Our Story

Art Van Furniture is a name synonymous with superior quality, service and customer satisfaction. And as with the company that bears his name, Mr. Art Van Elslander has a deep commitment not only to his customers and his 3600 employees, but to the community at large.

Our History

From the ground up. Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

After 59 years, Art Van Furniture operates more than 100 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations, as well as a full service e-commerce website.

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 says, "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 Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank, The Henry Ford Health System, Genesys Health Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and America's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition, Art Van Furniture is proud to host fund raising events for our Art Van Charity Challenge recipients, annual toy collection drives for Toys for Tots and blood drives for the American Red Cross.

The Art Van Charity Challenge. For us at Art Van Furniture, the communities we serve are home, and we want to do as much as we can to help as many people as we can. That’s the philosophy behind the Art Van Charity Challenge, which has raised $24 Million for charities in our local communities over the last nine years, with a special focus on assisting families, children and the hungry. The Art Van Charity Challenge spans four regions: Michigan, Toledo, Fort Wayne and Chicago, and supports more than 259 charity partners through grants, sponsorships and in-kind donations.

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!

Living with Purpose

Every year, we want to share the benefits of the 68 Day Challenge by inviting our Art Van family to join the program - family members, closest friends, vendor partners and, of course, our beloved customers across the Midwest. Simply put, the 68 Day Challenge is a process to jumpstart your New Year. It’s all about recognizing a goal, pushing yourself to new limits, planning for new habits, taking action and improving along the way.