amisco, and countless others, have decades of experience producing high-quality and fashionable furniture that is made in Canada.

 

Canadian furniture is quality furniture.

 

Brands like Durham, Future Fine Furniture, and many others, are focused on sustainability and being environmentally-friendly. Products are made with eco-friendly materials, including organic cotton fabrics and sustainably harvested maple, cherry, and ash. Many manufacturers also offer solid wood products — no veneer or particle board filled with synthetic glues. Other brands build products using soy-based polyfoam, which is free from harmful chemicals.

 

Canadian furniture is in style.

 

Canadian furniture is very much in style and on trend. We have internationally respected designers who are creating truly beautiful and comfortable furniture that is suitable for real life. Canadian designs range from classic to contemporary and can transform your space without breaking your budget.

 

Buying ‘Made in Canada’ furniture supports the Canadian economy.

 

The Canadian furniture industry is 97% Canadian-owned and employs more than 100,000 people across the country. We are the 5th largest exporter of furniture in the world and exported more than $5 billion in furniture products in 2015. Consumers looking for fashionable and quality furniture are turning to Canada.

 

Smitty’s Fine Furniture is proud to showcase Canadian furniture in our showrooms and galleries. As we say in our tagline, it’s ‘For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture’.

 

Visit a Smitty’s showroom today and check out our fantastic Canadian-made furniture.

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Annual 30/30 Sale at Smitty’s Fine Furniture

​Every day in the month of June, we’ll be offering 30% off of all our Canadian-made furniture and mattress sets.

 

It’s no secret that, at Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we love Canadian-made furniture. In fact, we are proud to say that over 80% of our showroom is Canadian-made.   

 

This is a great chance to get your favourite brands at amazing prices, like:

  • Amisco
  • Artage International
  • Julien Beaudoin
  • Bermex
  • Bühler Furniture
  • Brentwood Classics
  • Decor-Rest
  • Durham Furniture
  • Dutailier
  • Future Line Furniture
  • Kingsdown
  • Leather Craft
  • Palliser
  • Serta
  • Simmons
  • Superstyle
  • Trend-Line
  • Zedbed

It will take about 8 to 10 weeks to get your custom furniture. That means you have lots of time to get out, enjoy the summer, and then you can come inside to enjoy your brand new furniture in the fall!


It’s never been a better time to shop Canadian at Smitty’s Fine Furniture. Contact us at our Hanover or Kitchener locations for more information!

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Palliser’s Inspirations Line at Smitty’s Fine Furniture

​We’re excited to introduce that Palliser’s Inspirations line is now available at Smitty’s Fine Furniture!

 

Palliser is one of our favourite Canadian brands for quality furniture, and their Inspirations line proves why they’re one of the best. This new line of furniture allows you to fully customize your piece, either in-store or online, to get the best fit for you and your home.

 

From the arms and legs, to the level of comfort, and the colour of the upholstery — you get to choose everything.

 

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, choose from their curated and beautifully decorated room examples to see what Palliser recommends based on your chosen style.

 

Whether you want a classic three-seat sofa or a four-seat sectional with chaise lounge, choose the option that best works for your space and your needs. But don’t stop there! You can browse among dozens of leather and fabric upholsteries to find your dream combination.

 

Once you’ve built the perfect piece of furniture, you can browse coordinating pieces to bring it all together with a cohesive look.

 

It will take about 8 to 10 weeks to get your custom furniture. That means you have lots of time to get out, enjoy the summer, and then you can come inside to enjoy your brand new furniture in the fall!

 

Don’t forget that our in-store designers are always here to help with any of your interior design or furniture questions. Combine their expertise with Palliser’s beautiful new line and see your dream designs come to life.


Try Palliser’s new line today, and come into one of our locations in Hanover and Kitchener to get started.

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Smitty’s Celebrates Canada 150 - Buy Canadian!

Join Smitty’s Fine Furniture in celebrating the sesquicentennial anniversary of our proud country — that’s 150 years! For the month of March, we’re offering storewide savings of 15 – 30% on All Canadian-Made Furniture and Mattress Sets.

