Our Story

Art Van Furniture is a name synonymous with superior quality, service and customer satisfaction. The company not only has a deep commitment to its many customers and 4,000 employees, but to the community at large.

Our History

From the ground up. Art Van Elslander, founder of Art Van Furniture, began working in a Detroit furniture store as a young man. In just a few short years, he was ready for a bigger challenge and opened his own store on Gratiot Avenue and 10 Mile Road in 1959. His founding philosophy was to provide the community with quality furniture at great prices, with always high standards of customer service.

Known then as Art Van’s, Art Van Elslander was the sole employee of the store, which featured Danish and contemporary home furnishings. Though Detroit's economy was struggling, the company grew and later the name was changed to the current Art Van Furniture. In 1973, Art Van Furniture moved its headquarters from 12 Mile and Van Dyke Road to the 14 Mile location in Warren, where it is still located today. In 2017, Art Van Elslander sold the company to TH Lee Partners of Boston, MA.

Art Van Elslander passed away in February 12, 2018 at the age of 87. He was honored as one of Michigan’s greatest retailers and philanthropists. Six decades later his legacy lives on with more than 200 stores operating as Art Van Furniture LLC. Stores are located in nine states including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland under the following brands: Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep, AV Flooring, Scott Shuptrine Interiors, Levin Furniture, Levin Mattress and Wolf Furniture.

Everyday Style

We Love Furniture. Art Van Furniture has revolutionized home fashion: it’s classic furniture reinvented for modern living. Our buyers travel the globe to find and design the most stylish furniture at the best prices. And, we tap into the expertise of our Art Van Style Makers to find out what’s new in fashion — and, make it all affordable for the Midwest family!

We make it special. Check out our exclusive Custom Order programs for every room in the house. From your living and dining room to your bedroom retreat, you direct the show by mixing and matching your favorite fabrics, colors, patterns, accents, hardware and finishes.

Giving Back

Mr. Van Elslander said, "If you’re fortunate enough to be as successful...as our company has been, then it’s your responsibility to give back. I just believe that."

Philanthropy in Our Community. Art Van Furniture provides support to non-profit organizations such as Gleaners Community Food Bank, a variety of hospitals and medical centers, America's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Miracle Field for players with disabilities at the West Michigan Sports Complex. In addition, Art Van Furniture is proud to host annual toy collection drives for Toys for Tots and blood drives for the American Red Cross.

The Art Van Charity Challenge. One of the tenants established by our founder, Art Van Elslander, was to support the communities in which we serve. One of the many ways we give back is through the Art Van Charity Challenge where the company awards grants ranging from $10 to $100,000 to Midwest non-profits. Now entering its second decade, the Art Van Charity Challenge has donated more than 10 million dollars to 500 Midwest charities and helped to raise 25 million dollars.

Green Initiatives

Green facilities. With a focus on innovation an automated warehouse was constructed in 2001. This one-of-a-kind 183,000 square-foot storage and retrieval system is completely automated, allowing Art Van Furniture to leave a smaller environmental footprint than a traditional warehouse by using 75% less lighting, heating, and cooling. And, our stores and warehouse use LED lighting to reduce our carbon footprint.

Green is our favorite color. Last year alone, our warehouse recycled 2,000 tons of cardboard, 240 tons of plastic and 110 tons of Styrofoam. And, we recycle mattresses, too!