Window Shopping: The Furniture Underground

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Furniture Underground's pieces aren't meant to be kept away, hidden from sight.

The name alludes more to a movement against big-box, chain furniture stores, said manager Kyle Smith.

And once the owners are able to get the name up on the signs outside, the new store won't be as hidden from sight either.

Furniture Underground opened in the Short North in late April, and the selection covers four categories: kitchen tables, living room furniture, mattresses and futons.

The narrow scope is meant to appeal to shoppers living in the surrounding neighborhoods. That means multipurpose options for university students and small-but-stylish pieces for Downtown dwellers with tiny spaces or tight staircases.

"We have stuff you can put in a house, or you can put it in the studio apartment," Smith said. "And even for people that don't have tight spaces, we try to have a lot of stuff that's really affordable."

Still, there are plenty of sweeping three-piece sectionals that could anchor a large room, and circular tables can be purchased with leaves that transform them into larger ovals.

The designs and colors skew primarily toward the classic and the contemporary, with lots of dark woods, neutral tones and tailored couches. The focus is on functional.

Twelve futons lining the floor-to-ceiling front windows, all in solid, neutral colors, have been attracting attention, Smith said.

As their suppliers sell out of each piece, though, the store will sell off its floor models and bring in new designs.

The store is set in the wide-open, warehouse-style space that once held furniture store Four Winds. Furniture Underground's pieces are grouped by category and laid out in mock setups across the cracked-concrete floor.

Convertible sofas that flip into single beds and Klik-Klaks, a couch-futon hybrid, are other options for efficient users.

A lineup of five or six primo mattress sets, begging for someone to test out their comfort levels, cover the right wall. Accent pillows and chairs are scattered throughout the space.

And Furniture Underground branches out a bit to include several chairs offering remote-controlled full-body massages, including a special section that soothes aching calves.

The Furniture Underground

921 N. High St., Short North




11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday

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