 

PLUS get $150 off every $1,000 spent in store, including HST. There’s never been a better opportunity to buy Canadian.

 

Visit Smitty’s Fine Furniture in Kitchener or Hanover between now and Canada Day (July 1st) to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime sale. Browse our wide range of Canadian brands from Bermex, Superstyle, Brentwood, Palliser and more!

 

What: Smitty’s Celebrates Canada 150

Where: Smitty’s Fine Furniture

When: Now Until Canada Day

How: Storewide Savings of 15 – 30% PLUS $150 Off Every $1,000 Spent (HST Included)

 

Visit a store location to learn more!

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Fall in Love with Canadian Made Furniture

Maple leaf with a heart cut in it lying on a piece of Canadian Made Furniture from Smitty's

Autumn is here! It’s that time of year when we fall in love with Canadian Made Furniture, all over again. Somehow it happens every year… :)

 

Join us in celebrating the superior craftsmanship of Canadian Made Furniture from Durham, between September 29th and October 16th, at our two store locations in Kitchener and Hanover.

 

During this time, we are celebrating Canadian furniture with the Special Offer of a FREE NIGHT STAND with any purchase of 4 Durham bedroom pieces (available for only 10 days between Sept 30 - Oct 9).

 

What: 25% Off Canadian Furniture

How: Buy 4 Durham bedroom pieces

Where: Smitty’s Fine Furniture — Kitchener or Hanover

When: Sept 29 to Oct 16


Pro Tip: To get furniture guaranteed for Christmas delivery, this weekend is the cutoff date!

 

Durham Bedroom Sets

Example of a bedroom set from Durham Furniture in Canada with yellow coverExample of a bedroom set from Durham Furniture in Canada with brown cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Durham Furniture builds solid wood furniture distinguished by exceptional quality, award-winning design and enduring value. It’s all built in the little town of Durham, Ontario, where their reputation for quality and value got its start in 1899.

 

Whether you love traditional detailing and rich finishes or clean, contemporary lines, Durham Furniture has a beautifully designed collection that will complement your home and your lifestyle. Read our blog to learn more about Durham Furniture.


Visit one of our showrooms to see more examples of Durham furniture!

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Why We Care About Canadian Made Furniture

Banners from Smitty's Fine Furniture show 3 reasons why we love Canadian Made Furniture

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud to support Canadian craftsmanship. Drop by either of our stores and you’ll see banners displaying the many reasons why you should ‘buy Canadian’. For instance, did you know that 100,000 Canadians are employed by the furniture industry? Or that Canadian hardwood is built to stand up better to Canadian weather conditions?

 

All of these reasons are important, yet we care about Canadian Made Furniture for a much simpler reason. Canadian furniture is ours, it’s part of our story — and it feels right in your home.

 

The Story of Canadian Furniture

 

Canadian furniture has a rich history that begins in Ontario, back in the 19th century. Early furniture was built by settlers, until the first Canadian furniture company was established in Berlin (now Kitchener) in 1830; the next, in Toronto in 1834. The industry continued to develop primarily in Ontario, for the rest of the 1800s.

 

By the end of the 19th century, an initial influx of German pioneers had settled in and around the town of Hanover in Grey County. Led by individuals such as Daniel Knechtel, Henry Peppler and Jared Spiecz, the town established many factories and business manufacturing furniture, earning it the title of “The Furniture Capital of Canada” by the 1920s.

 

In 1949, Smitty’s original location was founded in Hanover, by Edward Schmidt (also known as Smitty), who was employed as a head finisher at the Peppler Furniture Company. In this way, Smitty’s became part of the next chapter in the story of Canadian furniture. In 1963, Smitty’s moved from the original location to the current Hanover store.

 

Today, Canada is the 5th largest exporter of furniture in the world. The Canadian furniture industry is 97% Canadian owned and consists of many small or medium-sized businesses that are also family-owned and operated. Smitty’s is proud to continue supporting them and the craftspeople employed in the Canadian furniture industry — and we hope you feel the same!

 

Our Canadian Furniture Store

 

When you step into Smitty’s Fine Furniture, you are stepping into our living room. As a small town company, we are built on the values of honesty and respect. We want your visit to our store to be an enjoyable experience — so when you come through our front doors, it feels like you are coming into our home.

