Amazon is coming after Ikea with its first furniture brands - and it's one-upping the competition in one major way
- Amazon has launched two new furniture brands: Rivet and Stone & Beam.
- Rivet is a midcentury modern-inspired brand, and Stone & Beam is focused on family-friendly comfort and durability.
- Both brands ship for free.
Amazon is inviting its customers to take a load off - preferably on a sofa from one of its new furniture brands.
The retailer is launching two new furniture brands.Rivet
is a midcentury modern-inspired brand with a focus on urban, small-space solutions and high style.Stone & Beam
is much more tailored to the "modern family" with comfort and durability in mind.
Both brands sells sofas, accent furniture, chairs, rugs, lamps, and decor.
Stone & Beam's prices are generally higher than Rivet's prices.
These are Amazon's first home furnishing brands, though it also sells things like office chairs through its AmazonBasics brand.
Both new brands offer 30-day returns. Rivet offers a one-year warranty, while Stone & Beam comes with a three-year warranty.
Both brands are also offering free shipping. Smaller items, like decor or furniture with some assembly required, are shipped like normal Amazon packages.
Larger items like couches offer scheduled deliveries, and a signature is required.
Notably, the furniture does not require an Amazon Prime membership to purchase, unlike some of Amazon's clothing brands . Prime membership is also not required for free shipping.
Shipping and delivery is often considered a pain point for furniture shopping. Ikea, one of the most popular furniture sellers worldwide, rarely offers free shipping, and it charges an expensive delivery fee of $50.
Ikea also doesn't sell many of its items online, requiring a trip to the store. Much of Amazon's furniture is made from solid wood and does not need to be put together like Ikea's flat packs.