 

That only seems right to us. After all, when you go home with a piece of furniture from Smitty’s, you will be literally inviting us into yours!


To plan a visit, view our showroom hours and locations here.

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Top 10 Canadian Furniture Best Sellers

Our Top 10 Canadian Best Sellers - What can we say, our customers have good taste.

 

Style, comfort, and convenience make this sofabed the perfect addition to your family room. The double sofabed is built with extra stability and seating support. When unfolded into a bed your overnight guests can be assured of a good night's rest.

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

The Marcus swivel stool is made with ultra sturdy steel and a well cushioned seat and is available in both counter height and bar heights.  With  a wide variety of upholstery and metal colour finishes to choose from you can customize the look to create your own personal style. 

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

Durham does such an amazing job providing high end, solid Maple and Cherry, Canadian made bedroom suites. These pieces are timeless and considered heirloom quality.  Feel free to add this collection to your home knowing you can choose your stain colour to create any look you desire.   

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

Kingsdown mattresses are in high demand at Smittys.
Kingsdown BedMatch offers a superior sleep with its high pocket coil count, lofty pillow top and full customization comfort levels. Come in and have one of our sales team give you a diagonstic test with our computerized system to find your perfect sleep comfort.

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

This contemporary table setting is so popular with our customers because it fits into so many decor styles.This collection comes with an end table, coffee table and sofa table. Use one or many pieces of this collection to create an updated look for your home.

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

Top quality leather, award winning design are just some of the reasons why this is our most popular selling leather sofa. The arm style is a classic touch that makes this transitional piece in such demand.  Choose any colour or grade of leather and make it your own.

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

The Banff II chair is one of our most popular because of its size and style. It fits most people especially women, the small arms  ensure that it does not overpower a room plus... you can get it on swivel, rocker recliner, wallhugger base plus... you can choose power or manual mechanisms plus... you choose any grade of leather or fabric.

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

Canadian made sectional is perfect for entertaining or family movie night.  Available in a wide assortment of configurations it can be styled to fit any room.  Choose from hundreds of fabric and leather options to make it your own. 

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

Customization - Solid Wood - Canadian Made Quality

Choose your size, shape, colour, finish, fabric, leather, chairs plus every other detail. Nobody else will have the exact same dining suite as you because you create yours EXACTLY the way you want.

 

With Bermex you have the quality of solid birch and "Design it your way" without paying an extra charge for the customization.

 

It doesn't get much better than that!

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

Canadian made sofa's are perfect for the Canadian family - not too deep seating like a lot of American sofas, not too shallow of a seat like the European manufacturers - just right.

 

This sofa is a perfect size and fit for most Canadian homes and don't forget you choose your fabric and your toss cushions to create a personalized home.

 

For the LOVE of Canadian Furniture

 

 

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My favourite go to chair

These are my favourite GO TO chairs. I saw them at the furniture show a couple of years ago at Brentwood Furniture and immediately bought TWO for myself. Since then I have used them for countless applications because they come swivel or stationary AND they are the smallest chair that I have seen on the market.

 

Glen Chair by Brentwood Classics 208-24

 

This modernized chair looks great from all angles. Swivel base allows you the freedom to face the conversation area or the TV.

 

Eco-friendly construction.  

Benchmade in Canada.

Available in fabric or leather

swivel chair L27” D32” H34”

 

Don't let these small chairs fool you, they are extremely comfortable even for my 6' 7" son.

I have used them as a pair of chairs in a open living room/dining room combination as well as family room/kitchen application. They are great for conversation and entertaining. Best of all they are available in a wide selection of fabric and leather choices  to suit any decor. 

 

Dorian Chair by Brentwood Classics  141-20

Clean lines and a structured back combine to make smooth comfort a reality.  Stationary chair. 

 

Eco-friendly construction.  

Benchmade in Canada.

Available in fabric or leather.

chair L27” D32” H34”
ottoman L26” D22” H18”

 

 

At Smitty's we love to hear back from our customers.

Why not send us some of your ideas and pictures.

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